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Manufacturing Engineering: December 2019

The December 2019 edition of Manufacturing Engineering is available as a digital magazine. Links to individual articles are below.

Time to Prepare, Not Panic, in 2020

November 26, 2019
Expect at least two recessions, or downturns in GDP growth, in the next few years. That is the prediction of Brian Beaulieu, CEO and chief economist for ITR Economics.
By SME Media Staff

Purchasing Cutting Tools in the Digital Age

November 27, 2019
You don’t have to spend too much time looking to be overwhelmed with useful information from distributors and cutting tool manufacturers about solutions that yield lowest cost per part, per hole, or per tool.
Jim Lorincz
By Jim Lorincz Contributing Editor, SME Media

Machine Tool Buying in the Internet Age

December 2, 2019
Much about the process of buying machine tools has changed over the last decade. And much hasn’t.
Ed Sinkora
By Ed Sinkora Contributing Editor, SME Media

Sizing Up Deburring Operations

December 3, 2019
It’s a sad fact of practically all metal removal operations that, no matter how sharp the tool or free-machining the material, there are going to be burrs, hanging chads, ragged corners, and other edge quality issues that must be dealt with before calling the workpiece complete.
Kip Hanson
By Kip Hanson Contributing Editor, SME Media

Shop Solutions


  • Smart Manufacturing

    Industry 4.0 is Big and Confusing, So Start Small

    December 4, 2019
    Back in the early days of the Internet, when new sites were popping up selling everything from office supplies to dog food, I told a friend that I would never shop on the Internet. Too sketchy and unsafe. Well, some of it is still sketchy and unsafe, but I shop online—like billions of other people.
    By Alan Rooks - Editor in Chief, Manufacturing Engineering

Advanced Manufacturing Now

  • Additive Manufacturing & 3D Printing

    Producers Focus On Innovative 3D Resins

    November 26, 2019
    Two new production resins are available for 3D printing: one from 3D Systems is a thermoset that thinks it’s a thermoplastic and another from Carbon is a hybrid that’s 30 percent biomaterial, the company’s first resin with a reduced carbon footprint.
    By Ilene Wolff - Contributing Editor, SME Media
  • Plant Engineering & Maintenance

    The Light and Dark of Manufacturing

    November 27, 2019
    As I walked through the DMG Mori factory in Davis, Calif., during the company’s Manufacturing Days event in October, there was something noticeably different about it compared to other factories I’ve visited: it was brightly lit and quiet.
    By Pat Evans - Contributing Editor, SME Media
  • Materials

    Superhard Materials Help Futureproof Automotive

    December 3, 2019
    With younger generations migrating to cities and embracing digital lives, living habits are changing dramatically and ideas are spreading faster than ever. For the auto industry, these include ideas like the concept of shared transportation that will disrupt the automotive landscape.
    By Hubert Koegel - Global Sales Director Automotive & Aerospace, Element Six
  • Additive Manufacturing & 3D Printing

    3D Printing Delivers Washout Tooling for Composites

    December 4, 2019
    With today’s focus on lightweighting, hollow parts made from composite materials—such as ducting, fuel tanks, mandrels, and rocket shrouds—are in higher demand than ever before.
    By Rick Lucas - Chief Technology Officer, The ExOne Company

SME Speaks

Workforce Pipeline

  • Workforce Development

    Workforce Helps Aerospace Take Flight in N.C.

    December 6, 2019
    Thanks to millions in investment and new tailored workforce training for Gen Z and above, aerospace manufacturing is reaching new heights in Guilford County, N.C. Home to 200 aerospace companies and 400 suppliers, North Carolina has the second-fastest growing aerospace business cluster in the country.
    By Loren Hill - President, High Point Economic Development Corp., Brent Christensen - President and CEO, Greensboro Chamber of Commerce


  • Expert Opinion

    Lessons Learned from Metalcutting Can Guide AM

    December 9, 2019
    Additive manufacturing (AM) once was called “rapid prototyping.” Its earliest forms made prototype parts—and nothing else. However, manufacturers were intrigued by the prospect of using it to make cost-effective metal parts in production. That day is here.
    By Scott Fosdick - Head of Sales, Marketing, Business Development and Communications, GF Machining Solutions