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Additive manufacturing (AM) is reaching new heights, with a range of new applications—including higher volume and more mainstream programs—as well as continued technological innovations and lower costs. The April issue of Manufacturing Engineering highlights the latest advances, challenges, and opportunities. In our annual outlook, Terry Wohlers forecasts the industry will quadruple from an estimated $21.4 billion in 2023 to $85.3 billion by 2031. One of the fastest growth markets for AM is medical devices, including 3D-printed replacement parts for knees and hips, which Kip Hanson outlines in his feature “Printing People Parts.” The medical industry is also a hotbed for another emerging technology, precision electrochemical machining, writes Ilene Wolff in her article, “PECM Eats Up Tough Metals.” Meanwhile, Ed Sinkora details how companies are “Thriving Through the Great Resignation” to counter the ongoing workforce shortage and skills gap.
Learn more about these and other manufacturing trends in the April issue of Manufacturing Engineering. Enjoy!
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For manufacturers of all sizes, cyber threats are increasing. In this month’s issue, we share insights from top security experts about the types of threats that pose the greatest risks, as well as best practices to prevent disruption. Other highlights include a feature on the CHIPS Act, a framework intended to course correct the loss of domestic semiconductor manufacturing, as well as an exploration of Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) 2.0, which represents a sizable shift in government contracting.
We hope you take away useful information from the February issue of Smart Manufacturing.