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AMT Tech Report: Issue #263

American-grown apples. Rebranding Ukraine with AM. Master crock. Fathers day gift ideas for a manufacturing nerd.
Jun 09, 2023

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their own dreams.

– Tina Turner

1. American - Grown Apples

Apple has announced a multibillion-dollar deal with Broadcom to make 5G radio frequency and wireless connectivity components, including FBAR filters, in the United States. Apple has already invested in 1,100 jobs in Broadcom's Fort Collins facility and will continue to invest in automation and training programs for technicians and engineers. Apple stated that this aligns with their commitment to invest $430 billion in the U.S. economy over five years.

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2. Rebuilding Ukraine With AM

Europe's first 3D-printed school is being constructed in Lviv as part of the effort to rebuild infrastructure destroyed by the Russian invasion. Undertaken by Team4UA and Danish 3D-printing construction company COBOD International, the project is a hybrid of 3D-printed spaces and hand-built sections. The concrete is 99% sourced in Ukraine, and the 3D-printed section will be completed by early June. With a late-2023 completion date, the school will serve as a blueprint for reconstruction work across the country. 

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3. Master Crock

This is YouTube’s fault! If I’ve learned anything from the LockPickingLawyer channel, it’s that Master Lock products, while being quite robust and proudly made in the States, are utter doo-doo when it comes to lock-picking protection. Sure, you might not be able to pop one open with a .45 like you can in Resident Evil, but you certainly don’t need to be a locksmith to defeat one. A No. 3 with a revised core, one or two more pins, and some added security pins may have been able to save the plant and its 375 workers. 

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4. Father's Day Gift Ideas for a Manufacturing Nerd

Full disclosure: I have no affiliation with KC Tool other than I buy German hand tools from them, and I’ve got a sticker on my laptop. Here are two suggestions for Pop. First up is a pair of Knipex pliers that are 52% off, and the second is a VDE-rated Wera bottle opener, which, in my opinion, is one of the greatest (if not the greatest) gag gifts ever conceived. No, it’s not actually VDE-rated, but if you’ve got 1,000 volts running through your bottled beverages, getting them open is the least of your concerns. 

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Stephen LaMarca
Technology Analyst
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