This book offers a complete inventor’s guide from the “aha” moment through the entire process of development of a new idea, and is targeted at inventors and entrepreneurs of any type of product. Everyone has good ideas, and this easy-to-follow guidebook will, among many other benefits, help them determine if their idea is worth pursuing before they pour money into it.
“Our goal is to empower people in all walks of life, unemployed or employed, with the necessary tools that can make them successful,” stated Mark McKitrick. Co-author Dr. Kim Sena states that their proprietary included patent template allows the user to professionally complete their own patent for the cost of the government filing fee of $110.00.
The book is loaded with real life experiences and can help readers avoid the many pitfalls that occur in the field of inventing. The guide offers step by step instructions, along with timing triggers, and several business tools that include; a patent template, business plan template, confidential disclosure agreement, and a brochure template, all of which are offered in electronic and in written form.
In addition to the guide, the book uniquely includes support mechanisms for every phase of the inventor’s product development, including design, prototype development, local and international procurement, and venture capital procurement.
“For years people have said I should write a book so I can help everyone”, states McKitrick. “We know the success rate for new products is less than 10%, and we can improve those odds dramatically by helping inventors think rationally. We have made mistakes over the years that have ultimately led to success, albeit the hard way, and this book will hopefully steer others away from making the same mistakes.”
Joe Finkler, President and co-founder of Grand Rapids (MI) Inventors Club, says that he is excited to see this step by step guide as inventors are always looking for help when they get stuck. This guide is an awesome tool with value that far exceeds the cost of $129.00, and I am going to recommend it to everyone.
“The Complete Guide to Inexpensive Ideaing” is available at all fine bookstores, and electronically at: www.ideaing.us
The iconic crash-test dummy is anything but dumb. It's a high-tech testing device with innumerable physical and electronic permutations to satisfy the unique needs of each customer, whether auto maker, airline, space agency or military branch.
This persistent demand for sophisticated new products and features explains why Humanetics Innovative Solutions of Huron, Ohio, a leader in the design, development and manufacturing of anthropomorphic test devices (ATDs), uses 3D printing technology from Z Corporation.
"ZPrinting lets us make new parts for the client in a day and a half instead of the week or more it takes when we need to machine new steel or aluminum molds," said Humanetics Project Engineer Kris Sullenberger. "It's also probably a 10-to-one cost savings in materials and machine work, meaning we save hundreds of dollars each time."
A 3D printer produces physical models from computer-aided designs much as document printers print business letters from word-processing files.
Sullenberger's team purchased its ZPrinter four years ago to execute an urgent project for the US Department of Defense during the second Iraq war. The client needed a sophisticated head model to test a new generation of goggles and face shields. The head model consisted of a dozen segments representing facial bones, each having impact data collection sensors.
"ZPrinting was the only way we could do the job," Sullenberger said. "Time was of the essence, and ZPrinting's speed, accuracy and resolution was best suited to the government's needs."
Sullenberger's team ZPrinted patterns and mold boxes, quickly created silicon molds, and then heat-poured the urethane parts. "From start to finish, the whole product – design, building, testing and shipping – took six months. It would have taken three months of machine time alone to make aluminum molds. And revisions would have been a nightmare. Instead, we just reprinted and repoured anytime we needed a change."
Today, Humanetics is printing about 200 parts a year, often multiple parts per build. At peak, Sullenberger's team runs the ZPrinter around the clock for three weeks on end.
Although most of Humanetics' ZPrinting is for mold and pattern production, the company also prints samples for marketing and sales, often helping explain concepts better than words or CAD images.
"We'll send complete scaled-down dummies to clients, including senior executives and other non-technical professionals, or we'll send detailed models that help explain new designs," Sullenberger said. "People often don't know what they're looking at in a picture. But it drives the information home when you print a part, split it in half, and let the person pick up the pieces, examine the internals, and put them together themselves."
