New 3-D printing method creates shape-shifting objects

A new 3-D printing method has been developed to create objects that can permanently transform into a range of different shapes in response to heat.

Solving Complex Adhesion Problems with Plasma

When traditional chemical adhesives fail to sufficiently bond dissimilar types of materials, engineers often turn to plasma treatments to solve complex adhesion problems.

A Deeper Look at "Precision" Toolholders

Quality of machining and quality control differentiates "standard" toolholders from precision.

Belgian company takes 3D printing to chocolate

Jack Schofield and Waverly Colville for Reuters: Layer by layer, 0.2 millimeters at a time, a specialized printing machine at Belgian chocolate shop Miam Factory applies melted chocolate to shape a three-dimensional object.

More production, more jobs? CMU pitches businesses on robotics in manufacturing

Daniel Moore, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "Our mission, at a very high level, is establishing leadership in this area," said Gary Fedder, interim CEO of the ARM Institute. "We want to lower the barrier for the companies to adopt this technology" while also "empowering the American worker" to find open positions.

IT Security and Machine Safety

Before you connect your machinery to the internet, please make sure you do a full IT risk assessment, considering not only the benefits, but the potential troubles you may encounter, and then think if having "constantly connected" machinery is REALLY necessary.

Siemens and Materialise Technology Integration Streamlines Product Design Through 3D Printing

Materialise additive manufacturing technology now fully integrated with NX Seamlessly closes the loop between product design and 3D printers Strengthens Siemens comprehensive additive manufacturing solution

Insert Molding vs Traditional Injection Molding

A typical application of insert molding is to include one or more threaded metal inserts in a plastic part when that part is intended to mate to another part in an assembly.

Adidas reveals the first 3D-printed shoe it'll mass-produce

James Vincent for The Verge: The company says 100,000 pairs of Futurecraft sneakers will be made by the end of 2018

New Research Could Help Speed Up the 3D Printing Process

Binghamton University for R&D Magazine: A team of researchers from Binghamton University, State University of New York and MIT have identified some bottlenecks in 3D printers, that, if improved, could speed up the entire process.

Special Tradeshow Coverage for Automate 2017

Automate 2017 will be held from April 3rd - 6th at Chicago's McCormick Place. This ManufacturingTomorrow.com Special Tradeshow report aims to bring you news, articles and products from this years event.

Corrosion Resistant Plastic Cooling Towers Cut Costs for Sintering Operations

For metalworking operations using extreme heats, engineered plastic cooling towers provide effective cooling without corroding, outlasting traditional alternatives.

Finding the flow creates a new way to 3D-print metal

Eric Mack for New Atlas: A team of engineers has developed a new way of 3D-printing metals that could improve on existing, laser-on-powder based methods. It relies on using semi-solid metals that are solid at rest, but can flow when force is applied, making it possible to move through the nozzle of a printer. Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) hope that the process could lead to higher-quality and lighter metal parts.

Global Supply Chain Requires Demand-Driven Real-Time Adaptive Supplier Monitoring

Without good contracts, a manufacturer may be fully exposed to liability - without protection and legal recourse against the responsible party - and at the mercy of the laws of other jurisdictions.

Abu Dhabi, Dubai Partner with GE for Region's 1st Microfactories

Paul Ebeling for Live Trading News: "These Microfactories are a glimpse of what the future represents, combining innovation and educational ecosystems with fast, efficient and sustainable manufacturing capabilities. The possibilities are truly limitless," said HE Mohamed Abdullah Al Gergawi, UAE minister of cabinet affairs and MD of Dubai Future Foundation.

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