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Conserve Precious Liquids in Non-Pressurized Systems with 1/8 NPT Siphon Fed No Drip Nozzle

 EXAIR’s new 1/8 NPT No Drip Siphon Fed Air Atomizing Spray Nozzles provide consistent and even flow of non-pressurized liquid for applications like marking, lubricating, rinsing, cooling, quenching, wetting (moistening), dust control and humidification. The intelligent design of this Siphon Fed spray nozzle allows for the absence of liquid pressure and in turn, uses gravity fed liquids or lifted liquids from a siphon height of 36 inches (91cm) with the added benefit of positively stopping liquid flow when compressed air is shut off.

Post spray drips waste precious resources such as expensive coatings, chemicals or water, and unwanted drips can ruin product function on sealing or mating surfaces as well as ruin the appearance of painted or coated finishes. EXAIR’s No Drip Atomizing Nozzles are ideal for these situations where no post-spray drip is permissible. When the compressed air supply is shut off, the no drip nozzle positively seals off the flow of liquid eliminating the possibility of drips.

EXAIR’s No Drip Siphon Fed Atomizing Nozzles are available in round and flat fan liquid patterns. The volume of liquid flow depends on either the gravity or suction height coupled with air pressure. All of EXAIR’s spray nozzles, which include nozzles for pressure fed applications, are composed of 303 stainless steel adding durability and corrosion resistance.  They are available with 1/8, 1/4 or 1/2 NPT inlets with a variety of styles, flow rates and liquid patterns. Mounting brackets are also available for easy installation in specific areas on product lines. They are CE compliant and conflict mineral free. Prices start at $168.  https://exair.co/smndsf

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AkzoNobel invites startups to bring surfaces to life and Paint the Future

Startups are about to embark on another exciting journey of discovery and collaboration with AkzoNobel – it’s launch day for the Paint the Future global startup challenge 2021.

Startups have until July 20 to submit their ingenious solutions to Paint the Future. All submissions will receive feedback from industry experts. Selected finalists will be invited to a collaboration event in late 2021. Winners will be offered partnership agreements to work with AkzoNobel on sustainable business opportunities.

“Pioneering new technologies and solutions for our customers is something we’ve been doing for hundreds of years,” says Klaas Kruithof, Chief Technology Officer. “Today, with the rapid development of technology in so many areas, we invite others to join us in pushing boundaries – beyond expectation, imagination and generations. Paint the Future is how we drive collaborative innovation in the paints and coatings industry.”

The company’s unique win-win approach to innovation is proven to work. New technologies and complex solutions can be developed much faster through collaboration. In just over two years, Paint the Future has produced 18 successful solutions.

“For startups, think how much more you could do with access to AkzoNobel’s expertise, resources and global reach – as well as the knowledge held by the 2,220 members in our collaborative innovation ecosystem,” says Ally van der Boon, Paint the Future Program Manager. “This is an incredible opportunity for you to develop and accelerate your solution. Imagine how far we can go together.”

The 2021 Paint the Future program will explore solutions to five challenges:

  • Enhanced functionality: What exciting new functionality and/or transformative power can your technology offer to bring surfaces to life?
  • Customer experience: How could your solution improve the way our customers experience our products and services?
  • Smart application: How could your solution change or improve the way paints and coatings are applied?
  • Circular solutions: How would your solution enable circular use of materials at any point in our value chain?
  • Smart manufacturing and supply chain: How can your solution help us create and adopt smarter manufacturing and supply chain solutions?

Ready to paint the future with us? Join the global startup challenge at letspaintthefuture.com

About Paint the Future
Launched in 2019, Paint the Future is AkzoNobel’s global collaborative innovation ecosystem. It’s a bold initiative to accelerate, test, launch and scale ideas and solutions for the paints and coatings industry. Paint the Future runs a variety of programs to accelerate innovation. Initially open to startups, it was quickly expanded to embrace academia, research institutes and two large groups of suppliers. As the ecosystem continues to grow and build on the success of each program, it’s become the largest in the industry.

