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The August 2017 issue of Additive Manufacturing magazine confronts a basic but important question: Is additive manufacturing the same as 3D printing?

As Editor-in-Chief Peter Zelinski writes in this month’s commentary, the answer is no. Though often used as synonyms, the terms signify two different things. 3D printing is the operation that drives additive manufacturing, but additive manufacturing is much more than this.

The slideshow above, based on our August 2017 issue’s Modern Equipment Review Spotlight, features grinding and abrasive equipment for a variety of applications.

Click through the slideshow for details and follow the links for more information on each item.

The benefits of digitalization are clear, but the process of moving in that direction can be overwhelming. So many parts and pieces, from components of machine tools to management software, can be individually digitalized that planning a transition to Industry 4.0 can be difficult.

Through R&D and acquisitions, Siemens has been building an integrated portfolio of end-to-end solutions to enable both product manufacturers and machine tool builders to become truly digital enterprises. These solutions will be the focus of the company’s 2017 EMO exhibit, which it previewed at a press event at the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) in Chicago.

Whether they were transporting parts, building complex assemblies or serving iced cream, the robotic displays on the floor at Applied Manufacturing Technologies (AMT) during the recent amtExpo made automation look easy. However, anyone with first-hand process-automation experience can attest that integrating robots can be anything but. Hosted August 9-10 in Orion Township, Michigan, the automation engineering specialists’ event provided opportunities to network with 400 people and 60 different companies to learn about what it takes to successfully automate. 

One of the more complex tasks that’s both common to machine shops and highly beneficial to automate is deburring. While application displays left little doubt about the possibility of automating this process, attendees who had the opportunity to attend a complementary event down the street learned that technology isn’t necessarily the biggest hurdle to doing so.  

This week, DMG MORI officially opened a new tech center and showroom in the Cincinnati area. The ribbon cutting at the new West Chester, Ohio, location was yesterday.

The primary purpose of the 15,000-square-foot facility is for customer support and training. DMG MORI USA CEO Thorsten Schmidt noted that the majority of the staff at the new site are service personnel and applications engineering specialists.

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