Author: Rich Novicky

Dual Channel, Mini PCI Express Interface Card Provides MIL-STD-1553 Capabilities

RIO RANCHO, N.M.—Alta Data Technologies (www.altadt.com) has released a full size F2 mini PCI Express Interface Card, the MPCIE2-1553, for MIL-STD-1553 Networks, the company announced recently. The MPCIE2-1553 provides 1-2 dual redundant 1553B channels and is available in Dual (BM/BM or mRT/BM) or Full Function (BC/mRT/BM) models. The product is designed around Alta’s advanced protocol engine (PE), AltaCore™, and includes Alta’s modular software development kit, AltaAPI™. The MPCIE2-1553 card is based on AltaCore-1553 PE and provides advanced MIL-STD-1553 capabilities for embedded, COM Express, and notebook/portable systems, according to Jake Haddock, CTO of Alta. “Alta implemented a native PCI Express design for increased performance and MSI interrupt support, and took the extra design effort to implement signal capture (o-scope on the first channel),” said Haddock in a company release. “The new MPCIE2-1553 mini PCI Express card provides interface and test capabilities second to none, and our AltaAPI, AltaView-1553™ analyzer and AltaRTVal™ RT Validation software tools are the latest in modular, portable technologies, added Henry Wild, vice president of sales for Alta. “Customers will achieve significant savings in integration and test time with these new products. The A/D signal capture, signal generators, advanced BIT, and dual temperature sensors are industry-leading features not found on competitors’...

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Custom Fabricator Offers Pipe and Tube Bending, Plus Laser Tube Cutting, in One Shop

Complex parts often require multiple manufacturing processes before they’re completed. For product manufacturers, it can be quite a challenge to manage the quality, cost, and logistics of all the different processes needed to produce a finished part or assembly. One company that addresses this challenge is Sharpe Products, a pipe and tube bending specialist that began operating in the Milwaukee area in 1990 as Sharpe Fabrication, Inc., a fabricator of architectural hand rails.

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Novel Medical Device Manufacturing Operation and Accelerator Coming to Port Covington

BALTIMORE—The MVR Company (MVR) and Engineered Medical Systems, Inc. (EMS) recently announced  that they have executed a lease to occupy space at the City Garage in Port Covington. The location will be used for a medical device manufacturing operation and a business development accelerator to support the state’s emerging growth medical technology companies. Engineered Medical Systems (www.engmedsys.com) manufactures medical products for its proprietary line, and provides private label and OEM contracts to distribution teams and other medical device companies. The company’s current facilities operate out of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Penang, Malaysia. For several years, MVR and EMS have been in discussions regarding the possibility of placing a medical device manufacturing operation in Baltimore to support the growing medtech ecosystem in the State of Maryland. Engineered Medical Systems will produce proprietary and contract products in the new facility and is said to be in discussions with several out of state companies that are interested in producing in the new location. The facility will be known as The Factory™, consistent with the focus of City Garage to develop new capabilities for Baltimore in high value manufactured products. “We have been intrigued by the vibrancy of the clinical and innovation atmosphere in Maryland, and have in fact had several productive relationships in the past with researchers and physicians from the area,” said Brad Quinn, co-president of EMS and director of operations, in...

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Manufacturer of Custom Nameplates Adds New Staff, Completes Fast Turnaround

Nameplates for Industry (NFI Corp.) recently announced that it has increased its staff by 10 percent and is adding new printing and production equipment to its facility in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The company, which employs 49 team members at its 14,000-square-foot facility, manufactures a variety of custom nameplates and sophisticated graphics, such as faceplates with holes and cutouts; overlays with keypads and windows; and membrane switch circuitry with graphics. NFI also makes basic labels, such as decals, tags, and stickers.

