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Bringing Manufacturing to the U.S. After a World Tour

Bringing Manufacturing to the U.S. After a World Tour

Jul 18, 2014

By Timothy Aeppel, Wall Street Journal Encouraged by Wal-Mart, Bicycle Maker Kent International Opens South Carolina Factory Kent International Inc. has hopscotched among 19 countries in all corners of the globe over the past half-century in search of cheap labor to make its bikes. Its latest stop: South Carolina. As it moved from country to country, Kent often...

The Difference Between Machined and 3D Printed…

The Difference Between Machined and 3D Printed…

Jul 17, 2014

“The Difference Between Machined and 3D Printed Metal Injection Molds” By Lindsey Frick, Machine Design Metal tool cores made with additive methods can get pricey, but the savings in cycle time may outweigh conventional tooling. Direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) is a key technology used to print tool cores (also called mold inserts) for...

Rebuilding American Manufacturing Powerhouse

Rebuilding American Manufacturing Powerhouse

Jul 17, 2014

By Sridhar Kota, Huffington Post Over the past few decades, we’ve learned the hard way that once manufacturing is gone, engineering know-how quickly follows, and then later on innovation and our national security suffers the consequences. That’s a place that America has never been before. In May of 2012, the U.S. Senate Armed Services...

US Manufacturing Output Edges Up in June

US Manufacturing Output Edges Up in June

Jul 16, 2014

By Steve Minter, IndustryWeek Manufacturing production increased 0.1% in June, the Federal Reserve reported today, underperforming analyst expectations for an increase of 0.3% or more. Industrial production showed a similar modest improvement, up 0.2% for the month. For the second quarter, industrial production advanced at an annual rate of 5.5% while...

3D Printing Goes Big-Time for Short Production Runs

3D Printing Goes Big-Time for Short Production Runs

Jul 16, 2014

By Elisabeth Eitel, Machine Design Increasingly sophisticated 3D printers and materials are changing industries by letting OEMs make end-use plastic parts on demand, before traditional tooling gets set up. 3D printing is starting to evolve from a prototyping technology to a production technology. 3D printing is what’s called a bridge-manufacturing technique, a...

Micro Manufacturing the Impossibly Small

Micro Manufacturing the Impossibly Small

Jul 15, 2014

By Micro Engineering Solutions In the early days of the commercialization of micro manufacturing technologies, there was a lot of discussion about what constituted “micro” manufacturing. There was (and indeed still is) a recognized continuum from small to precision, micro, and then nano scale components and features. In general, it is safe to say that with...