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New Polymer Applications in Additive Manufacturing

February 24, 2020
The 3D printing of polymers has been around for over 30 years. And as Patrick Dunne, vice president of advanced application development for 3D Systems Inc., Berkeley, Calif., put it, there are significant applications across many different industries.
Ed Sinkora
By Ed Sinkora Contributing Editor, SME Media
2019 U.S. Cutting Tool Orders Close at 2.4 Billion

2019 U.S. Cutting Tool Orders Close at $2.4 Billion

February 24, 2020
December 2019 U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $187.2 million, according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute (USCTI) and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology.
By AMT/USCTI Cutting Tool Market Report

GM, Smaller After Rescue, Still Contributor to Economy, CAR Says

February 24, 2020
General Motors Co., shrunken after a 2009 U.S. bailout, still provides a boost to the U.S. economy, the Center for Automotive Research said in a report.
Bill Koenig
By Bill Koenig Senior Editor, SME Media
National Robotics League team at work.

BIG Kaiser Presents Fourth Annual Donation to National Robotics League

February 24, 2020
Customers and partners of BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling teamed up to generate a $7,283 donation to benefit the National Robotics League (NRL). The amount is nearly 10 percent more than last year and the fourth year-over-year increase in NRL funding from BIG Kaiser.
By BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling Inc. Press Release
With new cycles for the TNC 640 control, Heidenhain is enabling the easy programming of complex gears, such as for the skiving of internal gears.

Gear Machining Made Easy: TNC Cycles for Skiving

February 24, 2020
Machining gears is still regarded by many machine tool operators as a true challenge and a realm reserved exclusively for specialists.
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    What My Inbox Tells Us About AM

    February 20, 2020
    One of the informal ways I keep track of industry trends is by counting the number of press releases I get on particular topics. As the editor in chief of Manufacturing Engineering, I get a lot of them, as many as 50-60 per day.
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    Apprenticeships: They’re Good for Everyone

    February 6, 2020
    According to the U.S. Department of Labor, in FY 2018 more than 238,000 individuals nationwide entered the apprenticeship system and 23,400 more were registered in apprenticeship programs across the nation.
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    February 5, 2020
    The aerospace and defense (A&D) sector is thriving as demand for air travel increases along with growing worldwide defense needs. But to fulfill customer expectations, the sector has to continue to innovate—and innovation requires digital acumen.
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Manufacturing Engineering

Manufacturing Engineering

In the February issue, we examine the challenging task of making close tolerance parts for the aerospace and defense (A&D) industry. Our lead feature examines at how quality assurance and regulatory issues influence aerospace part manufacturing, and another feature looks at how aerospace is looking to additive manufacturing to boost efficiency and reduce waste. We also examine how shops are integrating metrology into manufacturing—an approach useful for A&D manufacturers and many others.

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Smart Manufacturing

Smart Manufacturing

Read the February issue of Smart Manufacturing, which includes an update on CESMII. The institute’s CEO is taking on the competitive standing of U.S. manufacturing, which he describes as being stuck “in a state of pilot purgatory.” Job One for CESMII, he said, is to convince U.S. manufacturers to get additional support from Uncle Sam.

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