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Who Controls Feedstock Used in 3D Printers?

Should the US Copyright Office oversee whether 3D printer operators can use feedstock not approved by their machine’s maker to turn out medical devices or airplane parts, or is that the role of

In-House 3D Printer Saves Firm Thousands

A fused filament 3D printer has saved a custom outdoor lighting manufacturer tens of thousands of dollars a year, improving operations and winning more business. The purchase also helped retain

A Quick Guide to Safe Surfing

When I was at another job a few years ago, I remember watching in disbelief as all the files on my PC were encrypted. A note popped up saying that I had joined some “community” and that I had to

When is it best to make your own components?

Most manufacturers have relied on third-party vendors to make parts that are then incorporated into the final product. From automakers sourcing stereos and aircraft makers contracting for jet

Motorsports and the Icarus Syndrome

Major forms of motorsports – Formula One, NASCAR and IndyCar – may be like Icarus. Their ambitions were high but they may have flown too close to the sun.

Emerging Technologies are Already Here

Years ago, when I worked in New York City, I bought a Sony Walkman for my daily commute. It was cutting edge technology and I was an early adopter. I imagined that I looked pretty cool, listening

How is Manufacturing Viewed? Survey Says …

What do Americans think about manufacturing? Are people aware of the vast number of manufacturing jobs available? Will U.S. manufacturers be able to hire enough qualified workers?

A case of less is not only more but quite necessary

Being a competitive player in the aerospace and defense industry is no small feat. In an industry in which you need to be accountable for every piece of an assembly, meeting customer expectations