Beyond the Hype: What's Next for Industrial 3D Printing

Vicki Holt of Proto Labs via The Huffington Post:  It wasn’t long ago that 3D printing was one of the buzziest technologies around.  We watched as a 3D printer recreated a bust of Stephen Colbert on TV. We heard from industry analysts who were bullish on adoption of the technology. We imagined a future with a 3D printer in every home when major retailers began selling them online and in stores. Fast forward to today. The potential of 3D printing remains enormous. Global spend on the technology is expected to climb from $11 billion in 2015 to nearly $27 billion in 2019. But with all of the early excitement now behind us, where does 3D printing stand today? And where will it go in the future?  It can be summed up in three key developments.   Cont'd... 

Allied Machine Offers Original T-A® Drill at TECMA 2017

Visit Booth 1060 to see how to reduce downtime and lower cost per hole

embedded world: MVTec showcases its embedded vision portfolio

 Machine vision in embedded systems  Interesting live demo and presentations by experts

Phoenix Contact Achieves Traceability Success With Mentor Graphics Valor IoT Manufacturing Solution

Phoenix Contact uses SMT machines in their factories from different vendors (ASM and Fuji), which provide their own detailed and accurate traceability data; however, their data is not compatible with each other, and difficult for Phoenix Contact to integrate.

Global Imaging Partners with Massivit 3D for 3D Printing Distribution in the US and Canada

Grand format solutions company Global Imaging Partners with Massivit 3D to bring innovative 3D printing solutions to the North American market.

New Kyntronics Article Compares Electro-Hydraulic Actuators to Hydraulic Cylinder Actuation Systems

Kyntronics new technical article compares electro-hydraulic actuator technology to hydraulic cylinder actuation systems. The white paper includes a comparison chart of technologies.

Microsemi Unveils Industry's Lowest Power Cost-Optimized FPGA Product Family for Access Networks, Wireless Infrastructure, Defense and Industry 4.0 Markets

New PolarFire FPGAs Deliver 500K Logic Elements, 12.7G Transceivers at Up to 50 Percent Lower Power Than Competing Mid-Range FPGAs

Honeywell And Seeq Collaborate To Help Industrial Customers Become Safer, More Efficient And More Reliable

Integration Adds Powerful and Innovative Analytics Tool to Honeywell's Connected Plant Program

Closing US Manufacturing Trade Deficit Would Create 1.3M Jobs, Says Tech Think Tank; Report Shows Trade Contributed to Decline & Boosting Productivity Is Key to Revival

The prevailing narrative says automation was the main culprit behind U.S. manufacturing job losses in the early 2000s, and that automation is now powering an unprecedented manufacturing technology revolution that will continue to displace jobs. But a new report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) finds that both of these claims are false.

Manufacturers raise investment in next-gen tech, survey says

Dustin Walsh for Crain's Detroit Business:  U.S. manufacturers are rapidly boosting investment in advanced digital technologies, according to a survey to be released Monday by Troy-based technology business association Automation Alley.  The survey coincides with the association's 2017 Technology Industry Outlook event on Feb. 13 at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Nearly 400 manufacturing and technology business leaders are expected to attend. According to the survey, 85 percent of U.S. manufacturing executives responded they plan to increase existing budgets for new technologies, with nearly a third planning to increase budgets by up to 15 percent.  More than half of the respondents said they have a dedicated budget to technologies described as Industry 4.0, with the top three being cloud, cybersecurity and data analytics.   Cont'd...

Inside 3D Printing 2017- Saxony-Anhalt is one of Europes key locations for additive manufacturing

IMG Saxony-Anhalt informs in Singapore about the investment opportunities in the Central German federal state

Print Form Announces Formal Partnership With WIPRO3D

Teams Enter Into Strategic Alliance To Serve The Global Market For Metal Additive Manufacturing

KUKA Introduces KUKA Marketplace and KUKA Connect

The KUKA Marketplace allows customers to purchase and browse new KUKA products while providing user guides and videos for additional information.

New Low-cost Servo/Stepper-Driven Miniature Positioning Stage

It's only 22.5mm wide and easily configurable in XY / XYZ combinations without adapter plates.

S. Korea's Hanwha to develop smart factory platform

Pulse News:  South Korea’s leading conglomerate Hanwha Group plans to venture into the smart factory business, joining the burgeoning market dominated by General Electronics Co. (GE) and Siemens AG in the transitional age of industry and society heading towards full automation and practical robotics applications.  According to a senior official at Hanwha Wednesday, the group recently formed a task force team dedicated to the development of hardware and software that can help to make factories smarter, cost-efficient, and more productive through increased computing systems. Hanwha Techwin Co., the group’s defense and aircraft engine making unit, will first come up with a pilot model in automating factories that would be applied to other manufacturing subsidiaries.    Cont'd...

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