Design-2-Part Shows Sets Annual Attendance Record

Design-2-Part Shows Sets Annual Attendance Record

Dec 6, 2018

PROSPECT, Conn. — (December 5, 2018) — Design-2-Part (D2P) Shows, a series of design and contract manufacturing trade shows across the U.S., has set a new annual attendance record for its trade shows in 2018. The eleven 2018 shows combined to deliver 14,935 engineers and buyers, the highest number in the 44-year history of D2P. “We are extremely pleased with the year our shows had in 2018,” said Jerry Schmidt, President of Design-2-Part Shows. “We invest a lot of time and money in attracting attendees to each show. But this year, we also acknowledge a resurgence in America’s manufacturing industry and the U.S. economy as a whole. The feedback that we receive from our exhibitors in post-show surveys showed that they also saw a higher level of active buyers than in recent years, resulting in some of our highest Customer Satisfaction marks ever.” D2P will look to continue this run in 2019 with eleven more shows scheduled in Grapevine, Texas; Atlanta, Georgia; Uncasville, Connecticut; Schaumburg, Illinois; Santa Clara, California; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Marlborough, Massachusetts; Pasadena, California; Oaks, Pennsylvania; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Charlotte, North Carolina. Design-2-Part Shows provides U.S. manufacturers an efficient opportunity to meet local and national job shops and contract manufacturers face-to-face to source custom parts, components, services, and design. Exhibiting companies showcase their design-through-manufacturing services, featuring more than 300 product categories for the metal, plastics, rubber, and electronics industries. D2P Shows exclusively feature exhibiting job shops and contract manufacturers with manufacturing operations in the United States. Companies that do not have facilities in the U.S. are not permitted to exhibit. For information on exhibiting or attending any Design-2-Part Show,...

Reshoring Trend Continues

Reshoring Trend Continues

Nov 26, 2018

By: Harry Moser, Reshoring Initiative Featured on Metal Forming Magazine.com  Harry Moser, retired president of machine-tool supplier GF AgieCharmilles, is founder and president of the Restoring Initiative, tel. 847/867-1144, www.reshoringnow.org. Manufacturing jobs returning to the United States from offshore climbed to 171,000 in 2017 for a staggering 2800-percent increase since 2010, and equaling 90 percent of the 189,000 total manufacturing jobs added in 2017. This brought the number of jobs returned to more than one-half million since 2010. With at least half of these jobs believed to be at various levels of the supply chain, opportunities are great for metalformers. Moreover, when measured by our $700 billion nonpetroleum goods trade deficit, we count five million U.S. manufacturing jobs offshore, representing a potential for 40-percent growth in U.S. manufacturing. The right national and corporate policies will bring these jobs back. Tariffs/Trade War vs. Alternative Actions The reduction in U.S. corporate tax rates and regulatory costs played a key role in bringing jobs back, and makes 2018 the right time for companies to reevaluate their offshoring decisions. The Reshoring Initiative supports the Trump administration’s trade objectives, but not the tariffs. We have offered the administration our Competitiveness Toolkit, which outlines and quantifies alternative actions. These are intended to avoid retaliation by other countries and to avoid making some domestic sectors more competitive at the expense of others—a result of the steel tariffs. Take Advantage of the Trend Metalformers can reshore in two ways: They can decide to source or produce components or tooling domestically; or they can supply parts or tooling to customers that have decided to reshore. Several trends drive the shift from offshoring to reshoring: the rising costs of offshore production; the impact of distance on quality, innovation, flexibility, responsiveness, inventory and availability; improved U.S. competitiveness via new production technologies; and the increased use of a more sophisticated total cost of ownership (TCO) model—provided by the Reshoring Initiative—to quantify the hidden costs and risks of offshoring. Use the Tools Tools offered by the Reshoring Initiative are well worth getting to know. For example, the organization’s Library shows industries and companies that are reshoring, and could be a potential source of new business for metalformers. Another tool, the TCO Estimator, can help metalformers and their...

When Is 3D Printing Cost Effective?

When Is 3D Printing Cost Effective?

Oct 30, 2018

By Christina M. Fuges, Contributing Editor, Additive Manufacturing Hype continues to surround additive manufacturing. These three factors can help determine whether a part is worth 3D printing. Digging into metal additive manufacturing quickly reveals how expensive it can be, as some parts produced using incumbent technologies, such as laser sintering and binder jetting, can cost thousands of dollars. If there’s one lesson Matt Sand, President of 3DEO, a Los Angeles, California-based metal AM parts supplier, has learned over the last few years, it’s that cost is everything when it comes to serial production. “If you’re not in the ballpark on cost, you might as well not even play the game because there’s no way to get into production without being cost competitive with conventional manufacturing techniques,” Sand says. “If you are not cost competitive, you’re not at the table,” So, to get the total cost structure down, 3DEO developed an end-to-end manufacturing process around Intelligent Layering, a very low-cost metal additive manufacturing technology the company’s founders invented. Based on binder jetting technology, Intelligent Layering uses a proprietary spray system to bind the entire layer, and then uses a CNC end mill to cut the perimeter of the part and any internal features. (Read more about 3DEO’s technology and company strategy.) Although 3DEO’s Intelligent Layering process offers a new take on additive, the company’s differentiator is that “we are not trying to sell machines, we’re only selling parts,” Sand says. The competition for its additive process is not metal 3D printing; it’s traditional manufacturing. 3DEO is competing against CNC machining and metal injection molding and is already cost competitive with both of these technologies when it comes to small and complex metal parts, according to Sand. There are three key factors he considers in determining whether it will be cost-effective to 3D print a given part:  1. Part Size Is it bigger/smaller than a golf ball? One thing Sand has learned over the last few years is that as part size increases, the cost increases on an exponential curve. Smaller (golf ball-sized) parts manufactured traditionally are price competitive. However, as the part size starts to reach softball size and greater, the cost skyrockets. It’s not uncommon in laser sintering for very...

