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June 16, 2016

Investment Casting vs. Die Casting: 7 Considerations When Choosing a Process

Casting -- one of the oldest known manufacturing techniques -- is a process in which liquid material (e.g. molten metal) is poured into a mold cavity and hardened. After removing the piece from the mold, various finishing treatments can be applied to create a dazzling final product. This process is used primarily to manufacture complex solid...

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June 07, 2016

7 Misconceptions About the Future of Robotics in Manufacturing

In September 2015, The Boston Consulting Group predicted that investment in advanced robotics will increase to around 10 percent annually (up from 2-3 percent today) over the next decade – a direct result of corporations beginning to realize the positive economic implications of sophisticated automation. BCG also projected that, across select...

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May 24, 2016

13 Motivational Quotes for Design and Manufacturing

Feeling uninspired, defeated, or just need a boost? Get your groove back with these 13 motivational quotes from some of the greatest players in manufacturing and design. Sometimes all we need is a little pick-me-up (and maybe some tough love) to hop back on that metaphorical horse. The main takeaway from the below insights is pretty simple,...

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May 19, 2016

7 TED Talks Engineers and Manufacturers Should Listen To

TED Talks have been a driving force of inspiration, information and innovation since their inception in 2006. Born out of the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Conference, the talks have become a global, viral sensation over the past decade. Below we've compiled seven of the best TED Talks to inspire engineers and manufacturers. How will...

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May 10, 2016

The Worst Manufacturing Advice We've Ever Heard

Sometimes we turn to others for advice. And sometimes those folks steer us in the wrong direction (often unbeknownst to them). After 15 years in the business, we've overheard some pretty terrible advice and actually witnessed it, shockingly, in action. Below we share the top 10 worst manufacturing advice we've encountered. Remember, this is...

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May 03, 2016

When to Consider Manufacturing Offshore: A Manufacturing CEO's Insight

We could go on and on debating the pros and cons of moving some or all of your manufacturing operations offshore. Because it's true – like with most decisions in life – that there are both pros and cons to this move. So, when thinking about moving offshore, how do you know when is the right time? One prospective customer posed this very...

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April 26, 2016

7 Advantages to India Manufacturing

It's no secret that labor costs are rising in China, and talk of alternative manufacturing locations continues to grow. While some operations are returning to the US and Europe, others are staying in Asia, and India is rapidly attracting more business. Yes, there are labor and raw material advantages, as well as increasing infrastructure, but...

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April 12, 2016

The Future of Virtual Reality (VR) in Manufacturing

Virtual reality used to be relevant to the gaming industry alone, but the times, oh my, they have changed. This technology has the potential to reshape major industries, from healthcare to industrial design to hospitality. While the potential undoubtedly exists, the technology remains largely underutilized in most industries. Its coming-of-age...

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March 24, 2016

Infographic: Eliminating the 7 Wastes of Lean Manufacturing (Muda)

Muda is the Japanese word for waste. Waste is plentiful in the manufacturing world, although much of it goes unnoticed, or at least unaddressed. If you're thinking of waste purely in a physical capacity, you're catching only a small glimpse of the bigger picture. Any process that costs money but does not add value can be classified as waste. ...

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February 16, 2016

Minimum Order Quantity (MOQ): A Necessary Evil

Minimum order quantity: protecting suppliers and scaring off buyers daily. This is a common sentiment, especially when working with Asian manufacturers. But there's good reason it's a facet of global manufacturing, and whether you like it or not, MOQ isn't going anywhere, so you'd better learn how to navigate it. Read on to learn exactly why...

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