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Promise and Peril in New Era for Automakers, Suppliers

In Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood, there’s a structure that symbolizes both the promise and the peril of a new automotive era—the 105-year-old Michigan Central Station. The train station has been empty and decaying for 30 years.

Industrial AM Systems Producers Continue Rapid Growth

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.

How One Research Conference Still Inspires Me

My first participation in SME’s North American Manufacturing Research Conference (NAMRC) was in 1994 at NAMRC-XXII, hosted by Northwestern University (Evanston, IL). I presented my work, “Development of a New Type of Magnetic Finishing Tool for Internal Finishing of Tubes Using Rotating Magnetic Field,” in the Machining Innovation 1 session at 10:30 a.m. on May 25, 1994.

New Concepts for Digital Design and Manufacturing

Manufacturing Engineering: PARC, a Xerox company, is involved in developing new concepts for digital design and manufacturing. Describe how new representations and algorithms are helping to design, analyze and plan the manufacture of highly complex structures via new technologies.

Extrusion and Drawing Knowledge

Extrusion and drawing, two related, stalwart topics in material forming, are covered from top of punch to bottom of die in more than 200 papers in the SME Technical Paper library. The range of contributors is broad, from companies like Alcoa, Westinghouse, ASEA, Western Electric and General Electric to universities in Japan, Germany and the US, as well as individual entrepreneur metalworking shops.

Cold Sintering Process Saves Energy, Material

Researchers at Penn State University (University Park, PA) have devised a novel method for sintering, a widely used manufacturing process for powdered materials. The new process, which uses much less time and energy than current approaches, could have global implications on manufacturing and energy savings and pave the way for new discoveries.

Kyocera SGS Tech Hub Holds Grand Opening for New Facility

Kyocera SGS corporate leadership joined with state and local officials, Sept. 18, for a ribbon cutting ceremony to inaugurate its newly constructed manufacturing and research hub located at 149 Slayton Avenue in Cyber Park, Danville, Va. From this 30,000-sq.ft. state-of-the-art facility, Kyocera SGS Tech Hub LLC, a subsidiary of Kyocera SGS Precision Tools Inc., will produce customized solutions for its customers while actively evaluating and researching new best practices.

Argonne National Laboratory’s Next Top Model

Designing and manufacturing a new part or product, such as a car engine or wind turbine, can be time-consuming and costly. To combat process limitations, the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory (Lemont, IL) is using cutting-edge machine learning techniques to help organizations reduce design time from months to days and slash development costs.