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December 16, 2020 - Volume 14 Issue 24
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2020……it's almost over.

And that's good news. Because when we look back at all of the sadness -- and madness -- that was 2020, it's hard to know where to begin.

This year has been unlike any other. Did you ever think anything could cancel IMTS? Well, the global pandemic did just that and, unfortunately, so much more.

But more so than the cancellations, lockdowns, and other obvious economic ramifications, the devastating effect on people's lives and their families will never be forgotten. Personally, my family and I had to say a final goodbye to my dad with only a handful of people in attendance.

The staff at Tooling & Production would like to send our best wishes and prayers to all of you who have persevered through this year -- especially if you suffered the loss of loved ones or livelihoods. We hope that your spirit is renewed with a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, or a Happy New Year celebration! Our wish is that you're able to find joy while spending quality time with your family and loved ones over the holidays.

Looking back over the past 12 months, the machine tool/metalworking industry, like most all industries, was severely impacted by the Covid-19 crisis. But with a recovery well under way, we're optimistic as we turn the calendar to 2021. We believe our industry, as well as the entire U.S. economy, has already begun an unprecedented resurgence.

Manufacturers have learned from this crisis that they must be more agile and responsive in the face of adversity. Look for U.S. reshoring to become even more prevalent (barring a large corporate tax hike by a new administration) as companies re-assess the viability of their supply chains to cope with a similar crisis in the future. Along with reshoring and supply chain realignment, we look for other current trends -- Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing, Robotic Automation, Digital Manufacturing, and Artificial Intelligence -- to remain at the forefront of innovation.

And, as always, we'll be here to cover it at Nelson Publishing. Our eNewsletters -- Tooling & Production (T&P), Modern Applications News (MAN), and the Manufacturing Center Product Spotlight will continue to bring you the very latest news, product announcements, and success stories from the metalworking world. MAN begins its 54th year in January while T&P embarks on its 86th year of serving the machine tool industry!

In this most unsettling year, traditions seem to take on more importance. With that in mind, we have continued our tradition of putting together our "Best of" issue. We have compiled two lists from 2020 -- 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 safe, successful and prosperous 2021!

Happy Holidays!

Bob West

Associate Publisher/Managing Editor

MAN/T&P


  "Top 10" Most Read Features
Image - Possible Turbulence for US Aerospace: How Will Boeing's Production Halt of the 737 Max Impact the Supply Chain? Possible Turbulence for US Aerospace: How Will Boeing's Production Halt of the 737 Max Impact the Supply Chain?
Most U.S. manufacturing news was positive in 2019 but Boeing's decision late in the year to temporarily halt production of the 737 MAX jet airplane left its supply chain in a state of limbo. Here, Claudia Jarrett, head of sales for North and South America at industrial parts supplier EU Automation, explains what Boeing's temporary shutdown could mean for the US aerospace sector.
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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
The 2020 Shelby GT500 is 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 Claim New Metal Material Can't Be Cut Researchers Claim New Metal Material Can't Be Cut
Engineers in England at Durham University and their research partners have created what they say is the first manufactured, "non-cuttable" material. Their unlikely material inspirations? Grapefruit and abalone shell.
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Image - New New "Bullet" Plane May Cause Some Turbulence in the Aerospace Industry
It may not feature a traditional super-aerodynamic look, but the Celera 500L sports a "bullet" design that its creator, Otto Aviation, says is the future of fuel-efficient, small commercial plane flight. Boasting 18 to 25 mpg and a range of over 4,500 nautical miles, the six-passenger plane prototype already has 31 successful test flights under its belt.
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Image - Cobot with Vision Camera Helps Ohio Manufacturer Avoid Life-Threatening Failures in Sub-Assembly of Auto Engines Cobot with Vision Camera Helps Ohio Manufacturer Avoid Life-Threatening Failures in Sub-Assembly of Auto Engines
When you're assembling a part of a car's engine that controls the power steering, you have no choice but to be perfect. Anything less than 100% quality could result in a tragic failure. To meet that expectation, this Ohio manufacturer received a helping hand…from a robot arm.
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Image - 7 Questions You Should Ask Before Buying an Additive Manufacturing Machine 7 Questions You Should Ask Before Buying an Additive Manufacturing Machine
If you understand the benefits of Additive Manufacturing and where it fits in your operation, and you are comparing specs and features of competing suppliers, SLM Solutions' Winthrop Sheldon, VP Sales & Marketing Americas, details the 7 questions every manufacturer should ask to help make the right decisions for the long term.
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Image - Robot Builds World's Largest 3D Printed Home Robot Builds World's Largest 3D Printed Home
SQ4D Inc. -- and its revolutionary Autonomous Robotic Construction System (ARCS) -- has built the largest permitted 3D printed home in the world. Watch it be built.
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Image - Volkswagen Planning to Manufacture Newest Electric Car at Amazing Transparent Factory Volkswagen Planning to Manufacture Newest Electric Car at Amazing Transparent Factory
Volkswagen announced that the ID.3, its newest electric car, will be assembled at its Gläserne Manufaktur factory in Dresden beginning this year. So far, that plan hasn't changed. Keep reading to learn more about the new model and watch a video of the amazing interactive glass factory.
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Image - U.S. Army 3D Prints Replacement Parts for Vehicles U.S. Army 3D Prints Replacement Parts for Vehicles
Additive manufacturing is revolutionizing battlefield logistics. The U.S. Army's Thomas Brading explains how.
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Image - 3D Printer Helps Keep the Trains Rolling 3D Printer Helps Keep the Trains Rolling
Progress Rail machines very large parts for the railroad industry. They were searching for a 3D printer that could mock up the large parts to help set up their machine tools and develop metrology strategies. That search led them down the track to 3D Platform.
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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 - First Private 5G Network Tested for Manufacturers; Paves Way for Wireless Network in Factory of the Future First Private 5G Network Tested for Manufacturers; Paves Way for Wireless Network in Factory of the Future
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Image - Versatile Stamping Equipment Marks Parts with Odd Angles Versatile Stamping Equipment Marks Parts with Odd Angles
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Image - Unique Oil Dissolves Rust on Nuts and Bolts Unique Oil Dissolves Rust on Nuts and Bolts
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Image - New Line of VMC's Offer Jig Milling Accuracy Needed for Medical and Aerospace Parts New Line of VMC's Offer Jig Milling Accuracy Needed for Medical and Aerospace Parts
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Image - Dust Collector Reduces Costly Compressed Air Usage by 70% Dust Collector Reduces Costly Compressed Air Usage by 70%
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Image - New Software Allows Manufacturers to 3D Print Products Within Minutes New Software Allows Manufacturers to 3D Print Products Within Minutes
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Image - Unique Bridge Mill CNC Combines Features of Vertical & Double Column Machining Centers Unique Bridge Mill CNC Combines Features of Vertical & Double Column Machining Centers
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Image - CrazyDrill Perfect for Drilling Stainless Steel and Nickel-Based Superalloys CrazyDrill Perfect for Drilling Stainless Steel and Nickel-Based Superalloys
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Image - Australia's Largest Machine Tool Ever: 5-Axis Gantry to Help Build Fleet of Submarines Australia's Largest Machine Tool Ever: 5-Axis Gantry to Help Build Fleet of Submarines
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