Z Corporation enables design professionals to create more. More ideas. More communication. More innovation. Wherever innovators use technology to develop ideas, we stretch the boundaries of what is possible. Product design. Architecture. Education. Even the leading edge of entertainment, health care, and retail mass customization. Z Corporation provides 3D printing and 3D scanning technologies used to create new products and services more effectively than any other means. We serve the world's most productive designers and engineers, and are committed to making our solutions the fastest, easiest, most accessible, and most valuable.
For more information, visit: www.zcorp.com
Delcam is pleased to announce that the on-line forum for the company’s Advanced Manufacturing Solutions now has over 5,000 members. The forum is aimed at users of Delcam’s CADCAM software for design, machining and inspection, including the PowerSHAPE CAD program, the PowerMILL and PartMaker CAM systems, and the PowerINSPECT inspection software.
The ArtCAM artistic CADCAM software and the FeatureCAM feature-based CAM system have dedicated forums for their users.
Delcam staff monitor the forums regularly so that they can answer users’ queries, and provide tips and shortcuts to help increase their productivity with the software. Delcam also uses the forum to announce the release of new patches and software versions as they become available for download. New additions to the www.delcam.tv online video site are announced as well, including "what’s new” videos that help users to learn how to use new functionality when it is added to the software.
In addition, the forums allow users to add their own tips on the software and to display any particularly impressive products or projects completed with their Delcam software.
For more information, visit: http://forum.delcam.com
David Inglefield, a Ph.D. candidate pursuing a dual degree in Chemistry and Biomedical Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.), is the 2011-2012 winner of the SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) graduate-level scholarship in transportation composites research. Inglefield, who is from Fairfax, Va. and expects to graduate in 2014, won this year’s scholarship for a research project involving the synthesis of functionalized carbon nanotubes for optimized properties in polymer composites, a project that could have broad application in automotive composites. Inglefield will receive his $2,000 USD check this fall and will report the results of his research during the twelfth-annual SPE ACCE, September 11-13, 2012.
As Inglefield explains, since their discovery in 1991, interest in carbon nanotubes (CNTs) has grown rapidly and their use has expanded into areas as diverse as electronics and bionanotechnology. One of their most promising areas of usage is to improve the properties of polymer composites by increasing mechanical strength (without raising resin weight or density as most reinforcements do) and conferring electrical and thermal conductivity to materials that normally provide neither property. However, wider usage has been limited by many factors, including high production costs and challenges effectively dispersing the nanoparticles into polymer matrices. Developing a functionalized CNT that effectively interacts with the resin in which it is incorporated remains a significant challenge in expanding usage of this technology.
“My work involves functionalization of multiwall carbon nanotubes for more efficient incorporation into polymer composites by increasing dispersion and interactions with the polymer matrix,” says Inglefield. “In their native form, carbon nanotubes don’t interact well with organic groups on most polymers. However, I’ve been able to introduce functionality through the acid oxidation of the pristine nanotubes, increasing dispersion in the polymer matrix. I’ve also worked on the functionalizing nanotubes with metal nanoparticles, which increase conductivity and improve their function in specialized electronic applications. Carbon nanotubes can also be aligned in a magnetic field for anisotropic conductivity in polymer matrices via magnetic nanoparticles. I’m investigating a combination of these techniques for enhanced conductivity at low loadings for specialty electronics applications to preserve polymer properties that otherwise can be negatively affected by high reinforcement loadings.”
David Inglefield holds a B.S. degree in Biochemistry from Virginia Tech, which he received in 2009. Since graduating, he has worked as a graduate research assistant under his undergraduate and graduate research advisor, Dr. Timothy E. Long, professor of Chemistry and associate dean of Strategic Initiatives, Department of Chemistry, College of Science at Virginia Tech. The focus of their graduate work together has been synthesis and characterization of novel functionalized multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) and MWCNT composites. Inglefield’s undergraduate work with Long involved synthesis and characterization of cinnamate functionalized ultraviolet (UV) cross-linkable ammonium ionenes. Since receiving his undergraduate degree, Inglefield also has worked as teaching assistant (undergraduate Organic Chemistry lab for non-majors) at Virginia Tech and has been an American Chemistry Society (ACS) short-course presenter, where he was responsible for demonstrating various polymerization techniques. His current research expertise is in organic functionalization of MWCNT for polymer composites; electrospinning of polymers and MWCNT composites; performing transmission-electron and scanning-electron microscopy, nuclear magnetic-resonance spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, thermogravimetric analysis, Raman and infrared spectroscopy, cryomicrotomy, dynamic light-scattering analysis, and rheology. In addition he has co-authored two publications presented at industry conferences.
