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By: Steve Moore

Pickleball is arguably the fastest-growing sport in the United States, especially among baby-boomer retirees. This game is similar to tennis, but is played on a smaller court (44 ft × 20 ft) with a solid paddle and a perforated polymer ball much like a wiffle ball.

Pickleball’s popularity may be due in part because it is a very sociable sport (men and women can play equally well), and it is much easier on the body than tennis. Many high schools as well as colleges and universities have included pickleball in their physical education programs.

Pickleball was invented by a family on Bainbridge Island, Washington, in 1965 and has gradually spread across the United States and around the world. The sport now has more than two million players worldwide, including the USA Pickleball Association, the first professional pickleball league.

QDL: Reduce fixturing costs using 3D printing

QDL for September 4, 2019

3D printing has quietly moved from prototyping novelty to essential tool. Today, 3D printing fixtures can be a quick, low-risk solution for testing and implementing ideas for boosting efficiency. Andrew Edman of Formlabs tells us how.

For more information, don't miss the free webinar: "Lower the Cost of Production With Robust 3D Printed Jigs and Fixtures" on Tuesday, September 10, at 11 a.m. Pacific, 2 Eastern

Read the article: "Cost, Quality, Schedule: How 3D Printing Helps Production Engineers Get the Job Done"


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By: Ekim Saribardak

Transporting cargo over long distances has always been a logistical nightmare, but when the goods are of a delicate nature, the whole operation becomes significantly more challenging. Perishable foods, chemicals, pharmaceutical products, and other delicate goods all need special treatment during transportation to keep them in optimal condition; in many cases, constant monitoring of the cargo’s temperature is necessary to ensure its integrity until delivery.

Luckily, thanks to the technological advances of the last two decades, logistics companies no longer have to rely on rudimentary methods such as manually inspecting the cargo hold, which used to be a cause of excess downtime and loss of productivity, and wasn’t particularly reliable.

QDL: Helping employees deal with tough times

QDL for August 30, 2019

Most companies go through rough patches. Lisa Ryan, Chief Appreciation Strategist, with Grategy explains how to help your employees navigate tough times.

Plus Tech Corner: Nikon Metrology's MM 800 measuring microscope.



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By: The Un-Comfort Zone With Robert Wilson

When I was 7 years old, I went into the woods behind my house, built a fire, then fried an egg over it in an old pie tin. When the egg was done, I ate it. I didn’t even like eggs, but because I had cooked it on my own, it was delicious.

I was so proud of my achievement that I ran inside and told my father. The look on my Dad’s face was horror, and I immediately expected to be severely scolded, but he didn’t. Instead, he said, “Wow, that’s quite an accomplishment. Why don’t you show me your campfire?”

He followed me into the woods and saw that I had properly put the fire out. I still recall the look of relief on his face. He then praised me some more, and finished by saying, “That looks like it was a lot of fun, but next time you want to do this, please include me.”

From the look on his face, I got the message loud and clear. He was concerned about me “playing with fire,” and wanted to chaperone me if I did it again.

The point of this story, however, is that he didn’t yell at me. He didn’t tell me how hazardous it was, how I could’ve set the woods on fire, or burned myself. In short, he didn’t plant the seeds of fear that could’ve made me risk-averse in the future.

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QDL Tech Corner: Olympus DSX1000 Digital Microscope

QDL for August 23, 2019

This week: A close look at the Olympus DSX1000 Digital Microscope

We look at a new digital microscope from Olympus. The DSX1000 boasts a 20–7,000X magnification range and the ability to instantly switch between six observation methods. A fast motorized optical zoom lets you optically zoom in and out by simply turning the dial on the console. Advanced algorithms enable you to capture high-resolution 3D images just by pushing a button.



How To: Effectively Label Gages

Gages are found throughout manufacturing facilities. We discuss key identifiers that should be present on effective gage labels and stickers.

Formlabs 9-10-19 Webinar Link

Formlabs 9-10-19 Webinar Link

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By: Andrei Vakulenko

Taylor Attachments, based in the United Kingdom, custom designs and produces tractor headstock conversion brackets. These are attachments for farm handlers and loaders, for mounting everything from buckets to forks, grapples, saws, carriers, bale stabbers, grabbers, hitches, backhoes, tillers, yard scrapers, and more. Clients also send the company legacy equipment, which Taylor’s specialists precisely measure and reproduce using the latest materials and technology.

In the past at Taylor, this was a 100-percent manual process, which meant a busy 7 to 12 hours of making drawings using rulers and calipers, and pens and pencils to trace out parts and components on cardboard and paper, before creating mock-up prototypes for testing and secondary alterations.

The entire process entailed lots of cross-referencing and double-checking, and would take anywhere from seven days up to two or three weeks for each part. That’s the industry average. And it’s an inaccurate process, requiring lots of fine-tuning before each product is ready to be shipped to the client’s doorstep.