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January 21, 2022


Automated feature recognition, knowledge-based machining, advanced toolpath simulation and digital twins are a few CAM technologies making programming more of a technical exercise than the tribal knowledge-inspired art form it has long been. Contributing Editor Kip Hanson describes the trends.


November 2021 U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $160.7 million, according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute (USCTI) and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. That was a jump of 11.4 percent from a year earlier. However, the November figure was down from the month before.




Boeing Co. said it sold a net 535 planes in 2021, its best results since 2018, The New York Times reported. That was a turnaround from 2020, when cancellations exceeded new sales, according to the Times. The 2021 results included orders for 79 aircraft in December. Boeing has gotten the 737 Max back into service in major markets after two fatal crashes. The company also is dealing with quality problems with the 787 Dreamliner.

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Advanced Manufacturing is the future of U.S. competitiveness and reshoring, writes Harry Moser, founder and president of the Reshoring Initiative. "Enhancing capabilities through the adoption of innovative technologies will increase efficiency and narrow the manufacturing cost gap with foreign competitors," according to Moser.



Saint-Gobain Abrasives, primary sponsor of the USA Luge team, is prepared for competition at the Winter Olympic Games in Beijing next month. As Norton | Saint-Gobain celebrates the 40th anniversary of its partnership with the USA Luge team, a range of activities sponsored by Norton are slated to take place.


Tide Rock Holdings, a San Diego-based holding company, has acquired Plastic Molding Technology, a full-service precision injection molding company located in El Paso, Texas. PMT joins Pikes Peak Plastics and Altratek to form a new plastics injection molding company that serves the industrial, energy, electronics, medical, telecommunications and automotive industries.




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