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Flying Car Unveiled at Geneva Intl. Motor Show; Will be on the Market Next Year
Advanced Manufacturing Now
March 14, 2018
 
Supplier’s Rover Exploration Vehicle Parts Go to Mars for the Third Time
Supplier’s Rover Exploration Vehicle Parts Go to Mars for the Third Time
As a specialist in aerospace machining parts and assemblies for aerospace and military applications, Next Intent Inc. is accustomed to earth-exiting challenges. An early one came in 2000, when the shop gained a contract to make the wheels and other components for the 2003 Mars Exploration Rovers—Spirit and Opportunity, and now the latest challenge is making components for the 2020 Rover.
Dynatect Ball Screw Repair: New Savings Calculator
Dynatect Ball Screw Repair: New Savings Calculator
Ball screw repair options are crucial to managing the uptime of machine tools and ensuring mission-critical machines are back online faster. About 30-60% of used precision ground ball screws (PGBS) can be refurbished to new condition with a warranty. Repair costs are typically 50-60% the cost of new PGBS. Dynatect has introduced a savings calculator to evaluate different options and help you save money and combat long lead times.

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Harley-Davidson Invests in Alta Motors to Develop Electric Motorcycles
Harley-Davidson Invests in Alta Motors to Develop Electric Motorcycles
Harley-Davidson invested in Alta Motors, an electric motorcycle and light vehicle EV drivetrain maker based in Brisbane, CA. Both companies made the investment public last week, and announced that Alta Motors will collaborate with the motorbike maker to produce future electric motorcycles as part of the deal. Harley-Davidson recently announced that it will release an all-electric motorcycle, a first for the company, sometime in 2019.
REVO SFP2 a CMM measurement revolution
REVO SFP2 a CMM measurement revolution
The REVO® SFP2 makes surface finish inspection an integral part of your CMM measurement procedure. Powered by REVO’s 5-axis multi-sensor measurement technology allows the surface finish analysis to be fully integrated into a single measurement report. The SFP2's automated surface finish inspection offers significant time savings, reduced part handling and greater return on CMM investment.

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30 Under 30 2018: Recognizing the Manufacturing Leaders of Tomorrow
30 Under 30 2018: Recognizing the Manufacturing Leaders of Tomorrow
The 30 Under 30 program is a great way to honor young people who are passionate about manufacturing and excited to make products, improve processes, and work with not only their minds, but their hands too. Deadline to nominate a deserving individual is March 23. Don't delay, nominate a young person today!
LEXT – No Compromises
LEXT – No Compromises
Olympus’ new LEXT® OLS5000 3D laser scanning confocal microscope features 4K scanning and dedicated objectives for detection of near-perpendicular features at close to nano-scale.

The microscope acquires data four times faster than its predecessor, using an expansion frame and long working distance (LWD) lens to perform precise measurements on samples up to 210 mm in height and concavities up to 25 mm deep.

The result is simple, accurate measurement of a wide variety of samples.

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Manufacturing Adds 31,000 Jobs in February
Manufacturing Adds 31,000 Jobs in February
US manufacturing added 32,000 jobs in February, primarily in durable goods, while non-durable goods decreased by 1000 jobs last month. Even with the job decrease in non-durable goods, employment rates are steadily increasing in the manufacturing industry.
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Be a Flying Driver: Pal-V Unveils its Flying Car at Geneva Intl. Motor Show
Be a Flying Driver: Pal-V Unveils its Flying Car at Geneva Intl. Motor Show
For years the thought of flying cars has been pure fantasy, but flying cars are about to hit the streets and the skies. Dutch company Pal-V unveiled its Liberty Flying Car last week at the Geneva Intl. Motor Show. The company said client deliveries could start next year. Keep in mind that you will need a driver’s license and pilot’s license, and airstrip to operate this vehicle, plus $600,000 to purchase a PAL-V Liberty Pioneer Edition.
Guide to 3D Printing on the Production Line
Guide to 3D Printing on the Production Line
Additive manufacturing (AM) technology can help companies recognize new cost savings and productivity improvements with high strength, custom printed parts built for the production line. Not sure how to identify the best 3D printing applications for your operations?

Download this white paper to identify where AM can improve maintenance, repair, and operations processes in your business and to see how other companies have successfully implemented 3D printing techniques.

