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3 Reasons Why Additive Manufacturing Belongs on a Machine Tool

In more ways than one, the platform for subtractive manufacturing is also the enabler for additive.

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Metalworking Business Index

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By the Numbers: Total MBI for March 2015: 49.6

With a reading of 49.6, the Gardner Business Index showed that the moldmaking industry contracted very slightly in March for the first time in six months.

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