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Design Insights: A Small Symbol of Liberty; Operational Excellence in Robotic Welding

July 1, 2021
A review of the day’s top trending stories from Machine Design editors.

A Small Symbol of Liberty

As the 245th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence approaches, it’s a good day to celebrate both the ideals of liberty as well as its symbols. Perhaps the most iconic of those symbols is the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor.

The actual statue is 305 feet tall, but there have been replicas of all sizes. Many of them show the creativity of American enterprise, but a recent Machine Design story focused on a much smaller replica that demonstrated the ingenuity of modern manufacturing.

Using additive manufacturing techniques, Microlight3D printed the world’s tiniest Statue of Liberty, a replica measuring 1.8 mm high by 0.6 mm wide and printed it on a penny.

While the State of Liberty is a beacon for independence, the work of the Microlight 3D team shows the possibilities of 3D printing as a precise tool to create powerful solutions in the smallest of form factors.

Operational Excellence in Robotic Welding

Is device failure costing productivity in your weld cells? The harsh conditions of welding environments do not require regular component replacement and maintenance. A new white paper presented by Machine Design and Balluff looks at the steps needed to reach operational excellence.

Poor selection of automation components costs welders in every industry increased downtime, unnecessary maintenance, delayed deliveries and lost profits. A break of “standard” practices can allow manufacturers to achieve operational excellence, even in the harsh conditions of welding applications. Learn what best practice solutions can be implemented to improve uptime and eliminate nuisance stops due to failed components.

Download the white paper here.

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