June 19-20, 2018
WMMA Public Policy Committee Meeting and DC Fly-in
Washington, DC

June 26th at 2pm ET.
EventBit and LeadRetrieval Webinars for IWF Exhibitors

July 9th at 2pm ET.
EventBit and LeadRetrieval Webinars for IWF Exhibitors (Repeat webinar)

August 22-25, 2018
International Woodworking Fair (IWF 2018)
Georgia World Congress Center
Atlanta, GA

October 1-3, 2018
WMMA Regional Networking Meeting
Loews Minneapolis Hotel
Minneapolis, MN


NAM Monday Economic Report — April 23, 2018
Real GDP grew 2.9 percent at the annual rate in the fourth quarter, boosted by strength in consumer and business spending but weighed down by inventory spending and net exports. Read more ...

Global Manufacturing Economic Update — Third Quarter
The third quarter NAM 2016 Manufacturers' Outlook Survey shows manufacturers continue to cope with policy headwinds. Read more ...


Woodworking Network
Star carpenter seeks disclaimer that Rough Cut TV show is without Tommy Mac
BOSTON - An appeal has been made to a Massachusetts federal judge to force the Boston PBS affiliate to show a disclaimer stating that Tommy Mac is not involved in the current season of the station’s famed woodworking show, "Rough Cut Woodworking with Tommy Mac."
An attorney for Thomas J. MacDonald, who's screen name is “Tommy Mac,” told Judge Rya W. Zobel that  PBS station WGBH in Boston is causing confusion by calling its eighth season of  “Rough Cut Woodworking with Tommy Mac," even though he is not involved with it this season. MacDonald also accuses the affiliate of trademark infringement for unauthorized use of his likeness and signature catchphrase.
Rough Cut: Tommy Mac, above, was replaced for Season 8. 
The case was filed on April 22 in Massachusetts federal court in Boston. 
The announcement that MacDonald was being replaced by Tom McLaughlin was made December 8. The show is now being produced in partnership with Fine Woodworking magazine, which reports it has 1.8 million readers. A press release posted at included a show logo that calls the program "Rough Cut with Fine Woodworking." However, both hosts are named Tom and have last names starting with Mac and Mc. 
McLaughlin has been making and designing commissioned custom furniture since 1990. After years of higher education in his twenties, he decided to pursue his love for fine furniture making full-time. His training launched forward when he entered a rare apprenticeship with master craftsman P.A. “Pug” Moore in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Tom remained close to Pug, even after branching out on his own, which included returning to his native New England roots where he’s been making fine furniture ever since.
“What I like most about fine woodworking is the power to say something beautiful without words,” says McLaughlin, who will be joined by expert guests, including frequent contributors to Fine Woodworking, who will help demonstrate a particular technique. Each project will be created out of  hardwoods garnered from the woods of New England.
Tom McKenna, Editorial Director for Fine Woodworking adds, “Tom McLaughlin has a calm expertise that inspires woodworkers to pick up their tools and start working. His ability to connect to people is genuine, and his teaching skills are topnotch.”
Projects this season will include: A Craftsman-style dining chair in white oak; a Shaker-style hall table in cherry; a hanging bow front cabinet in American ash; an Adirondack-inspired lawn chair in cypress; a tilt-top round breakfast table in curly maple; a Shaker blanket chest with drawer in cherry; and a live-edge coffee table made from New England walnut.
Tommy Mac first hit the airwaves nationally in 2009 as host/writer/executive producer of the WGBH series, Rough Cut – Woodworking with Tommy Mac. The show was an instant success, accruing multiple Emmy Nominations and several Telly Awards, including a Silver, along the way. MacDonald is a wood industry favorite and a perennial presence a trade shows, where he is a spokesman for Pony Tools, Inc. and other suppliers such as Titebond. His show was often sponsored by Woodcrafters, and he and has become involved in educating children across North America as the Celebrity Spokesperson of the Hardwood Forest Foundation.


Posted: 06/25/2018

Hexagon acquires Spring Technologies' production software
STOCKHOLM - Hexagon AB has announced the acquisition of Spring Technologies, makers of machine tool simulation and verification software. Terms of the acquisition, announced June 19, were not disclosed, but the company is expected to be  fully consolidated as soon as regulatory approval has been obtained.
Headquartered in France, with offices in America, Germany, and China, Spring Technologies employs around 100 people and its integrated solutions help streamline the manufacturing process through the optimization of machine tool performance and productivity. The company will operate within Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division as part of the CAD/CAM and production software business currently led by the Vero Software brand.
Spring Technologies says it has been pioneering innovative CNC solutions for machine tools for over 30 years across a variety of manufacturing sectors including aerospace, automotive, medical, energy, and transportation. Its solutions provide native CNC code programming, CNC simulation, cutting and tool libraries, CNC program management, real-time machine monitoring, and technical content publication.
"The acquisition of Spring Technologies further strengthens our Autonomous Connected Ecosystem (ACE) strategy which will ultimately enable the smart factory," says Ola Rollén, Hexagon president and CEO. "Machining simulation is essential to connecting the physical world with the digital and achieving autonomy – both of which are prerequisites to delivering smart factory solutions."
Hexagon has approximately 18,000 employees in 50 countries and produces digital solutions that create ACE, a state where data is connected seamlessly through the convergence of the physical world with the digital. The company’s industry-specific solutions leverage domain expertise in sensor technologies, software, and data orchestration to create Smart Digital Realities that improve productivity and quality across manufacturing, infrastructure, safety, and mobility applications.

Posted: 06/22/2018


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