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Sciaky to Provide Additive Manufacturing System for Making Airplane Parts

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CHICAGO—Sciaky Inc. has received a purchase order from a major aerospace parts maker to provide an electron beam additive manufacturing system. The system will help the manufacturer save time and cost when producing large, high-value metal parts.


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Robots and factories are no longer differentiators

Real competitive advantage lies outside of the process of making things.
By Dr. Mike Shipulski
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There’s lots of talk about a manufacturing renaissance. Some call it a resurgence, others a revolution, but the name doesn’t matter. There’s also been a lot of argument over the magnitude of the decline in manufacturing and how to measure it. Some say there wasn’t a decline at all. None of that matters, either.


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3D Printing Myths and Methods

Engineers are intrigued by the potential of this next-generation technology.
By Austin Weber
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Depending on who you listen to, 3D printing (or, as it’s more formally known, additive manufacturing) is either the biggest thing to hit the manufacturing world since the screw or the biggest tech fad since the fax machine. It’s actually a little of each.


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Avatars Do Heavy Lifting at Ford Assembly Plant

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DEARBORN, MI—Engineers at Ford Motor Co. have created virtual representations of employees— called “avatars”—to assess whether articulating arms and other ergonomic aids could help with assembly.


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The yin and yang of standard work

By Dr. Mike Shipulski
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The value of standard work is clear: improved productivity and quality. With standard work, the process is well documented, its yield is high, its cycle time is rock solid, and everyone has been trained to do it. It worked well once, so we do it again and again.


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To Improve Your Designs, Listen to the Voice of the Customer

By John Sprovieri
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The late novelist John Le Carré once said, “A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world.” As it turns out, what was good advice for spies is equally good for manufacturing and design engineers.


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3D Printing Used to Make Vehicle Chassis

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BERLIN—German engineering firm EDAG has produced a full-sized vehicle chassis using 3D printing.


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Stratasys Announces Winners of 3D Printing Challenge

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MINNEAPOLIS—A mechanical spider, a back-support device, and a walking cane were among the winners of Stratasys Ltd.’s 10th annual Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge.


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The Cost of Spending Too Little

Is it possible that a lower cost option could be more expensive?
By Dr. Mike Shipulski
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We’re all aware of the consequences of paying too much.


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Olympians Take 3D Printing to the Hilt

By Jim Camillo
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Participating in the Olympics provides an athlete with a lifetime of memories.


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EVENTS

Automotive Plastic Part Design

9/22/14
University of Michigan - Dearborn Campus
Dearborn, MI
United States

The contents of this three day in-depth automotive seminar will provide information on material selection, design procedures, processing techniques, and the assembly methods required when designing with plastics in the automotive field.

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Automotive Plastic Part Design

12/3/14
University of Michigan - Dearborn Campus
Dearborn, MI
United States

The contents of this three day in-depth automotive seminar will provide information on material selection, design procedures, processing techniques, and the assembly methods required when designing with plastics in the automotive field.

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Behind the Scenes at Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant

People are the heart and soul of the 2012 Assembly Plant of the Year. This slideshow shows some of the men and women who build three different types of electrified vehicles alongside traditional gas-powered cars on the auto industry’s most flexible assembly line—Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, MI. Photos courtesy Ford Motor Co.

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Live from The Assembly Show, the hosts of Manufacturing Revival Radio sit down with Adam Malofsky, Ph.D., president and CEO of Bioformix to discuss his company’s innovative, energy-saving adhesives and polymers, which cure without the need for heat or light. 

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