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December 16, 2021


It’s tough to make a cutting tool only a millimeter, or smaller, in diameter, writes Contributing Editor Ed Sinkora. It’s also a challenge to use such a tool. But when both sides of the equation do it right, the results are amazing: tiny features that can’t be fully appreciated without a microscope. And the applications are growing.


Combining education about emerging abrasives and automated finishing solutions, the new Norton Abrasive Process Solutions (APS) robot lab in Northborough, Mass. is poised to provide invaluable process development expertise when it opens in January. Showing shops how to get more work out the door will be the core function of the Abrasive Process Solutions Lab, which will demonstrate to manufacturers how to get the most out of existing equipment or choose the right new equipment.




American Airlines plans to reduce international flights in 2022 because of delays with Boeing Co.'s 787 Dreamliner, CNBC said. Deliveries of the wide-body aircraft have been paused during much of the past year as the company and regulators "review a series of production flaws and needed fixes," according to the financial-news network.

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DSM Engineering Materials said Ford Motor Co., HellermannTyton, and DSM earned an Innovation Award from the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) for the use of Akulon RePurposed recycled ocean plastic in the Ford Bronco Sport. This application was also recognized by Ford as the first of many potential uses for recycled ocean plastics in a major vehicle platform.


SMW Autoblok Group, a provider of industrial workholding solutions, has acquired Tecnomagnete, the world’s leading manufacturer of permanent electromagnetic clamping and lifting systems, the company said. Founded in 1974, Tecnomagnete invented the use of these types of magnetic system to perfect a new way of holding and lifting parts.


Stratasys Ltd. introduced the newest printer in the company’s growing portfolio of 3D printing solutions for the dental industry, the Stratasys Origin One Dental. The new printer is the second 3D printer resulting from Stratasys’ acquisition of Origin in December 2020.


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