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How to invest in 3D printing

Iona Bain for IG: D printing has been called the ‘third industrial revolution’ and it has a market that’s expected to be worth $35 billion in 2020. That doesn’t make 3D printing an easy target for investors. Here’s our guide to investing in the sector.

Designing Safe Pneumatic Circuits

Pneumatic circuits can be safe when carefully examined and implemented. The designers can use the appropriate level of reliability based on their assessment of the risk and frequency of the potential risk.

The Connected Factory

More than a technological revolution, the connected factory is a total reorganization of the approach to production, using existing tools and placing a greater reliance on networks.

Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) and Accelerating Your Quality System’s Actionability

In absence of Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), reporting is purely historical and is often available too late to take action on its findings. MES enables non-conformances to be addressed in the present and minimize their potential impact.

Offline Programming Software is Single Solution for Robotic Hammer Peening of Automotive Stamping Dies

Total programming time for one workpiece, including the time to import a CAD file and create a toolpath, was reduced from 12 hours to only 3.5 hours.

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Analysis: Four smart factory trends to watch in 2018

Jessica Twentyman for Internet of Business: Internet of Business presents four key technology trends that will help the smart factory deliver on its efficiency and responsiveness goals in 2018.

Why Siemens, GE and Rolls-Royce are turning to 3D printing

Sara Murphy for GreenBiz: 3D printing techniques, however, could be almost universally preferable, if industry steers in the right direction. And clear pathways exist for maximizing the technology’s green potential.

Carnegie Mellon University Extends Research into 3D Micro-Additive Manufacturing with Optomec Aerosol Jet Printed Electronics System

Developing novel methods to create next generation manufacturing processes for sensors, antennas and energy harvesting devices

How Industry 4.0 will be impacted by technology

Diogo Costa for KnowTechie: There are several aspects that characterize Industry 4.0, including (but not limited to): automated robots, additive manufacture, simulation, horizontal and vertical system integration, industrial IoT...

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ACEEE Supports Smart Manufacturing by Partnering with Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute

"Smart manufacturing makes it possible for companies to reduce their energy use and save money on their energy bills by optimizing their manufacturing processes. In fact, increased investments in Smart Manufacturing could save American manufacturers $15 billion in annual electricity cost savings by 2035,"

French Aerospace Manufacturer, Latcoère, Accelerates Design Validation and Tool Production with Stratasys Additive Manufacturing

• 95% reduction in prototype lead times using Stratasys' Fortus 450mc Production 3D Printer in place of CNC machining • Manufacture of production tools reduced from six weeks to just two days, while tool production costs slashed by 40%

Roush Invests in New Additive Manufacturing Equipment

Product development supplier Roush buys the world's largest powderbed additive system to expand their reach in multiple industries.

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