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February 16, 2022


Vehicle production began to be disrupted last week as a truck protest in Canada spread, The Wall Street Journal reported. General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. and Stellantis plants were affected as the protest over actions taken to deal with COVID-19 pandemic moved to the Ambassador Bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario. The bridge is a major U.S.-Canada crossing.


Bigger is not always better. The Rapid Advancement in Process Intensification Deployment (RAPID) Manufacturing Institute is transforming process industries by advancing modular technology at the factory level and within factories.




Matthew Di Prima, Food and Drug Administration point person for 3D printing of medical devices, initially dismissed the idea of working at FDA, writes Contributing Editor Ilene Wolff. Di Prima craved a career in aerospace. Here’s how that all changed.

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Seagate Technology, Cupertino, Calif., is employing smart manufacturing strategies, including artificial intelligence and machine learning on the plant floor. Seagate has not only invested in cutting-edge technology but has also demonstrated how continual transformation can make an organization capable of defining the future of its industry.


Desktop Metal, a leader in additive manufacturing technologies for mass production, announced the launch of ETEC, a new 3D printing brand that will enable EnvisionTEC, the original inventor of digital light processing (DLP) technology, to better connect with industrial customers.


Contributing Editor Patrick Waurzyniak discusses software trends with Alan Levine, managing director of Open Mind. “All industries today face increasing pressures to reduce costs and provide higher quality products,” Levine said. “These business principles also apply to manufacturing, and, by extension, to the contributions from CAD/CAM software.”

Join SME | NAMRI at the longest-running international forum for applied research and industrial application in manufacturing and design – The 50th North American Manufacturing Research Conference (NAMRC 50). Connect with more than 500 researchers and manufacturers from around the world to share the latest manufacturing innovations and developments in manufacturing, cyber-physical systems and materials processing. NAMRC 50 will be held June 27 July 1, 2022, at Purdue University.




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