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Advanced Manufacturing Now
March 08, 2017
 
US Manufacturing at Strongest Since Aug. 2014, ISM Says
US Manufacturing at Strongest Since Aug. 2014, ISM Says
The Institute for Supply Management's index for the US manufacturing economy rose to 57.7% in February, the best since August 2014. The group's New Orders and Production indexes also rose, with orders at the best since December 2013 and production the best since March 2011. Senior Editor Bill Koenig examines the numbers.
Okuma’s GENOS M560-V Easily Cuts Exotic Metals
Okuma’s GENOS M560-V Easily Cuts Exotic Metals
The GENOS M560-V vertical machining center is part of Okuma’s Affordable Excellence product lineup combining special pricing and superb quality. The highly rigid, thermally-stable double column construction allows for precise, heavy duty cutting and flawless finishes of difficult to machine materials. A separate ATC door makes tool changes seamless for increased efficiency. This VMC has the power and flexibility to deliver results time after time. Learn More.
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DMG Mori Presents Its Future
DMG Mori Presents Its Future
DMG Mori unveiled plans for a new organizational sales and service structure, streamlined operations, and strengthened additive manufacturing and digitization capabilities. Senior Editor James Lorincz attended the company's annual press conference in Germany and provides the details.
Yes, We're 3D Printing Woven Fiber Composites Now
Yes, We're 3D Printing Woven Fiber Composites Now
EnvisionTEC has been making professional-grade 3D printers for 15 years. Now, we’ve taken our deep experience with additive manufacturing to create the world’s first 3D printer for laminating thermoplastic-infused prepregs. It offers high repeatable quality, less labor and a wide range of available matrices, including carbon fiber and PEEK. CEO Al Siblani speaks about the technology at AERODEF on March 8. Learn more here
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'Civilized Explosive Welding' and Other Lightweighting Tales
"Civilized Explosive Welding" and Other Lightweighting Tales
The auto industry's drive to make cars and trucks lighter is going beyond the low-hanging fruit, writes Senior Editor Bill Koenig. One method being developed is "civilized explosive welding." A thunderbolt rams one material into another to create a welded joint. Discussion of the technology was a highlight of a Detroit conference about lightweighting.
Validation of Additive Manufactured Components Webinar
Validation of Additive Manufactured Components Webinar
Lucideon is hosting a free webinar: Validation of Additive Manufactured Components through Specialized Testing on April 27. The webinar will include discussion of a number of analysis techniques that can be used to provide design and performance evaluation, such as corrosion testing, burner rig, fatigue, high temp structural testing and digital image correlation. Visit the website to find out more and to register.
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Jeff Bezos Plans Amazon-like Delivery to Moon Settlements
Jeff Bezos Plans Amazon-like Delivery to Moon Settlements
Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, wants NASA to "back an Amazon-like shipment service for the moon" as part of human settlements, according to The Washington Post (which Bezos owns). “It is time for America to return to the Moon — this time to stay,” Bezos told the newspaper.
TSX Series for Highly Efficient Tangential Shoulder Milling
TSX Series for Highly Efficient Tangential Shoulder Milling
Sumitomo’s TSX Series features a tough, sharp cutting edge for stable, highly efficient tangential shoulder milling at high feed rates. It provides the strength required for increased depths of cut ranging from a small job to a heavy duty roughing application.A 4-corner ground tolerance tangentially mounted insert, with an optimized chipbreaker, achieves excellent edge sharpness and sidewall accuracy. The TSX is available in two precision-ground insert sizes offering a maximum depth of cut of 8mm (.315”) and 12mm (.473”). Click Here.
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Marriage of Convenience Between Lasers and Robots
Marriage of Convenience Between Lasers and Robots
Laser and robots have long worked together and they're getting together for more applications, writes Senior Editor Bill Koenig. As both lasers and robots improve their capabilities, they called on to work together more often. The collaboration began with automotive and is spreading.
Your partner for innovative additive manufacturing products
Your partner for innovative additive manufacturing products
Renishaw Solutions Centers provide a secure development environment in which you can build your knowledge and confidence using additive manufacturing (AM) technology. Equipped with the latest AM systems and staffed with knowledgeable engineers Renishaw will support you throughout your investigation and business case development process. Solution Centers will help you optimize your part design, build your confidence in the process, and gain the evidence you need to make investment decisions. Click here to learn more.
