The Printed House is Only the Beginning

February 6, 2013. Each time we hear about advancements in additive manufacturing, it seems a little more tantalizing… and a little crazier. But there have to be limits sooner or later, right? I mean, who would be crazy enough to attempt a 3D printed house?

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Michigan Manufacturing to Get a Boost- Update with Jon Riley

January 22, 2013. Last fall the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) announced that it had partnered with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to establish the first innovation center in what will become a national grid. The centers help will small- and mid-sized manufacturers (SMMs) be more competitive globally by providing them with a virtualized approach to product design and manufacturing that combines high performance modeling, simulation, and analysis (MS&A), data mining tools, and the digitization of processes to optimize speed, reliability, and efficiency.

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James Bond Does 3D Printing

November 21, 2012. Any James Bond movie is sure to feature an iconic auto subjected to high speed chases and often explosions. The newest installment, Skyfall, featuring a classic 1960’s Aston Martin DB5 that is involved in a series of stunts and huge explosions including one scene which saw the priceless vehicle explode in flames is certainly no different. Being a rather expensive car, the producers didn’t have the luxury of using an actual vehicle for every scene. The priceless Aston Martin DB5, which was already used in the first James Bond film exactly 50 years ago, needed to remain unscathed.

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CTMA Connector for April 2012 DOD Maintenance Update

April 30, 2012. Six new CTMA Project Opportunities including Product Life Cycle Management for Aircraft Sustainment and Support; Achieving Optimal Test Application Migration; Engine Reliability Data Error and Cost Reductions Through IUID Technology; DoD Airframe and Engine Fastener Removal – e-drill Cost Reduction and Process Improvement (e-CRPI); Intermittent Fault Detection & Isolation System (IFDIS); and Multibeam Laser Additive Manufacturing for Efficient Part Manufacture and Repair

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CTMA Connector for March 2012 DOD Maintenance Update

March 31, 2012. Welcome to The CTMA Connector, a monthly newsletter designed to provide news and ideas about the Commercial Technologies for Maintenance Activities (CTMA) program. The CTMA program is a joint Department of Defense/National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (DoD/NCMS) effort promoting collaborative technology development between industry and the DoD maintenance and repair facilities.

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