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Earlier this year produced the largest, 3D-printed titanium part, achieving an important additive manufacturing milestone. Learn about how it happened, why it matters and what’s next.
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In today’s business world, change has become a way of life and, in order to survive, businesses are continually looking for ways to deal with and adapt to new conditions. Added to this is the need for organizations to improve operational performance and business agility.
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Product engineers and tooling manufacturers have a lot to gain from 3D printing: By generating low-cost physical prototypes early in the design process, they can check form, fit and function; gauge customer response; and compare design iterations without commitment. It’s even possible to quickly craft production parts, customized for a particular job. And no longer are manufacturing professionals limited by 3D printers that are too big, unfit for the office environment, and prohibitively expensive. Today, affordable, compact, office-friendly units are moving 3D printing to the desktop and dramatically expanding the availability of high-quality prototypes and parts.
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Although manufacturers recognize that a skilled workforce is needed for a company’s competitiveness and growth, many are not investing in career development programs – either because they are more focused on equipment and technology improvements, or they simply don’t see the return on investment (ROI) when it comes to employee education programs. This new white paper demonstrates how companies can tie learning and development programs to their bottom line.
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Siemens values security as a key aspect of each product - from the concept and the solution to the complete lifecycle services. The modern evolution of manufacturing environments requires an increasing volume of data transmission and advanced remote access features. This whitepaper details how SINUMERIK Integrate Access MyMachine and Analyze MyCondition meet innovation trends and modern security demands related to remote diagnosis and remote access to the CNC machine.
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After the Great Recession—and the loss of nearly 6 million manufacturing jobs—a coalition of concerned academic, business and government leaders crafted a plan to restore US leadership in manufacturing for the 21st Century. This year, they are rolling out the centerpiece of that proposal, a new federal program whose proposed budget now surpasses $2 billion. But can the US really be the world’s manufacturing leader again?
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The Model-Driven Innovation approach, and its emphasis on employing virtual prototyping at the system-level, is an invaluable technique when designing complex, dynamic machines.
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Whether you own a small job shop, run a busy tool room at a large factory, supply big automotive or aerospace companies, or you’re a startup pursuing a dream, you need to make the best equipment decisions for your business. When it comes to a metal cutting saw, you want a machine that withstands years of cutting at maximum capacity. So, what do you look for? Consider these 3 key factors when choosing a metal cutting saw that will meet your manufacturing needs and challenges.
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This article illustrates how engineers involved in the design of complex machines are making significant strides in their work with the help of the Maplesoft Engineering Solutions team. Learn more about such diverse projects as revolutionary mining equipment, more reliable offshore machines, a parametric approach to designing an industrial pick-and-place robot, and improved performance of crane control systems.
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Every engineer has access to Excel. It’s so easy to open up a worksheet and start putting in some values. A quick calculation here, add a multiplier there, change this value because you have new information, and maybe redo the calculation with this number to see what the results would look like. The numbers look good, so you proceed with building a prototype. A team member modifies the spreadsheet, which introduces an untraceable error, and sometime down the line, you discover that months of design work have been based on erroneous calculations.
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Around the world, customers in a diverse range of industries and technical disciplines are using Maplesoft solutions to solve difficult problems.
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Often customers are unsure of what to look for in a CNC and more importantly, why? We would like to present article 1 of a 3 part series answering this question and others. There are various CNC features that are considered essential in 2015 and we will try to help establish what they are and why you need them.
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Tomorrow’s factories will use Multi-Tasking machines, advanced manufacturing cells, and robotic automation systems together with complete digital integration to achieve free-flow data sharing. In such an environment, connectivity of machines and devices allows for enhanced process control, operation monitoring, and analytical capabilities — all within a plantwide or multi-plant cybersecure network connected to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Joint efforts of machine tool builder Mazak Corporation, manufacturing communications platform provider MEMEX, Inc., and IT leader Cisco have achieved a significant leap forward with the successful digital integration of the Mazak factory. Mazak now accesses and uses real-time manufacturing data to improve overall productivity and agility along with responsiveness to customer and market changes. This project also resulted in the development of a launch platform, called SmartBox, for an easy and secure entrance into the IIoT.
