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Can 3D Printers Pay for Themselves in a Year?

Can 3D Printers Pay for Themselves in a Year?

Could a 3D printer pay for itself in less than a year? That is what a Michigan Technological University study claims. According to the study, simply printing instead of buying 20 commonly used household items saved participants about $2,000 a year, which is about the cost of many reasonable 3D printers. From there, it is all profits. The Study Taking into account retail costs, shipping, and applicable taxes, the study concluded that printing…

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Can These Manufacturing Programs Change American Business?

Can These Manufacturing Programs Change American Business?

Over the last few years, Mexico has not only grown into the manufacturing titan of the Western Hemisphere but it has set the stage to supplant Chinese manufacturing as the most efficient and inexpensive option coming out of the developing world. Bloomberg Businessweek predicts that the wages of Mexico’s highly productive workforce will be 30 percent lower than China by 2015. Even the upsurge in the U.S. natural gas industry is expected…

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10 Questions to Ask During Your Next Interview

10 Questions to Ask During Your Next Interview

The questions you ask at an interview are just as important as the ones you answer. It is important to remember that the interview isn’t over when the hiring manager has finished speaking, as they usually end on the same note: asking you if you have any questions for them. Asking a diverse range of questions can set you apart from run-of-the-mill candidates and leave a resounding impression of you on the hiring manager. But that is not the…

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Can Lean Manufacturing Hurt Your Business?

Can Lean Manufacturing Hurt Your Business?

For those of you who are lean manufacturing practitioners, the idea of continuous improvement isn’t a foreign one. You probably aren’t surprised that in a 2011 survey of manufacturing leaders, nearly 70% of them said their implementation of lean manufacturing measures led to cost reductions of around 5%. That percentage of waste elimination may allow businesses to pass along greater value to customers but can it simultaneously hurt…

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Cost Cutting Tips for Manufacturers

Cost Cutting Tips for Manufacturers

It’s the end all question of a manufacturers existence: how to cut costs without reducing the quality of products. And after production costs have been reduced it’s on to the next task: how to cut more costs while still maintaining product quality. Recently, Lean manufacturing, Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), and Six Sigma have been the go-to methodologies for manufacturing facilities to cut costs, resources, and time without killing…

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The Job Application Follow Up Call: Your Saving Grace

The Job Application Follow Up Call: Your Saving Grace

We all have experienced that sense of anxiety after sending a job application, refreshing our email account every microsecond with the hope that some tech lag is all that’s keeping us from that long awaited job interview. When a week of this routine goes by, you may start to doubt your chances. Before giving up, follow up with the hiring manager. It could be your saving grace. Remember: you are not the only person one who applied. Depending on…

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The Open Source 3D Printing Revolution!

The Open Source 3D Printing Revolution!

Evolution or revolution? That’s the question I posed in my last article about 3D printing technology and, as with any example of disruptive technology, the answer is not so cut and dry. Though additive manufacturing is beginning to establish a greater foothold in traditional manufacturing fleets, there are some who view the technology as the harbinger of a less centralized manufacturing world. These futurists predict that the technology, once…

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3D Printing in Manufacturing: The Next Big Evolution?

3D Printing in Manufacturing: The Next Big Evolution?

The future of additive manufacturing five or even ten years down the road is an enigma. No one believes 3D printing technology is a dead end track but industry analysts have to wait for the tea leaves to settle before they can make accurate predictions about the technology’s full impact. Some insiders believe in an all-out revolution. They imagine the old paradigm of centralized manufacturing will break down, putting power in the hands of…

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Tell Me About Yourself: How to Create the Perfect Career Story

Tell Me About Yourself: How to Create the Perfect Career Story

Two weeks ago I wrote about how not to answer the “tell me about yourself” interview question. To follow up on this important issue, this post discusses a great way to answer this tricky question and make sure you start off your interview with a bang. Every career has a beginning, middle, and end. Just like a story, the answer to the “tell me about yourself” question should consist of a well thought out, honest, and fascinating…

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Manufacturing in the Summer: The High Costs of Heat

Manufacturing in the Summer: The High Costs of Heat

As temperatures continue to rise and the Southwest experiences 120-130 degree F days it looks as if we are in for a rough and hot summer. July and August are notoriously uncomfortable months for factory workers, and hot temperatures can have a gruesome effect on the health and productivity of those in the manufacturing industry. As plant owners and managers struggle to keep their workers cool, sweltering conditions in large facilities…

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