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Lockheed Martin Looks to Catch Up in 3D Printing

With all of its accomplishments – including world’s largest defense contractor, and a presence in all 50 states and 70 countries – you might think Lockheed Martin (Bethesda, MD) would already have mastered additive manufacturing.

Automation Marches on at FABTECH

FABTECH 2019, held Nov. 11-14 at McCormick Place in Chicago, featured multiple educational opportunities for attendees. A key feature of the FABTECH educational program, and one open free to all attendees, were the Leadership Exchange Panels.

FABTECH Panel Tackles How to Implement New Manufacturing Technologies

What is Industry 4.0 and why should we care about it? That was one of the questions that a Leadership Exchange on Emerging and Advanced Technologies attempted to answer. Among many other topics, the panel, held on Monday, Nov. 11, offered great practical ideas on Industry 4.0.

Metal Cutting: Turning Machines and Centers

Turned parts cover such a broad range, from slender shafts and tiny precision connectors to large-bore oil-patch tubing and huge turbine shafts, that it’s hard to imagine how they fall under the same category of single-point metal removal.

CMTS Day Two Focuses on Tech, Manufacturing’s Future

The second day of SME’s CMTS event focused on how technology is affecting manufacturing’s future. A morning keynote session dealt with how manufacturers need to concentrate on the use of data and intellectual property.

IMTS 2016: Emerging Technologies Hold Key to Competitive Future

There’s still plenty of good old fashioned metal (and material) removal going on in tens of thousands of US metalcutting shops and plants around the country. A visit to the huge South Hall at McCormick Place during IMTS 2016 is where you will find booths overflowing with advanced conventional turning and milling machines, multitasking CNC lathes, towering boring mills, and precision Swiss automatic lathes under power along with the automation needed to carve more-efficient production out of industries as diverse as aerospace, automotive, medical, job shop and contract manufacturing, and general engineering.