Held annually in suburban Detroit, the SPE ACCE typically draws 400+ speakers, exhibitors, sponsors, and attendees from 14 countries on five continents and provides an environment dedicated solely to discussion and networking about advances in transportation composites. Its global appeal is evident in the diversity of exhibitors, speakers, and attendees who come to the conference from Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia / Pacific as well as North America and who represent transportation OEMs -- traditional automotive and light truck, as well as agriculture, truck & bus, commercial truck, and aviation – and tier suppliers; composite materials, processing equipment, additives, and reinforcement suppliers; trade associations, consultants, university and government labs; media; and investment bankers. The show is sponsored jointly by SPE’s Automotive and Composites Divisions.
For more information about the SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition, visit the Automotive Division’s website at: www.speautomotive.com/comp.htm
Galaxy Tool Corporation announced a major capital investment in equipment and machinery. “We are pleased to inform the marketplace and our customer base of our continued and substantial investment in machining capability and overall production capacity,” stated Andy Plyler, Galaxy president and chief executive officer. “As we accelerate our world-class manufacturing performance by investing in leading edge technology, we position ourselves to continue providing the highest levels of customer service in the industry,” continued Plyler.
On Aug. 1, 2011, Galaxy’s newest 5-axis machining center comes online for revenue production. The machining center was designed and manufactured by FIDIA, a leading supplier of computer numerically controlled (CNC) machinery for the milling of complex surfaces. With travel of 157 inches along the Y-axis, 79 inches along the X-axis and 55 inches along the Z-axis, 24,000 rpm tool speed, and spindle machining of 1,200 ipm, the FIDIA machine center will increase Galaxy’s large 5-axis machining capacity by 30 percent. Vice President of Business Development Paul Maples states, “Galaxy continues to see a surge in demand from current and potential customers for 5-axis machining. The addition of this machine allows us to offer shorter lead-times while enhancing customer support and creating additional growth opportunities for Galaxy.”
Galaxy also announced the purchase and installation of a TARUS gun drill, with drilling capabilities of .250 inches to 2 inches in diameter and bore travel of up to 96 inches. The offset gun drill is being retro-fitted with a new FIDIA CNC control. Galaxy anticipates the gun drill will be operational by late November of this year. “With the continued growth of our mold and plastics business unit, our new gun drilling equipment will allow us to exceed the expectations of current and future customers,” stated Plyler.
Galaxy Tool Corporation is located in Winfield, Kan. Galaxy is major supplier for the design, manufacturing and assembly of production tooling for the aerospace, defense and plastic markets. Major customers include Boeing, Spirit Aerosystems, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Rubbermaid and Coleman. Gladstone Investment Corporation, a publicly traded (NASDAQ: GAIN) business development company, is the majority shareholder of Galaxy Tool Corporation’s parent company Galaxy Tool Holding Corporation. Gladstone Investment focuses on providing debt and equity capital to U.S.-based businesses in connection with acquisitions, changes in control and recapitalizations.
For more information, visit: www.galaxytool.com
Surfware, Inc., developer of SURFCAM CAD/CAM systems and the patented TRUEMill Toolpath, will feature it’s latest release of SURFCAM V5.2 at IMX 2011 - the Interactive Manufacturing eXperience that is bringing together the most powerful names in U.S. manufacturing for a groundbreaking three-day event.
Surfware invites you to stop by booth 1568 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV from September 12 – 14, 2011 where Surfware staff members will be on-hand to offer demonstrations of the many new features and benefits of the latest release in the V5 Series of SURFCAM. Visitors will also have an opportunity to learn how to increase material removals rates in their shops by up to 5 times while increasing tool life by up to 10 times, drastically decreasing machining cycle times and reducing stress on their CNC milling machines.
