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AMT: US Manufacturing Tech Orders End Sour 2015 With a Gain

US manufacturing technology orders surged in December while posting a sizable decline for all of 2015, the Association for Manufacturing Technology said today.

Viewpoints Blog

Making 3D Sensing Even Better

Three dimensional, non-contact metrology devices are as good as they have ever been. However, the conclusion from industry is they need to get better. Wide area, large part sensing and metrology is going to get a boost from the recently formed PrecisionPath Consortium for Large-Scale Manufacturing.

Quality

Making 3D Sensing Even Better

Three dimensional, non-contact metrology devices are as good as they have ever been. However, the conclusion from industry is they need to get better. Wide area, large part sensing and metrology is going to get a boost from the recently formed PrecisionPath Consortium for Large-Scale Manufacturing.

Controls & Software

Autodesk Shifts to Subscription Pricing Model

Making the shift to subscription-only pricing, CAD/CAM developer Autodesk Inc. (San Rafael, CA) is finding some bumps along the way in transitioning from standalone software licensing to subscriptions for its cloud-based commercial software. Similar to Adobe’s move a few years ago, Autodesk as of Feb. 1 switched to monthly subscription-only pricing licenses for new commercial software users.

AeroDef

GKN Aerospace Goes with the (Natural Laminar) Flow: Company Delivers Clean Sky Wing Structure

Less drag, less fuel burned. That’s the argument for “natural laminar flow” (NLF) wing designs on future fixed-wing aircraft. A successful NLF wing is expected to reduce wing drag by 8% and improve fuel consumption by approaching 5%. That argument is now a step closer to being put to the test in Europe. In January, GKN Aerospace announced the delivery of novel wing components to be used on an Airbus A340-300 flight test aircraft.

Event Coverage

Learning from Legacies at AeroDef 2016

Boeing’s satellite facility, Ascent’s Coast Composites facility and the James Webb Space Telescope offered examples of how high-tech, even futuristic, endeavors are influenced by legacies they carry with them from the past.


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