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.