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September 2017

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
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Manufacturing Mirrors Growing Economy, Reads Report
Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in August, and the overall economy grew for the 99th consecutive month, according to the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business. Institute for Supply Management Chair Timothy R. Fiore noted these findings:
  • The August PMI (Purchasing Managers Index) registered 58.8 percent, an increase of 2.5 percentage points from July.
  • The New Orders Index registered 60.3 percent, a 0.1-percentage-point decrease from July.
  • The Production Index registered 61 percent, a 0.4-percentage-point increase.
  • The Employment Index registered 59.9 percent, an increase of 4.7 percentage points.

"Comments from the panel reflect expanding business conditions," says Fiore, "with new orders, production, employment, backlog and exports all growing in August, as well as supplier deliveries slowing (improving) and inventories increasing during the period. The Customers' Inventories Index experienced a sharp decline in August compared to July."

Industry News
Additive Industries Adds AM Veteran to Head Development Team
BeAM Machines Debuts New Cincinnati Location
ITAMCO Adds EOS 3D Printer for Medical Devices
GE Additive Certifying AM-Production Centers
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Industry Experts Call for Ongoing 3D Education and Champions
Adoption of 3D printing is on the rise, as shown in surveys by companies such as Sculpteo. Of the 1000 3D printing users (metal and non-metal) surveyed by Sculpteo, 26 percent cited "accelerating product development" as their organizations' top-priority, 3D-printing-related area. Even so, manufacturers remain challenged by the cost of 3D-printing equipment and lack of in-house expertise, according to Sculpteo CEO Clement Moreau, who, in an article at ChiefExecutive.net, encourages manufacturers to seek external design and printing services. "As with any new technology there is a learning curve," he says.

"As with any new technology there is a learning curve," he says. Kent Firestone, COO at Stratasys Direct Manufacturing, concurs, adding that ongoing education, investigation and experimentation are necessary for this "ever-evolving technology." In the article, Firestone stresses that manufacturers must establish clear goals and applications for 3D metal printing, involving not just design and production, but buy-in from multiple levels of the organization. "An internal champion who can speak to both the business and technical value of the technology," says Firestone, "can be a point person for this."

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Leveraging Technologies—This Pennsylvania defense contractor and R&D company makes full use of an SLM-based powder-bed fusion machine, new cold-spray-processing equipment, and hybrid laser-cladding and finishing machine.
Post-Processing Advancements—New post-processing technology from PostProcess helps Harbec, a unique company in Buffalo, NY, develop and manufacture injection-molding tooling and other products.
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