About AkzoNobel

We’ve been pioneering a world of possibilities to bring surfaces to life for well over 200 years. As experts in making coatings, there’s a good chance you’re only ever a few meters away from one of our products. Our world class portfolio of brands – including Dulux, International, Sikkens and Interpon – is trusted by customers around the globe. We’re active in more than 150 countries and have set our sights on becoming the global industry leader. It’s what you’d expect from the most sustainable paints company, which has been inventing the future for more than two centuries

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Absolute Machine Tools to Demonstrate LICO LNT51S-S4 11-axis Multi-slide CNC Screw Machine at PMTS 2021

[LORAIN, OH – May 2021] During the 2021 Precision Machining Technology Show (PMTS) on August 10, 11, and 12 in Cleveland, Absolute Machine Tools will demonstrate the LICO LNT51S-S4 multi-slide screw machine. The demonstration will take place at booth 4013 and will be given by Absolute’s Applications Engineer Scott Petrisko.

Petrisko will show how multi-slide CNC screw machines can outperform conventional CNC lathes and even cam-operated screw machines. Not only are the LICO machines fast, but they address many of the factors that make cam-operated screw machines challenging, such as aging machines, lack of skilled labor, maintenance issues, safety standards, and more. The demo will present the alternative LICO LNTS series of 11-axis CNC screw machines, which feature multiple overlapping slides that can meet or exceed machining speed, quality, and versatility found in cam-driven machines. Each machine in the series can use up to five tools simultaneously and each slide is capable of full 2-axis servo-controlled travel. 

Every LNTS unit comes standard with a turret-mounted pickoff counter-spindle and a gang platform with three backworking tools. The 8-position main turret position utilizes VDI-30 tool holders and can accept live tooling in any position. Spindle sizes range from 36mm (1.4 inches) to 65mm (2.55 inches). Every unit comes equipped with a 1,000 PSI high pressure oil/water coolant pump and tool holders for all cross-slides and turret positions, including 2 radial and 2 axial live tools. Every model offers an optional eight position static backworking turret.

For more information, visit PMTS 2021 booth 4013, visit www.absolutemachine.com, or call 800-852-7825.

 

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Going green with obsolete equipment

Look around you. Chances are you’re surrounded by manufactured products — from the chair you’re sitting on, to the device you’re reading this on. Each step along the manufacturing process of those products has some impact on the environment. From its extraction as raw material to its end of life, a product is constantly producing carbon emissions. So, how can we reduce that? Here Claudia Jarrett, US country manager at industrial automation supplier EU Automation, discusses how to reduce the amount of carbon embedded in a product. 

Every manufactured object started its life as a raw material. This could be a tree for wooden objects, or mined ores, quarried stones and extracted oils found deep underground. Resource extraction alone contributes up to half of all carbon emitted into the atmosphere worldwide. However, despite the impact that resource extraction has on the environment, extraction companies are simply producing to meet demand.

Beyond extraction, the equipment used to process raw materials adds a large amount of carbon to the atmosphere through its own manufacturing process. Each component in a piece of industrial equipment comes with its own embedded carbon, which is the sum of the carbon emissions produced across the whole lifetime of the component. Just think about the complexity of the average production line, it is easy to realise its amount of embedded carbon. 

The problem with electronics

According to sustainability website Treehugger, approximately two thirds of the carbon emission of electronics can be traced to the manufacturing of storage devices, semiconductor, and PCB components, which appear in many modern pieces of electrical and electronic industrial equipment. 

Furthermore, the embodied carbon found in electronic parts and components used to assemble computer products account for nearly 60 per cent of their total footprint. According to the same study, a further 40 per cent is generated by the embodied carbon from various chemical, gases, metallic materials, and other semiconductor materials supplies. 

Nevertheless, sustainability is not only about carbon emissions, but also the use of rare earth metals that go into semiconductors and other products. Some of these materials are scarcer than others, so overproduction of electronics diminishes the availability of these critical raw materials.

At the end of a product’s life, it is disposed of and more waste is created, which increases carbon levels. According to business website The Balance, an estimated 55 billion USD in e-waste material is thrown away each year in the US alone. Similarly, only 20 per cent of e-waste is documented to have been collected and recycled, despite the potentially high reusability of materials like gold or copper. 

