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posted in August 2013
More Seismic Shifts in the 3D Printing Industry
Engineering Materials 
8/30/2013  38 comments
We discuss more major developments in the 3D printing industry, and focus on what's happening in materials.
Materials Spotlighted at Design & Manufacturing Show
Engineering Materials 
8/29/2013  3 comments
The choices of metals, plastics, coatings, and adhesives has never been broader, and new ones are becoming available at a rapid rate. Some of this variety is reflected at the upcoming Design and Manufacturing Midwest Show.
Designing Secure Machine Control Networks
Blog 
8/27/2013  5 comments
Industrial network security has become a hot topic in the wake of the Stuxnet virus and concerns about all types of Internet site attacks that could cause major damage to industrial machinery.
3D Printing With Iron & Tungsten
Engineering Materials 
8/26/2013  7 comments
The range of metals that can be 3D printed is increasing. ExOne has added iron infiltrated with bronze, and bonded tungsten, to the range of metal and ceramic powders that can be used with its multi-material M-Flex machines.
Slideshow: Robots Get More Thin-Skinned
Engineering Materials 
8/22/2013  23 comments
Robots may be getting more sensitive, due to a breakthrough by engineers at the University of California, Berkeley. An electronic skin made of a sensor network mounted on a substrate of flexible plastic reacts to touch by lighting up.
Video: Robomotive Humanoid Robot Uses 3D Vision
Blog 
8/21/2013  27 comments
A 3D structured-light imaging system helps create the human-like capabilities deployed in the design of a Robomotive humanoid robot jointly developed by Yaskawa Motoman, Beltech, and Robotiq.
Design & Manufacturing Show Features Multiple Assembly Technologies
News 
8/20/2013  4 comments
A wide variety of assembly technologies will be on display at the Design and Manufacturing Midwest Show in Chicago, September 10-12. These include fastening and joining systems, adhesives, and enclosures, as well as related components and systems.
Energy-Efficient Actuation
Features 
8/15/2013  4 comments
Different types of actuator technologies produce different results when it comes to industrial energy efficiency. Choosing the best technology can play an important role in reducing energy consumption and resulting emissions.
Chinese Companies Are Using Manufacturing Intelligence to Overcome Shifting Dynamics
Guest Blogs 
8/13/2013  10 comments
If Chinese manufacturers continue on the path to quality-driven manufacturing operations, there is little doubt that the label made in China will once again stand alongside made in Germany, made in Japan, Made in the USA, and others to represent quality products.
Robotic Machine-Tending Software Leverages Simulations
Blog 
8/13/2013  9 comments
A point of emphasis for industrial robotics going into the future is the trend of suppliers offering simpler software solutions, driven by strong feedback from customers that software complexity is a key difficulty.
Slideshow: The Changing Face of Industrial Automation
Features 
8/13/2013  Post a comment
Advancing technologies such as simpler yet more capable drives, FieldBus-based pneumatic installations, and piezo-actuated valves indicate a rapidly evolving industry.
Rockwell Introduces Security Initiative for Industrial Systems
Product News 
8/9/2013  6 comments
Rockwell Automation said it will follow a three-pronged strategy to help industrial systems designers build security into their processes and networks.
DuPont Pushes for a 50%-Plus Renewable Plastics Line
Engineering Materials 
8/9/2013  13 comments
DuPont says its performance plastics line will contain more than half renewable materials within 15 years, and that all of its medium- to long-term research in engineering plastic feedstocks is based on the need to move to non-food based sources.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution Is Here
Blog 
8/8/2013  28 comments
The fourth industrial revolution began a few short years ago, according to a keynote address by Dr. James Truchard of National Instruments, during NIWeek in Austin, Texas.
MIT 3D Prints Tough, Bone-Like Composite
Engineering Materials 
8/8/2013  6 comments
A team at MIT has 3D-printed bone-like composite materials on the Objet Connex500 multi-material printer. One was more than 20 times as tough as its constituent materials alone.
Seismic Shifts in the 3D Printing Industry
Engineering Materials 
8/6/2013  11 comments
Some major developments are happening in the 3D printing industry and more are on the horizon.
Out-Thinking the Plantís HMI Alarms & Personnel
Sherlock Ohms 
8/6/2013  10 comments
Sometimes you have to program-in fake alarms in order to keep control engineers from changing settings.
Rockwell Opens Nominations for Manufacturing Safety Excellence Award
Blog 
8/5/2013  1 comment
Rockwell Automation is seeking entries for its manufacturing safety excellence award.
Slideshow: 3D Systems Gets Metal, Ceramic Processes
News 
8/2/2013  10 comments
Phenix Systems, which makes proprietary equipment for direct laser sintering of production end products with metal and ceramic materials for the aerospace, military, and healthcare industries, has sold itself to 3D Systems.




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