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December 18, 2019 - Volume 13 Issue 24
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The staff at Tooling & Production would like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, and a very Happy New Year! We hope you're able to put work aside and spend some quality time with your family and loved ones over the holidays. That's definitely our plan!

Looking back at 2019, we're thankful that the U.S. economy continued to soar for a 3rd straight year. Unemployment has dropped to 3.5% -- a 50 year low, while the stock market has set more than a dozen record highs. However, the manufacturing industry is ending the year on an uneven note. The Institute for Supply Management's index dropped to 48.1%, significantly lower than the robust 59.3% at this time last year.

While forecasts are mixed, we believe the machine tool/metalworking industry will continue to play a vital role in a healthy economy. One of the biggest trends, Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing, looks to take the next step into serial production. Advancements in other recent trends -- Robotic Automation, Digital Manufacturing, and Artificial intelligence also provide a bright outlook for 2020.

The same remains true for us here at Nelson Publishing. Our eNewsletters -- Tooling & Production (T&P), Modern Applications News (MAN), and the Manufacturing Center Product Spotlight continue to thrive. MAN begins its 53rd year in January while T&P embarks on its 85th year of serving the machine tool industry!

In what has become our annual tradition, we have put together our "Best of 2019" 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 2020!


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  "Top 10" Most Read Features
Image - World's First 3D-Printed Titanium Wheel World's First 3D-Printed Titanium Wheel
HRE Wheels and GE Additive recently unveiled the first titanium wheel created using electron-beam additive manufacturing (EBM), a type of 3D printing. Called the "HRE3D+," the new prototype wheel demonstrates what the future of wheel technology will bring and how advanced materials like titanium can be harnessed to create complex designs.
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Image - 3D Printing Creates the 3D Printing Creates the "Most Important Bike of the Decade"
Metal additive manufacturing technology from Renishaw has enabled Robot Bike Co. to produce a novel design of mountain bike that can be customized to match the size and riding style of the rider.
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Image - Indiana Manufacturer Implements ERP Software and Increases Sales by 30% in the First Year Indiana Manufacturer Implements ERP Software and Increases Sales by 30% in the First Year
Mid-West Metal Products produces wire-formed, sheet metal, and tubular metal products for customers ranging from leading global corporations to small emerging enterprises. In business for nearly 100 years, they've seen a significant jump in sales and reduction in labor costs the last few years thanks in part to their decision to use ERP software.
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Image - New Technology Addresses Crisis in Manufacturing New Technology Addresses Crisis in Manufacturing
In the spring of 2018, for the first time ever, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported more job openings than people available to fill them. While exceptionally low unemployment may seem like a boon to the country, this creates financial headwinds for individual companies -- especially those within the manufacturing sector -- as well as the U.S. economy overall.
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Image - Marshall Aerospace and Defense Now 3D Printing Final Flight Parts that are Lighter and Cheaper than Traditional Metal Parts Marshall Aerospace and Defense Now 3D Printing Final Flight Parts that are Lighter and Cheaper than Traditional Metal Parts
The company is also building essential ground-running equipment on the Stratasys Fortus 450mc 3D printer in a tough Nylon 12 material at lower cost than the usual aluminum production.
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Image - Top 10 Downloaded Machine Tool Apps Top 10 Downloaded Machine Tool Apps
Using apps on a daily basis has become a "must-have" for many people because they make our lives easier and increase our personal productivity. In manufacturing environments, "machine tool apps" are becoming popular for exactly the same reasons. The folks at Okuma have put together their list of the top apps downloaded in 2018.
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Image - Experimental Metal Coating Self-Heals Scratches, Prevents Corrosion Experimental Metal Coating Self-Heals Scratches, Prevents Corrosion
Even minor cracks and corrosion can lead to major catastrophes involving metal structures. So, preventing those defects is critical. Amanda Morris has found a team of researchers at Northwestern University who believe they have found a solution -- and it's a wet one.
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Image - Watch How System Integrator Uses Robotic Metal 3D Printing to Create Parts in Hours, Not Months Watch How System Integrator Uses Robotic Metal 3D Printing to Create Parts in Hours, Not Months
In recent years, 3D printing with metal has gained even more popularity, providing manufacturers with the ability to customize parts for their clients. In this video, watch how Midwest Engineered Systems has teamed up with KUKA Robotics to use a laser and molten metal process to 3D print unlimited size parts at 20 pounds an hour.
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Image - 3D Printing the Secret Behind Ford Mustang's High Performance 3D Printing the Secret Behind Ford Mustang's High Performance
When the 2020 Shelby GT500 goes on sale, it will be the quickest accelerating, most aerodynamically advanced street-legal Mustang ever, thanks to virtual testing in supercomputers and 3D printing.
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Image - Researchers Find Possible Solution to Cracking Problem in Metal 3D-Printed Products Researchers Find Possible Solution to Cracking Problem in Metal 3D-Printed Products
Additive manufacturing's promise to revolutionize manufacturing is constrained by a widespread problem: tiny gas pockets in the final product, which can lead to cracks and other failures. However, researchers believe they have found the "key" to solving the problem.
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  "Top 10" Most Read Product Spotlights
Image - Innovative Edge Finder Works with Doors Open and Spindles Off Innovative Edge Finder Works with Doors Open and Spindles Off
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Image - Robot Arm Robot Arm "Gecko Gripper" Sticks to Surfaces Just Like Our Little Lizard Friends
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Image - Lubricating Oil Creeps Into Millionth Inch Spaces  Loosens Parts, Dissolves Rust Lubricating Oil Creeps Into Millionth Inch Spaces Loosens Parts, Dissolves Rust
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Image - Machine Designed to Form Rifling Grooves in Gun Barrels Machine Designed to Form Rifling Grooves in Gun Barrels
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Image - New Continuous-Duty Industrial Vacuum Cleaner Doubles the Suction Power and Vacuums Up to 10,000 lbs/hr New Continuous-Duty Industrial Vacuum Cleaner Doubles the Suction Power and Vacuums Up to 10,000 lbs/hr
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Image - New 5-Axis CNC a Complete Plug and Play Solution New 5-Axis CNC a Complete Plug and Play Solution
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Image - Updated Robotic Software Uses Virtual Technology to Optimize Production Lines Updated Robotic Software Uses Virtual Technology to Optimize Production Lines
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Image - New Milling Cutter Completes Cubing in Single, Burr-Free Operation New Milling Cutter Completes Cubing in Single, Burr-Free Operation
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Image - Ultra- Compact 5-Axis VMC Designed for the Medical Device Market Ultra- Compact 5-Axis VMC Designed for the Medical Device Market
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