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ORNL, Boeing Win World Record For Biggest 3D-Printed Piece
10/11/2016  Post a comment
The biggest solid 3D-printed piece in the world is a 3D-printed trim and drill tool for the wingskin of Boeing's new 777X commercial jet. It was made by Oak Ridge National Laboratory on the Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) machine.
NAVAIR Flies First 3D-Printed Safety-Critical Part
9/22/2016  Post a comment
The test flight at Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland was the first time a US Navy aircraft has flown with a part made with additive manufacturing (AM) that's considered essential to maintaining a safe flight.
Metals AM Tech Joins CNC in Lower-Cost Hybrid Machines
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9/16/2016  Post a comment
Three new commercial systems unveiled at IMTS combine Optomec's LENS blown powder metal AM print engine technology with Fryer Machine Systems' conventional compact mill CNC vertical milling platforms. They're priced far below typical hybrid systems.
Watch This 3D Printing Composite Filament Easily Survive Torture Test
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9/8/2016  Post a comment
A very tough, resilient, and lightweight 3D printing composite filament called FilaOne Gray can hold more than 1,000 times its own weight and bends instead of breaking. The secret? Carbon nanotube reinforcement.
Belden's New System Taps Into Plant Data From Afar
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8/30/2016  Post a comment
Belden and Secomea have developed a remote access system that gives users a plug-and-play connection to plant assets.
Stratasys Will Show Breakthrough 3D Printing Tech at IMTS
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8/29/2016  Post a comment
Stratasys will be exhibiting two groundbreaking large-scale additive manufacturing technologies, as well as other new products, next month at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago.
Safety Advances for Plant Robots
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8/19/2016  Post a comment
ABB's SafeMove2 provides a robot safety system designed to allow robots and humans to work side-by-side.
Industrial 3D Printer Cuts Process Time In Half
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8/12/2016  Post a comment
The new industrial extrusion desktop 3D printer from Rize eliminates post-processing, cutting turnaround time by 50%. It also boasts non-toxic and recyclable materials with aerospace- and medical-grade strength, and the ability to 3D print text and images directly on the part.
LabVIEW 2016 Adds New Channel, Ups NI's Investment in IIoT
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8/3/2016  Post a comment
The latest version of NI's LabVIEW software maintains its roots while being tailor-made for developing IIoT devices and systems.
Liquid Metals Aren't Easy to 3D Print, But These Companies Are Doing it
7/13/2016  Post a comment
Heraeus and Exmet have successfully 3D printed amorphous metals. This is no small feat: these materials, also called liquid metals or metallic glass, haven't exactly been easy to produce using conventional manufacturing methods.
3D-Printed Plastic Parts Are As Strong As Aluminum
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6/17/2016  1 comment
Global 3D printing production network 3D Hubs is now offering new engineering-grade fiber-reinforced nylon composites that rival aluminum in strength.
MIT 3D Prints Working Liquid/Solid Robots In One Step
5/13/2016  Post a comment
The first 3D-printed robots made of both solids and liquids are also built in a single step: no assembly required. These hydraulically actuated robots are made using a modified, commercially available 3D printer.
Product Line Engineering Gets a Visual Makeover
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5/11/2016  Post a comment
BigLever and No Magic have created an integrated connection to give PLE a visual model.
Dev Kit Simplifies Force Sensor Applications
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5/2/2016  Post a comment
A new development kit expedites proof-of-concept for applications requiring an ultra-thin force or pressure sensor.
Open Collaborative to Set 3D Printing Standards Kicks Off
4/25/2016  Post a comment
America Makes and ANSI have formed a collaborative to coordinate and accelerate the many scattered efforts to develop additive manufacturing (AM) standards. It's open to all interested persons.
This Adapter Transfers Design Changes Automatically from PLM to ERP
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3/30/2016  Post a comment
Arena Solutions and Triniti have created an adapter designed to automate the process of transferring changed product data from Arena to Oracle ERP, avoiding manual entry errors and ensuring that Oracle ERP is up-to-date.
Evolve 2015 Blends Hybrid Industrial Modeling and Rendering
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3/4/2016  1 comment
Evolve 2015 from solidThinking allows designers to shift from surface to solid to polygonal modeling.
