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Leading European Food Packaging Machinery Developer Now Offers Custom 3D Printed Components

Leading European Food Packaging Machinery Developer Now Offers Custom 3D Printed Components | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

Of everything that happened in the 3D printing industry last year, I think that it was the explosion of industrial applications for 3D printing technology that had the biggest impact on the industry as a whole. That expanding interest drove 3D printer sales to all time highs and it looks like that trend is set to continue into 2016. More businesses than ever finally began exploring how 3D printing could help their companies grow, and it has found a place in some very unexpected places. The versatility of 3D printing technology continues to be its most attractive asset as companies look for new ways to please their customers and give them the best options available.

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Ventec expands in the UK

The company has purchased an additional Yow Shi Diamond Blade saw to increase its cutting capacity to meet an anticipated increase in demand for cut to size back and entry materials in the UK following the recent announcement of Ventec’s intention to merge with TMT Trading GmbH.

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Magna Parva demonstrates In-Space Manufacturing prototype

Magna Parva has produced a prototype in-orbit manufacturing system that should provide a method of producing huge carbon composite 3D structures in space. A prototype COPMA system has been successfully built and tested under ‘near space’ conditions at Magna Parva’s Leicester development facility. It demonstrates the potential for the production of assemblies, equipment or even buildings from fully cured and consolidated carbon fibre materials, potentially miles in length.

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Augmented Reality Improves Medical Device Manufacturing Outcomes

Augmented Reality Improves Medical Device Manufacturing Outcomes | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

With the nation’s aging Baby Boomer generation and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, it is clear that the medical and medical device manufacturing industries are undergoing large scale challenges and changes. Patient needs and market demands for efficiency, quality, and cost are driving processes for medical device manufacturing on an unprecedented scale. As manufacturers face an increasing need for customization and part variation, they are now looking for new assembly solutions, including augmented reality technology favored by automotive manufacturers.

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Nondestructive Testing: Sandia Looks Inside Composites

Nondestructive Testing: Sandia Looks Inside Composites | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

Researcher David Moore holds a rectangle of hard carbon composite material, smooth with a faint woven pattern on its surface. The sample shows normal wear and tear until he turns it over to reveal a circular impact mark with cracks radiating from it.

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Contract manufacturing: Sumitomo to lift electronic parts output in Southeast Asia

Contract manufacturing: Sumitomo to lift electronic parts output in Southeast Asia | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

Sumitomo Corp. will expand Southeast Asian contract production of electronic parts amid expected growth in demand following the recent creation of a regional economic community.

     The Japanese trading house also seeks to turn earnings around by bolstering nonresource operations.

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Survival of the fittest: The process control imperative

Survival of the fittest: The process control imperative | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

In the face of international rivals, manufacturers need to constantly focus on their operating margins if they are to remain competitive. But what is the best way to tackle waste and boost profits? This paper explores four areas in which substantial productivity gains can be made if firms are prepared to change the way they control their machining process.

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Energy-saving minicomputers for the ‘Internet of Things’

Energy-saving minicomputers for the ‘Internet of Things’ | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

The ‘Internet of Things’ is growing rapidly. Mobile phones, washing machines and the milk bottle in the fridge: the idea is that minicomputers connected to these will be able to process information, receive and send data. This requires electrical power. Transistors that are capable of switching information with a single electron use far less power than field effect transistors that are commonly used in computers. However, these innovative electronic switches do not yet work at room temperature. Scientists working on the new EU research project ‘Ions4Set’ intend to change this. The program will be launched on February 1. It is coordinated by the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR).

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Despite military build-up, China struggles with warplane engine technology

Despite military build-up, China struggles with warplane engine technology | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

China has built a potent military machine over the past 30 years but is struggling to develop advanced engines that would allow its warplanes to match Western fighters in combat, foreign and Chinese industry sources said.

The country’s engine technology lags that of United Technologies unit Pratt & Whitney, General Electric and Rolls-Royce, said Douglas Barrie, senior fellow for military aerospace at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London.

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Electronics exports seen growing by 7 to 8%

THE COUNTRY’S semiconductor and electronic products exports were estimated to have grown by 7 to 8 percent to $28 billion in 2015.

Dan Lachica, president of the Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines Inc. (Seipi), said in an interview that the growth in the industry’s export receipts last year was due largely to the “higher than expected demand from semiconductor components, office equipment, telecom, and consumer electronics” sectors.

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Electronic hardware may up fiscal gap more than oil

Electronic hardware may up fiscal gap more than oil | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

Electronic hardware products like microchips, mobile phones, and semi-conductors, which have contributed to India's burgeoning import bill, may in the near future contribute to the widening trade deficit even more than oil imports.

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Asian markets: China's Shanghai Composite in the red following Fed's rate rise comment

Asian markets: China's Shanghai Composite in the red following Fed's rate rise comment | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

While Asian stock markets were tracing a mixed pattern on 28 January, China's Shanghai Composite Index was in the red, following a weak close on the Wall Street overnight. This comes after the US Federal Reserve said that it would leave open the option of a rate rise at its next meeting in March.

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Sony to Acquire Altair Semi For $212 Million

Japan’s Sony Corp. said it would acquire privately held Israeli LTE chipset vendor Altair Semiconductor for roughly $212 million after reaching an agreement with the company and its major shareholders.

The deal is expected to close next month, Sony (Tokyo) said.

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Bombardier plans reverse stock split as shares dive: sources

Bombardier plans reverse stock split as shares dive: sources | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

Canadian plane and train maker Bombardier Inc., whose stock has hit its lowest level in 25 years, will soon announce plans for a reverse stock split, two sources familiar with the matter said, in order to remain a part of Canada’s benchmark stock index.

