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Additive Manufacturing’s Impact on Manufacturing: How 3D Printing is Changing the Modern Plant

Posted by Cullen Hilkene, Guest Author

Over the last decade, Additive Manufacturing (also known as 3D printing) has garnered many headlines—from the hype of consumer 3D printing to the substance of its impact on the design and manufacturing community. The amount of ink dedicated to the technology has been substantial and well-deserved. 3D printing changes manufacturing through the way industries design, make production parts and support products in the aftermarket. In this blog post, we delve into the ways that 3D printing is changing manufacturing today. Keep an eye out for upcoming posts about the ways additive stands to further change manufacturing in the future.

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Topics: Additive Manufacturing, 3D Printing

Top 5 Topics of 2018—Plus 5 Honorable Mentions

Posted by Steven Brand

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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