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How Blockchain Can Meet Supply Chain Challenges
Advanced Manufacturing Now
February 20, 2019
 
New Center Reflects Increased Demand for Automotive Testing Facilities
New Center Reflects Increased Demand for Automotive Testing Facilities
A new center in Michigan  reflects increasing demand for emissions testing as well as testing performance of new vehicles and parts under heat or cold. FEV North America Inc. is looking to the facility to boost its automotive testing business. The company’s Vehicle Development Center (VDC) in Auburn Hills, Mich., opened in December 2018. The $15 million, 26,000-square-foot facility joins a FEV power training development center and a technical campus, also in Auburn Hills.
The Advantages of a Hand-held Laser Scanner Over Portable Measuring Arms for Metal Stamping Quality
The Advantages of a Hand-held Laser Scanner Over Portable Measuring Arms for Metal Stamping Quality
A hand-held laser scanner can be a more effective quality measurement solution for the stamping industry than portable measuring arms. Because the device allows for complete freedom of movement and provides fast, intuitive and highly precise 3D scanning, a hand-held laser scanner is more efficient than portable measuring arms in these applications. To learn more, read our article: “The Advantages of a Hand-held Laser Scanner Over Portable Measuring Arms for Metal Stamping Quality.”

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Machine Tool Orders Slip in December, Still End 2018 With a 19.4% Gain
Machine Tool Orders Slip in December, Still End 2018 With a 19.4% Gain
Machine tool orders slipped in December on both a monthly and year-over-year basis but posted a full-year 2018 gain of 19.4 percent, the Association for Manufacturing Technology said. AMT said the December results marked only the fourth time in 23 years without a November-to-December gain. Senior Editor Bill Koenig breaks down the numbers.
Stanley+Techstars Accelerator: Learn More About the Program
Stanley+Techstars Accelerator: Learn More About the Program
Global industry leader, Stanley Black & Decker and Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, have partnered to run the The STANLEY+Techstars Accelerator in Hartford, CT. Some areas we are interested in exploring include 3D printing, rapid prototyping, generative design, tooling, direct digital manufacturing and more. If you think you have a disruptive solution we look forward to your application. Join us for this live, interactive event to get your questions answered about the program and applications!

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Combined With AI, IoT, Blockchain Can Meet Many Supply Chain Challenges
Combined With AI, IoT, Blockchain Can Meet Many Supply Chain Challenges
Blockchain technology is becoming a key player in modernizing supply chains to enable easy tracking, automate transactions and delivery, and build end-to-end trust, IBM's Chandra Narayanaswami said at a recent smart manufacturing session at a conference in Anaheim, Calif. Artificial intelligence "provides the analysis and intelligence,” Narayanaswami said. “IoT provides the data. Blockchain provides the third leg of the stool. Blockchain builds trust and brings automation."
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Orbex Builds World's Largest Single-Piece Rocket Engine
Orbex Builds World's Largest Single-Piece Rocket Engine
Orbex said it has introduced the world’s largest metal rocket engine 3D printed in a single piece on the SLM800. The company introduced Prime which it described as a "revolutionary and environmentally-friendly rocket." Orbex made the announcement at the grand opening of its new headquarters in Forres, Scotland. According to Orbex, the rocket "uses 100% renewable fuel to cut carbon emissions by 90%."
High Performance FDM for Manufacturing
High Performance FDM for Manufacturing
Reliability, repeatability, and durability for demanding manufacturing production

Stratasys FDM production 3D printers give you the freedom to design with a wide range of engineering-grade materials built to deliver reliable parts for demanding manufacturing production. Join us and learn how maximum throughput, large build platforms, and high-accuracy and precise FDM solutions from Stratasys can be the breakthrough to your business.

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Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center Issues Report to Aid to Businesses
Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center Issues Report to Aid to Businesses
The Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center said it helped to create or retain more than 10,600 jobs and helped manufacturers achieve more than $81 million in cost savings.  An outside entity conducted a survey of 425 companies concerning the center's economic impact.
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Swiss Machining Made Simpler
Swiss Machining Made Simpler
Companies that produce Swiss machines and related products have been trying to make Swiss machining simpler for operators, setup personnel and programmers. Their efforts have yielded a number of important advancements. In addition to taking advantage of these, shops interested in Swiss machining can take some practical steps to make it easier for operators to get a handle on the process. 
New Simulation Technologies to Drive Successful Additive Manufacturing
New Simulation Technologies to Drive Successful Additive Manufacturing
This presentation is a comprehensive overview of the latest simulation technologies for additive manufacturing. In addition, this presentation details how the latest simulation technologies can address the most challenging engineering problems regarding additive manufacturing.

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Walk-Up Metrology Takes a Step Up
Walk-Up Metrology Takes a Step Up
Suppliers of metrology equipment are working toward making measurements easier, allowing greater use throughout the manufacturing process. Small and medium-sized machine shops certainly need a versatile metrology device shareable among a group of professionals with diverse metrology skills, writes Contributing Editor Bruce Morey.
Thermoplastics: The Strongest Choice for 3D Printing
Thermoplastics: The Strongest Choice for 3D Printing
The majority of today's consumer products are composed of theromoplastics. When designing a new product, engineers can best predict it's end performance by prototyping with a material as similar to the final product as possible. 3D Printers work with a variety of standard, engineering and high-performance thermoplastics with specialized properties ideal for a wide array of applications.

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