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MET AL WO RKIN G T O 3D PRINTI N G


AdvancedManufacturing.org


| Month Year May 2016


LASER FOCUS — A SPECIAL SECTION


CONTENTS c FEATURES


45 / ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING: THE STATE OF THE INDUSTRY


Highlights from Wohlers Report 2016, the 21st annual worldwide progress report on the 3D printing and additive manufacturing state of the industry.


54 / RACING TO PROVIDE AN ADDITIVE MANUFAC- TURING WORKFORCE


Tooling U-SME is one of several fi rms offering classes in additive manufacturing knowledge, covering subjects such as methods, materials and safety.


61 / AUTOMOTIVE GEARS— OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES


Business is booming, but that doesn’t mean it’s simple or easy.


MAY 2016 VOL. 156, NO. 5 SPECIAL SECTION INN


INNOVATI NS IN INDUSTRIAL


TIONS


IN INDUSTRIAL LASERS


After fi ve decades of development, the industrial laser stands as one of the most fl exible and widely used manufacturing technologies, and the new developments keep coming.


SHOP SOLUTIONS


36 / TOOLMAKER PLOTS GROWTH BY INVESTING IN EMPLOYEES


Challenged to fi nd its place in the new century, one practitioner of the once booming trade of toolmaking, True Die Inc. (Zeeland, MI), is using machine tool technology to invest in the future of its employees and grow its business.


71 / MACHINING PARTS COMPLETE IN ONE CLAMPING


Multitasking machines not only enhance productivity, but they also improve quality.


79 / SPEEDING UP MOLDMAKING PROCESSES


With more reshoring of moldmaking, manufacturers turn to faster processes to boost moldmaking productivity.


90 / STATE OF THE ART MILLING IS REALLY QUITE THRILLING


Advances in tooling, workholding and software deliver benefi ts in terms of speed, effi ciency, quality and profi tability.


42 / DYNAMIC PROGRAMMING OPTIMIZES MATERIAL REMOVAL


Reducing lead times is nothing new to job shops but fi guring out which method works best for each shop is a never-ending challenge, according to Curt Shatz, general manager of Planet Tool and Engineering (O’Fallon, MO).


96 / WATERJET BUILDS FITNESS MAKER’S SPEED AND AGILITY


As a leading manufacturer of commercial and consumer cardio and strength equip- ment, Life Fitness depends on tradeshows for business growth and continued success of its gym and fi tness club owners.


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Cover: The DMG MORI Lasertec 65 3D, which debuted in late 2013 and began shipping in 2014, integrates additive manufacturing into a high-tech fi ve-axis milling machine. The combination of laser metal deposition with the precision of the cutting process allows additive manufacturing with milling quality. Building a part with the powder nozzle is up to 10 times faster than AM generation in a powder bed. Photo courtesy DMG MORI.


DEPARTMENTS


4 / UPFRONT Technology, Talent & The New World Order


6 / CONNECT & ENGAGE


8 / ADVANCED MANUFACTURING NOW


t A Smarter Mix of Technology to Meet Your Needs


t More Manufacturers Adopting 3D, Addressing Challenges


11 / SME SPEAKS


Will 3D Printing Touch Your Life?


15 / NEWSDESK US Manufacturing


Expands but Jobs Plunge


22 / SOFTWARE UPDATE Making Your Factory Smarter Pays Fast Dividends


29 / TECH FRONT


MIT Solar Cells as Light as a Soap Bubble 100 / RAPID 2016 PREVIEW 108 / CLASSIFIEDS 109 / AD INDEX


110 / WORKFORCE PIPELINE Advanced Technologies for Growth and Talent


112 / VIEWPOINTS


It’s a Journey: Get Smart About Manufacturing


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