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By: Dirk Dusharme @ Quality Digest

Frequently, Quality Digest Daily has reported that many of our manufacturing readers say there is a lack of skilled talent to fill technical positions. For our audience, this has typically been in the area of metrology, which involves not only specialized knowledge but also a lot of experience, especially within the aerospace industry. Although there are exceptions, it’s hard to find “metrology” curriculum at your local college or junior college.

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A lot of us have been following the advancements in 3D printing and have noted the variety of materials that can be used to create objects. The most common of these are plastic, nylon, and metal. One of the key expenses of 3D printing, other than the printer, of course, is the cost of the material. Other issues may include the ability to recycle scrap or consumables, toxicity, and the ability for precise, on-printer coloring of the finished object.

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The Coordinate Metrology Society’s (CMS) efforts to deliver an industry-recognized certification to the profession of portable 3D metrology is now a reality.

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Drive from San Francisco to New York in a 3D-printed car using just 10 gallons of biofuel. Not crazy and not science fiction. It’s the 2015 goal for Jim Kor and the team at Winnipeg, Manitoba-based KOR Ecologic. You may have heard about the company back in 2010 when its Urbee 1 (short for Urban electric) 3D-printed car made the news... tech news, anyway.

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By: Dirk Dusharme @ Quality Digest

Looking for an event to attend where you get up-to-date information on the latest hardware and software? Try attending a user conference of a prospective vendor. You might be pleasantly surprised at how much you learn. Although typically set up for existing users of a company’s products, these events are often open to potential customers, sometimes for a small fee.

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“Quality is not free, but it has a pretty darn good ROI.”

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By: Dirk Dusharme @ Quality Digest

Imagine smart tools or robotic delivery systems that instantaneously know where they are on an ever-changing shop floor, a system that could automatically orient a CAD model of an object on the shop floor to the local coordinate system without the use of targets or human intervention. Such tools could deliver parts or subassemblies to where they were needed, even if the major assembly or jig had moved. A smart torque wrench might automatically adjust torque based on knowing where you were and what fastener you were getting ready to tighten.

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By: Dirk Dusharme @ Quality Digest

It’s show time. That time of year when people with products to sell and people looking for products to buy hit the trade show trail. For quality pros and test and measurement folks, the lineup is daunting: Quality Expo, ASQ World Conference, CMSC, and of course IMTS, among many others. But are they worth it?

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By: Dirk Dusharme @ Quality Digest

Not too long ago, my wife and I attended a fundraiser hosted by one local restaurateur on behalf of another. The locally owned and long-time eatery, Humpty Dumpty, in Grass Valley, California, had burned to the ground, obviously putting all its employees out of a job. So, the staff of Kane’s Restaurant and Maria’s Mexican Restaurant, both owned by John Kane, approached Kane and suggested a fundraiser where they would donate all their tips for one night to the out-of-work employees.

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By: Dirk Dusharme @ Quality Digest

One of the more fascinating applications for large-volume 3-D scanning is in preserving our past. Sure, for those of you who work in the manufacturing or building industry, 3-D scanning is all about the future, making sure your product is in spec and performs properly going forward. But for those who work in historical preservation, 3-D scanning has given architects and preservationists a mighty tool in their arsenal, one that allows them to preserve, reconstruct, or resurrect heritage sites.