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Medical Metrology Advances

Contributing Editor Bruce Morey


Devices manufactured for the medical community have always presented unique challenges. Medical devices tend to be small and intricate, human compatible, and need to follow strict regulatory guidelines. Adding to the challenge today is that demand for these devices is growing, as are pressures to make the devices in the most cost-effective manner. “We are seeing two trends in medical device manufacturing right now,” said Jeff Petersen, vice president, sales for Fowler Precision (Newton, MA). Full Article

In-Process Inspection Saves Powertrain Time

Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz


Northern Tool, a division of Star Cutter Co. (Farmington Hills, MI), is well-known for designing and producing special carbide cutting tools—often for automotive powertrain production—that accomplish more than one cutting operation in a single pass. With its CNC tool grinders, OD grinders, roughing OD grinders, and edge prep machines, plus blank prep machines and a cutoff and laser-etching machine, the company produces carbide drills, reamers, end mills, and form tools. Full Article

Medical Implants: The Cost of Failure

John McCloy, Founder, Engineered Assurance


Clearly implants have improved the quality of life for millions. But when these devices fail or pose health hazards, the ramifications can be disastrous for the recipient and manufacturer alike.The founder of Engineered Assurance is an expert litigation witness who has been called on to perform a variety of tests to pinpoint areas directly and indirectly contributing to medical implant failure.  Full Article

Light Guide Systems, HP Launch 'Blended Reality' Tech Tool

Press Release - Light Guide Systems, HP


Light Guide Systems, an augmented reality tool that is transforming manual assembly and manufacturing processes for companies worldwide, is working with HP Inc., to launch a new technology tool—Light Guide Systems Pro. Utilizing the immersive computing platform Sprout Pro by HP, Light Guide Systems Pro modernizes manual assembly processes in commercial and education applications. Full Article

Quality 3D Printing Requires Quality Inspection

Contributing Editor Ilene Wolff


As industry tinkers with the possibilities of additive manufacturing, a puzzling misconception has surfaced that should be corrected. Some in industry imbue 3D printers, the workhorses in AM, with the ability to make identically perfect parts every time, from part No. 1 to part No. 10,000, with no need for inspection or metrology. It’s just not so.
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Quality Inspection and the CAD Connection

Ernie Husted, President and CEO, Verisurf Software Inc


Modern manufacturing is rapidly adopting model-based definition (MBD). When employing an MBD strategy, the CAD model becomes more than the nominal to which all parts are measured and inspected against. Full Article

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