SURFCAM V5.2 now includes new HSM Z-Roughing strategies, additional STL geometry capabilities for rough machining and stock calculations, adaptive slicing, a new SPost interface, enhanced Mill/Turn mode, optimized toolpath verification & machine simulation, and updated CAD translators, just to name a few.
Surfware, Inc., the developer of SURFCAM CAD/CAM systems and the award-winning TRUEMill technology, provides world class solutions for today's manufacturing challenges. Surfware is dedicated to continuous innovation and development of new technologies that increase customers' machining productivity and profitability. Surfware's goals are to provide top-quality technology, customer service and world class solutions that allow its customers to gain a competitive edge in a changing global marketplace.
For more information, visit: www.surfware.com or www.imxevent.com
June U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $459.39 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology and AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was up 15.3% from May and up 91.7% when compared with the total of $239.68 million reported for June 2010. With a year-to-date total of $2,453.78 million, 2011 is up 103.9% compared with 2010.
These numbers and all data in this report are based on the totals of actual data reported by companies participating in the USMTO program.
"At this pace, the industry would post orders equal to all of 2010 by the end of August," said Douglas K. Woods, President of AMT. "Still, industry leaders view the rest of 2011 with cautious optimism given the weakness in parts of the economy illustrated by the Dow’s plunge at the beginning of August. We expect a bump in orders related to customers taking advantage of the current Bonus Depreciation rate before it is reduced in 2012."
The United States Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) report, jointly compiled by the two trade associations representing the production and distribution of manufacturing technology, provides regional and national U.S. orders data of domestic and imported machine tools and related equipment. Analysis of manufacturing technology orders provides a reliable leading economic indicator as manufacturing industries invest in capital metalworking equipment to increase capacity and improve productivity.
U.S. manufacturing technology orders are also reported on a regional basis for five geographic breakdowns of the United States.
At $61.82 million, June manufacturing technology orders in the Northeast Region were down 2.9% when compared with the $63.68 million total for May but up 18.3% when compared with June a year ago. The year-to-date total of $367.33 million is 72.1% more than the comparable figure for 2010.
June manufacturing technology orders in the Southern Region totaled $65.77 million, 18.5% more than May’s $55.49 million and 94.2% more than the June 2010 total. With a year-to-date total of $306.30 million, 2011 is up 64.0% when compared with 2010 at the same time.
Midwest Region manufacturing technology orders in June stood at $155.39 million, 5.5% more than the May total of $147.24 million and up 114.0% when compared with last June. At $855.13 million, the 2011 year-to-date total is 157.1% more than the comparable figure for 2010.
Manufacturing technology orders in the Central Region in June totaled $124.86 million, up 30.8% from May’s $95.48 million and up 126.7% when compared with the June 2010 figure. The $677.66 million year-to-date total is 108.2% higher than the total for the same period in 2010.
Western Region manufacturing technology orders totaled $51.55 million in June, 40.7% more than the $36.64 million total for May and 99.2% higher than the tally for June 2010. At $247.35 million, 2011 year-to-date is up 70.5% when compared with last year at the same time.
For more information, visit: www.amtonline.org
The three-dimensional rapid prototyping technology that lets designers and engineers fabricate almost anything they can imagine has led the skilled trades technicians who work in the shop around the clock six days a week to innovations of their own.
The lab technicians, members of United Auto Workers Local 160, can directly transfer digital designs for just about any part on a car or truck to the selective laser sintering (SLS) or stereo lithography (SLA) machines that generate parts in hours without any dedicated tooling.
The only limitation beyond a designer’s imagination is the physical size of the machines. Parts being generated must no larger than the 500 x 500 x 750 millimeter dimensions of the fabrication chambers that contain the powered plastic or liquid resin.
