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NASA Embraces Additive for ISS

NASA has released a video outlining its plan to install a desktop 3D printer in the International Space Station (ISS) to rapidly reproduce needed items while orbiting the globe. In June of next year, NASA will launch a 3D printer to the ISS aboard a SpaceX 5 rocket to test the efficacy of 3D printing parts in space. NASA claims it will start small with tiny widgets and everyday items astronauts...

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China Might Be Slowed, but Valve Purchases Will Break $10 Billion

Credit: keattikorn at FreeDigitalPhotos.net Despite reports of a slowdown in China and its central government's deliberate plan to consolidate heavy industries, the country is still experiencing relatively robust industrialization growth compared with more mature countries and markets in the West. China's growth will continue to be led by the petroleum and coal products industry. According to a...

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Makino Horizontal Machining Center Capable of Rapid Aluminum Machining Jobs for Aerospace

Makino recently released a new horizontal machining center (HMC) dedicated to high-precision and rapid aluminum machining for aerospace applications. The a61nx-5E uses a direct-drive motor and 1G axis acceleration to operate its 14,000-rpm spindle capable of 240 Nm of torque. The five-axis machine is capable of precision-machining automotive parts or mid-sized, complex aluminum components. The...

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New Report Reveals Drop in Cutting Tool Consumption

A new monthly report on cutting tool consumption shows numbers have trended downward in June, echoing summertime lulls in other industry sectors. The U.S. Cutting Tool Market Report (CTMR) showed tool consumption totaled $155 million for June, a 12.8 percent drop from the same period in June 2012, and down 6.6 percent from May 2013.  Further, the year-to-date (YTD) total of $1,014 million was...

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Honeywell Sensing and Control to Add Value with Sensor Assembly Solutions

Honeywell's Sensing and Control business unit has launched a customization service that supplies pressure and thermal sensors with added-value elements such as integrated assemblies, custom interface packaging, and non-standard terminations. The company promises lower total systems costs and faster design and build times with its sensor solutions that result in quicker time to market. Aimed as a...

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Micro Lube System Allows "Near Dry" Machining

Advanced Carbide Tooling (ACT) has developed a lubrication system using plant-based oils to improve machine performance while greening operations. The Micro Lube minimal quantity lubrication system, developed by ACT subsidiary Advanced Micro Lubrication (AML) uses a vegetable-based oil with no added chemicals such as extreme pressure additives or chlorine. As the name suggests, the lubricant is...

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User-Friendly Machining Coolant Is Low-Odor

Wallover Oil Co. has released a new machining coolant designed to minimize odor and foaming behaviors typical of most machining coolants. The WS 7800 machining coolant is safe to use on ferrous alloys, titanium, cast aluminum, aerospace aluminum, copper, and other types of metals, given its micro-emulsion behavior. When applied, the coolant forms stable emulsions in water of varying quality,...

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Wireless Remote Process Monitoring Signals Efficiency and Savings

Wireless monitoring provides significant process control features to plant operators and municipalities at a fraction of traditional cost, according to one supplier of such systems: FLO-CORP, based in Wadsworth, Ohio. The company recently debuted the Guardian 2000 wireless monitor that transmits data using cell towers and/or satellites and pinpoint location of the device through a global...

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Low Tool Orders in June Continue Summertime Lull

Figures for the June U.S. Manufacturing Tool Orders (USMTO) report showed shrinking numbers from May and was down overall for the year, continuing a trend of disappointing numbers. Overall orders were down 5.8 percent from May and 5.7 percent compared to June 2012's $452.75 million total. The figures are down 5.7 percent for the cumulative 2013 reports, totaling $2,538.55 million. The USMTO,...

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Building Up: Additive Manufacturing Is a Story of Coexistence

Additive manufacturing (AM) is en vogue with everyone, from governments to garage geeks. Some questions being asked, however, are: How will the manufacturing industrial base respond? Does the media hype motivate, reinvigorate, or frustrate today's manufacturers? Even so, there is a trend toward adopting additive manufacturing capabilities within the more traditional manufacturing service bureaus....

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