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Which Cut is Best, Water or Laser?

Laser cutting and waterjet cutting: two great technologies that go great together? Or best when they play solo? As ever, the answer is it depends—on what work a shop has coming in the door, what materials are being processed most often, operator skill levels and, ultimately, the available equipment budget.

Getting Back to Sort-Of Normal

With vaccinations on the rise, the in-person collaboration that is still essential to doing business, including trade shows, is growing. But challenges to recovery from the pandemic remain. Global supply chains are struggling with multiple disruptions. Shipping rates are historically high. Computer chip shortages are curbing output.

Machine Tool Orders Surge in May

Machine tool orders rose in May both on a monthly and year-over-year basis, AMT – The Association for Manufacturing Technology said today.

Manufacturing Adds 15,000 Jobs

Manufacturing added 15,000 jobs in June, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said today. But the manufacturing employment picture was mixed.

Printer Eliminates Debinding Step, Boosts Reliability

Desktop Metal recently introduced the Studio System 2, which offers a way to eliminate the debind step and its chemical solvents through a complete reformulation of materials. The printer makes the AM process more hands-off and streamlined while also improving part quality.