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One Engineer Hasn't Given Up on Flying Cars
 
Advanced Manufacturing Now
July 26, 2017
 
Elon Musk Says He Has 'Verbal Government Approval' for NYC-DC Hyperloop
Elon Musk Says He Has 'Verbal Government Approval' for NYC-DC Hyperloop
Billionaire industrialist Elon Musk says he has obtained "verbal government approval" to build a tunnel for high-speed transportation between New York and Washington, The Associated Press reported. Musk didn't specify who provided the approval, the AP's Dee-Ann Durbin wrote. Musk also said the deal isn't finalized, according to the news service. Musk has advocated "hyperloops," which would move pods at high speeds through vacuum-sealed tubes. A trip between New York and Washington via hyperloop would take 29 minutes.
Minimize Print Failures with Simulation for Metal Additive Manufacturing
Minimize Print Failures with Simulation for Metal Additive Manufacturing
Additive manufacturing allows for the creation of complex, high performance parts that cannot be produced through conventional manufacturing methods. However, stress and distortion introduced by the printing process often leads to costly build failures and trial-and-error before parts are printed successfully.

In this webinar, you’ll learn about:
  • Benefits of using process simulation for metal additive manufacturing
  • How additive simulation can help you identify and mitigate common build failures
  • Experimental validation techniques used to prove model accuracy
  • How Autodesk Netfabb Simulation can help you save time and money by successfully printing parts faster
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Ford Unveils Pursuit-Rated F-150 Police Pickup
Ford Unveils Pursuit-Rated F-150 Police Pickup
Ford Motor Co. introduced the Police Pursuit version of its F-150 pickup, the Detroit Free Press said. The truck is a " a 375-horsepower, four-wheel-drive crew cab developed specifically for rural agencies like the Border Patrol, sheriff’s departments and the fish and game authorities," wrote Mark Phelan of the Free Press.
Ten Warning Signs Your ERP System is Killing Your Business
Ten Warning Signs Your ERP System is Killing Your Business
Failed manufacturing ERP implementations result in more complexity, duplication of effort, poor quality and a dangerous lack of visibility into operations. Is your ERP threatening your success?
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Five Signs a Company Isn't Maximizing Additive Manufacturing
Five Signs a Company Isn't Maximizing Additive Manufacturing
With 3D printing, "There’s still room for companies to maximize the technology across their entire operations," writes Kent Firestone, chief operating officer of Stratasys Direct Manufacturing. He outlines five signs that additive manufacturing isn't being used to its full potential and what to do about it. "In a hypercompetitive industry like manufacturing, it’s important to leverage all the tools at your disposal," he writes in a commentary.
Register Now for SOUTH-TEC, October 24-26 in Greenville, SC
Register Now for SOUTH-TEC, October 24-26 in Greenville, SC
SOUTH-TEC brings you the latest manufacturing solutions needed to exceed your customer demands and surpass your competition. Engage first-hand with world-class suppliers to research and identify crucial tools and technologies necessary to drive the next evolution of your industry – from development to final production. Register today and put SOUTH-TEC on your calendar, October 24-26, 2017.
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This Engineer Hasn't Given Up on Flying Cars
This Engineer Hasn't Given Up on Flying Cars
Flying cars have long been thought of as a pipe dream, something you see on half-century-old Jetsons cartoons. Don't tell that to engineer Sanjay Dhall, who "devotes hundreds of hours away from his family and a successful business to build a flying car," according to the Detroit Free Press. His invention, made of carbon fiber, is "not air-worthy yet, but trending that way fairly soon," the Free Press said.
2017 State of Automotive Manufacturing
2017 State of Automotive Manufacturing
The US automotive industry is operating in unprecedented times. United States light vehicle sales have expanded for seven consecutive years—the longest uninterrupted market expansion since 1917. The Center for Automotive Research (CAR; Ann Arbor, MI) forecasts the US motor vehicle market is reaching a plateau, even as several factors weigh in favor of continued growth. This webinar takes a deep look at these trends and other key developments to deliver you an updated view on the state of automotive manufacturing. Find Out More.
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Use-Based Maintenance Beats Alternatives
Use-Based Maintenance Beats Alternatives
T"Scheduled preventative maintenance is inefficient for many reasons," writes William Sobel, chief strategy officer of System Insights. Maintenance "based on equipment use instead of on schedule or reacting to failure—is worth a closer look."
Enabling the Factory of the Future with IT/OT Convergence
Enabling the Factory of the Future with IT/OT Convergence
Are you taking advantage of the Internet of Things to optimize your productivity, reduce downtime, and improve quality in your facility? In this webinar, we will share best practices and lessons learned from leading companies who have blazed the convergence trail and achieved outstanding results throughout their Industrial IoT or Industrie 4.0 journey. Learn more.
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Boeing May Have Built Its Last Passenger 747
Boeing May Have Built Its Last Passenger 747
Boeing Co. (Chicago) may have built its final 747 for commercial service, The Huffington Post said. The company "earlier this month flew a 747-8 Intercontinental back to the company's base in Washington state from a paint shop in Portland. It was wearing the colors of Korean Air Lines and it is extremely likely that it is the last passenger 747 to ever be built," HuffPo said.
Exporting Myths: 7 Misconceptions and the Facts
Exporting Myths: 7 Misconceptions and the Facts
In the business world, common "negative" myths about exporting are ubiquitous, but we've decided to break down these myths and give you a quick snapshot of the new reality. Get the facts about exporting now!
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GM Invests in Self-Driving Startup
GM Invests in Self-Driving Startup
General Motors Co. (Detroit) joined other automakers in investing in startup Nauto, Reuters said. Nauto is developing software for self-driving cars. Previously, Toyota Motor Corp. and BMW invested in Nauto.
Mazak Smooth CNC Navigation Tutorial
Mazak Smooth CNC Navigation Tutorial
TToday, touch screens are found in the consumer space on everything from cell phones to household appliances to beverage dispensers at local fast food chains.

Despite being so common in consumer products, touch sensitive interfaces are relatively new in the capital equipment space. This quick tutorial will demonstrate a new level of intuitiveness to CNC programming and operation through Mazak’s Smooth Technology. Learn More.
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Ford Postpones Some GT Deliveries
Ford Postpones Some GT Deliveries
The delay in delivering the supercar stems from "supplier constraints and homologation testing issues as part of an extended production ramp-up," Automotive News reported.
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How American Manufacturing Is Being Re-Manufactured
How American Manufacturing Is Being Re-Manufactured
"(T)oday’s manufacturing workers operate in much cleaner and more pleasant environs, programming, operating and maintaining production equipment that allows manufacturing to be done with higher quality and at lower cost per unit of output than ever before," writes Bill Formanek in a commentary on the Rocketminer.com website.
Machines Italia
Machines Italia
The U.S. offices of the Italian Trade Agency announced its "Call for Papers" for the 2017 Italian Technology Awards (ITA). The ITA is sponsored by the Italian Trade Agency, via its Chicago and Houston Offices, along with SME and its Italian machinery manufacturers' associations UCIMU, GIMAV and UCIMA.

The Italian Technology Award Program is comprised of three competitions asking upper-level students attending premier U.S. universities to submit papers on the relative innovation taking place in mechanical engineering-related industries and the issues they face. Award winners selected as having the best submissions, will be awarded a one-week trip to Italy with activities scheduled Nov. 5-11, 2017. Deadline for faculty and students to submit entries to SME is August 29th, 2017.

Details on each program and how to participate are found here.
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