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S-Squared Unveils World's Largest 3D Printer

This machine builds everything from homes and commercial buildings, to infrastructure such as roads and bridges.

Manufacturing Jobs in the Gig Economy

In order for a manufacturing company to truly scale and catch up to the technology demands of their business, they need to identify and secure talent at all levels that help them meet their demands in real time.

AI's Role in Overcoming the Manufacturing Hiring Crisis

The manufacturing industry is facing a hiring crisis. According to Deloitte, by 2025, the manufacturing skills gap will result in a need for 3.4 million skilled workers, and 2 million of those roles will go unfulfilled.

Using IoT for Machine Learning-based Predictive Maintenance

By tapping into existing maintenance or equipment logs, a manufacturer can apply machine learning to predict which connected devices or machines will be in need of servicing or forecast required inventory levels across warehouse locations...

Why Disaster Preparedness Is Important in the Manufacturing Industry

Being prepared can help prevent costly equipment or facility damage. You can't avoid every disaster, but being ready for them when they do occur can help reduce downtime and save you a lot of money on equipment repair and replacement in the long run.

Machine Automation Explained

Motion control systems are ideal for use in applications that require product positioning, rapid start and stop motions and synchronization of unconnected elements. PLCs have the capability to offer the required signals for commanding stepper systems and servos...

The Cost and Performance Benefits of Switching From Metal to Plastic Parts

Converting metal components to plastic could provide more advantages for your production process and final product. In fact, OEMs that choose to make the switch capitalize on the added versatility of plastic, and realize a number of valuable benefits

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FROM FANTASY TO REALITY: FORD'S NEW $45 MILLION ADVANCED MANUFACTURING CENTER BRINGING THE FUTURE TO LIFE - TODAY

Ford, which leads North American automakers in manufacturing capacity utilization, will ramp up prototyping including 3D printing, augmented and virtual reality, robotics and much more at its new facility before bringing tested innovations to auto plants across the globe

Stratasys and Materialise: 3D Printed Medical Models Come to Life

Stratasys PolyJet technology and Materialise FDA-cleared software now most versatile 3D printing system for hospitals and physicians to build anatomical models at the point-of-care

RAPID + TCT 2019: North America's Leading Additive Manufacturing Event Returns to Detroit for Biggest Year Yet

Attendees will have the opportunity to experience 300+ hands-on exhibits, industry-accelerating product announcements, world-class education from highly regarded experts and networking with over 6,000 industry peers.

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Automate 2019 Show and Conference Comes to Chicago April 8-11

Broadest Automation Event in North America to Explore How to "Win the Future" with Real-World Solutions and Technology Advances

Xometry Shop Advantage Program Expands Via New Partnership With Office Depot

Through its partnership with Xometry, Office Depot will provide Xometry's Manufacturing Partner Network with a custom savings program featuring compelling online and in-store deals on multiple product categories, from core office supplies and break-room necessities to cleaning products and copy/print services.

Protolabs Joins MIT's Additive Manufacturing Consortium to Advance Next-Gen Manufacturing Technology

Joining Protolabs as founding members of ADAPT are Autodesk, General Motors, and Volkswagen, to name a few. Helming the ADAPT consortium is MIT professor John Hart, who also leads the university's Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity and oversees the design and manufacturing facilities in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

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Emulate3D Engineering Software Creates Your Advantage

Emulate3D Engineering Software Creates Your Advantage

Emulate3D software helps you model and test your AMHS solutions rapidly. Use Demo3D to create running models quickly, then generate videos, stills, or view the models in virtual reality at the click of a button. Sim3D enables you to carry out experimental test runs to select optimal solutions and the most robust operating strategy, and Emulate3D Controls Testing is the best way to debug your PLCs offline, and off the project's critical path. Connect to major PLCs, import CAD, and plug into HTC Vive and Oculus Rift to produce awesome models!

Design & Development - Featured Company

IntervalZero

IntervalZero

IntervalZero's customer-centered philosophy, combined with more than three decades of embedded software innovation and the proven value of IntervalZero's RTX and RTX64 hard real-time software, have enabled the company to build a global customer base of market-leading OEMs and end users in Industrial Automation, Medical Systems, Digital Media, Test & Measurement, Military & Aerospace, and other industries. IntervalZero's success also stems from its expansive network of global trading Partners and its commitment to the Microsoft and Intel ecosystem. IntervalZero is a Microsoft Embedded Gold. IntervalZero seeks to provide the world's leading RTOS platform based on its SMP-enabled RTX and RTX64 software, which is used for developing complex hard real-time systems that require a sophisticated user experience and that run on COTS hardware.