Differences Between 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing

Posted on March 13th, 2019
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While the technology has been around for three decades, there still is debate in the industry about if 3D printing and additive manufacturing are the same thing or not. Depending on who you ask or your source of information, you’re bound to receive slightly different answers. Some see the difference between 3D printing and additive manufacturing as identical processes with different names, while others see the two as processes as different with inherent similarities. Both 3D printing and additive manufacturing are based on layer-based manufacturing techniques. Using information from a CAD file, material gets layered sequentially and builds in cross-sections stacked one on top of the other. 3D Printing – provides the ability to build an object one layer at a time. Its early uses are often compared to a 2D inkjet printer. Its applications include, but are not limited…

The Evolving Impact of Trade Policy on Manufacturing

Posted on February 13th, 2019
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Political maneuvering and warring factions on both sides of the aisle in Washington DC have left manufacturers wondering what might be next when considering the possible impacts on trade policy for the industry. In early Dec. 2018, President Trump further heightened uncertainty around trade policy with an announcement that the U.S. intended to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Trump delivered the announcement to reporters on Air Force One saying he would notify NAFTA partners, Canada and Mexico, of his intention to withdraw in six months, mid-2019, according to an article in Politico. The consideration of such a move is sounding alarm bells and raising questions of constitutional authority, causing many to ask if such a move interferes with Congress’s constitutional authority to set tariffs and “regulate commerce with foreign nations,” according to the Politico report. Being…