3D Printing: Should You Go Open Source?

Michael Molitch-Hou for Engineering.com:  Although it’s possible that patents have existed since the time of the Ancient Greeks, the Venetian Patent Statute is more widely recognized as the first official patent system. Established in 1474, the statute declared that 10-year patents could be granted to "any new and ingenious device, not previously made.”

Along with all of society’s rules and mores, patent law and intellectual property (IP) have changed over time. We are now living in the post-Internet era, in which ideas and files are exchanged all around the world on a regular basis. It is now possible to download Phil Collins’ entire discography, whether it’s legal or not. It’s also possible to download 3D printable guns, legal or not.  Full article:

What's Driving Assembly Line AGVs?

We're even seeing companies with millions of dollars in chain-based conveyance move to AGVs. As this trend continues to advance, we see manufacturers gaining unprecedented flexibility that will allow them to quickly respond to market changes in a way that's smart, cost-effective, and safe.

Deloitte Catalyst Continues to Grow With Major Expansion Into the Robotics and Cognitive Automation Field

Four new firms will team with Deloitte in creating solutions for the digital workforce

Race For 3D Printing Capacity Could Revive M&A

Harry Brumpton for Forbes:  It’s an industrial breakthrough destined to transform manufacturing, from the production of entire space shuttle rockets right down to dental implants. It’s only a matter of time before the technology will make it to homes too, experts say, giving you access to on-demand, customizable basketball shoes, toys, housewares and more.

3D printing builds solid objects of almost any design by zapping out tiny melded layers of plastic, metal or whatever else, much like a drip in freezing weather incrementally forms an icicle. This simplifies the complex assembly of heavy objects and intricate designs, in essence reinventing the traditional economics of production.

One darling stock of the 3D printing world is 3D Systems, which has posted a whopping return since the start of the new year of 27.54%. But its three-year record is even more eye popping:

Minus 77%.  Cont'd...

SAKOR TECHNOLOGIES SELECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN EXPORTECH™ TO EXPAND GLOBAL SALES

EXPORT ACCELERATION PROGRAM FOCUSES ON ACHIEVING PROFITABLE GROWTH

GE, Nokia and Qualcomm Unveil First Private LTE-based Trial Network Customized for Industrial IoT

- Demo Illustrates Benefits of a Private High-performance LTE-based Network Providing End-to-End Solution for Industrial IoT Market -

Vention.io Announces the Beta Launch of the first AI-enabled machine builder platform

Vention.io is announcing the beta launch of their browser-based 3D machine builder platform, enabling established and emerging designers to design and order their custom industrial equipment in just a few days.

Top CNC Control Expands Manufacturing Capabilities

-New Probing Cycle Option for 3D Shapes -Now Available on HEIDENHAIN TNC 640 Control

Electro-Mechanical Assembly Press Technology Moves Li-Ion Battery Manufacturer A Step Closer To Perfection

Promess became involved with the battery manufacturer when the hydraulic presses, originally specified for both the pressing and assembly operations, proved to be unable to deliver the level of consistent process control required.

Successful Mechatronics Program at Vaughn College

Mechatronics is an exciting major for students because it combines computer, mechanical and electrical engineering into one field of study.

Automate 2017 - FASTSUITE Edition 2 - The new Digital Factory: one platform, endless options

The trend of highly individualized products leads to many unique variables, low production batches, and the need for flexible automation systems. To support this steady evolution, a next generation of Digital Factory tools is required. At Automate 2017, the software specialist CENIT is presenting a powerful and efficient solution: the high-performance Digital Factory software - FASTSUITE Edition 2.

Altium Vault 3.0 Harnesses PCB Design Data To Unlock Engineering Innovation

Latest Release of Design Data Management Software Makes It Simple for Designers and Engineers to Store, Find, and Use Verified Libraries of PCB Components and Designs.

Campofrio Food Group Leads the Way in Digitization with Cisco Connected Factory Solution

Marketwired:  Campofrío Food Group, the leading international producer of branded processed meats, headquartered in Madrid, Spain, has cut the ribbon on a brand-new plant that boasts the latest in digital technology.

With a gross surface area expanding 99,000 square meters and an estimated production of 101,400 tons a year, the 'New Bureba' plant is located in Burgos, in Northern Spain. It replaces the previous facilities, destroyed by a fire in November 2014, but is far from a standard rebuild, incorporating the industrial sector's very latest innovations.

From the beginning of the design process, Campofrío seized the opportunity to create a 'smart' factory that connects machines, devices, sensors and people in real-time. The company selected Cisco Connected Factory solution to create a 'Factory 4.0' that would enable to manage and optimize its business processes and make well-informed decisions.  Cont'd...

Trillium Inc poised to Eliminate Cyber Threat to Autonomous Cars

Auto cyber-security start-up in high gear with closure of Series A financing, plans 2018 launch of automotive 'Security as a Service' platform

Bosch and IBM start collaboration for Industrial IoT

-Both companies work together to offer clients innovative technology for automated updating of millions of IoT devices; -Bosch IoT Suite services launched on IBM Bluemix and Watson IoT Platform; -More than 20 billion connected things estimated to be in use by 2020

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