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Reducing Complexity in Assembly Equipment

In this podcast, John Derry, senior application engineer at Promess, talks to SME Media contributing editor Michael Anderson about reducing complexity in assembly equipment. Derry discusses how assembly systems may become unnecessarily complex--and how that complexity can reduce quality and increase costs. Derry goes on to describe effective ways of addressing these issues and to reduce and even eliminate unnecessary complexity.

The Three Best Practices For Implementing Machine Tending Cobots

Unlike other forms of automation and what we now think of as ‘traditional’ robots, cobots are much safer for humans to interact with them. They can work side by side with humans. But this leads to new ways of thinking about automation. And there are misconceptions that persist around cobots.

Voices AMplified: The Personal Experience of Additive Manufacturing

This special Voices AMplified podcast features guest host John Barnes, CEO and founder of Barnes Global Advisors Group and Metal Powderworks. In addition, he is the vice-chair of SME’s AM Technical Leadership Committee. Barnes talks with Jon Meyer, CEO of APWorks, about their personal experiences in the growth and future of additive manufacturing.

Voices AMplified: Medical AM, Past, Present and Future

This special Voices AMplified podcast features guest host Bryan Crutchfield, vice-president and general manager at Materialise and an advisor for SME’s AM Technical Community Leadership Committee, and Andy Christensen, adjunct faculty in the radiology department at the University of Cincinnati, as well as the 2022 chair of the Radiological Society of North America’s 3D Printing Special Interest Group for Medical Devices, a Fellow of the SME and AMUG, and recipient of SME’s AM Achievement Award in 2009. Crutchfield and Christensen discuss in-depth the promise and challenges AM for medical.

Voices AMplified: Promises and Pitfalls of AM

This special Voices AMplified podcast features guest host Bryan Crutchfield, vice-president and general manager at Materialise and an advisor for SME’s AM Technical Community Leadership Committee, and Fried Vancraen, founder and CEO of Materialise. Bryan and Fried explore the beginnings of Materialise and some of the decisions—good and bad—that have led to the success of the company today.