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Manufacturing Engineering: May 2019

The May 2019 edition of Manufacturing Engineering is available as a digital magazine. Links to individual articles are below.
Industrial AM Systems Producers Continue Rapid Growth

Industrial AM Systems Producers Continue Rapid Growth

May 6, 2019
The world of additive manufacturing (AM), commonly referred to as 3D printing, is quickly changing. The technology allows companies to manufacture products faster, with greater variation, and often with entirely new forms and functions.
Ray Huff Associate Engineer, Wohlers Associates Inc.
By Ray Huff Associate Engineer, Wohlers Associates, Inc.
Terry Wohlers Principal, Wohlers Associate, Inc.
By Terry Wohlers Principal, Wohlers Associates, powered by ASTM International
Additive Machines Go Mainstream

Additive Machines Go Mainstream

May 7, 2019
Additive manufacturing, and AM machines, have gone mainstream over the past five years. The technology has advanced. More materials, including metals and composites, are being used for 3D printing, where parts are made from a digital design.
Bill Koenig
By Bill Koenig Senior Editor, SME Media
Implementing Industry 4.0 in Three Key Steps

Implementing Industry 4.0 in Three Key Steps

May 6, 2019
If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed by the prospect of Industry 4.0, and perhaps a bit sheepish about your lack of progress, you’ve got good company.
Ed Sinkora
By Ed Sinkora Contributing Editor, SME Media
Tool Advances Boost Success in Parting and Grooving

Tool Advances Boost Success in Parting and Grooving

May 8, 2019
When it comes to parting off and grooving processes, the long and the short of it is this: one, parting off goes deep—down to removing the pip—and two, grooving plunges are shallower and can include multidirectional turning.
Jim Lorincz
By Jim Lorincz Contributing Editor, SME Media
Getting a Clearer Picture with Advanced Simulation Software

Getting a Clearer Picture with Advanced Simulation Software

May 7, 2019
Simulation in manufacturing is becoming much more pervasive. Advanced visualizations are used everywhere, from machining on shop-floor CNCs to offline CAD/CAM programming of NC equipment.
Pat Waurzyniak
By Patrick Waurzyniak Contributing Editor, SME Media

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Up Front

  • Additive Manufacturing & 3D Printing

    Manufacturing: New and Improved!

    May 9, 2019
    The state of manufacturing is always a combination of tried and true methods; improvements (sometimes dramatic) in traditional processes; and brand new technology few people even conceived of a few years ago.
    By Alan Rooks - Editor in Chief, Manufacturing Engineering

Advanced Manufacturing Now

  • Artificial Intelligence Comes to CAD

    May 10, 2019
    The bane of modern engineering is complexity. One promise of artificial intelligence and machine learning is helping engineers to use complex tools and harness vast data sets effectively.
    By Bruce Morey - Senior Technical Editor, SME Media
  • Automation

    ‘Digital Twins’ Have Positive Plant-Wide Impact

    May 11, 2019
    One of the foundational aspects of Industry 4.0 protocols is the creation of electronic “digital twin” models of product data and production processes. This includes an exact replica of all machine tools, including complex work envelopes showing the particular spindles, fixtures, and cutting tools.
    By Silvère Proisy - NCSIMUL North American Operations Manager, Hexagon Production Software
  • Research & Development

    Rise of Makers Will Bring a Waterjet to Every Garage

    May 13, 2019
    Who are the makers? Since the founding of Make: magazine in 2005 and the first Maker Faire in San Francisco in 2006, the loosely knit group of inventors, entrepreneurs, tinkerers, and crafters has grown massively.
    By John Cheung - CEO, OMAX Corp.
  • Automation

    Get Fluent in Blockchain, Architect a Better Future

    May 13, 2019
    These days mirror the late 1990s, when the Internet evolved to widespread use—and the topic bedeviled many. But others—in banking and entertainment, for example—who quickly learned the new lingo and jumped at the chance to explore the Web’s potential benefited greatly. Today’s tantalizing topic: blockchain.
    By Brett Brune - Editor in Chief, Smart Manufacturing

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  • Workforce Development

    VR Experiences Create Real-World Machine Skills

    May 15, 2019
    Virtual reality (VR) technology transforms a headset and software into immersive, interactive experiences, letting the user join in the view. For machine tool manufacturers, VR offers two important opportunities.
    By Michael Edlin - Technical and Project Support Specialist, Mazak Corp.

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