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Infographic: CAD Software In Manufacturing Take 2

We are excited to release the second take of our CAD Software in Manufacturing blog article. To complement our first article, we’ve added an infographic outlining some major events in the development of CAD, as well as a section on the future of CAD. You can read the original CAD Software In Manufacturing here. Enjoy, and be sure to share with your friends!

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Breaking! Cutting Edge Laser is Doubling their Facility Size

Our current 10,000 square foot shop has served us well over the past few years, but with all our recent extra orders, we needed something bigger. Luckily, the building we are located in had some extra space: two sections with 12,000 square feet extra space, to be exact. This last week, the negotiations finally went through. Our improved facility is now a 22,000 square foot one stop manufacturing shop!

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Infographic: The Evolution Of Lasers

Lasers are some of the most interesting inventions of the 20th century. Many people don’t realize the significant impact they have on everyday life. Lasers help turn so many great ideas into reality through manufacturing tools. At CEL, we use lasers to perform high precision sheet metal cuts, bringing you everything from industrial machine parts and plates to custom fabricated products. The medical industry also uses lasers for high tech surgery procedures, and the defense industry is creating new laser uses every day. In short, lasers take part in the majority of everyday background tasks.

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How Iterative Design Saves Time and Money

There are often two ways of doing something: fast and recklessly or slow and carefully. Real world design testing is often pushed aside because, although it does give good feedback, it often slows the manufacturing process down. Fortunately, with the help of the latest technology, the careful route has become faster than ever.

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Why Local Manufacturing is Better: The U.S. Comeback

During the 1960s, the United States held a clear lead in the manufacturing industry. Job levels peaked toward the end of the 1970s, but have declined ever since with most of the “offshoring” going to China. The main reason for this migration was the low cost of outsourcing. This cost advantage is wearing thin, however, and over 200 manufacturing firms have brought jobs back to the U.S. this year alone. Most of these jobs came from China. Since 2005, exports from manufacturing have grown seven times faster than U.S. GDP, making it is one of the fastest growing industries today.

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Cutting Edge Laser Manufacturing Supports Local Innovation in Seattle, Washington

The U.S. economy has been suffering from an 8%+ unemployment rate ever since the recession hit. After a long road to recovery, unemployment reached a five year low this July, at 7.4%. Economists and columnists agree, this progress is partially due to the increasing productivity and growth of the manufacturing sector. The manufacturing sector contributes more to economic growth than any other industry. And after five straight months of layoffs, manufacturing added 6,000 jobs in July, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Additionally, Washington state’s manufacturing sector contributes more to local economic growth than most other states, ranking 9th nationally.

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Top Issues Facing American Manufacturing Today

The U.S. manufacturing sector is growing like never before. Millions of jobs are added each year, yet there are still many openings to fill. A recent post on the Cerasis blog discusses the top manufacturing issues facing America today. One of the most significant problems pointed out in the post is how future manufacturers are lacking the skills of this current manufacturing generation. Indeed, many experts agree there will be significant deficit of qualified workers in the production and engineering sides of manufacturing. Production workers are machinists, technicians, operators, distributors, etc. This issue faces the U.S. manufacturing industry within the next 5 years.

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CAD Software In Manufacturing

Computer Aided Design (CAD) has revolutionized the fields of design, engineering and manufacturing. CAD software applications range from simulating a manufacturing run, to blueprinting designs and concepts, to advertising by showing a simulation of a new product in action. At Cutting Edge Laser, we utilize CAD software to streamline our processes and add value to your metal fabrication needs. Before explaining how CAD software applies to manufacturing, let’s look at a brief overview of CAD software.

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Bringing Efficiency to Fabrication and Manufacturing Services

Many businesses these days have started offering a wide variety of services under one roof. Take the modern supermarket, for example. Supermarkets have seen the efficiency in offering electronics, sporting goods, groceries, etc. all in one convenient location. Let’s face it: no one wants to go to five shops when you can go to one store and get the same things. The same principle applies to manufacturing. At Cutting Edge Laser, we understand that the best way to increase efficiency in metal fabrication is by offering a full range of services all under one roof.

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Making It Efficient: How Metal Fabrication Should Be

Metal fabrication is an ancient art dating back to the earliest civilizations. At one time, having a local blacksmith was considered one of the musts for a community to prosper. Everything from nails to knives and tools were offered by these early metal fabricators.

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Perfecting Metal Fabrication With Lasers

Metal fabrication has applications in many industries and is used to create parts for the most complex equipment. Metallurgy is a field of engineering which requires a lot of efficiency in production. For example, if different metal parts do not fit well with each other, they will not be usable. Thankfully, laser technology is now used for metal fabrication. Whether it is different alloys of copper, carbon, steel, aluminum or any other commonly used metals, a laser can form parts with the highest precision. It works well for even the hardest metals, and it is very fast too.

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The Strengths Of Metal Fabrication

Today's metal fabrication is a wonder of modern technology. Metal fabrication has immensely simplified a once cumbersome artform. Torches and band saws are things of the past. Metal fabrication today has entered the computer age with all the benefits that high technology can bring. Today's metal fabricators can call on modern tools to save time and money as well as provide a precision in assembly that was unheard of in the past. CNC (computer numerical control) machines and precision laser metal cutters are the hallmark of this new age of metal fabrication.

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Why Metal Fabrication

No matter what industry your business falls under, it's very likely that you will need to custom build structures, products, or product parts. There are many options for bringing your plans and designs to reality, but metal fabrication is the most suitable method for custom creating machines and structures. 

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What Metal Fabrication Can Do For You

Metal fabrication is a process in which steel structures and machinery are cut and assembled with the use of specialized machinery. This process may involve laser, sawing, shearing, chiseling, welding, machining, casting, etc.  It is a very lengthy process and requires the skill of a highly trained welder.  Metal working is not just a trade; it is an art.

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