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KHK USA Rolls Out Diametral Pitch Gearing

MINEOLA, N.Y.—The Kohara Gear trademark KHK has been synonymous with stock metric gears for more than 80 years. But change is in the air: Recognizing the fact that 80 percent of the gears consumed in the United States are inch pitch, KHK USA recently announced the availability of diametral pitch spur gears that are reported to have the same quality, performance, and cost as the company’s traditional stock metric gears. (https://www.khkgears.us/products/inch-gears/) KHK USA (www.khkgears.us), based in Mineola New York, reports that it stocks approximately 4,500 SKUs of metric gearing in its New York facility for same day warehouse shipping. The company offers an extensive selection of standardized products, including more than 181 configurations of stock metric spur gears, helical gears, internal ring gears, gear racks, and straight and spiral tooth miter gears. Also available from the company are ,spiral, hypoid, and Zerol bevel gears, screw gears, worms, worm wheels, ratchets, pawls, gear couplings, involute spline shafts and bushings, and right-angle gearboxes. “With this new product line, we are able to leverage the factory expertise and provide a solution for those customers still using inch gearing,” said Brian Dengel, general manager of KHK USA, in a statement. “We are responding to the market’s demand that we offer stock inch gears in 4DP, 6DP, 8DP, and...

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Bel Air Finishing Announces Mass Finishing and 3D Post Processing Seminar/Workshop

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I.—Bel Air Finishing Supply will hold its biannual, all-day mass finishing seminar and workshop on Thursday, November 2, 2017, at 8:30 a.m., according to an announcement by company president Steve Alviti.  The presentation will have a special focus on mass finishing in the context of 3D post processing and additive manufacturing. Topics will include surface finishing, coating, metrology, media, compounds, and process technologies for all additive manufactured parts. The seminar begins with a classroom session in the morning, followed by a luncheon, then a hands-on session with Bel Air’s mass finishing equipment in the company’s state-of-the-art Process Technology Center. Companies that waste too much time on hand deburring are welcome to come to Bel Air’s lab to learn how they can save time, reduce costs, and improve product quality, Bel Air said in a press...

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Report Offers Pointers for Embedded IoT Design

AUSTIN, Tex.—Most enterprise IoT projects fall apart at the proof of concept phase, according to a recent survey conducted by Cisco. Yet most of the companies that abandoned their projects said they planned to double down on their investment in the internet of things. A recent report from Enterprise IoT Insights (www.enterpriseiotinsights.com) offers some practical pointers for enterprises that want to embed connectivity and computing capabilities into assets. “It seems clear that enterprises see value in the IoT, but most companies are unsure how to securely and cost-effectively connect assets and equipment to the internet,” said Martha DeGrasse, author of the Enterprise IoT Insights report, “Embedded IoT Design: The Basics.” The on-demand report outlines basic hardware and software elements of an IoT system design, and highlights some of the important choices that companies need to make as they evaluate projects. The report lists six best practices for IoT development that were highlighted in conversations with analysts, semiconductor companies, and service providers interviewed by Enterprise IoT Insights. Analyst Lee Ratliff of IHS Markit, who focuses on wireless connectivity for the IoT, said companies do not need to spend too much time trying to understand which connectivity standard will dominate the ecosystem. He said that because there are so many disparate use cases for connected devices, there is room for many different kinds of wireless connectivity. “The IoT is always going...

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The New American Reshoring Movement By the Numbers

Many people are under the impression that manufacturing jobs are only moving in one direction: offshore. While many corporations are shifting certain jobs overseas to reduce manufacturing costs, there’s a lot more to the story. In reality, there are many businesses that have been making strenuous efforts to bring jobs back to the United States, a phenomenon known as the reshoring movement. Want to learn more about reshoring in the United States? Keep reading to see which U.S. companies have brought the most jobs back to the states, plus more information on this important new movement.   Companies reshore jobs in part due to increasing foreign labor costs, but that’s just one reason. Simply put, as automation and tools for engineering have improved, so too has the complexity of the manufacturing industry. And many specialty manufacturing jobs can’t be easily sent overseas. Contrary to popular belief, improvements in automation technology and engineering tools have been major assets to the new American economy. While some manufacturing jobs have been lost in recent decades, the productivity of the U.S. manufacturing sector has actually increased substantially. That means American companies are producing more goods for less cost, which results in better prices for consumers and better wages for workers. Even so, companies in the manufacturing industry are making continual efforts to bring jobs back into the United States. Often, these new manufacturing...

