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The World’s First 3D-printed Jet Engine

Editor in Chief Sarah A. Webster


Prof. Xinhua Wu, a professor of materials engineering and director of the Monash Centre for Additive Manufacturing, has led a team at Monash University that has 3D printed the first jet engine. Full Article

SME’s AeroDef 2015 Features Technical Advice from Top Aerospace Manufacturing Professionals

Press Release - SME


Aerospace and defense manufacturers are facing new challenges at a time when demand for aircraft is surging. These include stricter requirements in aerospace manufacturing performance, reduced weight of the aircraft, fuel consumption, environmental impact and other factors that are creating a need for innovation at all levels of the extended manufacturing enterprise. Full Article

Non-Contact CMMs Beam Ahead

Contributing Editor Bruce Morey


Expect to see even more non-contact sensors on CMMs. ‘Non-contact’ is of course a broad term, including optical and imaging sensors, laser point scanner, line scanners, structured light, and confocal devices. The new sensors I am seeing on coordinate-measuring machines in the industry range from incremental improvements of tried-and-true devices to truly groundbreaking new gadgets for metrology. Full Article

Milling vs. Grinding for Rapid Stock Removal

David Graham and Philip Varghese, Corporate Applications Engineers, Norton | Saint-Gobain Abrasives


A recent effort by the Norton Advanced Applications Engineering Group demonstrates that for difficult-to-machine materials, grinding can be an economical alternative to other machining processes. The high removal rates achieved with the Norton Vitrium³ wheels provide a robust and reliable process which can be easily automated and is not susceptible to the variability experienced with traditional machining processes due to premature or unpredictable tool failure. Full Article

The Week That Was: Caterpillar, Boeing, Ford Report Earnings

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


For large manufacturers, having an international presence is a good thing. Until it isn’t. This week, US-based manufacturers, Caterpillar Inc. and Ford Motor Co., issued earnings reports that reflected weaknesses in regions outside their home markets. Caterpillar disclosed a 2015 forecast that included lower revenue and profit. Ford’s fourth-quarter earnings were affected by events in South America and Europe. Full Article

Huntington Ingalls CEO Brings ‘Long Game’ to Detroit

Senior Editor Michael C. Anderson


Mike Petters argues for the need of companies to look beyond ‘constant drumbeat’ of short-term pressures. Full Article

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