Stepping forward 

From a manufacturing, repair or maintenance perspective — standing a few steps removed from the point of extraction — there are several actions that can be taken to control the total carbon footprint of products and the emissions produced during production. These include reducing energy usage, incorporating carbon capture or carbon offsetting technologies into production processes and minimising production waste. 

Legislation is constantly evolving to reflect the need for industrial businesses to operate more sustainably. For example, the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) introduced a cap on the carbon emissions that companies can emit each year, with any excess emissions produced requiring the trading of carbon credits. This provides a financial incentive for manufacturers to minimise emissions. 

On an equipment level, new European guidelines aim to reduce the waste generated by equipment that is still functional and compliant with energy specifications.  From July 1, 2021, lower efficiency — IE1 and IE2 — electric motors will no longer be accepted, as a wider range of motors are brought into scope and held to higher standards. However, there is one exception in regard to repairing products containing motors that were placed on the market before the new regulation came into force. This will avoid scrapping equipment early if motors can be repaired and is designed to avoid problems if it is impossible to replace a non-compliant motor with a compliant one without disproportionate costs to the end user.

Go green with obsolete parts

One of the best ways to reduce environmental impact and increase sustainability is to assess whether a system really needs upgrading. Manufacturers can be tempted to consider an upgrade just because older components have broken down and spare parts are hard to find on the market. However, upgrades should be deliberately planned according to a precise business growth strategy, not commissioned as a way to bypass the difficulty of coping with obsolescence. 

Just like with new parts, each stockpiled obsolete part passed through the same environmentally damaging pipeline, just to find themselves gathering dust in a warehouse. From there, the best outcome is that they are scrapped and recycled, possibly straight into new parts to be stockpiled indefinitely. 

This is unless they’re used. When faced with a part breakdown or end-of-life notice for a vital component, businesses can choose potentially expensive upgrades to the new models and systems, with the prospect of repeating this process when the next end-of-life notice comes along.

A part may become obsolete for a variety of reasons, such as new specifications or regulations, changes in design, or simply because the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) has stopped production to make space for a newer model. However, these parts might be still in stock somewhere in the world, so a reliable automation parts supplier is required to locate them.

Assessing whether these obsolete parts are workable in a system represents a two-pronged attack on potentially wasteful practices. First, if an obsolete part can be sourced, the demand for new parts is lowered. Secondly, using obsolete parts wherever practical makes the most of the resources, energy and associated carbon emitted in the original production of that part. 

Manufacturers can choose to approach EU Automation, find the still-working obsolete part that will keep their production

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Wagner Machine Company Takes Delivery of VELO3D Manufacturing Solution for 3D Printing ‘Impossible’ Parts

