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New 3D printing method from Carbon speeds process

Vendor claims new technique provides faster, more flexible production and will help make 3D printing an integral part of the manufacturing process.


MRP vs. advanced planning and scheduling software

MRP can be a great tool for estimating lead times and other critical information, but its logic rests on averages. Here's how a different option provides more nuanced estimates.

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    Opportunities for 3D printing and additive manufacturing

    The era of 3D printing and additive manufacturing may be just around the corner, but the industry needs to coalesce for it to grow to scale, according to panel at Rapid + TCT conference.

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    DX economy growth leads to opportunities and challenges

    Opportunity is coming with the new digital transformation economy, and companies need to understand the issues to thrive and lead, said Chief Analyst Frank Gens at IDC Directions.

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    Skills pay off in better IT compensation

    Research indicates IT compensation rose for most certified and noncertified skills in 2016. The market for IoT services is expected to double to $18 billion by 2020.

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