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The zCat direct computer control coordinate measure machine, or DCC CMM, is designed to be smaller and portable compared with traditional CMM devices. It has been in the making for more than four decades. The zCat traces its origins to Homer Eaton inventing the Romer Arm in 1974. The arm was a way to measure large objects, such as aircraft, without taking them to a measuring device. After finishing it, “I immediately realized the advantages that a motorized and computer-controlled version of it would offer and I went to work on it,” Eaton said. The technology, however, wasn’t yet in place to turn those ideas into reality. Now, in the 21st century, Eaton’s idea has taken the form of the zCat CMM machines produced by Fowler High Precision.
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For the third year, Manufacturing Engineering is proud to celebrate 30 young people under the age of 30 who have demonstrated exceptional talent and leadership in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics—fields that are essential underpinnings to a career in manufacturing. These young people have taken the road less traveled, and we applaud them for it. As this nation tries to encourage more students to develop their STEM prowess, and embark on a career in manufacturing, we at Manufacturing Engineering have learned some valuable lessons in talking to these young students and professionals. Foremost, when a young person makes a decision to pursue a path of study or a career in STEM, they are making a conscious decision to be challenged.
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Caterpillar’s plant manufactures rods. Those are manufactured in one piece and then cut in two. When reassembled it is of most importance that the pieces from different pairs do not get mixed. This white paper provides a solution provided by SIC Marking.
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3D printing has matured over the last decade, due in large part to the breadth of available materials. Additive manufacturing now offers many of the thermoplastics and metals found in traditional manufacturing. With so many options, choosing the right material for your application is crucial. Read the latest white paper from Stratasys Direct Manufacturing to learn what factors to consider when selecting your material.
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Learn how to automate the welding of materials with irregular, inconsistent or difficult to access joint interfaces with recent advancements in robotic automation. The addition of sensors to robotic equipment enables the automation technology to operate with remarkably human-like capabilities. When a sensor system is correctly selected, installed and trained (programmed) it will significantly extend the operational capability of the robotic arm and controller combination. In robotic welding systems the introduction of sensors provides the adaptive capability of touch and sight to address the challenges of a “moving” weld seam or component.
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Today’s need for agility and responsiveness has increased the demand for deployment choices; the constraints of early ERP systems—monolithic, highly customized, and expensive to implement and maintain—have become increasingly pronounced in markets where change is accelerating, and the ability to respond nimbly and effectively to change is a strategic imperative.
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With the help of new technologies and supportive government programs, the US manufacturing sector is growing again. In this special report sponsored by Siemens Industry Inc. the team at Advanced Manufacturing Media explores the new technologies and industry trends making it possible.
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Keeping a fleet of vehicles well maintained requires discipline, attention to detail, and a systematic approach to maintenance – all of which can benefit from a GPS fleet management system. Read these 6 steps for a more efficient fleet maintenance
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Many manufacturers focus on the wrong issues when evaluating ERP software systems for their businesses. Many neglect to assess key factors such as business model fit, architecture and manufacturing functionality. This convenient guide, offered by Plex Systems, helps manufacturers ask ERP vendors all of the vital, important questions necessary when shopping for a new solution.
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Includes analyses of the aircraft, space vehicle and missile, and guns and armored vehicle markets. The properties of additive materials, carbon composites, and metals from titanium to aluminum are considered. Experts discuss laser joining, grinding, automation, tooling, workholding, multiaxis machining, and welding. Lean, quality, metrology and workforce issues are looked at.
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Calibration management software should sit at the heart of a total calibration solution involving close integration between hardware and software parts. No two customer installations of a calibration management suite are identical so it's important customers select a configuration that works for them depending on their local needs.
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Proto Labs’ additive manufacturing white paper explores the various 3D printing technologies that today’s product designers and engineers have available to them. Learn how SL, SLS, DMLS, FDM, PolyJet and other processes rapidly build parts and see how each compares to one another. It’s a comprehensive look at 3D printing aimed to help you develop better products and get them to market faster.