No problem for smaller pieces like interior trim or parts for a one-third scale model to be tested in GM’s wind tunnel. As part orders come in from GM design and engineering facilities around the world, technicians use a graphical design program to arrange computer models of the parts within the envelope of the chamber to maximize the output of every batch.
“As long as the parts aren’t touching, we can keep filling the envelope,” said technician Timothy Breault. “When we get hot orders for parts that are small enough, we can even add them on the fly to the top of a build that is already in progress.”
Larger parts suitable for full-scale wind tunnel testing, such as the lower front splitter for the 2013 Camaro ZL1, require a different approach. In this case, the lab techs developed a mechanism that would allow the joining of multiple smaller pieces to make one larger part. As they prepare build sets, larger parts can now be sliced into multiple smaller sections that fit within the RP machines. Thanks to the precise forming that is possible with RP manufacturing, integrated lap joints with a series of matching holes can be generated so that no drilling is required for assembly.
After the parts cool, the segments are temporarily connected with standard Cleco expanding fasteners while being assembled. The technicians also devised standard joining pins that are produced in the RP machine from the same material as the rest of the part. Pins are snipped off, glued into the holes and then trimmed with a rotary tool. The rapid prototyping machines produce parts to such precise tolerances that virtually no trimming or filling is required and the seams are almost invisible.
“Things that we do now within a day or two days, would take months to build by hand,” said Michael Marchwinski, a lab technician who began his career at GM Design 28 years ago as an apprentice wood model maker.
Using rapid prototyping to produce parts invariably saves tens of thousands of dollars and weeks of time compared to traditional methods. The technicians came up with a way to save even more by reusing some of the raw material. Traditionally, only virgin resins were used for rapid prototyping, but the technicians developed a recycling process for the powered SLS material.
The shop staff worked with 3D Systems, the equipment supplier, to extract a portion of the used material and return it to the delivery vessels where it is blended with virgin material for future use.
The 15-person staff that operates the Warren 3D Rapid Prototype Lab was recruited from a variety of GM operations.
“When I came into skilled trades in 1995, they had just started opening up a program where new apprentices would be trained on the whole Tech Center site, learning many different skills,” said lab technician Thomas Kelley. “Thanks to my training in several areas, Superintendant John Green thought I would be a good fit here.”
The RP team is constantly on the lookout for ways to improve efficiency and produce better quality parts. “We’re really dedicated to what we are doing, we all enjoy the work and we want to see a good product come out,” said Marchwinski.
About General Motors - General Motors (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM), one of the world’s largest automakers, traces its roots back to 1908. With its global headquarters in Detroit, GM employs 208,000 people in every major region of the world and does business in more than 120 countries. GM and its strategic partners produce cars and trucks in 30 countries, and sell and service these vehicles through the following brands: Baojun, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Daewoo, Holden, Isuzu, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall, and Wuling. GM’s largest national market is China, followed by the United States, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, and Italy. GM’s OnStar subsidiary is the industry leader in vehicle safety, security and information services.
For more information, visit: www.gm.com
Geometric, a leader in developing advanced manufacturing software, announced that it will showcase its fully automatic CNC programming system CAMWorks® 2011, at Booth # 1908, at interactive manufacturing eXperience (imX) Show, from September 12 -14, 2011 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV.
Announcing the new version, Sunil Palrecha, Director- Product Marketing & Sales, Geometric said, "In the current global scenario, manufacturing companies are searching for ways to automate their processes, compress delivery times, and reduce inefficiencies. In order to achieve these goals, they are looking for novel solutions for trapping manufacturing errors early in the design stage, and for effective collaboration between design and manufacturing. This can be easily facilitated by using an integrated SolidWorks solution like CAMWorks".
CAMWorks 2011 will be demonstrated at the booth throughout the three day conference. Attendees will also have the opportunity to attend an interesting session, 'From Orders to Parts - Integrated Design and Manufacturing' at the Knowledge Bar on Monday, September 12, at 2.00 p.m. by Marc Bissell, Senior Applications Engineer, Geometric.
CAMWorks 2011 automates the CNC programming process, reduces programming time by as much as 90 percent, and allows engineering and manufacturing to use a single common database for both product design and final machining.
