The April 2014 edition of Manufacturing Engineering is now available as a digital magazine. Links to individual articles are available on www.MfgEngMedia.com.
Connecting the Digital World with the Factory FloorNew collaborative 3D plant process planning and visualization tools are helping manufacturers prove out PLM’s promise.Additive Joins Subtractive for Advanced All-in-One MachinesNew levels of hybrid multifunction machines are here, as five-axis milling mixes with laser deposition welding technologies.Machine Controls Take Aim at the Job ShopNew CNCs, robot controls, and software enhancements help boost shop-floor productivity in job shops and high-end machining. A Pathway to Approval for Additive-Made DevicesDevices made with additive manufacturing techniques often replace a similar, or predicate, device made in a different manner.Is an Automotive Tooling Capacity Gap Looming?OEM demand for vendor tooling will rapidly expand over the next five years.
UPFRONTThe Digital Manufacturing DivideQUALITY SCANCMS to Offer New Portable 3D Metrology CertificationSME SPEAKSTechnology Transition: Key Ingredient to Ensuring Manufacturing Innovation Through NNMI InstitutesNEWSDESKIllinois and Michigan Win Manufacturing HubsSOFTWARE UPDATESPC Software Helps Manufacturers Detect and Solve Process ProblemsTECH FRONTNew Carbon Nanotubes Outperform Copper as Electrical ConductorsSHOP SOLUTIONSVolumetric Machining Lightens Racing Manifold IntakesFeeding the Beast at Miller Welding with FMSCNC Provides Shop with Needed FlexibilityFOCUS ON THE WORKFORCEProgramming Creativity at Missouri SouthernVIEWPOINTSManufacturing is the New "IT" Career
Additive or Subtractive?From our archives, read this 2005 article examining additive versus subtractive methods of prototyping. http://tinyurl.com/addorsubtract.
On the Cover: Digital manufacturing tools hold great promise for reducing product development costs while speeding new designs’ time to market. Automotive 3D models like the one shown here in Autodesk Inventor are widely used with PLM systems for digital prototyping new products. Image courtesy Autodesk Inc.