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Detroit Manufacturing Institute Opens, Gets New Name



Senior Editor Bill Koenig

1/15/2015

A Detroit group, which aims to speed the development of light-weight materials, had a public coming out and got a new name today.The new moniker, Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow, or LIFT, was unveiled as the institute officially opened with a ceremony. LIFT replaces the name Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing Innovation Institute. Full Article

Ford Americas Chief: Manufacturing Hubs Will Lead to Discoveries



Senior Editor Bill Koenig

1/14/2015

The National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, aimed to speeding development of advanced manufacturing, is a “positive,” the head of Ford Motor Co.’s Americas unit said today. “I think discoveries will happen,” Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of the Americas, said at a press conference at the Automotive News World Congress. Full Article

Honda Steps Up Use of Advanced Materials in Acura NSX



Senior Editor Bill Koenig

1/12/2015

Honda Motor Co.’s Acura division said it’s stepping up use of advanced materials in its NSX supercar that goes on sale later this year.The previous NSX, which was discontinued in 2005, made extensive use of aluminum. That will continue with the new NSX, which will also have high-strength steel and carbon fiber. Full Article

ALMMII Will Cut Ribbon to Open Detroit Innovation Acceleration Center Jan. 15



Press Release - ALMMII

1/12/2015

ALMMII, the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute will cut the ribbon to officially open its new innovation acceleration center in Detroit, Michigan on January 15, 2015. The 100,000 square-foot facility is part of a national network of research institutions and industrial companies geared toward advancing America's leadership in manufacturing technology. Full Article

Detroit Auto Show: Jurassic Park Meets Weight Watchers



Executive Editor James D. Sawyer

1/12/2015

The theme for the 2015 North American International Auto Show (aka, NAIAS or Detroit Auto Show) could very well be “Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear.” The slate of new vehicle introductions the first day was laden with trucks and ultrahigh-performance sports cars. These vehicles, however, are not the gas-guzzling dinosaurs of Detroit’s past. Full Article

Emuge Introduces Comprehensive Tooling Program for Threading Demanding Titanium Alloys



Press Release - Emuge Corp.

1/12/2015

Today, Emuge Corp. (www.emuge.com) announced they are introducing a comprehensive line of high-performance tools for threading demanding alloyed Titanium materials. Ranging from taps with unique new geometry designs to solid carbide thread mills, the new program provides solutions for the most demanding titanium challenges such as in Aerospace, Defense and Medical machining applications. Full Article

Obama Announces New Manufacturing Institute in Tennessee



Senior Editor Bill Koenig

1/9/2015

President Barack Obama today announced a 122-member consortium, working with the US Department of Energy, will oversee an advanced manufacturing institute aimed at speeding development of new composite materials. Full Article

Trade Group: Despite Aluminum Buzz, Steel Isn’t Dead



Senior Editor Bill Koenig

1/5/2015

A trade organization is trying to get out the message that steel is going to remain a major part of automotive manufacturing.“There is a bit of concern because of the hype about aluminum,” Jody Hall, vice president-automotive market of the Steel Market Development Institute, said in a Dec. 18 interview. Full Article

Rising Sons at Micro Mold and Plastikos



Senior Editor Michael C. Anderson

1/1/2015

The Erie, Pennsylvania companies Micro Mold and Plastikos make highly engineered precision parts for an ever more demanding client base in the medical and other industries. Both companies also have reputations as great places to work. The companies’ success is directly related to the culture of each workplace, according to their CEOs—who are themselves directly related. Full Article

The Heat Is On Difficult-to-Machine Metals



Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

1/1/2015

Cutting tool manufacturers call on a lot of tribal knowledge to help their customers find the most productive machining solutions for processing difficult-to-machine materials. Manufacturers in industries that are big users of titanium, stainless steels, Inconels, and other high-temperature heat-resistant superalloys (HRSA) are increasingly seeking machining solutions that extend tool life, improve productivity, deliver consistent part quality, and take advantage of the latest advances in machine tool technology—all at the same time. Full Article

Tech Front: New Conductive Polymer Nanocomposites Hold Promise for Portable Devices



