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Manufacturing Engineering: February 2020

The February 2020 edition of Manufacturing Engineering is available as a digital magazine. Links to individual articles are below.
Aerospace machining often requires specialized machine tools, such as this X10000 from Mitsui Seiki. Tier 1 suppliers often look to the machine builder to share in the creation of a manufacturing process, which allows the owner of a new machine to better understand the latest technical features and how to use them.

Aerospace: Comply or Die

January 28, 2020
Success in aerospace machining requires more than the ability to hold tight tolerances in difficult materials. It also requires the ability to prove that you did so in compliance with a pile of specific guidelines, with reports that likewise must follow a specific format.
Ed Sinkora
By Ed Sinkora Contributing Editor, SME Media
GE’s Catalyst on an engine test stand in Prague. Because of additive manufacturing, the Catalyst had 855 conventionally manufactured parts pared down to just 12 3D-printed parts.

3D Printing Cleared for Takeoff

January 29, 2020
Aerospace was an early, and enthusiastic, adopter of additive manufacturing. The technology has been used to make brackets inside of aircraft.
Bill Koenig
By Bill Koenig Senior Editor, SME Media
Metrology companies are providing equipment for use in manufacturing, like this Zeiss Duramax.

Integrating Metrology into Manufacturing

January 30, 2020
Metrology equipment is showing its usefulness on the shop floor. Lasers and structured-light scanners operate next to assembly jigs and press-brakes.
Bruce Morey
By Bruce Morey Senior Technical Editor, SME Media
Manufacturing users employ the latest AR and VR technologies in implementing Siemens’ global PLM to connect far-flung factory locations.

PLM Takes On Digital Transformation

February 4, 2020
Product lifecycle management (PLM) software helps manufacturers manage, shape, guide, and refine new product developments, speeding up the design and production process.
Pat Waurzyniak
By Patrick Waurzyniak Contributing Editor, SME Media
Digital boring heads like the BIG Kaiser EWE shown here are said to reduce tool setting time by 20 percent or more.

Boring Tools Get Smart, Go Deep

February 3, 2020
It’s said that holemaking is the most commonly performed of all machining operations. And it stands to reason that most of those holes must be reamed or most likely bored after drilling. For as long as machinists have been boring holes, however, they’ve struggled with a variety of problems.
Kip Hanson
By Kip Hanson Contributing Editor, SME Media
In January 2019, Daley College opened its new Manufacturing Technology & Engineering Center.

Hope Meets Workforce Needs at Daley College’s MTEC

January 31, 2020
Machining programs at community colleges can bring to mind images of old, tired equipment, housed in even older, drab facilities. That was the case at Richard J. Daley College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago. But not anymore.
By Larry Adams Contributing Writer, SME Media
Alan Rooks
By Alan Rooks Editor in Chief, Manufacturing Engineering

Shop Solutions

Up Front

  • Expert Opinion

    What a Magazine Means to Readers: The Sequel

    January 28, 2020
    In my October Up front column, I wrote about an email I had received from Steve Wenning, who was retiring and told me about how much he used Manufacturing Engineering throughout his career. I enjoyed corresponding with Steve, particularly since I don’t often receive direct feedback from readers.
    By Alan Rooks - Editor in Chief, Manufacturing Engineering

Advanced Manufacturing Now

  • Additive Manufacturing & 3D Printing

    New Company Advances Sustainability in AM

    January 29, 2020
    Has a new producer of powders for additive manufacturing (AM) done the improbable, not just once but twice?
    By Ilene Wolff - Contributing Editor, SME Media
  • Grinding & Deburring

    CBN Generating Grinding: An Economic Alternative

    January 30, 2020
    The demand for high-quality gear teeth in areas such as electric mobility comes with great challenges. or example, in many applications generating grinding with corundum is a good solution, but this abrasive also has disadvantages in some applications. Grinding special geometrical modifications could, for example, have a negative effect.
    By Andreas Mehr - Technology Development, Gear Grinding and Shaping , Liebherr-Verzahntechnik GmbH
  • Additive Manufacturing & 3D Printing

    Minimizing Downtime With Additive Manufacturing

    February 6, 2020
    Be it due to a breakage or malfunction of tooling or a part, manufacturers will likely acknowledge that it’s not unusual for one or more production line(s) to be down, waiting for a replacement item at any given time.
    By Lee-Bath Nelson - Co-Founder and Vice President, LEO Lane

SME Speaks

  • SME Speaks

    Competition Seeks to Improve Manufacturing Practices and Standards Development

    January 31, 2020
    Now in its fourth year, the Reusable Abstractions of Manufacturing Process (RAMP) Competition is the premier venue for researchers to showcase their manufacturing process modeling work, while also engaging in a standards development process.
    By William Bernstein, PhD , National Institute of Standards and Technology, KC Morris, PhD , National Institute of Standards and Technology, SME Member Since 2018

Additive Manufacturing Update

  • Additive Manufacturing & 3D Printing

    MakerBot Moves Into Industrial-Grade 3D Printing

    February 3, 2020
    Driven by market changes and feedback from customers, we shifted our focus away from the consumer market toward education and professional segments. We recognized that professionals needed more to meet the advanced needs of rapid prototyping for manufacturing.
    By Nadav Goshen - CEO, MakerBot Industries

Workforce Pipeline

  • Expert Opinion

    Can Upskilling Help A&D Firms Continue to Thrive?

    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.
    By John Karren - Principal, PwC, Miguel Smart - Principal, PwC


  • Expert Opinion

    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.
    By Andreas Weber - President, Rego-Fix USA