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Is 3D Printing Really "Production-Ready"?

At a recent additive manufacturing show, many companies claimed their systems were “production ready.” A longtime advanced manufacturer explores these claims through the lens of manufacturing optimization and process control.

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AM is All-in at IMTS 2022 The Additive Manufacturing Destination

IMTS 2022 Nov 23, 2021

AM technologies have jumped into high gear and will be on full display at IMTS 2022. Here’s an update on AM exhibitors, conferences, and events – including a new partnership event with Formnext – and where you’ll see them at IMTS 2022.

Amp Up Reshoring and Workforce Velocity: You Can't Have One Without the Other

Supply Chain Nov 19, 2021

When a manufacturing workforce expert and an American reshoring guru get together? Powerful insight and practical actions abound. Gain new ideas to strengthen your current workforce, build up your talent pipeline, and refresh your perspective on apprenticeships.

Metal AM Blasts Off with Award-Winning Rocket Nozzle Liner

Manufacturing Technology Nov 18, 2021

DM3D Technologies recently received an SME award for an AM process that doubles the process throughput – up to 10 pounds per hour – scales the technology significantly, and with process simulations makes large-scale parts that were previously considered unfeasible. 

At-Home 3D Printers: The Holiday Gift for Kids of All Ages

Manufacturing Technology Nov 18, 2021

Kid-friendly 3D printers offer fun with a cool factor, and they’re more affordable than you might think. Here are seven reasons why a 3D printer is the best gift for kids and family this holiday season. 

Rebuilding and Reshoring: Conclusion

Supply Chain Nov 18, 2021

In this series conclusion, we summarize the actions needed to secure U.S. leadership in innovation and manufacturing, bolster competitiveness, and strengthen economic and national security. 

Workshops for Warriors Boosted This Veteran's Earnings - Enhancing His Life

Smartforce Nov 9, 2021

For decades he lived paycheck to paycheck. Now he provides hands-on training in CNC machining for other veterans. U.S. Army Veteran Randall Uerkvitz’s career and life improved after advanced manufacturing training in the Workshops for Warriors (WFW) program.

Hear That?

Business Nov 8, 2021

Listen and learn. That’s how you do Voice of Customer (VOC) research the right way. Discover VOC best practices to help you get the best business information from your customers.  

Homegrown Talent: Wisconsin Job Shop Carries on Tradition of Apprenticeships

Smartforce Nov 8, 2021

JTD Enterprises, a machine shop in Chilton, Wisconsin, takes the long view. To ensure a steady supply of talent, it works with local high schools and technical colleges to foster machinist apprentices. As a result, it has a highly skilled workforce that gives it a competitive edge. 

Academy of Advanced Manufacturing Provides Free Training for U.S. Veterans

Smartforce Nov 8, 2021

Rockwell Automation and ManpowerGroup teamed up to codevelop the Academy of Advanced Manufacturing to provide U.S. military veterans with training and skills to find employment in the industry. The 12-week training program is free, including housing, and it consists of both hands-on labs and classroom-based learning. We check in with a recent graduate. 

The Midlife Machinist: It's Never too Late for a Career Change

Smartforce Nov 8, 2021

Never Too Late for a Career Change 

It’s risky to make a major career change for a middle-aged laborer with two children and a mortgage. But Bernie did it successfully, thanks to a machinist apprenticeship at the local technical college and hands-on work at a nearby machine shop. 

Precision Machining is this Young Woman's Happy Place

Smartforce Nov 8, 2021

An impersonal workplace led Cassie to leave a large manufacturer and find a friendly work environment at JTD Enterprises, a small family-owned machine shop. As a registered apprentice with the state of Wisconsin, JTD pays for all Cassie’s schooling while she learns a great career and works full time. 

Teen Jump-Starts Engineering Career with Machinist Apprenticeship

Smartforce Nov 8, 2021

To prepare for a future career in mechanical engineering, Brandon is learning a valuable lesson in designing for manufacturability as a youth apprentice in a job shop. This high school junior is enjoying hands-on machine work and earning a decent apprentice wage while his peers are working in fast food. 

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