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Lantek’s Adria Haines selected for FMA’s Software Technology Council

CINCINNATI—Lantek Sheet Metal Solutions has announced the appointment of Lantek USA Director Adria Haines to the Fabricators & Manufacturer’s Association, International (FMA) Software Technology Council. As one of only nine members on the council, Haines brings 20 years of expertise in CAD/CAM and manufacturing solutions software. FMA’s Software Technology Council is composed of volunteer leaders that provide FMA members and the industry unbiased information about the benefits of software solutions and automation. “We are pleased to have Adria join our Software Technology Council,” stated Ashly Lantz, education products specialist for FMA, in a press release. “Adria offers valuable insights into the digitization of manufacturing. This topic is top of mind for our members, so we look forward to her support in the coming year.” Haines has robust experience in the CAD/CAM market. With an educational background in computer science from the University of Cincinnati, Haines began her career developing and supporting CAD/CAM software. She went on to serve as an application engineer, demonstrating and implementing CAD/CAM Interoperability projects to Fortune 500 manufacturers. “I’m a problem-solver by nature,” stated Haines. “Once I began working closely with clients in real-world manufacturing, I was hooked. To see the impact my work has in saving time and money for manufacturers is truly satisfying.” In 2009, Lantek selected Haines to assemble a U.S. team as part of its mission to help sheet metal companies...

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Tom Orr Joins Seaway Plastics Engineering as CEO and President

PORT RICHEY, Fla.—Seaway Plastics Engineering LLC (SPE), an injection molding company servicing the rapid tooling and low- to mid-volume market, recently announced that Tom Orr has joined the company as CEO and president and a member of the Board of Directors. Orr joins SPE from Poppelmann Plastics USA, a division of Poppelmann Holdings GmbH, headquartered in Germany, where he served as president for the past six years. In his previous role, Orr was responsible for leading the expansion of Poppelmann’s injection molded and thermoformed products into the USA market. “Tom’s entrepreneurial background, experience running an international injection molding operation, and proven leadership skills will help guide our company through our next growth phase.” said Tim Smock, founder and board member of Seaway Plastics Engineering, in a company release. “We are fortunate to have him on the Seaway team.” Orr has over 25 years of domestic manufacturing and international sourcing experience and has held executive positions in sales, marketing, and operations. “Seaway is an exceptional company that services a complex market in the injection molding industry,” Orr said. “The opportunity for Seaway is vast, and I am looking forward to working with the team to accelerate growth and provide our customers with the highest level of product quality and service in the industry.” Orr earned a bachelor of science in finance from the Ohio State University and an MBA from...

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Former Autodesk CEO Carl Bass Joins Formlabs Board of Directors

SOMERVILLE, Mass.—Formlabs (www.formlabs.com), a designer and manufacturer of 3D printing systems recently announced the appointment of technology veteran and former Autodesk executive Carl Bass as an independent director of the company. Bass has held a series of executive positions during his 24-year tenure at Autodesk, including 11 years as CEO. “We’re honored to have Carl join the board,” said Max Lobovsky, CEO of Formlabs, in a company release. “Under his leadership, Carl transformed Autodesk from a 2D design company into a global leader of 3D design and engineering software. I’m also personally thrilled to have another board member who is a passionate creator and uses CAD, 3D printers, and other tools himself. His experience and expertise will be invaluable for Formlabs as we continue charting new territories in professional 3D printing.” Bass co-founded Ithaca Software, which was acquired by Autodesk in 1993. Bass also serves on the boards of directors of Autodesk, HP, and Zendesk; on the board of trustees of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Art Center College of Design, and California College of the Arts; and on the advisory boards of Cornell Computing and Information Science, UC Berkeley School of Information, and UC Berkeley College of Engineering “In just a few years, Formlabs has become the leader in professional 3D printing,” said Bass. “Formlabs is poised to continue upending the industry, and I’m excited to join...