Arrow Speeds Design with SiliconExpert
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3/2/2016  Post a comment
Arrow has collaborated with Cadence in order to create shortcuts in the design process.
UL Teams with SPE on 3D Printing/AM Training Program
3/1/2016  Post a comment
Partnering with UL, the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) has begun offering UL's additive manufacturing training program to its members. Since February 1, members have been eligible for discounts on UL's training courses and related content. UL is also sponsoring new members who are interested in this training by paying their SPE dues.
Enhanced Security Comes to the Autodesk Developer Network
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2/29/2016  Post a comment
Autodesk is now offering the CAD file protection tool FinalCode to the Autodesk Developer Network.
Renesas, SEVENSTAX Team Up for Secure PROFINET for IIoT
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2/15/2016  Post a comment
Renesas Electronics Europe and SEVENSTAX have teamed up to provide a secure connectivity solution for PROFINET to support the IIoT.
'Life Expectancies Will Soar in 20 Years'
2/11/2016  6 comments
Futurist Raymond Kurzweil discussed biotechnology, solar power, and 3D printing at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show in Anaheim this week.
NI Releases Enhanced Version of the All-in-One Test Package, VirtualBench
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2/8/2016  1 comment
National Instruments has introduced an enhanced version of its software-based test package, VirtualBench.
Aerojet Will Set 3DP Rocket Engine Standards for the US Air Force
1/26/2016  Post a comment
The US Air Force has picked Aerojet Rocketdyne to define standards for qualifying 3D printed components used in liquid-fueled rocket engines.
Optomec Adds Process Control to Hybrid 3DP/CNC Metals Systems
1/8/2016  Post a comment
Hybrid subtractive/additive manufacturing systems made possible by Optomec's modular LENS metal print engine can now be monitored for quality control with the company's SmartAM option. During a build, this closed-loop control system monitors and adjusts key process parameters to help ensure consistent quality of metal parts. Shown here, a Fadal Vertical Mill upgraded with the print engine.
Software Tool Secures Hydraulics' Role in Factories of the Future
12/8/2015  Post a comment
To meet the needs of the so-called Industry 4.0 movement, Bosch Rexroth AG is rolling out a hydraulic power package featuring a smart software tool that targets the needs of the future factory.
3D Printers Making In-Roads in Medical Device Design
11/9/2015  Post a comment
3D printing showed that it’s gaining momentum in the medical industry this week, as suppliers at the Design & Manufacturing Show in Minneapolis demonstrated new applications for the technology.
This Startup Wants Industrial 3D Printing to be Affordable in the Developing World
10/29/2015  1 comment
Austin-based startup re:3D is making cost-effective large format industrial 3D printers and having a lot of fun along the way.
The 14th Annual Golden Mousetrap Awards: Now Accepting Entries
9/8/2015  Post a comment
Entries for the Golden Mousetrap Awards, recognizing exceptional, cutting-edge products, are open through November 15, 2015.
Proto Labs Offers Fast-Turn Magnesium Injection Molding
8/27/2015  Post a comment
Injection molding speedster Proto Labs is now offering magnesium molding as part of its rapid manufacturing services. Called thixomolding, the new service is aimed at both prototypes and low-volume production runs.
Renesas Synergy Platform Speeds IoT, Industrial, and RTOS Development
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8/23/2015  Post a comment
Renesas Electronics has developed a platform that removes obstacles for embedded software engineers and designers working in the IoT, industrial, and real-time operating system space.
Mercedes Gains the First-Ever Plastic Rear-Axle Transmission Crossbeam
7/20/2015  Post a comment
Engineers at BASF and ContiTech Vibration Control have developed the first-ever rear axle transmission crossbeam made of plastic instead of aluminum.
Parallax Propeller Packs Eight 32-Bit Cores In a 40-Pin MCU
7/6/2015  1 comment
Parallax Inc. is known for developing the Basic Stamp microcontroller development board and educational accessory kits. In addition to developing a user-friendly educational platform to learn about 8-bit microcontrollers and software programming, it created a multicore 32-bit chip called the Propeller.
