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Manufacturing Tech Orders Surge on Monthly Basis, Fall From a Year Earlier

US manufacturing technology orders surged on a monthly basis in March but were still down compared to the same month last year, the Association for Manufacturing Technology said today.

Viewpoints Blog

It’s a Journey: Get Smart About Manufacturing

Whether they realize it or not, many manufacturers already employ some, if not all, of the strategies and technologies necessary to operate as a smart factory. In addition to lean principles, practically every manufacturer has implemented to one degree or another, advanced manufacturing cells and systems—i.e., multitasking, full five-axis machine tools and some level of automation. However, they often lack one key component: full digital integration to achieve free-flow data sharing in terms of process control and operation monitoring.

Quality

The Ins and Outs of Inspecting Threads

Screw threads may be one of the most important of industrial fasteners. Found practically everywhere, smooth operating threads that connect parts under intense stress and strain are vital to most industrial pieces of equipment. They are getting more critical in certain applications where failure equals catastrophe. Leads, pitches, diameters, tapers, and angles must be uniform with tight tolerances as well as free of occlusions or defects. Manufacturers need to prove they meet quality requirements, and that the need to ensure quality is just as important upstream with the cutting tool itself.

Controls & Software

Stratasys Launches Universal Design-to-3D Print Application, GrabCAD Print

Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS), the 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions company, today unveiled a bold, new software strategy designed to make 3D printing significantly easier, more intuitive and highly accessible. The approach is powered by a new, open architecture “design-to-3D print” workflow application, GrabCAD Print* – residing on the popular GrabCAD SaaS platform and supported by a community of more than 3 million designers, engineers and students.

AeroDef

Bell Helicopter Announces Program Relocations

Bell Helicopter announced plans to relocate several programs in order to optimize manufacturing capabilities across multiple plants. Effective immediately, the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X final assembly in Lafayette, LA, will relocate to the company’s Mirabel Assembly and Delivery Center in Canada.

Event Coverage

In Interview with Smart Manufacturing, HP Gives More 3D Printing Details

HP’s unveiling last week of two new 3D printers, a post-processing station and a slew of solutions aimed at changing the industrial 3D printing marketplace left some questions hanging in the air. Smart Manufacturing sat down with Stephen Nigro at SME’s RAPID conference in Orlando, FL, to ask how its new partnerships will work, when people can expect to see a functional Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) system on the shop floor, and what HP is bringing to the marketplace.

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