Manufacturing ISM Index Slightly Lower To 51.3 Percent: However, Future Of Manufacturing Looks Bright

The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Index released this morning shows that U.S. manufacturing fell from 56.5 to 51.3 percent. Despite most reports showing it as a “plunge,” the ISM reports most indicators as “growing.” What does this mean for U.S. growth? It means that it has cooled ever so slightly, but in the grander scheme market scheme of things, the “maker” future is still bright.

The January index registered 51.3 percent, a decrease of 5.2 percentage points from December’s 56.5 percent. Of the 18 manufacturing industries tracked, 11 reported overall growth in January. 10 reported growth in employment. Eight reported growth in new orders. You can read the full release here.



Using SolidWorks Plastics to show Jetting in injection moulded parts

SolidWorks Plastics is able to calculate and illustrate the phenomenon of ‘Jetting’ within injection molded parts. ‘Jetting’ occurs when…

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Via Peter Harkness of Solid Solutions

The Benefits from 3D Printed Jigs and Fixtures for Manufacturers

Users of 3D Printing are probably already aware of the benefits of using this technology on the shop floor but the group that may benefit greatly is the Contract Manufacturer.

So, how can 3D printing help?

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Via Gary Polio of CAPInc

World’s First 3D Printed 1911 Metal Gun Manufactured by Solid Concepts Inc (Austin, TX)

Austin, TX – Solid Concepts Inc, one of the world leaders in 3D Printing services, has manufactured the world’s first 3D Printed Metal Gun using a laser sintering process and powdered metals.

3D printed M1911 pistol, broken down into parts

The metal laser sintering process Solid Concepts used to manufacture the 30+ gun components is one of the most accurate additive manufacturing processes available, and more than accurate enough to build the interchangeable and interfacing parts within the 1911 series gun

3D printed metal gun

SolidWorks Hands-On Labs | Houston TX

SolidWorks Hands-On Labs allow you to work directly with SolidWorks Software. You can now register for them before arriving at MLC CAD Systems – Houston TX. Registering online for a Hands-on Lab will save you time and help you plan your day more efficiently, giving you more time to take in all SolidWorks has to offer.

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Review the step-by-step registration process or talk to your local SolidWorks software sales representative for more information.

  1. Register for SolidWorks Hands-On Labs
    Hands-on lab registration is now open. Once you make a selection, you will get an email confirmation that your seat has been reserved.


  1. Check-in for your Hands-on Lab Seat
    You will need to check-in to confirm your Hands-on Lab selection. You will receive an email with a link to confirm your seat. You must confirm by 5 p.m. EST on the day before your event date keep your registered seat(s).


  1. At MLC CAD – Houston TX
    When you arrive at the MLC CAD SolidWorks training center, park in the bottom floor of the garage in the visitors parking. Please check-in with security on the 1st floor. The MLC CAD SolidWorks training center is located on the 1st floor by the elevators. If you do not register for your Hands-on Lab ahead of coming to MLC CAD – Houston, you will still have the opportunity to register once on site.


View more information about the SolidWorks Hands-On Labs we have available for the remainder of 2013 by selecting the event description or click register to begin the registration process.

SolidWorks 2014 Hands-On Lab – Houston TX (November 22, 2013)

SolidWorks 2014 Hands-On Lab – Houston TX (December 19, 2013)

SolidWorks Software – Houston TX sales office and training center location:


10777 NW Freeway

Suite 175

Houston, TX 77092


Main Telephone Number: (713) 682-7490

Sales (East): Sean Strande x1009

Sales (West) Brenna Stevens x1062

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SolidWorks + Oculus VR join forces to create trade show demo for pressure vessel company

Jay Fuller works for Wessels Co., a company near Indianapolis that makes pressure vessels. Those are enormous containers, up to 12 feet across, that cost thousands to buy and might be used as part of a drinking-water or water-heating system.

“We do a couple large industry trade shows a year, which involves shipping out some of our very large, very heavy tanks back and forth between convention halls,” Fuller said. “As you can imagine, that can get pretty expensive. So I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if we could bring around a virtual-reality warehouse demo showcasing some of our larger tank models to some of these shows?’

“Because we model all of our tanks in 3-D using SolidWorks (a modeling software program), it was a relatively painless process of converting them into meshes suitable for the Unity game engine (a popular video-game-development toolkit that works with the Rift). We’re planning to premiere the finished demo at our biggest trade show, the AHR Expo (in New York) this coming January.”