video 3dprint vs machiningClick image to enlargeTo machine or print, that is the question. To be fair, that has only recently become the question as 3D printed metal parts have started to gain recognition for performance that rivals traditionally machined parts. 

In this video, a Swedish machinist compares the performance of 3d printed rocket fuel injectors against standard machined rocket fuel injectors. Certainly, if they are considering printed metals for rocket fuel applications, it’s a pretty close race. 

The results may surprise you. Watch the video below.

Flexible and compact sheet metal tower storage

Bystronic's ByTower automation solution for laser cutting systems offers fabricators a flexible system for lightly manned production. Reduced set-up times and an optimal material flow ensure maximum utilization of the laser cutting system.

Common machining errors and how to fix them

Everyone makes mistakes. But a mistake while machining can be an expensive and time consuming problem.

Milling aluminum Lego removal tool

Sometimes fun and games can be hard work, and sometimes hard work can be fun. 

CNC machining guitar pickguards

Sometimes when you are into heavy metal, you have to cut some plastic. Check out this video showing CNC cutting of stacked PVC and plastic to create some pretty sweet looking aftermarket pickguards for your favorite axe.

Auto designer Chris Bangle's wild new EV design

Chris Bangle is well known among the auto industry for his innovative automotive designs. See his latest "wild-looking" vehicle.

This drone-car hybrid could transform city travel

Aircraft manufacturer Airbus has unveiled a driverless drone-car hybrid that could deliver a fully automated ‘taxi’ service combining road and air travel (maybe rail too) in a single trip.

WATCH: When robots go wrong

Funny... and maybe a little scary too? You be the judge.

An ATV not quite like the others

Take a look at how this group built its own Tesla ATV.

20 kW fiber laser robot cell for high power laser cutting and welding

This system, installed in 2014 at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (the MTC) in the UK, is a turnkey bespoke laser robot cell featuring a 20 kW fibre laser (manufactured by IPG Laser) with a six axis robot capable of serving two component manipulators which can take components up to 5000 kg and 3 m in diameter. A range of laser heads can offer laser welding or cutting of thick materials.

This robot can assemble an IKEA chair

It may not sound like much, but as Fast Company editor Marcus Baram explains, acquiring the ability to assemble an IKEA chair may represent a tipping point for robotics technology.

Watch the video here.

Hyperloop explained

Hyperloop is on the cusp of becoming reality; what is it and how does it work?

Thick plate welding

The MIG/MAG Narrow gap technology from Cloos Robotic Welding for welding thick-walled component parts. In comparison to conventional weld seam preparation, the weld seam volume can be reduced by about 60 per cent, according to the company, reducing welding time and providing a saving potential with regard to the filler material, shielding gas and power consumption. 

6 kW fiber laser cutter in action

Prima Power's Laser Genius is the fiber laser cutting machine which simplifies your work and improves your profit. It is the ideal tool to reach maximum productivity in the cutting of medium-thin sheet metal, claims the company.

Automated sheet metal loading

Prima Power's 15 Shelf Compact Loading System (Compact Tower): Material flow can be arranged in flexible ways to transfer parts directly to automatic bending, balance the different time requirements of bending and punching/shearing, to exit material from the system and to bring new material into it.The flexible and versatile buffering function ensures that optimum operation in terms of manufacturing cost and throughput time can always be chosen,whatever the manufacturing task at hand.

New web series sets the benchmark for industrial video

The first episode of United Grinding’s new video series In The Shop has landed and it’s pretty darn good.

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