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Manufacturing Engineering: October 2018

The October 2018 edition of Manufacturing Engineering is available as a digital magazine. Links to individual articles are below.
EDM equipment

EDMs Take a Big Step Up To Unattended Eroding

September 27, 2018
For the most part, EDMing is an unattended, or at least lightly-attended process. Unlike CNC lathes and machining centers, where a broken cutter during the night can make for a truly bad morning, sinking a mold cavity or cutting a trim die requires little in the way of babysitting—why wouldn’t you let the machine run on its own after everyone’s gone home for the day?
By ME Staff Report
Laser cutting

Thick Plate, Tube and More: Laser Cutting Advice from the Pros

September 28, 2018
From cutting various thicknesses of sheet metal and metal plate or different widths of tubing to navigating intricate materials or process issues, some of the laser industry’s leading suppliers have weighed in with tips and insights into their novel solutions.
Geoff Giordano
By Geoff Giordano Contributing Editor, SME Media
Aluminum bus bar lap welding

From Multispot Welding to Limiting Soot: Tips for Optimal Laser Joins

September 28, 2018
In our May webinar titled “Lasers in Manufacturing: State of the Art in 2018,” we noted the emergence of some novel technologies to produce the “holy grail” of laser welding: spatter-free joins with no porosity and, when required, highly aesthetic outcomes.
Geoff Giordano
By Geoff Giordano Contributing Editor, SME Media
A Flow International Corp. waterjet

Waterjet Makers Move to Increase Uptime of Machines

October 1, 2018
Waterjet technology—cutting materials with a jet of water—is expanding. Use of waterjets is moving to smaller shops, where there may only be one or two such machines. As a result, makers of waterjet machines are looking to boost uptime and simplify how they operate.
Bill Koenig
By Bill Koenig Senior Editor, SME Media

Shop Solutions

  • CAD/CAM Software Helps Students Meet NASA Rover Challenge

    October 2, 2018
    For thousands of aspiring engineers, the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge is the highlight of their student careers. The competition invites high school and college teams to design, build and test technologies that enable rovers to operate in a range of harsh environments.
    By Jim Lorincz - Contributing Editor, SME Media
  • Workforce Development

    Specialty Parts Manufacturer Thrives, Supports Youth-Based Training

    October 2, 2018
    Manufacturing specialty parts to spec, as well as supporting youth-based manufacturing programs, has kept Marten Machining Inc. (Stevens Point, WI) strong and growing in the U.S. for more than 30 years. This now-large job shop continues to invest in equipment and area youth, crediting its use of five-axis machining as a key part of its success.
    By Jim Lorincz - Contributing Editor, SME Media

Up Front

  • Expert Opinion

    Walking the Talk at IMTS 2018

    October 10, 2018
    I just returned from IMTS in Chicago and my first thought was, “where will I be able to rack up all those bonus steps I got last week?” On the easiest day, I walked 7.9 miles, and I topped 10 miles on two other days. It’s easy to understand why.
    By Alan Rooks - Editor in Chief, Manufacturing Engineering

Advanced Manufacturing Now

  • Additive Manufacturing & 3D Printing

    MD&M East Offers Myriad Medical Solutions

    October 3, 2018
    More durable and versatile therapeutic wearable material, more accurate part measurement and improved automation and 3D printing were among the many technologies on display at this year’s Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) East conference, June 12-14, in New York City.
    By Geoff Giordano - Contributing Editor, SME Media
  • Expert Opinion

    Ingersoll has Big Reputation for ‘Giant Machines’

    October 3, 2018
    Ingersoll Machine Tools Inc. (Rockford, IL), which made its reputation with colossal machines, had a big week at the end of July.
    By Ilene Wolff - Contributing Editor, SME Media
  • Expert Opinion

    Getting a Good Fix on ‘FOD’

    October 4, 2018
    Manufacturers and fabricators build their reputation on the quality of the products they produce. A vital part of the quality process is regulating Foreign Object Debris (FOD), defined as any substance, debris or article alien to a vehicle or system which could potentially cause damage or prevent proper functioning of the system.
    By Ken Wasiuta - Vice President, WB Industries

Software Update

  • Tools for Managing Cyber Threats to Manufacturing

    October 8, 2018
    What are the key cyber threats to manufacturing in the era of the IIoT/Industry 4.0 and the proliferation of digital manufacturing systems?
    By Alan Rooks - Editor in Chief, Manufacturing Engineering

Workforce Development

SME Speaks

  • SME Speaks

    SME Virtual Network: A New Way to Engage

    October 4, 2018
    In manufacturing, the internet is getting quite a bit of attention lately—and for good reason. The Internet is bringing our industry to new frontiers, to the promised land called smart manufacturing.
    By Adam Cook - Chief Technical Officer, Alliedstrand, SME Member Since 2014


  • Expert Opinion

    Industry 4.0 and CAD/CAM Software: Five Questions

    October 9, 2018
    Forward-thinking CAD/CAM companies are addressing the emerging shift in manufacturing towards Industry 4.0. Where does CAD/CAM fit into this picture? Specifically, where does the software program you use fit into these goals at your company?
    By Ben Mund - Senior Market Analyst, CNC Software Inc.

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