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Last updated - March 13, 2019

Each week we hand-pick one important article from the last week's news that provides you with the most up-to-date information on the emerging technology topics that are relevant to you.

3D PRINTING: Sciaky Inc. joins ADAPT to develop metal 3D printing

Chicago-based metal 3D printers manufacturer, Sciaky Inc., has joined the Alliance for the Development of Additive Processing Technologies (ADAPT), a Colorado-based industry-academia consortium. Through this collaboration, the company will further the development of AM and expand the applications of its Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM) systems to the aerospace industry and other manufacturing sectors.

Sciaky Inc. joins ADAPT to develop metal 3D printing

3D Printing Industry | March 13, 2019

IIoT: The only way manufacturers can survive

Becoming digital is a requisite for survival today. However, while waves of technology — automation, additive manufacturing, AI — are washing over the corporate world, redefining the nature of work and productivity, there are no playbooks and few best practices for manufacturers’ digital transformation. Few industrial companies even paid attention to digital technologies until recently. Just nine years ago, for instance, General Electric didn’t track them closely, never thought about how they could fit in with the machines it manufactured, and, above all, didn’t realize it could make money from them. Digitalization was far removed from GE’s industrial reality.

The only way manufacturers can survive

MIT Sloan | March 12, 2019

ELECTRIC DRIVE: CERAWEEK: The future of cars: EV or oil?

A top Ford Motor Co. executive told a gathering of energy leaders here yesterday that electric and autonomous vehicles will help redefine transportation.

William Clay Ford Jr., Ford Motor's executive chairman, set the tone during an oil-focused day at CERAWeek by IHS Markit, which this year reflects growing concerns about climate change and a realization that industry must work to reduce pollution even as consensus on the best path remains elusive.

CERAWEEK: The future of cars: EV or oil?

EENnews | March 13, 2019

NEW MATERIALS: Interview: Dr. Billy Wu, Imperial College London, on multi-metal 4D printing

Electrochemical Additive Manufacturing (ECAM) is a new method of low-cost metal fabrication in development at Imperial College London (ICL). Expanding on a presentation of the technique from Advanced Materials Technologies in August 2017, the ICL team has recently published a paper on ECAM’s potential for 4D printing.

Dr. Billy Wu is one of the three corresponding authors of the new ECAM article for Scientific Reports. In his tenure as Senior Lecturer in Energy and Manufacturing at the ICL Dyson School of Design Engineering, Dr. Wu also co-leads the university’s Additive Manufacturing Network (AMN). 3D Printing Industry speaks to Dr. Wu to learn more the ICL’s team’s vision for self-assembling metal.

Interview: Dr. Billy Wu, Imperial College London, on Multi-metal 4D printing

3D Printing Industry | March 13, 2019

ROBOTICS and AUTOMATION: 3 practical solutions to offset automation's impact on work

The economic impacts of AI, robotics, and automation are complex topics that require a more comprehensive perspective to understand. Is universal basic income, for example, the answer? Many believe so, and there are a number of experiments in progress. But it’s only one strategy, and without a sustainable funding source, universal basic income may not be practical.

3 practical solutions to offset automation's impact on work

Singularity Hub | March 11, 2019




March 8, 2019

VIDEO: Army explores 3D printing super-strong metals

“The potential for metal AM to reduce spare part inventories for the military or large private sector OEM's is an interesting potential use for the technology. As new technologies beyond powder-bed fusion enter the market and achieve acceptance, the cost of printing will continue to go down, making this concept more viable.” - Justin Michaud, CEO - REM Surface Engineering and AGMA Chair for Emerging Technology - 3D Printing





March 1, 2019

VIDEO: Tesla Should Stop Making Cars. Seriously.

“This video highlights Tesla, which in itself you will find interesting, but the point of the video is to always be looking at your business from multiple angles - to find out the right path to take next.” - Mary Ellen Doran, AGMA Director, Emerging Technology







The EOS vision of the factory future

Although the metal additive manufacturing (AM) industry is relatively new—especially compared to more traditional manufacturing technologies, such as machining—it’s already seeing a number of big shake-ups. The most recent was the acquisition of Stratasys metal AM spinout, Vulcan Labs, by EOS. The move saw EOS expand its footprint in Texas and Vulcan Labs’ former CEO David Leigh transition to COO of EOS North America.

Engineering. com |  February 25, 2019 


Discover low cost automation with the $6,200 Igus delta robot

The igus® delta robot provides a thrifty and simple automation solution for pick-and-place tasks. These maintenance-free, lightweight robots start at $6,200 and are available in easy-to-assemble kits or fully assembled on aluminum framing.

Engineering 360|  February 4, 2019 


Light based 3D printer shapes custom objects from liquid resin

A 3D printing technique that uses patterns of light to transform viscous liquids into solid objets has been demonstrated by researchers at the University of California, Berkley.

The Engineer |  February 1, 2019 














Audi Electric Motor Engine Factory 

How It's Made | 18:34 min

Seeing Audi's E-Tron motors get made is like catnip for engineering nerds

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