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DFM for CNC Master Class: How to Minimize Risk in Manufacturing Design

In this webinar, we introduce you to the concept of design for least effort CNC machining. This concept will take you beyond the fundamentals of DFM (design for manufacturability), which is about do’s and don’ts, and help you uplevel your DFM skills to design parts that are cheaper, faster, and less risky to manufacture.  You’ll […]

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Overseas Manufacturing: How to Source High-Quality Parts Without the Risk

Manufacturing parts overseas can be an overwhelming process, but there are effective strategies to streamline the experience. 96% of respondents to our 2020 State of Manufacturing survey said their companies are working to increase the agility of their supply chain. Our team of logistics & international supply chain experts is here to help! Join this […]

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The Economic Impact of Digital Manufacturing Ecosystems

One thing is clear from the past 6 months: Manufacturing as we know it must change. In the wake of severe supply chain disruption caused by COVID-19, on the heels of a trade war with China, OEMs are seeking alternatives to the old way of doing things for a more resilient future.  In fact, 87% […]

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Industry-First Transparency in Product Development

As it stands today, many of our customers manage NPD and NPI processes in the dark with spreadsheets, take calls with overseas suppliers at 2am, or send teams of people across the globe to inspect manufacturing processes and quality controls. Those approaches were costly, nerve-wracking, and with this current pandemic, hardly even possible. Not anymore. […]

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2020 State of Manufacturing

The global manufacturing and supply chain ecosystem has been among the hardest hit by COVID-19. And for the first time in modern manufacturing history, the critical variables of demand, supply and workforce are all impacted globally at the same time. In this power panel, IDC’s Head of Manufacturing Insights, Jan Burian + Fictiv’s COO, Jean […]

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How to Build Physical Products in the New Virtual World

COVID-19 is changing our lives in almost every way. One of the big ones is how we get work done. Working from home might be simple for software engineers, but msgbox( “hello world”) is much different than physically building the world. Parts are designed to exist physically and be assembled.  Is it possible to be […]

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Building Supply Chain Resiliency

The future of supply chain is digital Digitization drives profitability; choice and flexibility; and resilience. Digital manufacturing ecosystems bring the world of optimized manufacturing to you. Read the full webinar recap here: “How we got here: a perfect storm of disruption”, by Dave Evans.‍

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How to Future-Proof Your Supply Chain with Pittsburgh Robotics Network

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a major disruptive force for robotics companies of all sizes and sectors. With shelter-in-place regulations established first in China, then Europe, and now sweeping across North America, robotics manufacturers and OEMs alike are forced to navigate mandatory closures, material shortages, importation road blocks, and remote work scenarios. These roadblocks can […]

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The Hidden Costs of Supply Chain Unpredictability

The COVID-19 pandemic is a harsh reminder of the fragile nature of supply chains and the absolute need for those supply chains to be both robust and agile. The coronavirus is not the first major supply chain disruption, and it won’t be the last, but what are the visible and hidden costs of disruption to […]

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How to Automate Robotics Processes in Record Time

If you’ve ever programmed a robot, CNC, or pick-and-place machine, you’ve experienced them doing exactly what you told them to, but not what you wanted them to do. The current state of automating these machines is similar to programming in assembly language. While it’s better than bare metal machine code, the improvement is minimal. Join […]