CAMPBELL, Calif. – May 4, 2021 – VELO3D Inc., a leader in additive manufacturing (AM) for high-value metal parts, today announced the delivery of a state-of-the-art aluminum F357 metal AM solution to Wagner Machine Company, a second-generation, precision machine shop with a reputation for building the impossible.
“When everyone else says it can’t be done, people come to us,” said Kurt Wagner, CEO, Wagner Machine Company. “We recently had a customer ask us to make a brazed assembly that was impossible due to space constraints and other requirements. We suggested 3D printing, which was their original plan, but other 3D printing companies they consulted said the part would be impossible to print due to thin walls and pressure requirements. VELO3D was able to print the assembly as a single piece on a Sapphire® and it met all the customer’s performance requirements.”
Wagner Machine, founded in 1982, is ISO9001:2015 and AS9100D certified as well as ITAR-registered. It is a one-stop-shop for advanced manufacturing with capabilities including 3- and 5-axis CNC mill, CNC lathe, CNC swiss, wire EDM, abrasive waterjet, and a variety of precision grinding and other support processes. Adding VELO3D metal AM aligns with the company vision to be the most knowledgeable, capable, and innovative source for high-precision manufacturing.
“VELO3D ’s real-time monitoring of the 3D printing process from start to finish with their integrated Assure™ quality assurance software is exactly what metal AM needs to be ready for prime time,” said Wagner. “They offer the most advanced capabilities available in metal AM, with process control, traceability, and build monitoring that is second to none. This expands our ability to serve more aerospace and defense customers who need complex, high-value, mission-critical parts.”
Aluminum F357 is a foundry-grade, high-performance alloy that is certified for mission-critical applications. VELO3D’s ability to accurately and repeatably print optimized parts from F357 frees designers and engineers across a range of demanding industries to achieve part consolidation and performance requirements that previously they could only imagine.
“We thrive on working with companies who are constantly redefining what is possible,” said Benny Buller, founder and CEO, VELO3D. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with Wagner Machine because they have the kind of innovative mindset that’s open to exploring everything that AM makes possible, allowing for a new wave of innovation and supply chain flexibility.”
In March, VELO3D announced plans to merge with JAWS Spitfire Acquisition Corporation (NYSE: SPFR) and become a public company. VELO3D also was named to Fast Company’s 2021 list of the world’s most innovative companies, among the top ranked in the manufacturing category for their profound impact on the 3D printing industry.
To learn more about how VELO3D  empowers engineers and designers to imagine more, and additively manufacture nearly anything, follow VELO3D on LinkedIn or visit velo3d.com.
About Wagner
Wagner Machine is a CNC machine shop known for pushing the limits of manufacturing technology. Over the last 40 years, Wagner has been early adopters of many manufacturing processes including wire EDM, swiss turning, abrasive waterjet, 5-axis milling, robotic automation, and now metal additive. When design requirements are pushed to the max, Wagner’s objective is to make sure that manufacturing is not a limiting factor to the success of the overall project. With a unique combination of experience, equipment, and an insatiable drive to innovate, Wagner Machine works with customers to make sure they get exactly what they need the first time regardless of part complexity or tolerance requirements. Follow Wagner Machine on LinkedIn or visit www.wagner-machine.com.
About VELO3D
VELO3D empowers companies to imagine more and additively manufacture nearly anything. Bringing together an integrated, end-to-end solution of software, hardware, and process-control innovation, VELO3D’s technology for 3D metal printing delivers unparalleled quality control for serial production and enhanced part performance. With VELO3D Flow™ print preparation software, Sapphire® laser powder bed AM system and Assure™ quality assurance software, manufacturers can accelerate product innovation, become more agile and responsive to market needs and reduce costs. First in the industry to introduce SupportFree metal 3D printing, which allows for the manufacture of previously impossible geometries, the company is based in Silicon Valley and is privately funded. VELO3D has been named to Fast Company’s prestigious annual list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2021. For more information, follow VELO3D on LinkedIn or visit velo3d.com.

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AquaTec 7655 Offers High Emulsion Stability

The right cooling lubricant can help optimize machining processes, increase productivity and ensure quality in produced parts, according to oelheld U.S. Inc. The company has released AquaTec 7655, a water-miscible product suitable for general to heavy-duty machining of steels, plastics
and aluminum alloys.

The fluid is TRGS 611 compliant and formaldehyde free. It is designed to extend tool life, offer corrosion protection and provide a good workpiece surface finish. AquaTec 7655 has been developed to offer high emulsion stability while requiring little maintenance, even in high production environments. AquaTec 7655 as well-suited for metalworkers operating at a high capacity.

Free seminars on water-miscible cooling lubricants are held regularly at oelheld, conducted by product specialists.

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Fastems Will Host “Automating Milling Machines in 2021” Webinar June 9, 2021

[West Chester, OH – May 2020]  Fastems LLC will host a live webinar entitled Automating Milling Machines in 2021 – Are Pallet Pools Enough? on Wednesday, June 9th at 11 AM EDT. Product Manager of Pallet Automation Ilkka Saarimaa will host the webinar as well as a Q&A session in which attendees may ask questions regarding CNC automation for milling machines. The webinar, designed for North American attendees, and especially for machine shops investigating whether automation makes sense or not, has limited seats. Fastems encourages anyone interested to register early at https://automation.fastems.com/webinar-automating-milling-machines-in-2021-usa

The webinar will cover the reasons companies should automate their milling machines, what kind of automation options are available with today’s technology, and if pallet pools are enough to keep a manufacturer competitive. The planned topics include:

  • Why invest in a 4-axis machining center with automation rather than multiple 3-axis machine tools
  • Common automation goals as well as uncommon goals that more companies should consider
  • The types of plug-and-play automation options available for milling machines
  • Whether or not pallet pools are enough in 2021’s market

The webinar will also feature a success story that covers how manufacturers can begin with CNC automation.

