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3D Printing of Metal Parts Is on the Rise, Expert Says

February 9, 2018

3D printing is a viable solution for metal parts in applications where the geometries, production volumes, and end goals well are suited to the process, an expert told engineers at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing conference in Anaheim this week.

Software Helps Answer the Question: Is Industry 4.0 Right for You?

February 9, 2018

Manufacturers who are considering Industry 4.0 may now have a better way of determining if it’s right for their factory.

Robots Are Displacing Manual Labor Jobs

February 8, 2018

One of the ongoing fears repeatedly voiced about the proliferation of robots in manufacturing and logistics is that they will gobble up jobs needed by humans. In the session, "Will Collaborative Robots Even Replace Human Workers," that was presented as part of the Pacific Design and Manufacturing Show in Anaheim this week, panelists conceded that – yes – robots are replacing human workers. But panelists also insisted that robots were needed because of the tight labor market in logistics and manufacturing.

 

How Desktop 3D Printing is Moving From Makers to Pros

February 8, 2018

We've all seen the results of desktop 3D printing. And let's be honest, the results have often been less than impressive. Things like homemade toys and models have a certain cool factor, but once that wears off you have to ask yourself, is a desktop 3D printer just a $3,000 tchotchke maker?

Here’s Why Level 5 Autonomous Cars May Still be a Decade Away

February 7, 2018

Although the hardware and software technology for fully autonomous cars is ready today, the cars themselves may still be a decade or more away, vehicle experts said at the recent North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Set the Mood and Make Your Own WiFi-Controlled Lights

February 7, 2018

For a while now, I’ve been working on building my own network controlled LED dimmer. I sampled some commercially available remotely controllable LED dimmers, but I found they all either lacked some function I wanted or where WAY too expensive to rollout throughout my house. So, I decided to construct my own version!