MFG Day Motivates Youth to Pursue a Career in…

MFG Day Motivates Youth to Pursue a Career in…

Oct 24, 2018

“MFG Day Motivates Youth to Pursue a Career in Manufacturing” By Michele Nash-Hoff, Saving U.S. Manufacturing Since 2012, thousands of manufacturers around the country open their doors to inspire and recruit the next generation of manufacturers on Manufacturing Day (MFG Day), which was held this year on Friday, October 5th.    MFG Day is produced by the National Association of Manufacturers and the Manufacturing Institute. MFG DAY had ambitious goals: “to change public perception of manufacturing, inspire students to pursue manufacturing careers, and strengthen the future of manufacturing by avoiding the talent shortage on the horizon.” According to the MFG Day website, “We wanted to correct the idea that manufacturing involved repetitive, unskilled tasks that happened in dark, dirty factories — a ridiculous idea to anyone who has actually worked in manufacturing — and show people what manufacturing really looks like.”   Those of us in the industry know that today’s manufacturing jobs are high skilled, and take place in clean, well-lit, technologically advanced facilities. The problem was that there was no way to know whether perceptions were changing until Deloitte became a sponsor of MFG DAY in 2015 and conducted surveys of attendees.    The results of the survey of 2015 showed: 81% of students emerged “more convinced that manufacturing provides careers that are interesting and rewarding.” 62% of students were “more motivated to pursue a career in manufacturing”  The 2016 survey results showed that the percentages rose to 84% and 64% respectively.   The 2016 Deloitte report said, “Projections indicate that roughly 600,000 people attended MFG DAY events in 2016 and that 267,000 of them were students. That means that nearly 225,000 students walked away from their MFG DAY 2016 event with a more positive perception of manufacturing, according to Deloitte’s findings…. Based on the 267,000-student attendance figure, that’s potentially 171,000 new members of a next-generation manufacturing workforce.”   The Deloitte surveys showed that “71 percent of student attendees both years said that they “were more likely to tell friends, family, parents, or colleagues about manufacturing after attending an event,” meaning that they weren’t just convinced — they were inspired.”   This year, the MFG Day website listed 2,739 events planned across the...

Design-2-Part Magazine Wins Two Awards at Folio: Eddie &…

Design-2-Part Magazine Wins Two Awards at Folio: Eddie &…

Oct 18, 2018

“Design-2-Part Magazine Wins Two Awards at Folio: Eddie & Ozzie Awards Gala”   Two other articles were finalists and received Honorable Mentions NEW YORK – Design-2-Part magazine took home two first-place awards for editorial excellence at the recent Folio: Eddie & Ozzie Awards in New York City. The winning articles are Why Technology Might Change the Way You Manufacture Metal Parts (May 2018), which won in B2B Single Article or Series of Articles, Manufacturing; and Software Engineer Aims to Bring Custom Prosthetic Hands within Reach (November 2017), the winner in B2B Single Article, Supply Chain/Product Development. Two other articles were finalists and received Honorable Mentions. Those articles are On the Ground: Aerospace Manufacturers Driving Growth in High-Flying Industry (March 2018), in the Aerospace, Aviation, & Defense category and the Supply Chain/Product Development category; and Innovation 101 for Manufacturers: Harnessing the Power of New Business Models, Technologies, and Ecosystems to Bring Value to the Marketplace (September 2017), in the Manufacturing category. This is the second year in a row that D2P had two first-place winners in the competition. “We are extremely honored to be recognized for our work,” said Rob Eichner, senior vice president of Design-2-Part. “Our company was founded 41 years ago with a mission of promoting U.S. manufacturing. Our editorial team tries to carry that passion in every story we share on the achievements of American manufacturers.” Over 350 industry professionals gathered at the New York Hilton Midtown on October 9th to celebrate the Eddie & Ozzie Awards for excellence in magazine editorial and design. Brands from all across the publishing space submitted over 2,000 entries, competing to take home the gold across 200 categories. Design-2-Part magazine helps OEMs find solutions to tough manufacturing problems with cutting-edge information, making it easy for OEMs and product manufacturers to find the resources they need to build higher-quality products. The magazine provides in-depth reporting and analysis of significant developments, trends, and technologies that are shaping American manufacturing, impacting the roles of design and manufacturing engineers, and enabling them to develop and manufacture innovative, high-quality products more quickly and cost-effectively.  ...