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Ford to Test 3D Printing of Large Vehicle Parts, Tooling
Ford to Test 3D Printing of Large Vehicle Parts, Tooling
Ford said it’s using a Stratasys Infinite Build printer for the tests. Stratasys (Minneapolis and Rehovot, Israel) unveiled the machine last year at an August press briefing in Bloomington, MN, and the IMTS trade show in Chicago in September.
Increased Production, Reduced Cost
Increased Production, Reduced Cost
Your leak test process is already strained by capacity, burdened by high cost and troubled with repeatability issues. Download this White Paper to learn how one carburetor manufacturer met the challenge while achieving improved quality – at a fraction of the cost. Learn More.
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Improving Metal Finishing Productivity
Improving Metal Finishing Productivity
John Thompson, national technical sales manager for PFERD Inc., offers his predictions on the future of metal finishing in a podcast with Senior Editor Alan Rooks. Thompson examines new solutions that can help improve productivity and reduce risk in hand-held applications.
Online “Technical Guide to MuMETAL® and Magnetic Shielding”, Classroom and Lab Reference
Online “Technical Guide to MuMETAL® and Magnetic Shielding”, Classroom and Lab Reference
Our technical resource guide created for academia or professional development is applied to high-tech fields such as OEM electrical and design engineering, research, physics, and related disciplines. Accessing the digital “Technical Guide to MuMETAL® and Magnetic Shielding” to learn about electromagnetic interference and shielding fundamentals, users gain technical knowledge and practical hands-on experience. Buy the tech guide curriculum as part of our University Lab Kit containing MuMETAL® alloy for sampling, testing and prototyping.
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Say Goodbye to the 'Age of Dirty Growth'
Say Goodbye to the 'Age of Dirty Growth'
"The age of dirty growth is definitively over," Antoine van Agtmaie, co-author of The Smartest Places on Earth, says in an interview with Brett Brune, editor in chief of Smart Manufacturing magazine. "You have to remember that manufacturing today is a lot more than the physical making of things. It involves design. It involves software development. It involves maintenance." 
Boost Productivity to Win More Business
Boost Productivity to Win More Business
This software tool can give NC programmers confidence to run any new part for the first time on a CNC machine. Many shops run their first parts unattended, without a prior prove-out. How? The software works with any CAD/CAM/PLM systems to simulate and optimize the exact same CNC code that will be run on the machine, so that it will be right the first time, every time. Learn more about VERICUT at cgtech.com/win
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GE Plans to Sell 10,000 3D Printing Machines in 10 Years
GE Plans to Sell 10,000 3D Printing Machines in 10 Years
GE plans to sell 10,000 3D printers in 10 years, building upon acquisitions it announced last year. “It’s a big number,” Tim Warden, senior sales director of GE Additive, told a tour of people attending SME’s AeroDef Manufacturing show. “That’s why they’re investing heavily,”.
Streamline your 3-D printing process
Streamline your 3-D printing process
ANSYS SpaceClaim® is a flexible, intuitive tool that enables users to work directly with STL files and leverage many automated prep tools for 3-D printing applications. These optimization tools smooth rough STL files, enable hybrid modeling with CAD and STL files, shell models to minimize waste, scale models and help create in-fills for ideal strength-to-weight ratios. To find out how SpaceClaim simplifies 3-D printing, try it now.
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PSA Deal for Opel Faces Political Headwinds
PSA Deal for Opel Faces Political Headwinds
Turning a French carmaker and its German rival into a global auto giant would be tough under any circumstances. But the deal by PSA Group of France on Monday to buy General Motors’ Opel and Vauxhall brands has the added complexity of politics.
Growing Demand for U.S. Expertise: Service Providers Are Exporters Too!
Growing Demand for U.S. Expertise: Service Providers Are Exporters Too!
Did you know that service exports comprise 1/3 of total U.S. exports? Most people think of exporting as selling hard goods overseas. What is less well understood is U.S. expertise in services, from high tech to construction, engineering and architecture, is in high demand worldwide. Learn how government resources can help your business sell services internationally
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