Edited by Senior Editors Patrick Waurzyniak and Ellen Kehoe

1/1/2015

Researchers at Drexel University (Philadelphia) have developed a strong, flexible, electrically conductive nanocomposite material that could be used to power future wearable energy storage devices. The conductive MXene-polymer nanocomposite material, created by researchers in Drexel’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering in collaboration with scientists at Dalian University of Technology in China, is very flexible yet has the strength to support many times its own weight. Full Article

Enabling Long-Winded Speech



Edited by Senior Editor Michael Anderson from information provided by Morgan Advanced Materials

12/11/2014

New speech valve implant with high-purity zirconia lasts eight times longer than traditional silicon. Here's how it was made. Morgan Advanced Materials worked with the University of Hull (Hull, UK) to develop a new valve used to restore vocal function for patients with throat cancer. The new tracheo-oesophageal fistula speech valve uses Zyranox biocompatible yttria partially-stabilized zirconia, specifically developed for surgical implant devices. Full Article

Injecting Quality at MGS Ireland



Edited by Senior Editor Michael Anderson from information provided by Hexagon Metrology

12/11/2014

Liffey Park Technology Campus in Leixlip, County Kildare, stands less than one mile away from the original (circa 1759) brewing location for the most famous of Irish exports—Guinness beer. Over 250 years later, the site is now home to several hi-tech companies, including the Ireland Headquarters of Hewlett-Packard (HP). Full Article

Composites Processing: Is That All There Is?



Carroll Grant, Aerospace Contractor, Aerospace Composites Consulting

12/11/2014

Being a part of the aerospace composites industry since the early 1980s has been an especially rewarding experience in my career. I got involved with this industry in the early days of automated lamination development and got to see processes like automated fiber placement (AFP) mature over the years and become the premier process for making large composite structures.  Full Article

Advanced Materials Always on the Edge



Senior Editor Ellen Kehoe

11/19/2014

As materials discoveries have advanced, techniques have evolved “to accelerate the transition from materials processing in a laboratory environment to fabrication techniques in a full scale production environment” and to show how “the advent of new materials and advances in the design of mechanical and electrical components are inextricably linked.” The paper stating this describes a knowledge-based approach to hot isostatic pressing. Full Article

Fed Says Industrial Production Fell in October



Senior Editor Bill Koenig

11/17/2014

US industrial production slid 0.1% in October, dragged down by decreases in automotive and paper products, the Federal Reserve said in a statement. The decline follows a 0.8% rise in September. The Fed defines the industrial sector as manufacturing, mining and electric and gas utilities. Full Article

Ford Officially Launches Production of Aluminum F-150



Executive Editor James D. Sawyer

11/12/2014

When Brad Huff, Ford Dearborn (MI) Truck Plant manager, and Jimmy Settles, UAW vice president and director, National Ford Department, drove the ceremonial first 2015 Ford F-150 off the line on November 11 at the automaker’s historic Rouge complex, it marked the culmination of years of work to mass produce a pickup with an aluminum alloy body and bed. Full Article

Optomec Becomes Platinum Member of America Makes



Press Release - Optomec

11/12/2014

Optomec, a leading global supplier of production grade additive manufacturing systems for 3D printed metals and printed electronics, today announced it has become a Platinum level member of America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII). Full Article

Tech Front: New High-Hardness Metal-Matrix Material Developed for Additive Uses



Edited by Senior Editors Ellen Kehoe and Patrick Waurzyniak

11/1/2014

A new ferrous metal-matrix material developed by The NanoSteel Co. (Providence, RI) will soon offer manufacturers a new alternative for producing fully dense, high-hardness metal components with additive manufacturing techniques. Full Article

Lighter Vehicles Necessitate New Materials, Comau Executive Says



Senior Editor Bill Koenig

10/29/2014

Automakers and their suppliers will need to work with a greater variety of materials as part of efforts to reduce vehicle weight, an executive of Comau said today at a conference. The companies will need to use aluminum, hybrid materials, magnesium and composites, Martin Kinsella, Comau’s director of advance materials and process technologies, said at the International Automotive Body Congress in Dearborn, MI. Full Article

Steel Market Development Institute Appoints Mark A. Thimons to Head Steel Recycling Institute