For more information or to register for the webinar, visit https://automation.fastems.com/webinar-automating-milling-machines-in-2021-usa

About Fastems

Fastems delivers intelligent factory automation solutions around cutting machine tools and related processes. We are a family-owned business with 40 years of experience and over 4,000 installations. Our mission is to help metalworking manufacturers improve their productivity and profitability.

Our application fields are pallet and robotic automation – always equipped with our industry-leading production planning and execution software. We also have solutions for automating the production and resource planning of stand-alone machine tools. We support our systems with a wide range of services.

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(ISM) Manufacturing Activity Reaches Highest Level Since 1983

As manufacturing recovers from a pent-up demand on the economy due to a global pandemic, statistics show USA machine tool orders are rapidly increasing as each month of 2021 passes. Chief Data Officer Steven Kline, Jr., at Gardner Business Media, stated, “Unit orders in February increased 31.0% compared with one year ago, marking the fifth month of growth in the last six months.”

According to the Institute for Supply Management (ISM), its index of national factory activity surged to a reading of 64.7 in March, causing a 3.9 rise from February. (This is the highest level it has reached since December 1983.)

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The Eurotech Forza turn/mill center is uniquely designed to help you meet this increase in demand. A rigid box way hand-scraped casting and no belts or pulleys on the machine. The Eurotech Forza is a heavy-duty turning and milling center with live tools cutting at 12,000 RPM.

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Live Tools weighing in at 24.5 lbs. are up to six times the weight of other brand machines, giving a clear advantage on rigidity, providing you with better quality and more productivity. Not only do these tools reach 12,000 RPM, but they are also driven by a 15 HP motor and deliver 75 Nm of torque.

In addition, the Eurotech Forza is the most accurate turn/mill center by oil cooling the turret, the integral spindle motors, the bearings and the ball screw mounts. With these features and more, the Eurotech Forza technology delivers greater throughput, superior finishes and on-point accuracy.

Hear from a Customer:

“With Eurotech’s commitment to training and support, we knew it was a good decision. Once we had the machine on the floor and started producing gun parts — primarily muzzle brakes and barrel shrouds — we were not disappointed. This new model machines our parts even faster than our other Eurotech machines, and the 15 HP, 12000 RPM live tools, are like having a mill and lathe in one machine.

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Lincoln Electric Introduces Fab-Pak® OmniClean™ Complete Robotic Grinding Cell

 

Cleveland, OH (May 3, 2021) – The new Fab-Pak OmniClean all-in-one robotic grinding cell from Lincoln Electric and 3M simplifies pre- and post-weld grinding for small- and medium-size parts without the added time and expense of building and installing a custom cell.

Ideal for general metal fabrication in low-mix, high-volume job-shop industries, this turnkey system is backed by Lincoln Electric Automation’s robotic integration expertise and 3M’s world-class abrasives and application engineering support.

The Fab-Pak OmniClean grinding cell, available with a 3HP or 5HP 3M™ Active Compliant Tool, comes packaged with everything needed to deliver consistent weld removal by grinding parts robotically. The single station Headstock/Tailstock system includes a FANUC® robot equipped with a 3M Servo Rotary Tool that ensures consistent speed at varying force loads and built-in, tool-changing functionality.

The 3M Active Compliant Tool applies the right amount of force for optimal grinding performance for specific applications and required finishes. Both of these features are designed to optimize performance of included 3M abrasives for productivity and part consistency. Each cell comes with an abrasives starter pack with the choice of 3M Cubitron™ II Fibre or Scotch-Brite™ Surface Conditioning discs. Both are designed to quickly remove and clean welds.

The Fab-Pak OmniClean grinding cell requires minimal assembly, installation and setup, thanks to its single system base design. The cell also features a fully integrated software package to adjust parameters and maintain safety features of the active compliance device.