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New Tech Helps to Cut Tricky Aerospace Composites
New Tech Helps to Cut Tricky Aerospace Composites
The list of aircraft parts now being made with composites has grown longer than a TSA screening line: the fuselage, empennage, wings, nacelles, control surfaces, nose skin, and even floor beams. Plus internal non-airframe components like levers, interior braces and panels. Oh, and helicopter rotors. Then add in the newer metal-matrix composites and ceramic-matrix composites. Composite use is growing, and methods for machining them is advancing. Yet, carbon fiber reinforced plastics still represent the most commonly used composites in aerospace.
Concentric Vises for Easy 5-Axis Machining
Concentric Vises for Easy 5-Axis Machining
Roemheld USA's new high precision MCP-Z self-centering vises are ideal for 5-axis machining, and are repeatable up to 0.0004"". In a range of sizes, MCP-Z vises have two moving jaws that provide clamping at the exact center of the rotary table and high clamping repeatability. Numerous benefits include compactness, easy maintenance, stability under high forces, quick clamping without retrofitting, and availability of a wide range of jaws.

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Storied UIUC Engineering Program Tackles Tough Manufacturing Problems
Storied UIUC Engineering Program Tackles Tough Manufacturing Problems
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has a long, distinguished history and tradition in mechanical and applied engineering sciences, and the university will soon celebrate the opening of a long-planned, multi-million-dollar expansion to its Mechanical Science and Engineering (MechSE) building. As part of the face-lift, UIUC’s Transform MEB program includes a $12 million donation from alumnus Sidney Lu, chairman and CEO of computer and smartphone manufacturer Foxconn Interconnect (Taiwan), which builds Apple iPads and iPhones.
Real-Time Insights Improve Workforce Safety and Productivity
Real-Time Insights Improve Workforce Safety and Productivity
How can industrial companies increase worker safety and productivity?

To gain a better understanding, Intel conducted an extensive study of industrial workers in manufacturing, energy, public safety, warehouse, field service, and construction sectors.

In this webinar, Intel, Arrow Electronics, and Rice Electronics will detail the results of the study and describe several use cases in which the Rice Electronics Connected Worker Solution* can help increase worker safety and productivity.

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American Manufacturing is holding its own against Rivals
American Manufacturing is holding its own against Rivals
It’s no surprise that there are fewer manufacturing jobs in the US than there used to be. There are 6.998 million fewer manufacturing jobs now than when employment in the sector hit an all-time high of 19.533 million in June 1979. In Nov. 1943 manufacturing's share of nonfarm payroll employment was 38.8 percent. Now it is 8.5%. Despite these numbers, US manufacturing hasn’t collapsed, and in inflation-adjusted terms, it is more than twice what it was back in 1979, when manufacturing employment peaked.
Attend the Smart Manufacturing Experience — Dive Into the Next Industrial Revolution
Attend the Smart Manufacturing Experience — Dive Into the Next Industrial Revolution
SME and AMT created the Smart Manufacturing Experience to support manufacturers as they make the transition into Industry 4.0. The event provides hands-on, live technology demonstrations, visionary keynotes, active learning labs, and collaborative technical workshops. The focus is on transformative technologies including additive manufacturing/3D printing, automation, advanced materials, precision machining, precision measurement/3D scanning, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and digital manufacturing. Smart Manufacturing Experience is designed to provide practical, real-world solutions that make way for improved manufacturing speed and efficiency.

Register today at smartmanufacturingexperience.com!

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Manufacturers Thrive by Leveraging Intellectual Property
Manufacturers Thrive by Leveraging Intellectual Property
America has a rich history built on innovation. Our country is proud of its many firsts. Such inventions were key to our country’s rise as a major manufacturing powerhouse. But innovation can only thrive if it is continually rewarded. Patents, which are exclusive rights granted to an inventor, were created as a legal means for protecting inventions.Yet, patents encourage innovation and technical development.
IMTS 2018 is the premier manufacturing technology show in North America. Held every even-numbered year in Chicago, IMTS attracts buyers and sellers from 117 countries.
IMTS 2018 is the premier manufacturing technology show in North America. Held every even-numbered year in Chicago, IMTS attracts buyers and sellers from 117 countries.
Industry professionals see the innovative technology, systems and processes that can improve their efficiency. They gain valuable ideas and insights from over 2,400 exhibitors from the metalworking industry.

Covering 1.3 million square feet of show floor, leading manufacturers will display their equipment in ten product pavilions and four co-located shows!

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Are You Stuck in a Rut or Just Determined?
Are You Stuck in a Rut or Just Determined?
You need perseverance and consistency to succeed. Sometimes you must persevere against the odds and hold out for that big break. However, do you know the fine line between being stubborn, or possibly stuck in a rut, and being determined? Here are five ways to tell if you are stuck in a rut and need to move on to something new.
 
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