Press Release - Steel Market Development Institute

10/23/2014

The Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), a business unit of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), announces that Mark A. Thimons will succeed Gregory Crawford as Vice President of the Steel Recycling Institute (SRI).  Crawford announced his upcoming retirement earlier this year.  Full Article

Coldwater Machine Company Announces Solid State Joining Center



Press Release - Coldwater Machine Company

10/7/2014

Coldwater Machine Company, a leading engineering solutions company that manufactures and integrates precision equipment and tools for multiple industries, has announced the establishment of its Solid State Joining Center, a business unit dedicated to the development of technologies that address the challenges of joining lightweight and dissimilar materials. Full Article

Change-up Pitch: From Metal to Plastic



Edited by Executive Editor James D. Sawyer with information provided by Kaysun Corp.

10/2/2014

Even though it’s been around since the 1950s, when engineering-grade resins were first introduced, many manufacturers  still are not familiar with the many benefits that metal-to-plastic conversion provides. As this process continues to evolve, especially with the rapid development of new advanced plastics that can outperform metal at lower cost, fewer injection molders are capable of providing the necessary engineering expertise to develop a product from metal into plastic. Full Article

Viewpoints: Standardized Tooling Data Enables Smarter Choices



Sean Holt, Vice President of Engineering, Sandvik Coromant

10/1/2014

Engineers and machinists on the shop floor are constantly under pressure to problem-solve and reduce the time it takes to transform a design into a finished component. This can affect their ability to keep up with the equally rapid-fire advancements in machine and tooling technology. As CAM technology advances, manufacturers are turning to digital manufacturing solutions to seamlessly manage their entire product life-cycle. Now more than ever, the demand for fully integrated and connected manufacturing systems is growing, and it will only continue to grow. Full Article

Innovative Tools Remove the Jagged Edges



Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

10/1/2014

Precision product finishing has come a long way from the days when the principal options for burr removal were manual deburring or high-volume tumbling. Both of those options play an important role in helping manufacturers meet their finishing requirements, especially with the variety of equipment and media available to meet most any part requirement. Full Article

Shiloh Industries Acquires Radar Industries, Expands Stamping Business into Central Mexico



Press Release - Shiloh Industries

10/1/2014

Shiloh Industries, Inc., a leading supplier of lightweighting, noise and vibration solutions, today announced its acquisition of Warren, Michigan based, Radar Industries. The purchase leverages Radar Industries’ tooling technologies, strong stamping capabilities, key customer relationships and expands Shiloh’s existing manufacturing capacity to include Central Mexico and Michigan. Full Article

America Makes Honors Howard A. Kuhn with Distinguished Collaborator Award



Press Release - America Makes

9/24/2014

America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), is pleased to announce today that it honored Howard A. Kuhn, Ph.D., P.E. with the inaugural presentation of the America Makes Distinguished Collaborator Award, for his dedication and contributions to the Institute. Full Article

TechFront: New Laser-Like Polariton Beams Show Promise for Electronics, Medical Uses



Edited by Senior Editors Patrick Waurzyniak and Ellen Kehoe

9/1/2014

Researchers at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI) have developed a new laser-like beam, called a polariton, that is said to be the first polariton laser powered by electrical current instead of light. The invention, which technically isn’t a laser, also works at room temperature instead of at below-zero temperatures. Full Article

Mix and Match for Lightweight Autos



Contributing Editor Bruce Morey

9/1/2014

It is common sense—a vehicle that weighs less requires less fuel to move it. A number of studies show that reducing the mass of a vehicle by 10% results in anywhere from 4.5 to 6% better fuel economy—well worth the effort. The dilemma for automakers is that mass reduction needs to happen without compromising safety, NVH, styling, or size. Full Article

They Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To



Executive Editor James D. Sawyer

9/1/2014

A new era has dawned in motorized vehicle manufacturing. Until recently the dominant trend has been the implementation of lean manufacturing and continuous improvement processes to make automotive production more efficient. The new trend also stresses efficiency, but now there is a sharp focus on fuel efficiency driven by government regulation. Full Article

Viewpoints: Think About IMTS 2020 Before You Attend IMTS 2014



Scott Walker, President, Mitsui Seiki USA Inc.

