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December 16, 2015 - Volume 09 Issue 24
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The staff at Tooling & Production would like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy New Year! With so much tragedy and sadness to deal with in recent days, we hope you have the chance to take a break from work and spend some quality time with your family over the holidays.

As we look back on the manufacturing industry in 2015, the numbers aren't terrible but they're certainly not spectacular. While many forecasts call for a flat 2016, we remain optimistic that emerging trends such as Additive Manufacturing and the Internet of Things will brighten the outlook for the new year.

Here at Nelson Publishing, we're happy to report that our eNewsletters -- Modern Applications News (MAN), Tooling & Production (T&P), and the Manufacturing Center Product Spotlight -- have again experienced substantial growth over this past year, and for that, we are grateful. While we are excited by the thought of even more growth in the days ahead, we always enjoy taking a quick look back. Why not? MAN's proud history dates back to 1967 while T&P celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2015!

In that spirit, we have once again put together our annual "Best of 2015" issue. We have compiled two lists -- the Top 10 Most Read Features and Top 10 Most Read Product Spotlights, as judged by our readers. We hope you enjoy these stories and catch some helpful information you may have missed the first time around. Again, we want to thank you for your loyalty to our publications and we'd like to wish you a successful and prosperous 2016!


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  "Top 10" Most Read Features
Image - Custom Built, Million-Dollar Hybrid Race and Demo Car Thrills Techies and Car Enthusiasts Custom Built, Million-Dollar Hybrid Race and Demo Car Thrills Techies and Car Enthusiasts
If you were to dream up the perfect build project for a car, most of the pieces in the Hoonicorn RTR would be included in that blend. It's a fantasy draft for parts that includes some of the top racing parts in the world. Watch this incredibly crazy video of this modified car with state of the art materials and components.
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Image - Automotive Roof Rack Manufacturer Changes Drills and Increases Output from 1200 Sets a Day to 1200 Sets an Hour Automotive Roof Rack Manufacturer Changes Drills and Increases Output from 1200 Sets a Day to 1200 Sets an Hour
JAC Products is a global leader in automotive roof racks and cargo management systems. The Tier One automotive supplier recently realized a 70% greater output by utilizing Suhner's advanced drilling technology.
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Image - Aircraft Engine Manufacturer Reveals Major Breatkthrough in Aluminum Face Milling Aircraft Engine Manufacturer Reveals Major Breatkthrough in Aluminum Face Milling
Alabama's Continental Motors switched to a PCD cartridge-type face mill and quadrupled the material removal rate for roughing while doubling their MRR for finish milling. The advantage has led to a dramatic reduction in cycle time on the 1750 crankcases they produce in a year.
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Image - 30-Ton Overhead Crane Stands the Test of Time -- A Testament to U.S. Manufacturing 30-Ton Overhead Crane Stands the Test of Time -- A Testament to U.S. Manufacturing
Vital 85-year-old crane now a video star in underground New York power plant that Hitler's spies couldn't kill.
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Image - 4 Major Advantages of Aerospace Part Processing via Cryogenic Machining 4 Major Advantages of Aerospace Part Processing via Cryogenic Machining
Two new test facilities -- in Michigan and North Carolina -- are inviting aerospace manufacturers to present real-world challenges and leverage the advantages of cryogenic machining technology for production applications.
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Image - 3D-Printed Shelby Cobra Sports Car Built in Just 6 Weeks -- Thanks to Giant Additive Manufacturing Machine 3D-Printed Shelby Cobra Sports Car Built in Just 6 Weeks -- Thanks to Giant Additive Manufacturing Machine
Key to the project was the the Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) machine, which can print components up to 1,000 times faster than many of today's industrial additive manufacturing machines. This next-generation additive manufacturing offers new opportunities for the automotive industry, especially in prototyping vehicles.
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Image - New Energy-Saving Welding Technique Could Make Future Cars Stronger New Energy-Saving Welding Technique Could Make Future Cars Stronger
Engineers at Ohio State University have developed a new welding technique that consumes 80 percent less energy than a common welding technique, yet creates bonds that are 50 percent stronger.
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Image - Volvo Uses 3D Printing to Slash Production Time More Than 94% Volvo Uses 3D Printing to Slash Production Time More Than 94%
Turnaround time of certain assembly line manufacturing tools at the truck engine production plant has been reduced from 36 days to 2 days, using a Stratasys Fortus 3D Production System.
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Image - 10 Ways Self-Driving Vehicles Could Change the World 10 Ways Self-Driving Vehicles Could Change the World
The development of self-driving, or autonomous, vehicles is accelerating. A recent survey of experts produced keen insight into how this technology could profoundly affect consumers and OEM's. EMAG has already addressed one of the effects -- the need to manufacture high precision elements for electromechanical steering systems.
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Image - Michigan and Italian Manufacturers Partner to Build Collision-Free High-Speed Milling Machine from the Ground Up Michigan and Italian Manufacturers Partner to Build Collision-Free High-Speed Milling Machine from the Ground Up
Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Paragon Die & Engineering is one of Italian-based milling machine builder Fidia's best customers. Already operating four Fidia milling machines, Paragon recently added the first Fidia high-speed gantry machine in North America.
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  "Top 10" Most Read Product Spotlights
Image - Why Factory Floor Automation Projects Fail Why Factory Floor Automation Projects Fail
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Image - 3 Convenient New CNC Functions Make It Easier to Operate Milling and Turning Machines 3 Convenient New CNC Functions Make It Easier to Operate Milling and Turning Machines
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Image - Super Air Knives Ideal for Blowing Corrosion Off Parts Up to 108 Super Air Knives Ideal for Blowing Corrosion Off Parts Up to 108
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Image - Revolutionary Sensor and Latest Robot Technology Bring Automated 3D Scanning to Plant Floor Revolutionary Sensor and Latest Robot Technology Bring Automated 3D Scanning to Plant Floor
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Image - World's 1st Single Pitch Optical Absolute Encoder Determines Position to a Resolution of One-Billionth of a Meter World's 1st Single Pitch Optical Absolute Encoder Determines Position to a Resolution of One-Billionth of a Meter
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Image - Flexible Tool Adapter System Now Offered on Right-Angle Heads; Significantly Reduces Changeover Time for Lathe and Mill/Turn Users Flexible Tool Adapter System Now Offered on Right-Angle Heads; Significantly Reduces Changeover Time for Lathe and Mill/Turn Users
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Image - New Hard Scudding Process: Cost-Effective Alternative to Grind and Hone for Powertrain and Other Gear Markets New Hard Scudding Process: Cost-Effective Alternative to Grind and Hone for Powertrain and Other Gear Markets
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Image - New Spherical Ball Nose System Provides Truly Indexable Finishing Inserts, Allows for Longest Unattended Runs New Spherical Ball Nose System Provides Truly Indexable Finishing Inserts, Allows for Longest Unattended Runs
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Image - New Solid Carbide Drill Designed for Applications up to 8xD New Solid Carbide Drill Designed for Applications up to 8xD
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Image - Unique Line of End Mill Holders Offers Dramatically Reduced Runout and Twice the Tool Life Unique Line of End Mill Holders Offers Dramatically Reduced Runout and Twice the Tool Life
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