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ABB Begins Manufacturing Robots in the US

ABB Robotics announced May 20 that it has started manufacturing robots in the US at its Auburn Hills, MI, location—making it the first global robotics company to do so. ABB made the announcement at an Open House and ribbon cutting ceremony, held in conjunction with one of its Customer Days.

Viewpoints Blog

Will Moore’s Law Apply to 3D Printing?

There is a lot of buzz around additive manufacturing, also called 3D printing, these days. Numerous trade articles, workshops, and conferences are devoted to today’s hot trend. There are a number of predictions of how this disruptive technology will change manufacturing as we know it. While this may not be true, taking a broad look at the hype and the reality is informative.


Machine Vision Inspection Speeds Up Automotive Lines

The automotive industry might represent the ultimate challenge to providers of machine vision equipment used in robotic guidance and material inspection. “The automotive industry is a microcosm of the entire industrial world,” explained David Dechow, staff engineer for FANUC. “Every potential industry is represented, from raw metal to electronics to wiring to machinery and everything in between.” Machine vision—electronic imaging for inspection, process control, and automated guidance—provides unique benefits in practically every facet of the industry.

Controls & Software

Smooth, Fast and Friendly Controls for Productivity

Machine control providers continue to offer increasingly innovative and intuitive programming solutions for machinists who are demanding more from their CNCs. The latest machine controls come with special features to complement hardware advances and help machinists program the most complex parts with increasing ease and guidance. Many of the latest machine controls, for example, feature embedded intelligence with software algorithms that can automatically select the optimal machining method for a given part. 


Made in Space Says 3D Printing Will Lead to ‘Real Exploration of Space’

3D printing will lead to the “real exploration of space,” the chief technology officer of Made in Space said today during RAPID 2015 in Long Beach, CA.

Event Coverage

At RAPID, Anticipation for the Future of 3D Printing

The 2015 edition of SME’s RAPID Conference & Exposition, while displaying 3D printing of the present, also presented anticipation for the future of additive manufacturing. “I’ve never been more optimistic about it,” industry consultant Terry Wohlers said during a speech on May 21, the last day of the Long Beach, CA, trade show. “It’s finally getting the attention and respect and investment it deserves.”

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