The 10 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2016

Here is our traditional look back at the posts that intrigued you the most throughout the year, and a look ahead at what we’re planning in 2017.


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As 2016 draws to a close, the editors of Modern Machine Shop would like to send a sincere “thank you” to our readers. Since 2010, this blog has provided space for all the “extras” that haven’t had space in print or only make sense in digital form. It has also been a place for updates and breaking news.

This past year was much like last year in that you appreciated well-produced, informative video. Another trend was that there wasn’t a particular technology that stood out as a clear readership favorite. Here’s why I think that is.

As we plan our editorial for 2017, we will make one notable change to our blog: We will start including longer, technology-based posts more frequently. What will this look like? We will write about significant product developments that reveal major technology trends, news about advances in product design or application, and breakthroughs in technology that impact user applications. In short, you can expect the same quick, interesting reads as before, but make sure to save some time about once a week for a heftier piece of content.

Here are the 10 blog posts you found most interesting this year:

10. Video: Metal Additive Manufacturing, Step by Step

9. A Shop Manager Shows This Video to Encourage Employees to Focus

8. The Subtle Clue That a Spindle Is About to Fail

7. Can You Draw Seven Perpendicular Lines?

6. 7 Impressions of IMTS 2016

5. Video: Five Top Shops Technologies

4. Five Design for Manufacturability Tips for Designers

3. 10 Ideas for Machine Shops in 2016

2. 8 Ways to Increase Productivity on the Manufacturing Floor

1. Video: Think Twice Before Reaching for That Ballnose

For more year-end blog recaps, see  2013, 2014 and 2015