Famed Hacker: IoT Is Exploitable
6/25/2015  8 comments
At the Freescale Technology Forum, famed computer hacker Kevin Mitnick focused on the growing influence of the Internet of Things, and the possibility of such applications being easily compromised.
3D Systems Going Mainstream in Heathcare
6/12/2015  Post a comment
3D printing’s move to the medical industry is accelerating rapidly, due largely to its ability to offer solutions to patients who seek a more customized form of healthcare, an expert told engineers at this week’s Medical Design & Manufacturing East show.
Smart Actuator Propels Hydraulic ‘Beast of Burden’
6/4/2015  1 comment
A smart hydraulic actuator is enabling a powerful four-legged robot to negotiate harsh terrain without the aid of multiple cables, remote computers, or external devices.
TI’s MSP432 MCU Provides 32-bit High-Performance, Low-Power Capability
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6/2/2015  Post a comment
Texas Instruments' MSP432 microcontroller bridges the ARM Cortex-M4F processor with the MSP430Gx mixed-signal architecture.
Siemens PLM Updates Solid Edge With ST8
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5/27/2015  Post a comment
The enhanced ST8 includes new functionality designed to help users accelerate design speed and improve the user’s ability to leverage synchronous technology. The update offers greater flexibility in choice of platform and purchasing options, according to the company.
Siemens App Marketplace: A 1-Stop Shop for Solid Edge
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5/21/2015  Post a comment
Siemens PLM has launched an online store to help customers search for, compare, and purchase partner-developed apps for its Solid Edge software.
2014 Salary and Opinion Study
3/25/2015  Post a comment
Overall, North American engineers are doing better salary-wise than their international peers, are satisfied with their careers, and are optimistic about the future.
Google, Intel, TAG Heuer Plan Smartwatch
3/23/2015  Post a comment
TAG Heuer's Android Wear-powered smartwatch is expected toward the end of the year.
Manufacturing Employment Growth Weak in Strong February Jobs Report
3/9/2015  Post a comment
While the US labor market expanded impressively once again in February with 295,000 jobs, manufacturing employment added only 8,000 positions, symptomatic of the sector’s growing stagnation in recent months.
Future City Competition: A Tech Conference for Middle Schoolers
2/28/2015  3 comments
A middle school team from Rochester, Mich., has again nabbed the grand prize in the annual international Future City Competition, which drew students from 37 regions of the United States, as well as from England and China.
RIP Leonard Nimoy, Mr. Spock of Star Trek
2/27/2015  5 comments
The actor captured imaginations and inspired scientists and engineers all over the world in his role as Star Trek's Mr. Spock.
6 3D-Printable Metals from ExOne
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2/24/2015  Post a comment
Industrial 3D printer supplier ExOne has introduced six new metal powders that can be used with its multi-material M-Flex and recently introduced Innovent machines.
Manufacturing Up Modestly as Industrial Production Rebounds in January
2/19/2015  2 comments
US manufacturing output increased slightly in January, contributing to a 0.2% uptick in the nation’s overall industrial production for the month. The preliminary January industrial production figure represented a modest rebound from a negative December that the Federal Reserve downwardly revised to a 0.3% contraction from an earlier 0.1% estimate.
Manufacturing Growth Threatened by Lack of Interest from Millennial-Age Workers
2/18/2015  19 comments
Manufacturing is in the midst of an upswing that could be hampered by lack of skilled workers to fill job openings, a problem stemming from a continued disinterest by those in the Millennial generation to join the industry, according to a recent survey.
2015 Golden Mousetrap Awards: The Winners!
2/11/2015  2 comments
The winners of the 2015 Golden Mousetrap Awards were crowned earlier this evening during a live ceremony in Anaheim, Calif.
Manufacturing Employment Holds Firm in January Jobs Report
2/6/2015  1 comment
The US manufacturing sector added 22,000 new jobs in January, as the national labor market saw another strong month of gains, according to the Labor Department's latest employment figures.
ISM Manufacturing Index Screeches to Slowest Pace in a Year
2/3/2015  Post a comment
The US manufacturing sector lost steam in January and is growing at its more sluggish rate since January 2014, according to the Institute for Supply Management’s latest purchasing managers index (PMI) released on Feb 2.
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