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Seen in Anaheim: 3D Printing & Baxter's Little Sis

Stratasys Direct Manufacturing (SDM)'s booth showed off several capabilities the service bureau uses in producing all kinds of parts and prototypes. Making surgical planning and training tools, for example, just got easier thanks to the new update of pare

As we saw at this year's Pacific Design & Manufacturing show and co-located events in Anaheim, Calif., 3D printing continues to be reinvented and reapplied by engineers, contract manufacturers, and even 3D printer makers to meet their own needs.

Meanwhile, I learned that Baxter Robot's "little sister" robot Sawyer is being used by companies around the globe as Industry 4.0 initiatives take hold. I also learned about a host of new and notable adhesives, cleaners, dispensing systems, and plastics manufacturing systems. Here's a sampling of what was on display.

Ann R. Thryft is senior technical editor, materials & assembly, for Design News. She's been writing about manufacturing- and electronics-related technologies for 28 years, covering manufacturing materials & processes, alternative energy, and robotics. In the past, she's also written about machine vision and all kinds of communications.

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