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ProtoShield sheets by Tech-Etch are depth-etched with a checkerboard pattern for folding and can be easily formed into diverse configurations. In the product development stage, they are specifically designed to serve as RFI/EMI shielding for printed circuit boards. Fully functional board-level shields can be created in minutes with a pair of scissors and a straight edge for folding, saving both time and money, according to the company.

Spirit ClearShape laser by Spectra-Physics is for micromachining glass, saphire and other transparent, brittle materials. The high-energy, high-repetition-rate femtosecond laser system delivers >40 µ

 

Since acquiring two Omega bench headers, Crescent Manufacturing Inc. has expanded its line of fasteners down to 000 (M1.2). The company precision-machines the 000-through-3/8 line of screws in lengths from 1/16" to 3" depending on size and head style.

 

Though more than 30 percent revenue share of the global laser cutting machine market went North America in 2014, a new market research report suggests that the Asia-Pacific market will make some significant gains over the next few years.

An article for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune addresses injection-molding specialists Otex's forward-looking manufacturing processes.

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today announced 12 new communities that have received designations under the Obama Administration’s Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) initiative. In May 2014, Secretary Pritzker announced the first 12 communities to receive the designation under this U.S. Commerce Department-led program, which is designed to accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing in communities nationwide by supporting the development of long-term economic development strategies.

Fast Track, a system introduced by Potomac Photonics specifically to affordably fabricate microfluidics devices, has expedited research to advance biotech applications in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Stanford University.

Down Sizing column about to get a whole lot smaller 

A curious proclamation, Moore’s Law. As a benchmark with which to measure the progress of computer chip technology, the prediction that the number of transistors on a single computer chip would double every 2 years has proved to be remarkably accurate. Even more remarkable when you consider Intel co-founder Gordon Moore first penned the projection for an article in the April 19, 1965, issue of Electronics magazine.

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Northshore Technical Community College, Hammond, Ind., offers a machinist training program that it hopes will offset the gap in manufacturing job openings and qualified people to fill them, according to the school.

The 2-year program acts as an introduction to a machining career, with students getting an associate degree in applied science with a concentration in machine tool technology, said Bridget LaBorde, dean of the campus.

Tsugami/Rem Sales, Windsor, Conn., exclusive North American importer of Tsugami machine tools, will open a new Tsugami technical center in Fullerton, Calif.

"We plan to open the new center by the end of August," Tsugami/Rem Sales Vice President Mike Mugno said, "and we’ll be extending invitations to visit the new facility to our booth visitors at the WESTEC show in September."