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3d Printing Reduces Manufacturing Downtime

Using Industrial 3D Printing to Reduce Manufacturers’ Unplanned Downtime Production breakdowns can cost manufacturers thousands of dollars each minute, so savvy companies use 3D printing to reduce their unplanned downtime. Here are a few ways you can apply the benefits of additive manufacturing (industrial 3D printing) to improve your operations: AM: A fast, low-cost way…

Using Cloud Manufacturing as a Service

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Why 2016 Will Mark the Beginning of Manufacturing as a Service (MaaS) In 2016, manufacturing as a service will change how goods are made around the world. First, what is MaaS? Manufacturing as a service is the shared use of a networked manufacturing infrastructure to produce goods. In other words, manufacturers use the internet to…

Additive Manufacturing Fourth Industrial Revolution

The 4th Industrial Revolution and Why It Matters Most textbooks talk about one industrial revolution, but we’ve actually been through three already. Now the fourth one is here. Read on to find out what the fourth industrial revolution is and why it matters. What is Industry 4.0? The fourth industrial revolution, also known as Industry…

The Benefit of On-Demand Manufacturing

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How Additive Manufacturing Can Benefit Local On-Demand Manufacturers Outsourced additive manufacturing offers big benefits for local on-demand manufacturers, including faster production, a broader range of products, lower inventory costs, happier local customers. Read on to find out how: What is on-demand manufacturing? On-demand manufacturing is a process where a customer order can be immediately fulfilled…

How Additive Manufacturing Benefits Tool and Die

3 Ways in Which Additive Manufacturing Complements Tool and Die Some say three’s a magic number, and that’s definitely the case with the future relationship of additive manufacturing and tool and die-based industries. Consider for a second that there are three main factors highlighting the benefits of using the two together. How might these three…

Additive Manufacturing Trends in 2016

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Trends in Additive Manufacturing for 2016 Additive manufacturing will continue to advance this year. Expect larger production runs, increased complexity of parts, greater strength, new materials and more. Here’s a rundown of the trends to look for in 2016: Beyond prototyping With standardization in place, additive manufacturing (AM) will be used to create a wide…

Additive Manufacturing Process Skills

Manufacturing technologies used today are incredibly different than what was at our disposal in the early 1900s. When you look closely, however, there are surprising similarities in how advancements took place and how they were received by the industry — a pattern that we’re seeing repeated today.

Auto Industry Additive Manufacturing

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Following hot on the heels of the aerospace industry, automotive manufacturers have embraced additive manufacturing as a way to both cut costs and boost performance.

High Skill High Demand Manufacturing Employees

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Somewhere between blue collar and white collar is a new kind of high-skill, high-demand, high-wage employee.

Threaded Brass Inserts for Rapid Prototyping

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While speed is key with most prototyping projects, taking a few minutes to consider the best way to connect your multi-piece part during the design stage could save you the hassle of having to commission the job all over.