For more information on the Fab-Pak OmniClean robotic grinding cell, visit www.lincolnelectric.com/fab-pak-omniclean

About Lincoln Electric
Lincoln Electric is the world leader in the design, development and manufacture of arc welding products, automated joining, assembly and cutting systems, plasma and oxy-fuel cutting equipment and has a leading global position in brazing and soldering alloys. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Lincoln has 59 manufacturing locations in 18 countries and a worldwide network of distributors and sales offices covering more than 160 countries. For more information about Lincoln Electric and its products and services, visit the Company’s website at https://www.lincolnelectric.com.

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Fictiv’s Machining Services for Prototypes and Production Parts

Fictiv is a San Francisco-based company that provides rapid manufacturing services to startups and companies of all sizes. Whether you need help with prototypes, production parts, or one-off jobs, we have the expertise to help. Fictiv’s machining services include gear hobbing, electrical discharge machining (EDM), CNC turning, and CNC milling.

These CNC machining services are used to create prototypes and production runs across all industries from transportation and construction to aerospace, oil and gas, and medical.

Gear Hobbing

Gear hobbing uses a hobbing machine to create straight teeth on gears, sprockets, and splines. The process is usually completed in a series of four operations:

  • Profiling the workpiece shape to generate a planer form.
  • Using helical cutting to create grooves at precisely calculated depths along the profile’s axis for each tooth.
  • Hobbing or shaping the teeth by milling with special gear-cutting tools..
  • Parting off the gear from its blank.

The machine itself looks like an automated lathe but with two heads instead of one. One head grinds away at the gear material to create its shape while the other rotates and creates teeth on it using specialized cutting tools called “hobs.” Gears can be made out of various materials including steel, bronze, brass, or aluminum, depending on what’s needed for their application.

Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM)

The EDM process uses electrical currents to cut through metal, leaving a smooth finish on both sides of the workpiece. This is an extremely versatile machining method for prototyping that can achieve complex shapes without secondary operations such as milling or grinding. It also provides greater protection against vibrations caused by tool chatter and is ideal for parts that require intricate features with high-precision and tight tolerances.

The best types of materials to use with an EDM process are steel, aluminum, and brass. EDM is usually done on a smaller scale than machining by milling or turning, because of its versatility in shaping metal to specific shapes without the need for secondary operations.

CNC Turning and Milling

CNC turning is a process that creates the shape of a workpiece using a machine with rotating axes. CNC turning machines use computer-aided design programs to control the movement of their axes and can be used to create parts that have a uniform thickness, threads, or grooves on either one side or both sides. CNC turning can produce parts such as shafts, gears, and machine components.

CNC milling, in contrast, is a process that uses a machine to cut the surface of a workpiece using circular metal end mills that are rotated by an axis. The CNC milling machine also uses computer-aided design programs to control the movement of its axes and can be used to create parts with complex shapes, threads, holes, slots, or internal features such as cavities. A CNC mill is ideal when creating shapes that are not cylindrical and those that lack rotational symmetry.

Choosing the Right Service

Selecting the right service for any type of manufacturing project can be challenging. That’s why Fictiv specializes in providing custom quotes and step-by-step guidance throughout the process.

At Fictiv, we have decades of experience working with clients in a wide range of industries including aerospace, automotive, medical device manufacturing, and consumer electronics. We’re uniquely positioned to help you find the right service for your project and we’ll work with you the whole way, from quoting and prototyping to production and assembly.

Fictiv offers a full range of machining services including gear hobbing, EDM, CNC turning, and CNC milling so that companies like yours can manufacture prototypes and finished parts exactly how they envision them — from start to finish!

Contact us today at hello@fictiv.com or call (415) 323-3400 for a custom quote for your machining needs.

About the Author –
Christine Evans is the Director of Product Marketing & Content Strategy at Fictiv, an on-demand manufacturing company. Over the past six years, Christine has grown Fictiv’s popular Hardware Guide and Digital Manufacturing Resource Center, with over 2,000 teardowns, DFM guides, and mechanical design articles to help democratize access to manufacturing and hardware design knowledge.

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