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Overcoming the crisis: COVID-19, the automotive industry and the potential of additive manufacturing

In this feature, Eric Pallarés, Chief Technology Officer at BCN3D, considers the impact of this tumultuous year on the automotive industry and how additive manufacturing can help.

Planning for Obsolescence

After looking at the existing motor and the space envelope available, Sound Leisure, together with maxon engineers, selected the maxon brushless EC 45mm flat motor. This brushless DC motor is part of a program of flat motors, ideal when space is at a premium.

Remote Work Is Already Shaping Operations in the ‘Next Normal’

The COVID-19 health crisis has pushed many organizations to reduce physical interaction among their workforces to an absolute minimum. In a very short period, work from home (WFH) and work from anywhere (WFA) have emerged as standard features of the “Next Normal.”

Why Digital Transformation Matters More Than Ever

Companies that embraced digital technology, specifically on the plant floor, are now able to improve and adapt their operations at a faster speed and even anticipate changes before they occur.

3 Steps to Supply Chain Resilience and Digital Transformation in Manufacturing

The challenges facing the manufacturing industry are many. And as the current health crisis continues, the future is an unknown landscape. To survive and ultimately thrive, companies must increase profitability, supply chain resilience, and embrace new technologies.

Key Safety Certifications for Your Facility

Compliance with safety regulations can provide significant benefits. The right certification can ensure workers on the floor are as safe as possible and make your facility seem more trustworthy to potential partners.

The Critical Role of Validation in Micro Molding

Measurement should be a central consideration in every quote issued by a micro molder. If a micro molder can make the steel micro tool, and subsequently mold the part, sure as night follows day it will need to be measured.

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When Digital Transformation's "Check Engine" Light Comes On

When CIOs are charged with digital transformation, it’s often not as smooth a process as expected. Our newest report found that 78% of industrial professionals encountered underlying issues when they began implementing digital transformation.

Moving from Scare Easy to Secured Share Easy in Additive Manufacturing

Unleashing the full benefits of additive manufacturing requires knowledge sharing, but as Lee-Bath Nelson, Co-founder and VP Business at LEO Lane asks, can this be achieved securely without giving away the farm?

Ways Automation Is Changing Metal Fabrication

Growing demand and a widening industry skills gap have metal fabricators looking for ways to improve efficiency and product quality, even when additional labor may be hard to find.

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Epson Signs Industrial Control as Distributor in the State of Michigan

Partnership Delivers Innovative, Easy-to-Use, Trusted Robot Solutions that Meet Growing Demand for Pre-Engineered, Turn-Key Factory Automation Solutions

Lorin‌ ‌Anodized‌ ‌Aluminum‌ ‌-‌ ‌Made‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌U.S.A.‌ ‌

The press release announces that it continues to manufacture exclusively in the U.S.A. By retaining all employees and manufacturing processes in the U.S., Lorin guarantees that the coil-anodizing process is carried out with the attention to detail necessary to produce the industry-leading anodized aluminum Lorin offers.

Meet Quinly for Ender 3: the world's first retrofit that automates 3D printing

3DQue Systems, a Vancouver-based 3D printing company, is excited to announce the official launch of Quinly, the world's first true automated end-to-end print manager for Ender 3. It enables unattended continuous printing allowing a user to print different jobs without human interference so long as each item doesn't require a change of material or the nozzle diameter. This is impossible with any other printer.

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Opportunity Tonasket: You Only Get to do this Life Once, So Let's Make it Count.
Opportunity Tonasket:  You Only Get to do this Life Once, So Let's Make it Count.

Opportunity Tonasket: You Only Get to do this Life Once, So Let's Make it Count.

Our primary mission is to promote economic development and growth in the city of Tonasket, WA and surrounding area. This is a group of local citizens sharing a common goal. We wish to assist and promote existing businesses wishing to relocate, local businesses wishing to expand and local individuals wanting to startup a business. Preserving and enhancing the small town and rural lifestyle in a way which benefits everybody and maintains a healthy lifestyle. Opportunity Tonasket was created to be a hub for information and contacts with local city and county agencies, as well as local businesses and real estate connections. Their goal is to connect current and newly relocated individuals and businesses and "plug them in" with the best services, advice and experts in the area. Opportunity Tonasket is like a leg-up, as if one's already had a foothold in the community.

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OPPORTUNITY TONASKET

Our primary mission is to promote economic development and growth in the city of Tonasket and surrounding area. This is a group of local citizens sharing a common goal. We wish to assist and promote existing businesses wishing to relocate, local businesses wishing to expand and local individuals wanting to startup a business. Preserving and enhancing the small town and rural lifestyle in a way which benefits everybody and maintains a healthy lifestyle.