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DeWys Manufacturing Welcomes New Addition to Inside Sales Team

MARNE, Mich.—DeWys Manufacturing Inc., a West Michigan-based metal fabrication company, recently announced the addition of Amy Hatfield as the company’s new inside sales coordinator. In her new role, Amy will provide communication between the sales, engineering, manufacturing, and shipping areas of DeWys Manufacturing. She will also be responsible for order entry and meeting the needs of customers by building relationships through phone calls and face-to-face visits. Prior to joining the team at DeWys Manufacturing, Amy worked in sales, accounting, and as an operations manager for a metal fabrication distributor. In 2009, Amy started her own metal fabrication equipment distributorship, becoming the first female to own and operate a company in this industry. Her passion for manufacturing stems from being the third generation involved with metal fabrication in her family, following her grandfather and father. “When I was 12, I remember going to a metal fabrication shop with my dad and being fascinated with the sights and sounds of the machines in the shop,” she said in a press release. “I get the same feeling today that I got when I was younger.” DeWys (pronounced De-Wise) Manufacturing (www.dewysmfg.com) provides precision metal fabrication to a range of clients, including makers of commercial equipment, office furniture, and medical supplies. From its manufacturing facility in West Michigan, the company provides a wide range of metal production and assembly capabilities to more than 160...

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EMS Provider MC Assembly Names New Vice President of New Business Development

BOSTON—MC Assembly, a mid-tier electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider, has hired veteran EMS professional David Prunier as vice president of new business development, the company reported. Prunier is based at the company’s Boston facility and is responsible for growing and managing new business development for customers located in the Northeast region, the second largest market in the country. MC Assembly CEO George Moore said Prunier is a seasoned veteran in the EMS industry with a strong background serving the kind of customers the company wants to work with moving forward. “He’s an experienced guy with a great background, and we expect him to drive relationships with customers that will bring us new business and lead us in best practices as it relates to sales and marketing,” Moore said in a statement. “He’s been on both sides, doing operational jobs, running EMS sites, and has done business development for large and mid-tier manufacturing companies. He’s a calm, cool, and collected veteran in a lot of different areas, and that experience matters.” Prunier brings more than 37 years of experience in high end manufacturing operations and sales, including industrial, medical, defense, and commercial markets. He has held positions with several manufacturing companies, including serving as president of Applied Technical Services Corporation (ATS); general manager at Plexus; vice president of operations for Three-Five Systems, Inc. (TFS) EMS division; vice president of North...

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Siemens Breaks Ground on Manufacturing Expansion in Massachusetts

WALPOLE, Mass.—Building on $40 billion of U.S. investment over the last 15 years, Siemens recently broke ground on a major expansion of a key Siemens Healthineers manufacturing and R&D facility for laboratory diagnostics in Walpole, Massachusetts that will create up to 700 new high-tech jobs over the next 10 years. Siemens’ $300 million investment in Walpole exemplifies the company’s broader strategy for creating local value in the U.S.—its largest market—by furthering the company’s ability to transform customers’ healthcare operations in order to improve the lives of the patients they serve. “Healthcare is changing all over the world, and these changes are opening up great opportunities for providers, for patients—and for our company,” said Michael Sen, member of the managing board of Siemens AG and Siemens Healthcare GmbH supervisory board chairman, in a press release. “Today, we provide more than 10 billion laboratory diagnostics tests each year. Our mission is to extend this reach even further, and Walpole will play a major role in this effort. That’s why we’re investing 300 million dollars here—one of the largest single capital investments of Siemens Healthcare in the U.S. ever. We look forward to innovations from here—innovations that will benefit our customers, that will benefit Siemens and, most of all, that will benefit patients.” “Siemens has been doing business in the United States for more than 160 years,” said Lisa Davis, chair and...

