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December 12, 2018 - Volume 12 Issue 15
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The staff at Modern Applications News would like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, and a very Happy New Year!

After a year of watching endless campaign ads, more investigations, contentious hearings, and migrant caravans, we hope you're able to tune out the outside noise and spend some quality time with your family and loved ones over the holidays.

For the 2nd straight year, the economy provided some of the best news. GDP growth returned to the plus side of 3% while unemployment and consumer confidence continued their march to positive records. The manufacturing industry is ending the year on an encouraging note as the USMTO just reported that the latest two-month total for orders was the highest in program history. In addition, the Institute for Supply Management's index just came in at a robust 59.3%.

We believe the machine tool/metalworking industry will continue to play a vital role in this healthy economy. With Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing, Robotic Automation, Digital Manufacturing, and Artificial intelligence setting new trends in the industry, the outlook for 2019 is bright.

The same remains true for us here at Nelson Publishing. Our eNewsletters -- Modern Applications News (MAN), Tooling & Production (T&P), and the Manufacturing Center Product Spotlight continue to grow. MAN begins its 52nd year in January while T&P embarks on its 84th year of serving the machine tool industry!

In what has become our annual tradition, we have put together our "Best of 2018" issue. We have compiled two lists -- the Top 10 Most Read Features and Top 10 Most Read Product Spotlights, as judged by our readers. We hope you enjoy these stories and catch some helpful information you may have missed the first time around. Again, we want to thank you for your loyalty to our publications and we'd like to wish you a successful and prosperous 2019!


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  "Top 10" Most Read Feature Articles
Image - Watch How Motorcycle Shop Rode Machine-Tending Robots to 400% Production Increase Watch How Motorcycle Shop Rode Machine-Tending Robots to 400% Production Increase
Rekluse, in conjunction with its spin-off company, VersaBuilt, has developed a universal robotic machine tending solution that works with any CNC machine, is affordable for the average machine shop, reduces costs by 50 percent, and has been real-world tested while machining aftermarket clutches for motorcycles.
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Image - California Shop Embraces Intuitive CNC Machining and Realizes 10x Sales Increase of Flagship Product California Shop Embraces Intuitive CNC Machining and Realizes 10x Sales Increase of Flagship Product
The resurgence of Spyder Manufacturing illustrates how the fate of a shop can be tied to its machine tool investment decisions. It’s also the improbable story of how this second-generation company stumbled upon a business breakthrough: CNC that is intuitive and empowering.
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Image - Custom 3D Printed Fixtures Help Fab Shop Lower Costs Custom 3D Printed Fixtures Help Fab Shop Lower Costs
Centerline Engineered Solutions, a South Carolina fabrication shop, recently began producing 3D printed tooling fixtures and the result was a near 90% reduction in costs.
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Image - Secrets to a Happy (and Profitable) Shop Secrets to a Happy (and Profitable) Shop
Keeping workers happy can be a full-time job. But the husband and wife owners of a machine shop in Wisconsin have learned some secrets to keeping their workers happy and motivated. And those secretes include a trip to Chicago to "see a show."
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Image - 5-Axis Scanning Probe Helps "Let the Good Times Roll" at Missouri Small Engine Plant 5-Axis Scanning Probe Helps "Let the Good Times Roll" at Missouri Small Engine Plant
Scanning probes have reduced CMM fixturing and cut probe calibration time from hours to minutes at Kawasaki's Maryville, MO plant.
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Image - What's the Best Way to Mark Your Parts? What's the Best Way to Mark Your Parts?
Job shop owners often have questions about different marking methods and which ones are most effective. From hot stamping and ink marking, to dot marking, there are multiple ways to approach marking parts. However, if you're looking for a permanent solution, Numberall Stamp and Tool's sales manager, Rick Pellerin, writes that there's one method definitely more effective than others.
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Image - 5 Metal 3D Printing Success Stories 5 Metal 3D Printing Success Stories
3D metal printing technology as a tool to be used in full production runs is not some distant possibility. It's already here. 3DEO's president Matt Sand details five current examples of how metal AM is changing manufacturing at scale.
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Image - Quick-Change Clamping Units Help Shops Tool Up Turrets with 3-6 Month ROI Quick-Change Clamping Units Help Shops Tool Up Turrets with 3-6 Month ROI
Still using standard lathe tooling? It´s time for a quick, but big change. As machine tools become increasingly complex and the need to produce parts in less time grows, CNC lathe owners and managers must look to the latest technologies if they're to improve shop floor efficiency.
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Image - Arizona Shop Meets High-Risk Deadline to Machine Parts Required for Launch of Secret U.S. Government Payload Arizona Shop Meets High-Risk Deadline to Machine Parts Required for Launch of Secret U.S. Government Payload
Employees at Sonic Aerospace in Chandler, Arizona credit GibbsCAM software as one of the main reasons they consistently deliver parts on time to their customers -- first-tier suppliers to major aircraft and rocket companies.
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Image - Top 3 Ways Manufacturers Can Claim R&D Tax Credits Top 3 Ways Manufacturers Can Claim R&D Tax Credits
In 2017 manufacturers claimed $6 billion in R&D credits -- but only 5% of qualifying companies were claiming those R&D credits. That means lots of companies -- maybe yours -- are missing out on big savings. Realtrac ERP lists the top 3 ways manufacturers can claim R&D tax credits and the one best way to maximize those claims.
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  "Top 10" Most Read Product Spotlights
Image - New Licensing Agreement Brings Ultra High-Performance Toolthpath Technology to CAD/CAM Software New Licensing Agreement Brings Ultra High-Performance Toolthpath Technology to CAD/CAM Software
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Image - "X" Marks the Spot for Modular Fixturing Platforms "X" Marks the Spot for Modular Fixturing Platforms
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Image - Air Gun Scraper Removes Metal Chips -- and Everything Else Air Gun Scraper Removes Metal Chips -- and Everything Else
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Image - Heimatec Now Offers High-Speed Marking Process; Lower Cost Than Conventional Marking Heimatec Now Offers High-Speed Marking Process; Lower Cost Than Conventional Marking
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Image - Portable Collector Easily Captures Dust and Fumes in Weld Shops Portable Collector Easily Captures Dust and Fumes in Weld Shops
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Image - Flex Series of CNC Routers Offers High Performance at Low Cost Flex Series of CNC Routers Offers High Performance at Low Cost
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Image - Robot Sander Ideal Surface Treatment Solution for Aircraft Parts Robot Sander Ideal Surface Treatment Solution for Aircraft Parts
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Image - Industrial Vacuum Separates Coolant from Metal Chips & Shavings in One Step Industrial Vacuum Separates Coolant from Metal Chips & Shavings in One Step
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Image - Compact Metal 3D Printer Offers Fast Build Speed; Ideal for Small Lot Production Compact Metal 3D Printer Offers Fast Build Speed; Ideal for Small Lot Production
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