Tips to Improve Plasma Torch Use

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Build Your Next Home with 3-D Printers

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Taking technology out of the lab and into the world, ETH Zurich is working on the world’s first house made with 3-D printers and robots.

The home will be three stories tall and is expected to be completed next year.

Check out this great video from BBC to learn more.

 

New 3-D Printed Robot Can Go Just About Anywhere

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Engineers at the University of California have created a soft-legged robot whose body is made entirely from 3-D printing. The bases and caps of each leg are solid, metal components, while the length of the leg is soft and helps the robot adapt to move on nearly any terrain.

The hope for these robots is that they will be helpful in search and rescue missions, as well as observing endangered species without disturbing their natural habitat.

What is so cool about this new technology is the ability for a 3-D printer to produce multiple types of material. Shifting from hard material to soft with no gap between them makes the robot more durable and efficient.

Check out the robot in action here.

Written with help from BBC.

Four Facts We Bet You Didn’t Know About Manufacturing

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Inspiring the Younger Generations to Work in Machining

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In May, the Mazak Midwest Technology Center hosted the 26th annual Precision Machining Competition to honor excellence in precision machining skills among Illinois high school students. Over 250 students from 19 local high schools submitted more than 300 parts for this year’s contest, which culminated with an awards ceremony on May 11.

Read the full press release from Mazak here.

Happy Star Wars Day!

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It’s a good thing we didn’t make the Death Star, otherwise A New Hope would have had a much different ending, but because we have some of the largest steel plate processing services in the nation, The Imperial Forces definitely would have definitely chosen us.

May the Force be with you.

Energy Monitoring System to be Installed at the Olympic Winter Games 2018

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General Electric (GE) has partnered with the Olympic Games to install an Energy Monitoring System (EMS) that is “expected to enhance stability and reliability of power supply” at the 14 Olympic Games venues “through real-time energy monitoring…”

This system will ensure fast response and repair in the event of a power outage at any of the venues, as well as collect power consumption data that allows for more efficient power use during the 2018 Games and beyond.

GE is one of the many companies we work with, and we are excited to see how this system will make future Olympic Games more enjoyable than ever before.

You can read GE’s official press release here.

Plasma Cutting Since the 1950s

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Plasma cutting was first developed in 1957, and has seen many changes since then. The first plasma cutter was developed by engineers at Union Carbide Corporation and was used primarily for cutting stainless steel and aluminum plate. Throughout the 1960s, the cut quality and life of the consumable nozzles and electrodes in the cutting torch were improved. Continue reading Plasma Cutting Since the 1950s

What Is Happening In The Printed Metal Mesh Industry?

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The transparent conductive film (TCF) industry has been going through ups and downs in recent years. On one hand, multiple technologies have been developed as alternatives to the incumbent solution, whilst the incumbent suppliers drastically reduced their prices to protect their share in slow markets. And that’s just the beginning. Click below to read the full story from IDTechEx.

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