8/1/2014

IMTS is the manufacturing world’s “big box” superstore. For those attending, knowing your objectives in advance is wise. Before you prepare your IMTS 2014 “must see” list, I suggest asking yourself and your team: “What do we want to be working on five years from now? What types of parts? What industries? What technologies do we want in place by then? What do we want our factory floor to look like? How will we manage all the data?” Full Article

Tech Front: Research Team Develops New Ultralight, Ultrastiff Additive Materials



Edited by Senior Editors Patrick Waurzyniak and Ellen Kehoe

8/1/2014

A team of researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL; Livermore, CA) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT; Cambridge, MA) has developed a new material for additive manufacturing processes that is as dense and light as an aerogel, but has 10,000 times more stiffness. This material is described in the researchers’ paper published in a June 20 article in the journal Science. Full Article

Searching Toolboxes for the Right Solution



Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

8/1/2014

Suppliers of advanced tooling and workholding solutions are an innovative lot who like doing nothing better than trying to one-up the competition on behalf of their customers. That involves paying careful attention to where the opportunities for advanced technologies lie and how to expand their offerings of products and services. Full Article

Glued & Screwed



Contributing Editor Ed Sinkora

8/1/2014

In many ways Command Technology (Baltimore, MD) has always been like any other thriving contract manufacturer: Dozens of CNC machining centers, excellent QC, and a good team. But twenty years ago, Command’s founder and owner, George Braswell, challenged himself to create a capability that would set the company apart. Ironically (for a machine shop), the answer relied on glue and a torque screwdriver. Full Article

BIG M 2014: Why Manufacturers Ought to be Institutionalized



Michael C. Anderson Senior Editor

6/12/2014

National Network of Manufacturing Institutes leaders answer questions at The Big M event Full Article

Altana More Than Doubles Production Capacity for BYK Additives in the US



ALTANA

6/5/2014

The specialty chemicals group ALTANA announced today the grand opening of its BYK USA Inc. expanded facility in Wallingford, Connecticut. With this state of the art plant, BYK more than doubles production capacity in the U.S. and increases worldwide supply chain security for its additives. The expansion project represents a $50 Million investment from ALTANA, the largest single investment the Group has made outside of Germany. Full Article

SME Speaks: From a Miracle to Just Another Tool



Kevin L. Ayers, Industry Manager--Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing, SME

6/1/2014

I remember the day I saw my first stereolithography machine in action in 1987. We all gathered around to witness this new technology, and I was overwhelmed to see the part rise up out of the machine, almost as if it had been transported in the Star Trek “replicator.” I knew then that this was a going to be a huge and revolutionary part of the future of manufacturing. All around the world, there were many who felt the same. Full Article

Tech Front: New Process Allows Nanofibers to Grow at Room Temperature



Edited by Senior Editors Patrick Waurzyniak and Ellen Kehoe

6/1/2014

Researchers at North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC) have devised a safer method of growing vertically aligned carbon nanofibers (VACNF) with ambient air, rather than using toxic chemicals like ammonia at very high temperatures in a vacuum chamber. Full Article

Tech Front: Graphene-Based Light Detectors Add Thermal Vision to Contact Lenses



Edited by Senior Editors Patrick Waurzyniak and Ellen Kehoe

5/1/2014

New research into graphene-based light detectors that can use the full infrared spectrum has the potential to put heat-vision technology into a contact lens or other devices. And unlike the mid- and far-infrared detectors currently on the market, the detector developed by University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI) engineering researchers doesn’t require bulky cooling equipment to work. Full Article

Plastics Flow into the Medical Device Industry



Senior Editor Michael C. Anderson

5/1/2014

Although the North American medical device industry continues to grow, its players are under an extraordinary number of constraints. FDA requirements top the list, of course, controlling what, how, and from what materials a device can be made. On top of that are cost pressures brought on by international competition, safety and sustainability concerns, and, finally, manufacturability issues. This is not a field for the timid. Full Article

