Advanced Manufacturing Now
How Workholding Is Evolving
Advanced Manufacturing Now
January 16, 2019
 
A Mixed Picture, For Now, About Manufacturing's Economic Strength
A Mixed Picture, For Now, About Manufacturing's Economic Strength
On consecutive days early this month, economic indicators were released painting a mixed picture about manufacturing’s economic strength. One was a "leading indicator," meaning it's often a sign of what's ahead. The other was a lagging indicator, meaning it confirms trends. Senior Editor Bill Koenig looks more closely at the economic indicators involved and the potential uncertainty facing manufacturing.
Iscar’s New LOGIQ 5 GRIP
Iscar’s New LOGIQ 5 GRIP
Due to the success Penta products incorporating 5 cutting edges on a single insert, Iscar released a new parting system that has 5 pockets on each adapter, called LOGIQ 5 GRIP. Currently available in TangGrip, which will include 0.079” & 0.118” widths, but will soon include the new SlimGrip with 0.031”, 0.039”, 0.047” & 0.063” widths. New system features an economical adapter with 5 pockets, and strong wedge style clamping of the adapter.

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How the Auto Industry Will Adopt 3D Printing
How the Auto Industry Will Adopt 3D Printing
Nobody knows just yet how the auto industry will adopt 3D printing. But Desktop Metal (Burlington, MA) is in a better position than most to make an educated guess. Ford Motor Co. and BMW AG are investors in the company. "The industry has accepted it’s coming,” said Jonah Myerberg, Desktop Metal’s CTO and co-founder.Myerberg describes how 3D printing may unfold in the auto industry.
Setting the pace with CT technology
Setting the pace with CT technology
Over the past few years, the TCG UNITECH Group, an Austrian high-pressure die casting and injection molding manufacturer, has become an industry leader. To ensure its manufacturing processes remain competitive in the future, a decision was made at company headquarters in Kirchdorf, Austria, to invest in a ZEISS computed tomograph.

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The Evolution of Workholding
The Evolution of Workholding
Makers of workholding devices face a moving target. The machine tools they work with are changing. There’s more high-speed machining. More high-feed machining. More multi-axis machines. New uses of coolant to reduce temperatures during cutting operations. “High-speed machining magnifies any workholding deficiencies,” said Aaron Hull, senior manufacturing engineer of Carr Lane Manufacturing Co. (St. Louis).
Platinum Tooling Technologies, Inc. offers Heimatec’s U-Tec® Flexible Tool Adapter System
Platinum Tooling Technologies, Inc. offers Heimatec’s U-Tec® Flexible Tool Adapter System
Heimatec’s U-Tec® significantly reduces inventory, changeover time for lathe and mill/turn users. The flexible adapter system is offered on all right-angle heads in the company’s line. Models are now available for most popular lines of machine tools in the North American market. The company plans to include its U-tec® adapter system on all angle heads, going forward.

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Custom Cutting Tools Create a Competitive Edge
Custom Cutting Tools Create a Competitive Edge
For certain machining applications, off-the-shelf cutters come up short. Here’s how to increase productivity, reduce costs, and improve part quality with a custom cutting tool solution. Combining a center drill, drill, and counterbore into a single cutter, for example, means less time is wasted on tool changes.
Reaching Optimal Material Quality and Cost Effectiveness with Additive Manufacturing
Reaching Optimal Material Quality and Cost Effectiveness with Additive Manufacturing
In this webinar learn how to achieve the full potential of Additive Manufacturing in the Aerospace industry with virtual prototyping.

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Diesel Propulsion Takes to the Skies
Diesel Propulsion Takes to the Skies
A team at Engineered Propusion Systems (EPS; New Richmond, WI)  is in the final stages of developing a diesel-powered engine of sufficient weight, size, and capabilities to power private aircraft. Why diesel? According to Ryan Kuebker, EPS special projects coordinator, “Our aircraft engine will offer all the advantages found in conventional diesel engines and more." Here's the story of how the project developed. 
[Webinar] A New Era of Functional Color 3D Prototyping and Production
[Webinar] A New Era of Functional Color 3D Prototyping and Production
In this webinar get a look at HP’s latest 3D printer - powered by HP Multi Jet Fusion technology.
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Adopting MBD Is About More Than Technology
Adopting MBD Is About More Than Technology
There is a lot of promise in the coming adoption of Model-Based Definition (MBD) in industry, writes Contributing Editor Bruce Morey. MBD is the practice of attaching useful information to a 3D CAD model, such as tolerances or material properties. This should be especially good news for manufacturing engineers. The goal is a consistent source of information that is traceable, from design to manufacturing and beyond.
[eBook] 6-Step Process for Custom Oven Designs
[eBook] 6-Step Process for Custom Oven Designs
Download this eBook and check out these 6 quick steps on how you can have your own custom oven built for your operation.

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Ensuring the Security of Additive Manufacturing
Ensuring the Security of Additive Manufacturing
Additive manufacturing technologies require securing our manufacturing systems, and it’s even more critical because the design-to-production process is so much faster, writes SME's Dave Morton. In the past, replicating a design in a timely manner was difficult. Replicating designs has become much easier—and those designs are easier to steal.
Designing Factories of the Future with 3D Manufacturing Simulation
Designing Factories of the Future with 3D Manufacturing Simulation
Read this eBook to see how the competitive landscape is changing for manufacturers.

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