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Metal AM Blasts Off with Award-Winning Rocket Nozzle Liner

Metal AM Blasts Off with Award-Winning Rocket Nozzle Liner

Category: 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. 

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

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

Category: 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. 

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How Will Generative Design Disrupt Manufacturing?

How Will Generative Design Disrupt Manufacturing?

Category: Manufacturing Technology Nov 1, 2021

Generative design (GD) is a technology and process that has the potential to disrupt traditional manufacturing, changing the way that many parts and products are developed and made. Its benefits include speed and optimization, but how will it change product development? 

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Is 3D Printing Really

Is 3D Printing Really "Production-Ready"?

Category: Manufacturing Technology Oct 29, 2021

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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The Exoskeletons Are Coming: Part I

The Exoskeletons Are Coming: Part I

Category: Manufacturing Technology Oct 25, 2021

Make no bones about it, wearable robotic devices – aka exoskeletons – are multiplying as companies introduce niche applications. In this first part of a two-part article, read up on the industries using them, Toyota's pilot programs, and wearable fabric robots, aka exosuits.

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The Exoskeletons Are Coming: Part II

The Exoskeletons Are Coming: Part II

Category: Manufacturing Technology Oct 25, 2021

Although wearable robotic devices – aka exoskeletons – are relatively new, they continue to multiply as companies introduce niche applications for specific parts of the body or purposes. In this second part of our two-part article, we overview exoskeletons used in manufacturing and logistics for back support and hand gripping, as well as explore the ironman of all robotic exoskeletons on the market today.  

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Generative Design Keeps Manufacturability in Mind

Generative Design Keeps Manufacturability in Mind

Category: Manufacturing Technology Oct 25, 2021

Can generative design do more than just offer geometric form solutions? See how it can help engineers earlier in the workflow explore a wider cross-set of potential solutions and introduce manufacturability early in the engineering process.

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4 Ridiculous Ways Manufacturing is Portrayed in the Media

4 Ridiculous Ways Manufacturing is Portrayed in the Media

Category: Manufacturing Technology Oct 11, 2021

AMT – The Association for Manufacturing Technology’s gurus have an ax to grind — and some myths to bust. Check out their list of inaccurate portrayals of manufacturing in the media.

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Digital Thread Explained: Its Promise in Manufacturing - Part I

Digital Thread Explained: Its Promise in Manufacturing - Part I

Category: Manufacturing Technology Oct 4, 2021

Gain an overview of the digital thread in manufacturing operations: how it works, the potential value it provides, its current status within the industry, and the challenges to achieving a fully integrated thread.

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Digital Thread Explained: Its Integration Challenges - Part II

Digital Thread Explained: Its Integration Challenges - Part II

Category: Manufacturing Technology Oct 4, 2021

Will the successful standardization and integration of data into a digital thread at most manufacturing companies be closely linked to collaboration with major technology companies or will the industry need to develop its own solutions? Industry leaders share their perspectives. 

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Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials Invisibly Creeping Into Industry

Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials Invisibly Creeping Into Industry

Category: Manufacturing Technology Sep 27, 2021

Just when you thought you’d seen it all, you find out that nanomaterials are everywhere, including industrial manufacturing. What are they? How does nanotechnology work? Why is it valuable? Learn the basics about this growing field at the intersection of the physical, chemical, and biological worlds – but too small to see! Some measure less than 100 billionths of a meter.

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Five Manufacturing Tech Trends to Watch

Five Manufacturing Tech Trends to Watch

Category: Manufacturing Technology Sep 17, 2021

Tech trends aren’t just fun; they’re important. Get up to speed on all the manufacturing technology trends to watch with AMT – The Association for Manufacturing Technology’s gurus.

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Emerging Technologies Continue to Make Inroads into Manufacturing

Emerging Technologies Continue to Make Inroads into Manufacturing

Category: Manufacturing Technology Sep 7, 2021

Take a look at how artificial intelligence (AI), machine vision, and sensors are bringing gains in flexibility and efficiency to the movement of parts in facilities and how exoskeletons are increasing worker endurance in repetitive physical tasks.

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When Failure Is Not an Option

When Failure Is Not an Option

Category: Manufacturing Technology Sep 3, 2021

COSM Advanced Manufacturing Systems is building a wire-feed 3D metal printer to be used in outer space for NASA’s Artemis moon missions. The technology developed for use up there may also benefit critical, large-scale components used down here by overcoming one of the fundamental barriers to widespread AM adoption. 

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How will blockchain change manufacturing?

How will blockchain change manufacturing?

Category: Manufacturing Technology Aug 13, 2021

Joel Neidig, CEO and founder of SIMBA Chain, Inc., believes that in the future manufacturing and distribution will look far different than today’s “centralized industrial complex,” and will take place instead at the point of use for the consumer. Learn more about the changes he foresees and the role that blockchain will play.

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Will AM Companies Continue to Choose SPACs?

Will AM Companies Continue to Choose SPACs?

Category: Manufacturing Technology Aug 5, 2021

Why have the number of firms going public via mergers with special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) quadrupled since 2019? AM manufacturer Desktop Metal completed a very financially successful SPAC merger in December 2020. Since then, several other AM companies announced their plans to go public through this route in 2021, including Markforged, Xometry, and Velo3D. Learn more about SPACs, how they work, and if one might work for your business.

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Market Disruptor Protolabs Innovates in Low Volume Manufacturing

Market Disruptor Protolabs Innovates in Low Volume Manufacturing

Category: Manufacturing Technology Jul 7, 2021

Market disruptor Protolabs built its business by focusing on both speed and low volume in producing parts for customers. They saw that prototype and low volume-custom parts manufacturing was an underserved market and set out to meet this market need. We overview the company’s success and drill down into some of the details of its business model.

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Why You Should Care About Deep Reinforcement Learning

Why You Should Care About Deep Reinforcement Learning

Category: Manufacturing Technology Jul 1, 2021

OSARO has pioneered the use of AI software in industrial systems to expand the range of applications for robotics. The company helps automate the process of accurately seeing, picking, and placing objects. Learn what’s possible and how smart robots make it happen.

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Digital Twin: What, Where, & Why

Digital Twin: What, Where, & Why

Category: Manufacturing Technology Jun 30, 2021

Here’s the lowdown on how a virtual representation uses simulation and machine learning to help you gain insight into the performance and potential problems of a manufacturing process – enabling products to be digitally designed and tested before being physically produced.

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Portable 3D Scanners Take the Floor

Portable 3D Scanners Take the Floor

Category: Manufacturing Technology Jun 29, 2021

3D scanning technology is shop-floor ready. Portable 3D scanners ensure good parts before they go out, or, even better, before they reach end of production.

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