The sources, who are not authorized to publicly discuss the plans, said Bombardier’s board of directors had already approved the plan before the stock dipped below $1 last week.

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Sigma buys RR pipe business

Sigma buys RR pipe business | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

The businesses will be brought for approximately £3.5m, and are based in Nuneaton, United Kingdom and Xi’an, China.

Mark Johnson, founder of Sigma Components and managing director of Avingtrans’ Aerospace, said: “Sigma has developed a strong relationship with Rolls-Royce over the last few years, supplying components for various engine programmes.”

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Medtronic Acquires Bellco for Undisclosed Amount

Medtronic has acquired privately held Bellco, in a deal the company says will be a foundational component of its recently formed renal care solutions business.

Medtronic acquired Bellco, an Italian company, from Charme Capital Partners, manager of the pan-European Charme Funds. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Creatix3D & 3DXpertise win a record order in aeronautics w/ 3D Systems Technology

Creatix3D, additive manufacturing, 3D printing and PLM software dedicated to ALM, Value Added Reseller, received a firm order for 6 Titanium metal printers for the aeronautical industry. The printers, 100% manufactured and assembled in France and Belgium, primarily at the 3D Systems site in Riom, belong to the industrial grade ProX family (ProX100, ProX200 , ProX300, and ProX320). The complete integration (scenarios, training, consulting, aeronautical production process conformity, specific material validation, quality control…) will be provided by the engineering company3DXpertise. This order is the first one for 3D printers dedicated to specifically manufacture Titanium series parts for large and official aeronautical programs. Prismadd, a subsidiary of the ACE Aeronautique group has been chosen by the ordering parties to manufacture these first parts in the series. 

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Systems Integrator takes diverse approach to medical device assembly systems

Systems Integrator takes diverse approach to medical device assembly systems | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

There are many ways to run a custom machine building business. Some systems integrators are dedicated to a particular industry, such as auto parts manufacturing. Others specialize in a particular kind of assembly machine, such as high-speed continuous motion systems. And some are generalists, serving multiple industries and designing many types of systems.

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Strong Finish to 2015 for EU Machine Tool Orders

Strong Finish to 2015 for EU Machine Tool Orders | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

The German Machine Tool Builders’ Association (VDW) reported a 3% year-over-year increase in new orders for machine tools and related technologies during the fourth quarter of 2015, rounding out a rebound year for that industry. Orders from the domestic (German) market and from abroad increased equally during Q4, the group noted, and for 2015 as a whole new orders rose 1% year-over-year.

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Carima’s Ultra-Fast 3D Printing to See Release This Year

Carima’s Ultra-Fast 3D Printing to See Release This Year | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

Korean 3D printer manufacturer Carima was a big highlight of the Euromold show in Dusseldorf last year, with attendees huddling around their booth to see the company’s ultra-fast C-CAT 3D printing technology.  Like Carbon3D’s CLIP process, C-CAT is a continuous DLP technology that can produce objects with great speed and with little noticeable layering.  Unlike Carbon3D, Carima has stated that their technology is ready to hit the market.

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3D opportunity for technology, media, and telecommunications: Additive manufacturing explores new terrain

3D opportunity for technology, media, and telecommunications: Additive manufacturing explores new terrain | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

Additive manufacturing (AM), commonly referred to as 3D printing, plays an increasingly large role in many industries, including aerospace and defense,1 automotive,consumer products, industrial products, and medical devices.3 The market for AM technologies is expected to continue to grow significantly from its current size of $4.1 billion in 2014.4Notwithstanding this growth, AM is still predominantly applied in rapid prototyping and tooling, rather than production of end-use products. Indeed, final-part manufacturing represents less than 35 percent of 3D-printed objects,5 a missed opportunity for value creation. 

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Asian markets: Shanghai Composite declines following China's weak manufacturing data

Asian markets: Shanghai Composite declines following China's weak manufacturing data | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

While Asian stock markets were tracing a mixed pattern on 1 February, China's Shanghai Composite Index was in the red. This was because of weak official data released earlier that showed China's factory sector contracting for the sixth straight month.

Official manufacturing purchasing manager's index (PMI) for the month of January 2016 came in at 49.4, missing a Reuter's estimate for 49.6. A reading below 50 is considered a contraction in activities. While this reading not only acts as an important indicator of manufacturing activity in the country, it also indicates the health of the economy as a whole. For the purpose of calculation it takes into account five factors, namely production level, new orders, supplier deliveries, inventories and employment level.

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Manufacturing sector returns to growth at start of 2016

Manufacturing sector returns to growth at start of 2016 | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

Indian manufacturing sector growth rose to a four-month high in January driven by rising inflows of new business orders from domestic as well as export clients, says a Nikkei survey.

Following the contraction in December in the wake of Chennai floods, January saw the Indian manufacturing sector rebound into expansion territory, as production and new orders recovered, the report said.

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GE Global Research becomes 3MF Consortium's newest Founding Member

The central technology development hub of General Electric (GE), one of the world’s largest users of metal 3D printing technologies, has just joined the 3MF Consortium at the Founding Membership level, and will use its coveted leadership and experience in 3D printing technology to help develop and promote 3MF’s new 3D printing file format and 3D printing innovation as a whole.

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Evolving Micro 3D Printing to 4D Using Biologically Inspired Engineering

Learning the lessons of evolution from nature is a short cut for scientists and engineers as they work to develop processes and products that excel in a certain characteristic. Bio mimicry, as it is also known, allows designers to skip to the most efficient design, for everything from airplanes to solar cells and it seems also 4D printing technology.

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