Improving Laser Technologies Driving Big Changes in Little Stents



Contributing Editor Ilene Wolff

5/1/2014

For about 20 years, medical device manufacturers have used continuous wave lasers to make permanent metal stents, first out of stainless steel and then out of alloys like nitinol and cobalt chrome. Doctors implant the devices to prop open blood vessels or help with other medical conditions.  But during the last two decades ultrafast, pulsed lasers have been perfected that can also produce stents made of polymers, which are bioplastics that dissolve in the body once they’ve done their job. Full Article

Hard Hips



Patrick Loughney, Product Specialist, Sandvik Coromant

4/21/2014

Hip replacement surgery is currently the most common and most successful orthopedic operation in the United States. In 2013, more than 332,000 people traded in their painful hips for ceramic or metallic joints. And that number is rising steadily due to the needs of our aging population, innovative surgical techniques and recent material advancements. Full Article

Johnson Controls Develops Stain-Resistant, Antimicrobial Coating for Automotive Seats



Johnson Controls

4/4/2014

Johnson Controls, a global industrial company with core businesses in the automotive, building, and battery industry, has developed a coating for fabrics that keeps automotive seats clean and hygienic. The coating repels dirt and liquid, and protects passengers from microbes and static. Full Article

Additive Joins Subtractive on Advanced All-in-One Machines



Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

4/1/2014

The path of precision machining has taken a decidedly unexpected change in direction. Yes, machining centers, in their various configurations of horizontal, vertical, and universal, continue to hold their preeminent positions in shops for their ability to create value-added benefits to individual workpieces or parts in serial production. Full Article

A Pathway to Approval for Additive-Made Devices



Contributing Editor Ilene Wolff

4/1/2014

Additive manufacturing is now producing all manner of medical devices, and new ideas for the process—ranging from printed surgical tools and bone replacements to human tissue—are coming from designers and engineers daily.Even the best idea, though, has little value in the United States unless the Food and Drug Administration gives its go-ahead for putting the device on the market. Full Article

Tech Front - New Carbon Nanotubes Outperform Copper as Electrical Conductors



Patrick Waurzyniak, Senior Editor and Ellen Kehoe, Senior Editor

4/1/2014

Carbon nanotube-based fibers created at Rice University (Houston) show that on a pound-per-pound basis, the nanotube fibers have more capacity to conduct electrical current than copper. Although individual nanotubes can transmit nearly 1000 times more current than copper, the same tubes coalesced into a fiber using other technologies fail long before reaching that capacity. Full Article

Ford Invests $500 Million in Ohio Engine Plant, Creates 300 Jobs



Ford Motor Company

3/28/2014

Ford Motor Company will invest $500 million to upgrade its Lima Engine Plant and add 300 new jobs to support production of the all-new 2.7-liter EcoBoost® specifically engineered for the next-generation 2015 Ford F-150. Full Article

NewsDesk: Manufacturing Network Takes Shape



Edited by Editor in Chief Sarah A. Webster

3/1/2014

During his 2014 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama on Jan. 28 again made manufacturing a centerpiece of his economic agenda—calling for the creation of a total of six manufacturing innovation institutes.   We have the chance, he said, “to beat other countries in the race for the next wave of high-tech manufacturing jobs.” he effort is part of Obama’s broader vision for a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) that strengthens US industry. Full Article

KT Engineering Thinks Ahead



Senior Editor Michael C. Anderson

3/1/2014

Visitors to KT Engineering (Rancho Dominguez, CA) find a clean and orderly manufacturing area with an undercurrent of purpose-driven energy: CNC machinists clearly know the nuances of the equipment and the minutia of their tasks. Engineers walk briskly carrying SPC reports, slight furrows at their brows—countenances of concentration. Assemblers work adroitly, handling freshly finished parts with care. Machine tools buzz, coolant splashing their interior windows. All the elements—place, procedure, people, production—pulsate. Full Article

IMTS Attendees To See Car Being Built by Additive Manufacturing



James D. Sawyer, Senior Editor

2/28/2014

Local Motors (Phoenix, AZ) is preparing to build the first direct digital manufactured vehicle later this year. The effort will be made at IMTS. The show runs September 8-13, 2014, in Chicago. The vehicle will be manufactured on a Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) machine from Cincinnati Inc. (Cincinnati). Full Article



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