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HOUSTEX 2015: The Only Things Bigger Than Energy Industry Tools Are Ideas

Senior Editor Jim Lorincz


When you’re in the energy hub that is Houston, there is no escaping awareness of the price of oil. There really hasn’t been a break since late last summer when oil prices began to plunge. To the optimistic, higher oil prices that the industry needs won’t likely happen until yearend. Big ideas at the 2015 edition of Houstex matched the big machine tool technology needed to maintain the role of the US as a global leader in oil & gas production. Full Article

New Engineers, New (Fun!) Education

Contributing Editor Bruce Morey


The challenges of today’s economy and information technology requires us to re-think how we act as engineers and how engineers are educated. I think I saw the future while helping a high school FIRST Robotics team. It upended my traditional view of engineering education and even how we work. Fun, community, trust, and sharing are the way of the future. Full Article

Viewpoints: Hybrid Machines, Standard CNC Work Together

Randy Pearson, International Business Development Manager, Siemens Industry Inc.


When additive machining emerged a bit more than two decades ago, it quickly became a prototyping marvel. As design changes were made to a part or product, the result could be quickly visualized in a 3D solid part. Manufacturers also appreciated the tool, as it enabled them to see potential process problems in the actual cutting of the part. Full Article

UpFront: Coming to a Factory Near You: Industry 4.0

Editor in Chief Sarah A. Webster


It’s really fun to get out and meet with machine tool builders, machine shop owners and other professionals in manufacturing. Last month, I went to Switzerland, where I attended United Grinding’s Motion event, where the company’s Studer, Schaudt and Mikrosa brands unveiled new grinding machines as well as energy-saving programs. Full Article

Advanced Manufacturing Now: Programming Freedom with Open Core Engineering

Scott Hibbard, Vice President of Technology, Bosch Rexroth Corporation


Machines used in metalworking and manufacturing rely on some of the most complex automation platforms, employing advanced and powerful CNC and PLC systems to precisely control multiaxis interpolated motion sequences. There has been an ongoing effort to streamline the programming of these systems by developing programming languages and platforms that are more open and easier to use. Full Article

Advanced Manufacturing Now: Additive Manufacturing: Past, Present, Future

Kevin Ayers, SME Industry Manager, Additive Manufacturing and 3D Technology


RAPID celebrates its 25th anniversary this year in the Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing universe. Being involved myself for about the same time, I can say that we have come a long way. Right from the beginning, many of us saw the potential as we struggled to use the AM technologies for real applications. Full Article

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