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Top 5 Topics of 2018—Plus 5 Honorable Mentions

Posted by Steven Brand on Dec 21, 2018 10:20:00 AM

As the year draws to a close, we always like to take a look back on the events and people that made a difference in manufacturing throughout the past 12 months. We celebrate successes (Manufacturing Day 2018 was the biggest yet) and look at ways to overcome challenges, whether it’s maintaining growth or competing more effectively overseas. We also like to take a look at what interested you, our readers, the most on our blog.

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Topics: Additive Manufacturing, Cybersecurity, Human Resources, robotics, tribal knowledge, Workplace Harassment, job descriptions, virtual reality, sensors, Manufacturing Resources

Today's Top 6 Manufacturing Topics

Posted by Steven Brand on Dec 12, 2018 8:59:23 AM

The manufacturing industry has been making rapid advancements in recent years, paving the way for cutting-edge technologies. With each new innovation, manufacturing gets more efficient and more precise, leading to the cost-effective production of safer and higher-quality products. But despite common perception, not all advancements are just for the manufacturing giants; today, many small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) are able to take advantage of them too. Here’s a look at a handful of recent technologies and topics trending now within the manufacturing industry.

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Topics: Additive Manufacturing, Exporting, Advanced Robotic Manufacturing, Nanomanufacturing, Flexible Hybrid Electronics, Sustainable Manufacturing

Six Industries Benefiting from Additive Manufacturing

Posted by Steven Brand on Aug 21, 2018 10:42:18 AM

Additive Manufacturing (AM), or 3D printing, has evolved rapidly in recent years. As new industries have begun to embrace the technology, they are discovering the many ways in which the technology is impacting their business.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Additive Manufacturing, Energy, Advanced Manufacturing, Medical, Aerospace Products and Parts, Automotive, Manufacturing Technology, Future of Manufacturing

Metal Additive Manufacturing: What You Need to Know

Posted by Steven Brand on May 3, 2018 1:17:45 PM

Types of Metal Additive Manufacturing Processes Guide

Additive Manufacturing (AM) has taken the industry by storm, enabling manufacturers to bring product to market faster—for less. Now, Metal AM and numerous applications of the process are moving to the forefront of manufacturing for production.

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Topics: Additive Manufacturing

The Insider's Guide to Smart Manufacturing Trends in 2017

Posted by Steven Brand on Oct 12, 2017 10:30:00 AM

Smart manufacturing trends in 2017 indicate that a radical transformation in the manufacturing sector is taking place. In a report by global market research firm BCC Research, the global market for smart manufacturing is expected to grow from $159 billion in 2015 to $392 billion by 2020 at a compounded annual growth rate of 19.8%.

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Topics: Additive Manufacturing, Smart Manufacturing

5 Major Benefits of Additive Manufacturing You Should Consider

Posted by Steven Brand on Apr 12, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Since the introduction of 3D printing in the 1980s, the benefits of producing small amounts of complex parts have been well understood to manufacturers. With new technology coming out and so many companies turning toward additive manufacturing in recent years, more and more advantages are being revealed on a regular basis.

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Topics: Additive Manufacturing

Three Must-See TED Talks on 3D Printing

Posted by Ellen McKewen on Aug 4, 2016 7:30:00 AM

Additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, is a term used to describe several different processes of synthesizing objects. These objects can be almost any shape or size and can be created from almost any material. So what does this mean for the manufacturing industry?

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Topics: Additive Manufacturing, 3D Printing

Additive Manufacturing: Past, Present and Future

Posted by John Newman on May 19, 2016 8:30:00 AM

With the possible exception of fire, no technology is ever really ready to contribute to manufacturing in a meaningful way until it’s been given time to grow and expand. Computers are a good example. Our current level of technological sophistication wouldn’t be possible without computers, and teenagers routinely take selfies using handheld devices with more computing power than was used to land on the moon. It should be no real surprise, then, that 3D printing (also known as additive manufacturing or just AM) hasn’t yet delivered on its promise.

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Topics: Additive Manufacturing, 3D Printing

Outlook for Manufacturing in California in 2015

Posted by Ellen McKewen on Jan 20, 2015 6:30:00 AM

Jim Watson, President and CEO of California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC) was recently interviewed about what the manufacturing sector would look like in 2015  – in terms of technological advances, growth, employment, training, innovation, etc.The article was published by the Santa Clarita Valley Business Journal.  

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Topics: Manufacturing, Additive Manufacturing, Growth, Consulting

Additive Manufacturing: Dynamo or Disruption?

Posted by Jim Watson on Jan 2, 2015 1:19:00 PM

In a 2012 article by Brad Hart, Forbes magazine touted additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, as a “game changer.”  The author stated, “The possibilities are endless, and the opportunities are coming fast and furious.” 

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Topics: Additive Manufacturing, 3D Printing