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On Manufacturing Day, Talk Will Be on Reshoring's Ability to Make Over U.S. Industry

One trend that will undoubtedly receive attention on Manufacturing Day this year, Oct. 5, is reshoring, the movement of manufacturing from once lower-cost countries such as China back to the United States. Reshoring as both a concept and a practice is a recent but growing development. Nevertheless, proponents such as Harry Moser, founder and president of the Reshoring Initiative, based in...

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The Story of Tom Pasterik: How 3-D Printing Ignited a Manufacturing Career

While at IMTS 2012 in Chicago last month, I had the great opportunity to stop by the ExOne booth. ExOne has been a premier name in additive manufacturing since 2005, when it was spun off from Extrude Hone Corp., a supplier and developer of nontraditional machining processes. ExOne displayed some very interesting 3-D printed parts in its booth, from aerospace engine components to artistic designs....

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How You Can Participate in Manufacturing Day

In five days, manufacturers around the country will open their doors to students, veterans and their local communities for Manufacturing Day, an industry-wide event to promote manufacturing in America. "Manufacturing Day will be the 'coming out party' for U.S. manufacturers all across the nation," said Ed Youdell, president and CEO of the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association (FMA) and...

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Florida Manufacturers Battle with the Skills Gap

Of the 100 manufacturers in Florida counties Manatee and Sarasota, 56 told employee training agency CareerEdge Funders Collaborative that they recognize "an existing skills gap of three years or longer," the Bradenton Herald reports. The skills gap problem has caused manufacturers to pare down expansion plans and production schedules, while the unemployed in Manatee and Sarasota counties who are...

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Dutch Companies Unveil Room-Sized 3-D Printer [VIDEO]

Taking the principle of "go big or go home" to heart, DUS architects in the Netherlands teamed up with Ultimaker, Fablab Protospace and Open Coop to create a huge 3-D printer. Situated in a former shipping container, the Kamermaker (Dutch for "room maker") has a build volume of approximately 2 meters square and 3.5 meters high and will go on tour to introduce additive manufacturing to those who...

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New Website Encourages Metalworkers to Vote

The National Tooling & Machining Association (NTMA) and the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) started a new website to publicize a national advocacy program to encourage manufacturers to vote in federal elections on Nov. 6, Herald Online reports. One Voice, as the program is called, is promoting a Get Out the Vote initiative, informing manufacturers about congressional voting records...

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Formlabs Releases Low-Cost Desktop 3-D Printer

Formlabs has released a new desktop 3-D printer that uses professional stereolithography technology to create highly-detailed designs, Wired reports. While other desktop 3-D printing technologies typically use extrusion, such as printers under the Makerbot or RepRap brands, the Form 1 released by Formlabs uses a high-resolution resin system cured by UV light to print out small designs. Linked to...

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Walter Meier Introduces New JET Machine Tools to Grinding Market

Walter Meier has introduced two machines to solve industrial grinding operation applications, according to a recent announcement. The JET-brand 3 x 79" belt grinder is designed for a variety of grinding and finishing operations, allowing it to shape, rough and contour a diverse range of work pieces. Product manager Peggy McGann described the grinder as "ideal for grinding castings or removing...

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MMS Survey Shows Machine Shops Are Eager to Buy

More shop owners are eager to invest in capital equipment in the next 12 months, according to the bimonthly 30-Second Survey of random manufacturing companies by Modern Machine Shop (MMS). In the survey, released this month, 24.2 percent of respondents described themselves as "very likely" to buy capital equipment in the next 12 months. This was up from 22.7 percent in July. Meanwhile, 33 percent...

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A First-Timer's Reflections on IMTS Buying Culture

At one point, still early in the show, I traversed the complex from west to east, and along the way I overheard two job offers and four confirmed machine tool orders. This 15 minute period, taken as a snapshot of the weeklong event, pretty much sums up my experience at the show. This is the summary of IMTS 2012 from Industry Week's Travis Hessman, who attended the show for the first time and was...

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