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Senvol Launches Database for Industrial Additive Manufacturing Machines and Materials

Given the rapid growth of the industrial additive manufacturing (i.e. 3D printing) industry, it has become increasingly difficult to keep track of all of the machines and materials that are on the market. Senvol has solved this problem with the launch of the Senvol Database (http://www.senvol.com/database). Users are able to search the database by over 30 fields, such as machine build size, material type, and material tensile strength.

Viewpoints Blog

Low Oil Prices Challenge US Manufacturers

A few years back, the US Energy Information Administration predicted that the US would achieve energy self-sufficiency in two decades. Thanks largely to hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” the US was fast on its way to becoming the world’s top producer of petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbons. If only that game-changing prediction came with a playbook.

Quality

Non-Contact CMMs Beam Ahead

Expect to see even more non-contact sensors on CMMs. ‘Non-contact’ is of course a broad term, including optical and imaging sensors, laser point scanner, line scanners, structured light, and confocal devices. The new sensors I am seeing on coordinate-measuring machines in the industry range from incremental improvements of tried-and-true devices to truly groundbreaking new gadgets for metrology.

Controls & Software

Software Update: Moving to 3D Model-Based Inspection Improves Shop-Floor Quality Control

David Olson is Director of Sales and Marketing at Verisurf Software Inc. (Anaheim, CA) Manufacturing Engineering: What’s new in the recently updated X8 inspection software from Verisurf?

AeroDef

Beaming About Additive

There is a “Catch-22” irony that plagues defense industry budgets; the more money spent on aging aircraft, the less money there is to buy new aircraft.

Event Coverage

Booming Energy at HOUSTEX 2015

Houstex 2015—to be held Feb. 24–26 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston—will feature hundreds of exhibitors highlighting the latest manufacturing technologies, and new interactive opportunities. Attendees will enjoy scores of new product demonstrations, hear experts share insights on industry trends, and make connections that can take their company to the next level.


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