Manufacturing and Automation - Articles, Stories & Interviews

Using the Endurance L-Cheapo 5.6 W (5600 mW) Semiconductor (Diode) Laser Operation

Lasers are compatible with any CNC machines, plotters and 3D printers and are easy to install.

The Latest and Greatest of 3D Manufacturing

We find ourselves at a significant intersecting point in manufacturing history with growth and innovation driving manufacturing technology. 3D printing is about to change the world and manufacturers are capturing the moment.

Keys To Developing A Successful Product Prototype

Moving a product concept to the prototype stage remains an exciting step.

IIoT’s new business models

Smart Industry:  Today, most companies see the value of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) as additional information— data—that can help them do the things they already do, just better and more efficiently. And there lies a lot of low hanging fruit in&

Sanitary Conveyor System from Dorner Helps Wisconsin Cheese Packer Improve Ergonomics and Packaging Efficiencies

The conveyor system, along with that attached packout table, can be raised or lowered to best compliment different employees for better ergonomics.

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The Rise and Fall of the Everyman Tycoon

Article about the rise and fall of MakerBot by Andrew Zaleski at Backchannel:

Itwas October 2009 when Bre Pettis — his unmistakable sideburns and dark-rimmed rectangular glasses framing his face — took the stage at Ignite NYC, threw his hand in the air, and shouted “Hooray!” two times. A PowerPoint slide lit up behind him, revealing a photo of a hollow wood box crisscrossed with wiring. Bouncing up and down, his profuse mop of graying hair flopping about, Pettis began: “I’m going to talk about MakerBot and the future and an industrial revolution that we’re beginning — that’s begun.”

A former art teacher, Pettis had emerged as a key character in the growing maker movement of the late 2000s, a worldwide community of tinkerers who holed away in makeshift workshops and hackerspaces, equally at home with tools like old-school lathes and contemporary laser cutters. Pettis had begun his ascent in 2006, producing weekly videos for MAKE magazine—the maker movement’s Bible—that featured him navigating goofy tasks such as powering a light bulb with a modified hamster wheel. In 2008, he cofoundedthe NYC Resistor hackerspace in Brooklyn. By then, Pettis was a star. A year later, he launched a Brooklyn-based startup with friends Adam Mayer and Zach Smith (also a NYC Resistor cofounder) called MakerBot... (full article)

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One-Stop Repair for Food & Beverage Processing Equipment

Food and beverage processors speed repairs and reduce costs by working with single source for full gamut of machine repairs, from electronic controllers to motors.

Santa Barbara Additive Manufacturing Company ALT LLC Announces Upcoming Indiegogo Campaign: Recycled 3D Printing Filament from Everyday Plastic Waste

Additive manufacturing (AM) company ALT LLC (https://3DALT.com) announced today that they will launch an Indiegogo Campaign in late December of this year. The campaign will raise funds to produce high performance Recycled 3D Printing Filament made from everyday plastic waste.

Leveraging Innovative 3D Printing Capabilities to Strengthen America's Defense

DSI's Military Additive Manufacturing Summit is designed to support the DoD's efforts to leverage 3D Printing technology to deliver greater operational flexibility to Warfighters in the deployed environment. Speakers joining this forum will outline their efforts to use additive manufacturing to improve overall mission readiness and drastically reduce the manufacturing, storage, maintenance and sustainment costs of resources as they pass through the Military logistics supply chain.

WSI Global's EdgePack Carton Accumulator Increases Production Speed and Safety

Machine's flexibility and ease of make-ready reduces downtime and increases throughput

Airwolf 3D Fills Void in 3D Printing Market with Wolfbite ULTRA™, the First 3D Printing Adhesive for Industrial-Grade Polypropylene

Polypropylene is the most widely used plastic in automotive and other industrial applications, but the material is traditionally very difficult to use when 3D printing. With its unique 3D printers and exclusive new Wolfbite ULTRA, Airwolf 3D is the first company to provide a cost-effective way to 3D print polypropylene parts.

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Next Generation of Precision Motion Controllers - V3.0

Next Generation of Precision Motion Controllers - V3.0

MICROMO launches the new MC3/MCS motion control family. The new high performance, intelligent controllers are optimized for use with FAULHABER motors, offer electronics for simple operation with state-of-the-art interfaces for multi-axis applications, and provide a motion control system solution with the most compact integration into industrial grade housing.

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ATI Industrial Automation

ATI Industrial Automation

ATI Industrial Automation is a world-leading developer of robotic accessories and robot arm tooling, including Automatic Tool Changers, Multi-Axis Force/Torque Sensing Systems, Utility Couplers, Robotic Deburring Tools, Robotic Collision Sensors, Manual Tool Changers, and Compliance Devices.