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There’s a place in the world for high-priced, top-of-the line measurement systems, and there are applications for which nothing else will do. But in today’s competitive markets there’s a lot to be said for getting the functionality you need without spending more than you have to. There are also considerations that can have significant financial consequences, directly affecting your total cost of ownership and operation.
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Stratasys explores 3D printing from prototype to production in its new eZine. Perspectives include a Stratasys engineer who has seen advancements in additive manufacturing first hand. The eZine also shows how users are utilizing 3D printing to improve their products. Additive manufacturing moves fast and this eZine helps you keep up.
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Black Diamond Xtreme in Cannon Falls, Minnesota, had always contracted out practically all of its machining work. The shop produces aftermarket parts and accessories for snowmobiles and other ATVs – as well as those for its own brand of supercharged, lightweight Black Diamond-version mountain snowmobiles. But to further boost component quality, increase process control, manage costs and shorten lead times, the shop incorporated Multi-Tasking machine technology from Mazak and brought most of the previously farmed-out machining work back in-house. With Multi-Tasking capability, Black Diamond now produces parts in-house as cost effectively as having them farmed out, even to overseas suppliers. Over 95 percent of the shop’s parts are back at its U.S. operations. Black Diamond has total control over part processing, and the shop has gained the agility and responsiveness to quickly adjust to market needs and associated changes in its production operations.
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Over the past few years, there have been significant advances in Information Technology that carry serious implications for PDM systems. It can be difficult to decide which PDM solution combines the right mix of fundamental and innovative features for your particular needs.
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These 5 quality solutions given in this white paper come from our many years of experience working with quality engineers in manufacturing organizations. Our company and its software are always looking for ways to accelerate manufacturing and quality engineering. Pursuing software solutions to these and other challenges is our purpose as an organization.
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Cloud-based systems reduce the effort needed for ongoing support, cloud users are able to devote a higher percentage of their IT spending to new initiatives. The cost savings, combined with strategic benefits in speed, scalability, and agility, argue in favor of organizations moving aggressively to the cloud.
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New possibilities are born of new capabilities. The ability to dramatically lower production times and costs on complex, low volume components is a true game changer. That is what 3D printing is bringing to the production of jigs and fixtures. Mainstream manufacturers are adopting additive manufacturing, some of whom are experiencing lead time reductions of 40-90%, and cost savings of 70-90%. Learn how you can improve productivity in manufacturing, engineering and design with additive manufacturing.
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Industry overview of Manufacturing in Taiwan.
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Machines Italia, a project by the Italian Trade Agency conducted in partnership with Italy's FEDERMACCHINE, the National Federation of Association of Manufacturers of Capital Goods, serves as your NAFTA direct link to over 10,000 Italian manufacturing solutions providers from every capital good industry. When you're looking for the competitive advantage that comes with innovative technologies, take a closer look at Italian-made industrial equipment. We connect you to partners who offer problem-solving, flexible design, expanded functionality, and creative, cost-effective solutions. Our goal is to help you achieve your goals. Explore this edition of Machines Italia and see for yourself how advanced manufacturing technologies from Italian solution providers are helping to fuel a new era in manufacturing.
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This report is intended to dispel the notion that an adequate supply of skilled employees is beyond the reach of American manufacturers. In fact, there are several choices that American manufacturers can make to ensure a pipeline of talent for the foreseeable future. However, manufacturers must be strategic in their thinking and rigorous in their execution of these options. With that in mind, America’s SMMs can fill their skilled worker gaps before they become insurmountable challenges.
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Medical device manufacturing while being driven by innovation and regulation, faces many challenges with both. The focus of this survey was on the actual manufacturing of devices. Conducted in January and February through online surveys, this report is based on 291 responses. The respondents represent the many different roles in the medical device manufacturing industry; from finished goods manufacturers to equipment suppliers in the US and Canada.
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With an estimated 600,000 unfilled manufacturing positions across the country, the shortage of advanced manufacturing engineers, technologists and technicians is already impacting most industries. With the retirement of much of the core workforce over the next 10 years, and new generations not prepared to — or even interested in — taking their place, the manufacturing industry is facing a crisis.

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