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Washington Researchers Work to 3D Print Satellites

For those interested in 3D printing, Prof. Amit Bandyopadhyay is a familiar figure. Late last year his team at the University of Washington created a 3D printer that could use lunar regolith as its print material. On the heels of that success Prof. Bandyopadhyay and Prof. Susmita Bose have been asked by Aerojet Rocketdyne to explore whether it's possible to 3D print a microsatellite from metal...

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Trumpf Laser/Punch Combination Machine Reduces Metal Stresses

Trumpf has released a new punch and laser-cutting combination machine designed to reduce distortion produced in other machining and punching techniques. As Industrial Laser Solutions (ILS) notes, traditional punching techniques employ a punch probe that first penetrates the sheet metal, causing compressive stresses, and then retracts to create further tensile stress. Repeating this process...

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Gardner Business Index Shows Contraction in Durable Goods Manufacturing

The June Gardner Business Index (GBI) reading of 47.1 showed sharp contraction in durable goods manufacturing following five months of shrinking, but relatively static, performance. The GBI dropped 2.8 points from 49.9 in May to 47.1 in June. All readings below 50 signify contraction, but the May figure was still 0.7 points higher than the April figure. The June 2013 figures is 7.5 percent lower...

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MTConnect Challenge 2 Opens

The MTConnect Challenge, a contest co-sponsored by the government to challenge programmers to develop innovative ways of using the industry protocol standard, has begun taking entries for phase two of its two-part sequence. The MTConnect Challenge, sponsored by the AMT--Association for Manufacturing Technology and the U.S. Department of Defense via the Defense-Wide Manufacturing Science and...

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Mazak to Host October Industry Event Focusing on Advanced Technology

Mazak USA has announced the Discover 2013 industry event to introduce attendees to a variety of manufacturing and machining solutions provided by Mazak machine tools. The event, which will take place October 8 to 16 at Mazak USA's Florence, Ky., National Technology Center and Center for Multi-Tasking and Manufacturing Excellence will feature hands-on training seminars and educational events....

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AIP Precision Machining Recognized for Biomedical Design

AIP Precision Machining was recognized by MD + DI's Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA) ceremony for its Orthofix Ankle Compression Nailing System (ACN). The bronze award recognized achievement in the Implant and Tissue-Replacement Products category during the MDEA's 15th Annual Ceremony. The Orthofix ACN is a nailing system for increased stability and flexibility in ankle nailings that treat...

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Texas Machine Shop Adds Large-Part Capability with Giddings & Lewis Unit

Production Machine & Tool of Wichita Falls, Texas, is making a big investment in large-part capability with the purchase of a rotary-table horizontal boring mill with an innovative built-in U-axis contouring head. The machine, a Giddings & Lewis RT 1250 U (the number refers to pallet size, in millimeters), permits changeover between the spindle and contouring head at the flip of a switch, says...

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Ford Improves Fuel Efficiency With Enhanced Machining Techniques

At a recent Dearborn, Mich., event Ford displayed techniques new to the automotive industry, which it is using to produce lighter-weight and more fuel-efficient cars. Gotta Be Mobile, the site that covers mobile device construction, design, and news, profiled Ford's new machining techniques, explaining that the concepts are only novel to the automotive industry. The techniques have been used by...

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Shopbot Turns to Crowdfunding to Create Portable CNC Router

[embed]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-yZjuB0l2s[/embed] ShopBot Tools, the Durham, N.C.-based CNC router and accessories manufacturer and CNC software designer, has taken to Kickstarter to help crowdfund a new CNC tool with heightened mobility applications. The Handibot is a smart CNC router that is designed to be portable. Rather than affix a workpiece to the tool's bed, the Handibot is...

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Maine Community College Expands Machining Program

Machining training programs around the country have been steadily improving offerings and increasing enrollment. In an effort to bridge the skills gap and prepare students for career competitiveness, vocational schools, community colleges, and special training programs have been aggressively improving course offerings by obtaining new equipment and offering strengthened financial aid. Sanford...

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