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3D-Printing Growth: Unstoppable Even if Moore’s Law Doesn’t Apply

August 18, 2014 | by Diego Tamburini, Line/Shape/Space | Comments

Consumer 3D-printing growth dominates much of the technology discussion lately—for better and, perhaps, for worse at times. Every day we see more applications (3D-printed ice cream, anyone?), and 3D printers are now appearing at ...  

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Evaluating & Drafting Motor Repair Specifications for Improved Reliability

August 20, 2014 2:03 pm | by Lola Williams, Bradleys, Inc. | Comments

Reliability, MTBF, downtime, costs, safety, efficiency, standardization have pushed documented motor repair specifications and internal motor repair facility’s repair processes to the forefront in today’s industrial environment ...   


Advancing Subaru Hybrid Vehicle Testing Through Hardware-in-the-Loop Simulation

August 19, 2014 4:53 pm | by Mr. Tomohiro Morita, Senior Engineer, HEV Design Department, Subaru Engineering Division, FUJI Heavy Industries | National Instruments Corp. | Comments

Using automated testing to develop a new verification system that satisfies the control quality level required for the motor electronic control unit in Subaru’s first production model hybrid vehicle, Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid, and ...  


Electropolishing & Its Advantages for the Manufacturing Process

August 15, 2014 9:41 am | by Able Electropolishing | Comments

When companies need their metal parts enhanced for functionality and appearance, they turn to electropolishing. Electropolishing is a “reverse plating” process utilized during the final step of the manufacturing process. Learn more about ...


Create Without Limits With Software-Designed Instruments

August 13, 2014 4:40 pm | by National Instruments | National Instruments Corp. | Comments

Today's incredibly complex products require an ever-growing amount of test. Traditional test instruments aren't proportionally scaling to keep up. Each subsequent generation of technology includes more pieces and more ...    


A Toe Above the Competition: KEEN's Story

August 11, 2014 5:17 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Comments

In a Portland, Oregon headquarters that feels more like a tech startup than a shoe manufacturer, you’ll find one of the most innovative outdoor and utility footwear companies in the country. The floors and walls are made of reclaimed materials ...


IDT Lowers Cost of Test By Adopting the NI Semiconductor Test System

August 11, 2014 9:44 am | by Glen E. Peer, Director of Test Engineering, Integrated Device Technology | Comments

Keeping pace with continuously increasing test performance requirements in a fast moving environment where device performance is constantly pushing the limits of ATE system capabilities and thereby accelerating tester obsolescence and ...


How to Build Your Own Tesla Coil

August 8, 2014 12:19 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Managing Editor, @melfass | Comments

Tesla coils are a type of resonant transformer that produce extremely high voltages when driven by a high-frequency AC. The team at oneTesla generates the AC needed to drive the coil using an insulated-gate bipolar transistor inverter running off of ...


Developing Smart Tools for the Airbus Factory of the Future

August 7, 2014 4:09 pm | by Sébastien Boria, Airbus | Comments

Manufacturing and assembly of aircraft, which involve tens of thousands of steps that must be followed by operators, and a single mistake in the process could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to fix, making the room for error very small ...


The 'Peaks & Valleys' of Custom Engine Block Production

August 6, 2014 9:30 am | by Sunnen Products Company | Sunnen Products Company | Comments

For a business to thrive, it must be able to negotiate the inevitable economic peaks and valleys. A world leader in manufacturing engine blocks for racing and high performance enthusiasts – as well as replacement blocks for a variety of ...


Running on Wind in America's Heartland

August 5, 2014 9:25 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Comments

In 2013, the French Canadian machining, fabrication and assembly company, Marmen Energy, made the move to the United States. After touring many states for several years, the company decided to set up shop in Brandon, South Dakota ...  


Real-Time Oil & Gas Data in the Cloud

August 4, 2014 10:45 am | by John Parsons, President & CEO of PML Exploration Services | Comments

When drilling oil or natural gas wells, employee safety and the integrity of the well are the primary concerns. To enhance safety and increase productivity, PML analyzes the rock cuttings and gases from the drilling fluid to ascertain information ...


Improving Business Processes in Preparation for ISO Certification

July 31, 2014 3:48 pm | by EST Analytical | Comments

EST Analytical is a family-owned and operated business providing lab equipment and analytical instruments. As a market leader in sample introduction for VOC analysis by GC or GC/MS, EST Analytical has been providing innovative products to ...


Silence is a Virtue

July 28, 2014 10:32 am | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

If it's one thing I hate, it's all that noise, noise, noise, noise (particularly on airplanes; I'm usually fine with Christmas cheer and unseasonable references). To cure that buzz that ails you, Stow, OH-based Audio-Technica U.S. has designed ...


Displays from the Big Screen: Motion Sensor Systems from Hollywood

July 24, 2014 5:36 pm | by Gus Breiland, Customer Service Engineer Manager, Proto Labs | Comments

Imagine being surrounded by the imagery of your dreams on a panoramic display. Now imagine being able to manipulate these images by pointing directly at them, like a conductor leading an orchestra of pixels. It sounds like something ...  


Changing 3D Printing, Again

July 22, 2014 9:10 am | by Chris Fox, Editor | Comments

Additive manufacturing has its limits, and even the best printed parts often fall short when it comes to texture, strength, and precision — not to mention the disappointments that often precipitate from desktop 3D printers ...   



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