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Figuring out how to use laser welding takes some time, but itís a great design solution for certain types of assembly problems. Look in the April 9 issue for a detailed report on new automotive applications. E-mail me and share your thoughts.Stay connected:Materials & Fastening RSS News FeedWelcome, Speed-Obsessed Engineers Visit our new blog Rapid Prototyping: From Art to Part for news about technologies you turn to when time isn't on your side ó rapid prototyping machines, tooling and manufacturing. Read More
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