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Eyewear Producer Lowercase Opens Manufacturing Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Lowercase, an eyewear company that utilizes twenty-first century manufacturing techniques, such as robotics, will be the first advanced manufacturing startup to operate out of the Brooklyn Army Terminal in New York, New York. In October 2016, New York City Economic Development Corporation announced plans to open a new advanced manufacturing center at the Brooklyn Army Terminal, which will support over 200 businesses and create over 500 jobs. “The Brooklyn Army Terminal is a burgeoning center for 21st-century industries,” said NYCEDC President and CEO James Patchett. “Lowercase’s tenancy marks the beginning of a new kind of opportunity at the Brooklyn Army Terminal, advanced manufacturing, which leverages technology and creativity to rejuvenate New York City’s industrial spirit. We welcome advanced manufacturing companies of all sizes to join us in Sunset Park as we grow new segments of our economy and further the de Blasio Administration’s efforts to create 100,000 quality jobs over the next ten years.” Lowercase (www.lowercasenyc.com) designs and manufactures all of its products under one roof at the Brooklyn Army Terminal. Using a mix of high-tech manufacturing techniques, such as robotics and CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machining, the company converts raw material into glasses and sunglasses through its innovative thirty-step process, city officials explained. Dedicated to bringing eyewear manufacturing back to the United States, Lowercase recently received its Made in NY: Fashion mark, New York City’s designation for fashion...

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Samsung to Open $380 Million Home Appliance Manufacturing Plant in South Carolina

RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J.—Samsung has agreed with the State of South Carolina to open a state-of-the-art home appliance manufacturing plant in Newberry County. The $380 million facility will produce some of Samsung’s most popular home appliances and is projected to generate 954 local jobs by 2020. This is the latest in a series of investments expanding Samsung’s U.S. holdings and operations. “We aspire to be the global leader in premium home appliances,” said Samsung Electronics CEO B.K. Yoon, in a press release. “This new investment will enable Samsung to increase the speed with which we can deliver premium home appliances that reflect the regional preferences of our fastest growing and most important consumer market.” Samsung (www.samsung.com/us) began contemplating an expansion of its U.S. production base nearly three years ago, and initiated discussions with South Carolina in the fall of 2016. The company selected the Newberry County site for its skilled workforce, robust supply chain and transportation infrastructure, and commitment to public-private partnerships. “The fact that one of the world’s largest and most respected technology companies is choosing to invest in South Carolina speaks volumes about the innovation and excellence our talented workforce is capable of,” said South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster. “I’m thrilled to strengthen our state’s partnership with Samsung and look forward to working with them to get this new facility up and running, and producing high quality made-in-South...

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DuraTech Industries Builds Manufacturing Plant in La Crosse, Wisconsin

DuraTech Industries Inc., which provides high-quality custom label printing services for customers worldwide, is breaking ground on a $7.5 million, 47,300-square-foot expansion to the company’s manufacturing facility in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The addition is expected to be completed in January 2018 and create at least 50 jobs over the next four years. “We are excited to get started on this world-class, two-story addition,” said DuraTech President Peter Johnson. “It will streamline our process flow, thus saving hundreds of labor hours each year. It will also house two clean rooms for our high-speed printing presses and will have additional capacity to grow in the upcoming years.” “The DuraTech team is very thankful to our customers, whose demand for our new technology is driving our growth,” Johnson said. “We would also like to thank ISG and Weiser Brothers for all of their hard work on designing and quoting the expansion. We also thank the City of La Crosse, WEDC, and BMO Bank for putting together a great financing package to allow us to move forward with the expansion. Most importantly, none of this would be possible without the hard work and dedication of all of the DuraTech team members.” The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation is supporting the expansion by awarding DuraTech up to $215,000 in state income tax credits over the next four years. The actual amount of tax credits received...

