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CONTENTS Summer 2016 Vol. 1, No. 2


FEATURES 58 DEPARTMENTS


2 | Upfront Watch for promise, peril of multifunctional materials


4 | Connect & Engage


8 | Software Update Making your factory smarter pays fast dividends


12 | Tech Front HP finally shows 3D printing system,


ready for production


16 | Case Study Mobile robots increase worker productivity, safety


Advanced Manufacturing Now 6 | With 7DoF, door to precise machine control opens wider 10 | R&D, tax reform, ‘smartforce’ issues will go on after IMTS 20 | Moving ball joint assembly into the 21st


century


22 | The global yarns race is on Innovative fibers to remake aerospace,


defense, medical products


31 | Machining parts complete in one clamping Multitasking machines not only enhance productivity but also improve quality


41 | Simulate twice, cut once New simulation solutions in metalcutting,


digital manufacturing and CAE multiphysics help manufacturers build products faster and more accurately


48 | Profiling and connecting people, equipment worldwide Sogefi, ArcelorMittal, Teknion and Westrock give video training a whirl with a company called Poka


49 | How to begin thinking about a flexible system FMSs are costly, but they enable quick production changes & can run untended


51 | New CNCs take cues from intuitive smartphone era Newer controls feature improved touch-screen interfaces, better software functionality and connectivity choices


58 | Bioprinting helping researchers understand how cells work in 3D space Challenges for bioprinting include vas- cularization, cell development, machine usability and regulations


38| There’s a way to digitize cutting tool data. But is there a will? 47 | With machine monitoring, instant ROI is possible 56 | In survey, early adopters say digital technology is worth it 64 | The path that will take us to digitally connected machines


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Cover: NASA is using a Nano- comp product to guard its Juno space- craft against electrostatic discharge. That is just one reason the product has earned a prominent place in what experts agree


is shaping up to be a global yarns race. Photo courtesy Nanocomp Technologies


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