The Trump administration is waging trade wars against China, the European Union, and others, and the tariffs are costing many American manufacturers money.
"Highly automated, intelligent systems promise to transform people's lives and even question the very role of humans," said researcher Laurie Wright.
"May saw US manufacturers endure the toughest month in nearly ten years, with the headline PMI down to its lowest since the height of the global financial crisis," wrote Chris Williamson, Chief Business Economist at IHS Markit in a statement.
Manufacturing jobs did grow, by about half a million, during Trump's first two years in office. But job numbers are still about a third lower than they were in 1980 and lower than they were in 2008.
The printer uses a process called free-form printing to create intricate structures.
The move could put the U.S. automaker on a collision course with President Donald Trump, who has made boosting auto employment a top priority.
Even if the president is able to promote the expansion of manufacturing jobs, they're not necessarily coming to the Rust Belt towns that used to rely on them.
President-elect Trump wants Apple to shift manufacturing from China.
Samsung's faulty batteries could hold the key to safety after all.
Part of the decline in manufacturing jobs is due to trade, but the vast majority is due to automation.
Tesla's Gigafactory is far from a typical manufacturing facility—the plant's unique constraints outweigh the typical benefits that manufacturing companies seek when they move to or invest in a foreign nation.
Using government force to protect American workers from foreign competition will lead to less trade. And possibly fascism.
Does Trump want Americans to build things? Or does he want us digging with spoons?
Ultra-customised products build themselves while car parts talk to each other in Europe's automated factories.