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New Software Puts Big Data to Practical, Specific Use

Contributing Editor Ilene Wolff


Today’s metrology software—compared with applications available as recently as the turn of the century—is more accurate, has the capacity to analyze bigger data sets, is faster, and makes using it easier. “It’s mind boggling how fast it moves data. And that’s really critical to getting your job done,” said Ron Rode, past president of the Coordinate Metrology Society (Weatherford, TX). “Scanning is getting more and more accurate, you’re able to take bigger and more dense cloud points, and the software is getting much more robust.” Full Article

Software Update: Integrated G-Code Simulations Can Prevent Costly Errors

Edited by Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak


Marc Bissell is Senior Applications Engineer at Geometric Ltd. in Scottsdale, AZ. Manufacturing Engineering: What are some of the most important current developments in CAM?  Marc Bissell: Advances in technology are dynamically changing the landscape in the CAM market. Cutting-edge technologies including seamlessly integrated CAD/CAM, simultaneous four- and five-axis milling, high-performance toolpaths, support for advanced multitasking machines, and integrated true G-code machine simulation formerly available only in expensive high-end systems, are now available to the mainstream CAM market. Full Article

Shop Solutions: Waterjet Finds its Groove in Autodesk's Maker Culture

Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz


One might describe software developer Autodesk’s Workshop at Pier 9 as a traditional communal workspace. In reality, it is a highly advanced maker space where artists, engineers, designers, architects and others network and share resources and knowledge that blur the lines between art and manufacturing. It is here where creativity and advanced technology foster innovative designs and transform how things are made. Full Article

DMDII Announces Public Kickoff of Digital Manufacturing Open Source Software Project

Press Release - DMDII


The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), a UI LABS collaboration, today announced the public kickoff of its open source software project, the Digital Manufacturing Commons, DMDII-15-16. The Digital Manufacturing Commons (DMC) is a software platform that can be used to share and access manufacturing data and analysis tools. The project has the potential to generate millions of dollars of savings for small, medium and large manufacturers by democratizing the flow of innovative digital manufacturing data. Full Article

Hypertherm Expands Robotic Capabilities With Purchase of Jabez Technologies

Press Release - Hypertherm


Jabez Technologies, creators of software to simplify complex robotic programming, is joining Hypertherm, a U.S. based manufacturer of plasma, waterjet, and laser cutting systems, to make it easier for companies to utilize robots for manufacturing applications. Simple offline programming is a key barrier to the wider utilization of robotics in manufacturing. Hypertherm and Jabez believe combining Hypertherm’s cutting expertise with Jabez’s skilled engineering and support staff will make it easier for robotic programmers and integrators to achieve optimal results. Full Article

Ford Integrates Virtual Reality and 3D Printing to Advance Manufacturing

Executive Editor James D. Sawyer


What do you get when you combine full motion-capture video, 3D printing and immersive virtual reality software? Many, many things, it turns out. Ford Motor Co. is integrating these technologies to optimize how its employees assemble vehicles. Full Article

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