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Advanced Programming Makes the Case for Reshoring Moldmaking Operations

Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak

12/1/2014

The inexorable flow of mold-and-die manufacturing from North America and Europe to the Far East may be slowing somewhat, due to factors including rising labor costs in China, time-to-market concerns and quality issues. With the latest improvements in CAD/CAM software for die/mold machining, many manufacturers are steadily rebalancing that cost equation and reshoring a good chunk of moldmaking work previously done overseas. Full Article

Software Update: Gaining a Predictive Edge with Factory-Floor Monitoring



Edited by Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak

12/1/2014

Edzel Lapira is president of Predictronics Corp. (Milford, OH), a startup developer of industrial robot factory health-monitoring software. Full Article

Game-Changing Technology on a Roll



Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

12/1/2014

In the development of machining centers and cells, we’re always looking for game changers. Most recently, marrying 3D printing to standard machine platforms has been all the rage. Mazak Corp. is the latest entrant into the 3D printing/hybrid sweepstakes with the introduction of the Integrex i-400AM (additive manufacturing) Hybrid Multi-Tasking Machine for small-lot production from powder metals of difficult-to-cut materials such as those used in the aerospace, energy, and medical industries. Full Article

3D Systems Enters Agreement to Acquire Cimatron



Press Release - 3D Systems and Cimatron

11/24/2014

Combination strengthens design and manufacturing technology and product portfolio, extends direct sales and channel reach, creates value and completes the digital thread for enhanced customer experience. Full Article

FABTECH 2014: Google, PwC Urge Manufacturers to Be Disruptors, Not the Disrupted



Senior Editor Bill Koenig

11/13/2014


ATLANTA – Google Inc. and PricewaterhouseCoopers urged manufacturers at the Fabtech show in Atlanta to use cloud-based computer services to improve efficiency and tap into the knowhow of their employees. “What can we do so the people in this room are disruptors, not disrupted?” Mike Burak, a global tax services partner for PwC, said at the show’s final keynote address on Nov. 13. Full Article

Pumping Up Productivity with Waterjet Machining



Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak

11/1/2014

Abrasive waterjet technologies continue to advance with steadily improving speed and precision, cutting an extremely diverse range of materials. Today’s abrasive waterjet machines are used to quickly and accurately cut a wide range of parts ranging from large aerospace and automotive metal components to stone and granite as well as smaller parts with tiny feature sizes used in tools, implants and medical devices. Full Article

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