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Academic Provides a 3D Printing Reality Check

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


The dean of engineering at Canada’s University of Waterloo today provided a reality check concerning 3D printing and additive manufacturing. Full Article

FABTECH 2015 Brings Roaring 3D Scanning Event to Art Institute of Chicago

Press Release - SME


FABTECH 2015, North America’s largest collaboration of technology, equipment and knowledge in the metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing industry, brought 3D scanning technology to the steps of the Art Institute of Chicago last week.Exact Metrology, a 3D scanning solutions company, used its Surphaser technology — known for its high accuracy and scan data quality — to 3D scan the museum’s nine-foot-tall south guardian lion, sculpted by Edward L. Kemeys (1843-1907). Full Article

The Fourth Industrial Revolution – It’s Here

Editor in Chief Sarah A. Webster


October 2 is Manufacturing Day, and the upcoming event is not merely some quaint memorable nod to the past. Over the past three years, #MFGday has become so successful – more than 440,000 people have participated – that many will actually celebrate manufacturing throughout the month. Most of those who have participated in these events are truly surprised by what they see. The global manufacturing sector is in the midst of what many manufacturing experts regard as the Fourth Industrial Revolution, known globally as Industry 4.0. This new era of cyber-physical manufacturing is being driven by creative new manufacturing technologies used to make things. Full Article

In United Grinding Universe, What You See Is What You Grind, Erode

Senior Editor Jim Lorincz


Manufacturers in search of the precision grinding technology, techniques, and turnkey solutions had a chance to explore the latest advanced technologies at United Grinding’s Universe Event in a symposium-style setting at the company’s headquarters in Miamisburg, OH. The latest machine and productivity-enhancing products for ID/OD, match, creep feed, centerless, radius, and universal grinding techniques were showcased in 16 stations in staggered presentations over the two days of the event. Full Article

How Medtronic in Mexico Ran (Nitinol) Rings around Competitors

Senior Editor Michael Anderson


In his WESTEC Keynote, Medtronic VP Mexico Operations Gerardo de la Concha described how a uniquely empowered task force was able to develop an endovascular Nitinol ring at a fraction of the old cost. Full Article

WESTEC 2015: Grinder Experts to Exhibit New Centerless Grinder

Press Release - Total Grinding Solutions


Total Grinding Solutions (TGS) will be sending its new centerless grinder to the WESTEC show, scheduled from September 15 – 17 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The TGS team will exhibit in booth 815, along with several other companies that specialize in turnkey grinding systems, and grinder components, spare parts and service. TGS, a worldwide manufacturer of centerless grinding machines based in Warren, Mich., expects to make significant inroads in the West Coast manufacturing industry with its cost-effective and reliable machines. Full Article

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