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OneWeb Satellites Breaks Ground on High-volume Satellite Manufacturing Facility

EXPLORATION PARK, Fla.—OneWeb Satellites LLC broke ground earlier this year on its estimated $85 million high-volume satellite manufacturing factory in Exploration Park, Florida. During a March ceremony with Florida Governor Rick Scott, OneWeb Satellites CEO Brian Holz, and Airbus Defense and Space Inc., President Mike Cosentino, OneWeb announced that the factory near NASA’s Kennedy Space Center was set to begin its full series, autonomous assembly line production, integration, and satellite testing later this year. OneWeb Satellites is a joint venture between OneWeb, a satellite-based internet provider, and Airbus, the world’s second largest space company. Its first order will include the production of 900 communications satellites for OneWeb’s low Earth orbit constellation. “This facility is a pivotal step toward our mission to build a new global knowledge infrastructure, accessible to everyone,” said OneWeb Founder and Executive Chairman Greg Wyler, in a press release. “Over the past year, and thanks to the energizing support of our partners, we’ve greatly accelerated our technical progress. With this facility, we will be able to continuously iterate on the design of our satellites, launch new satellites within hours of completion, and create significant opportunity in the U.S.” The high-volume satellite factory is being built in partnership with the state of Florida and Space Florida. The initiative is anticipated to create nearly 250 direct, highly skilled manufacturing and engineering jobs, as well as thousands more throughout...

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Intelligent Audio Products Opens Factory in Bridgeport, Connecticut

BRIDGEPORT, Conn.—Intelligent Audio Products Corp. (IAP) recently announced the opening of a new manufacturing facility in Bridgeport, Connecticut, in the former factory of Adrian Acoustics and Alta Audio. Intelligent Audio Products is the parent company of PlanterSpeakers.com, audio-video integrator Designed Sound, and the Art Powers Design Group. “Our Bridgeport factory is the newest addition to our business, but it’s been serving the OEM speaker cabinet and audio-video furniture manufacturing industries for a long time,” said IAP president Art Powers in a company release. “We will continue that tradition, now creating a whole new array of quality products made in America.” Intelligent Audio Products’ PlanterSpeakers, a customizable line of speakers housed in architectural planters, continues to develop with new models that will now be manufactured in the Bridgeport facility. The Connecticut facility also becomes the headquarters for Designed Sound. “Our heritage is in speakers and amplifiers,” said Powers, who co-created the Madison Fielding amplifier business with his father. “But we’re already making premium turntables, acoustic panels, and other soon-to-be announced products for some of the best names in the business. My focus is now to offer our manufacturing capacity to those brands looking for well-priced, U.S. made products in a factory that has the right controls, and run by craftsman who guarantee quality.” PlanterSpeakers (www.planterspeakers.com) is a prominent manufacturer of planter and architectural speakers. The company was founded in 1999...

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Parker Opens New Additive Manufacturing Facility in Macedonia, Ohio

CLEVELAND—Parker Hannifin Corp., the manufacturer of motion and control technologies, has opened a new advanced manufacturing learning and development center at Parker’s Corporate Technology Ventures facility in Macedonia, Ohio. The new facility, which is intended to help speed innovation in product design and manufacturing, will enable Parker engineers to explore new applications of emerging technologies, such as additive manufacturing and collaborative robotics. The investment in additive manufacturing equipment is driven by the tremendous long-term value of these technologies. By creating a single facility near its global headquarters in Northeast Ohio, Parker is providing its operating groups and divisions around the world with access to the newest printers, software, and materials available. “Material printing technology is moving quickly towards commercial viability,” said Craig Maxwell, vice president and chief technology and innovation officer. “The new facility and engineering talent located here represent an investment in the future of manufacturing.” By utilizing central resources, Parker will leverage its investment and allow Parker engineers globally to better solve its customers’ challenges. With the ability to create multiple configurations of a single component without developing additional molds or customized tooling, additive manufacturing has emerged as a quick and inexpensive prototyping solution. This translates into speed in addressing the unique challenges of customers, providing engineers with the ability to create custom products and systems faster than ever...

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