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50 3D Printed Objects That Are Useful
Advanced Manufacturing Now
December 20, 2017
 
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GM CEO Wraps Up Busy Year in a Low-Key Way
GM CEO Wraps Up Busy Year in a Low-Key Way
General Motors Co. CEO Mary Barra this year has ramped up the automaker's autonomous car efforts and shed GM's money-losing European operations. But when she participated in a press event, she talked about the big changes in a low-key way. Senior Editor Bill Koenig describes the scene in a commentary.
New Generation of Dial Test Indicators
New Generation of Dial Test Indicators
Mitutoyo America’s latest dial test indicators have increased durability, sensitivity and readability. Stylus length is marked on the dial face, and longer styli allow easier access for probing of difficult-to-reach features. A glare-free flat crystal face allows for easy reading of graduations. Multiple layers of hard, smudge-resistant coatings on the crystal prevent scratches and contamination. Choose from a variety of dial positions: horizontal, horizontal with a 20-degree tilted face, vertical and parallel.

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Delta Selects Airbus Over Boeing for Big Order  
Delta Selects Airbus Over Boeing for Big Order  
Delta Air Lines ordered 100 Airbus A321neo aircraft with an option for 100 more to "help it refresh its fleet," according to USA Today. The carrier had also considered buying the Boeing 737 Max 10 model. The deal may be worth as much as $12.7 billion, with deliveries beginning in 2020.
Optimizing Aerospace Manufacturing
Optimizing Aerospace Manufacturing
Aerospace manufacturers deal with a wide variety of significant challenges including fierce global competition and continually increasing demands for part accuracy, higher productivity and lower costs. In addition, aerospace components carry an overriding requirement for total mission-critical reliability.

Download this eBook that details 7 Ways Machine Tool Providers Can Improve Aerospace Machining.

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Airbus Leadership Rattled by Corruption Probes
Airbus Leadership Rattled by Corruption Probes
Airbus is trying "to contain damage from multiple international fraud investigations over commercial and military sales," Reuters reported. "The sense of uncertainty is deepening." Executive changes may take place, according to the news service. “You won’t recognize the company within 12-18 months,” a person who deals with Airbus told Reuters.
Engineering Fit: Optimizing Design for Functional 3D Printed Assemblies
Engineering Fit: Optimizing Design for Functional 3D Printed Assemblies
Tolerance and fit are essential concepts that engineers use to optimize the functionality of mechanical assemblies and the cost of production. For 3D printed assemblies specifically, designing for proper tolerance and fit lowers post-processing time and ease of assembly, and reduces the material cost of iteration.

Use this white paper as a resource when designing functional 3D printed assemblies.

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3DP Printed Objects That Are Cool and Useful
3DP Printed Objects That Are Cool and Useful
The All3DP website has come up with a list of 50 3D printed objects that are not only cool but useful. Examples: a survival whistle, a soap dish, a self-watering planter and a toothpaste squeezer.
 
SPONSORED BY SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC: Five Benefits of Using the Zelio Time–NFC Timing Relay
SPONSORED BY SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC: Five Benefits of Using the Zelio Time–NFC Timing Relay
The Zelio Time—NFC Timing Relay from Schneider Electric is the first industrial near field communication (NFC)-based timing relay that’s designed to make electrical equipment manufacturing more efficient and more accurate. Each Zelio Time—NFC Timing Relay comes with a 22.5 mm wide relay device as well as a free smartphone app to configure the relay. After installing the relay, open the app on your smartphone to adjust settings, timing functions, and even diagnose problems downstream. Learn about the benefits of using the Zelio Time–NFC Timing Relay.
What can Industry 4.0 do for YOUR company?
What can Industry 4.0 do for YOUR company?
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Discover the future of the supply chain and how the 4th industrial revolution will change your day-to-day activities.

Register NOW for Industry 4.0 ThinkTank
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Trumpf Details Seven Benefits of Its Smart Factory
Trumpf Details Seven Benefits of Its Smart Factory
Trumpf's new smart factory in a Chicago suburb is gearing up production. Tobias Reuther, the factory's director, talked to Brett Brune, editor in chief of Smart Manufacturing, about seven benefits the company is getting from the facility. "Three of the benefits involve technology that the German machine tool and laser systems manufacturer is set to bring to market next year," Brune writes. "The other four emanate from technology already in use."
10 Trends Affecting Industrial Automation
10 Trends Affecting Industrial Automation
Automation improves quality and cuts costs, but the real reason manufacturers automate is ROI. Realizing the projected savings hinges on minimizing implementation costs while maximizing equipment utilization. Both are getting easier, thanks to these 10 industrial automation trends.

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Kuka Showcases Robotic Demos at TechCenter Grand Opening  
Kuka Showcases Robotic Demos at TechCenter Grand Opening  
SKuka Robotics Corp. recently held a grand opening of its new Metal & Arc TechCenter at its Shelby Township, MI, headquarters. The event featured 13 live robotic automation demonstrations, tours of the new TechCenter, and presentations on new technology. Managing Editor Candace Roulo describes the scene.
Italy will be Exhibiting at Leading US Manufacturing Events this Fall
Italy will be Exhibiting at Leading US Manufacturing Events this Fall
The Italian Trade Agency via its Machines Italia project will taking part at a number of US events this fall. So Visit us at these shows to see for yourself how digital manufacturing technologies from Italian solution providers are helping to fuel a new era in manufacturing:

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Manufacturing Expansion Is Forecast to Continue Into 2018
Manufacturing Expansion Is Forecast to Continue Into 2018
Manufacturing economic growth will extend into next year following a strong 2017, the Institute for Supply Management (Tempe, AZ) said in a semi-annual forecast. “I think it’s steady expansion as she goes,” Timothy R. Fiore, chair of ISM’s Manufacturing Business Survey Committee, said on a conference call. “At least for first half (of 2018) we’re on a pretty good trajectory.
Trust Your Leak Test: Six Factors to Success
Trust Your Leak Test: Six Factors to Success
The majority of manufacturers agree leaks are their #1 issue for repairs, warranty claims and productivity bottlenecks. These unreliable leak testers cost your company time, money and your reputation. We provide accurate and reliable leak test solutions that improve ROI and restore your confidence in your production line.

In this infographic, learn what improving your leak tester will mean for your production line.

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How FANUC May Be The World's Most Important Manufacturer
How FANUC May Be The World's Most Important Manufacturer
Robot maker FANUC "might just be the single most important manufacturing company in the world right now," Bloomberg Businessweek declared in a recent feature story. That's because what FANUC does "is designed to make it part of what every other manufacturing company is doing."
How to Optimize Product Design Process and Reduce Supply Chain Costs
How to Optimize Product Design Process and Reduce Supply Chain Costs
By using 3D printing, manufacturers are able to design for performance instead of struggling with the traditional limitations of designing for manufacturing and assembly.

This case study shares how by utilizing 3D printing technology, manufacturers can optimize their design and production of high-value parts.

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Essentials of IoT For The Modern Engineer
Essentials of IoT For The Modern Engineer
IoT is inevitably changing how engineers design products. While the mechanical engineer of the future needs the same foundation of technical skills and savvy for creative problem-solving as always, additional characteristics will soon be necessary.

Download this free guide to learn what the modern engineer needs to know about the Internet of Things.

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