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Gear Talk With Chuck

Another Type of Veteran

We interrupt this blog to salute all our VETERANS on this national holiday set aside to remember them. The gear industry as we know it really got its jump start

Gear Talk With Chuck

You Are Lost Without Records!

The guys who taught me to estimate all had great memories for part shapes, features — even part numbers. It takes years to develop that kind of talent, but for

Gear Talk With Chuck

The Task No One Enjoys

What task has to be done at every gear shop that no one enjoys? If you’ve followed this blog with any regularity you know how much I admire the unsung

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Train to Gain

One thing that struck me during the Gear Expo was the large amount of grey hair on the heads of those in the exhibit hall. While it was great to

Gear Talk With Chuck

Open For Questions

Our “Ask the Expert Live” presentations at 2015 Gear Expo were a big success. Good crowds gathered at the booth to hear our volunteer experts answer questions from the audience

Gear Talk With Chuck

3-D Printing Follow-Up

My initial skepticism about 3-D printing’s place in the gear industry took a solid hit during a recent visit to a client. I am used to seeing colorful renderings of

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Each One Teach One Follow-Up

Regular readers know that I am a big proponent of internships for college students. It is a great way to develop future gear industry talent without a huge commitment of

Gear Talk With Chuck

Family Reunion Time

The AGMA Fall Technical Meeting (FTM) has been called a gear industry family reunion. This year’s gathering gets underway Sunday (Oct. 18th) in Detroit and concludes Tuesday with the start

Gear Talk With Chuck

Teach Your Children Well

For the second year in a row I find myself writing a blog post around the International Day of the Girl (October 11th). One part of my brain says it

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Old School Technology Boosts High Technology

A popular cable car customizing show recently featured a segment on using 3-D printing to produce a prototype part. There wasn’t anything original in that; 3-D printing has been popular