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The Roles of STEM Education in Taking On the Skills Gap

In this podcast, Alan Rooks, Editor in Chief of Manufacturing Engineering magazine, talks with Dean Steadman, CNC Education Program Manager for FANUC America, about how manufacturing is different than it was 20 years ago and how FANUC helps students and current workers become proficient with robotics and CNC automation.

How Traditional Manufacturers Can Add Additive Capabilities

Steve Immel, head of Americas Business Development for Materialise, explains why a traditional manufacturing company may want to get into additive manufacturing, the main considerations for manufacturers looking to add capabilities in additive manufacturing, and explores the “triangle of materials, hardware and software.”

How Zoller Implements Tool-Management Solutions

At the Westec show in Long Beach, Calif., Cedric Hasenfratz, national sales manager at Zoller USA, explains what common challenges in manufacturing Zoller is determined to solve. He also goes over the company’s approach to implementing tool-management solutions.

How Employees’ Finances Affect Manufacturing Businesses

Financial stresses on your manufacturing employees can hinder their productivity. In this podcast, Geoff Giordano, contributing editor for Manufacturing Engineering magazine, speaks with Mike Domingos and Marc Howell of Prudential Financial about their latest research into the ripple effect on businesses when employees encounter financial issues. They reveal some ways to tailor your benefits packages to help head off financial emergencies for workers – and preserve your organization’s overall financial health.

Tooling U-SME Prepares to Unveil Additive Certification

Jeannine Kunz, vice president of Tooling U-SME, details how awareness of AM’s capabilities is clearly on the rise: Some big manufacturers are focusing on what AM means to their human capital, and AM is often being incorporated into existing roles.

Industrie 4.0, as Seen From Ground Zero

Detlef Zühlke, Scientific Director for Innovative Factory Systems at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence and Executive Chairman of SmartFactory-KL in Germany, discusses what it was like to be a founding father of Industrie 4.0, obstacles to smart manufacturing and ways the transition can be made smoother.

Making Metal 3D Printing More Accessible and More Affordable

In this sponsored podcast, Markforged Applications Engineer Peter Kootstra explains to SME’s Jim Sawyer how his company has developed a process that can cut the cost of metal 3D printing by as much as 80% compared to standard methods.