Fast and intelligent roughing
CAMWorks 2011 introduces VoluMill®, the ultra-high-performance toolpath generator for 2.5 axis and 3 axis high speed rough milling. VoluMill can reduce cycle times by more than 80 percent, thereby increasing production by up to 500 percent. In addition, VoluMill establishes and maintains ideal cutting conditions. As a result, cutting tool life is dramatically extended and tooling costs can be reduced by as much as 90 percent. VoluMill also helps avoid costly collisions and greatly extends the life of machine tools.
Automate manufacturing processes
At the heart of CAMWorks 2011 is the world's leading Automatic Feature Recognition (AFR) software, making it the ideal CAM system for programming components. Using AFR, CAMWorks identifies the areas to be machined, and then uses its proprietary Technology Database (TechDB™) to generate toolpaths automatically. The result is fully automatic programming of families of parts, automatic programming of similar features on new parts, and the ability to incorporate manufacturing information directly into the solid model.
CAMWorks 2011 has been upgraded to find more features, while reducing computation times by more than 50 percent. As part models become increasingly complex, recognizing more features in less time represents huge time savings. The Technology Database (TechDB™) that is used to store and apply knowledge based machining information, has been enhanced to simplify the process of establishing best machining practices.
These features make CAMWorks' knowledge-based machining capabilities easier to use, and improves the consistency and quality of the programmed parts. In addition, CAMWorks associativity accelerates new product development by automatically updating manufacturing models with design changes.
For the mold and die industry, Geometric has introduced ElectrodeWorks™, an optional electrode design solution that automates the entire process of calculation and design of EDM electrodes including design, management, documentation, and manufacturing. It is seamlessly integrated with SolidWorks/ CAMWorks Solids assuring complete parametric association of data.
For more information, visit: www.imxevent.com or www.geometricglobal.com/products
Mazak Corporation will display Kentucky-developed and built machine models at EMO 2011, taking place September 19 – 24 in Hannover, Germany. Showing the machines outside of North America spearheads growth in the global market for American made Mazak machines.
Mazak Corporation engineering at its U.S. facility has a long history of developing machines and standard options that meet and exceed the demands of North American customers. The company has added new machine models to its extensive product lines every year since 1994 and would exhibit its Kentucky developed machines at IMTS tradeshows.
Mazak Corporation currently produces over 100 different models of Turning Centers, Multi-Tasking machines, and Vertical Machining Centers, many of which include 5-axis machining capabilities. At Mazak’s U.S. facility, the company incorporates modular assembly operations as part of its “Production-On-Demand” manufacturing principle, as well as using an extensive amount of Mazak Multi-Tasking technology and unattended machining operations. With such advanced manufacturing in place, Mazak can quickly introduce new innovative products and technologies that are highly competitive within the U.S. marketplace.
The Kentucky-built machines appearing at EMO are the Multi-Tasking QUICK TURN NEXUS 450-II MY and the ORBITEC 20 Valve Production Center. The QUICK TURN NEXUS 450-II MY has beenwell accepted in the U.S. market, and demand for the machine continues to grow. The machine is the largest model in Mazak’s NEXUS series of Turning and Multi-Tasking machines developed for the oil and gas services and construction machinery industries.
The QUICK TURN NEXUS 450-II MY showcases not only turning and milling, but also boring capabilities for long, large-diameter shaft-type workpieces. The machine’s special combination tailstock, equipped with a bull nose center and a 40” boring bar, allows for deep-hole boring to depths of up to 31.5?.
The machine’s headstock features a 7.2” through-bore size and a 50 hp integrated spindle motor that provides a maximum speed of 2,000 rpm. Optional 18” or 21” chuck sizes are available. Together with the Y-axis travel of a 12-position milling turret, the spindle is used as a C-axis, capable of being indexed at 0.0001° increments to accurately position workpieces for square facing and slotting cuts or off-center-line drilled holes.
Mazak’s Kentucky developed ORBITEC 20, featuring a unique headstock spindle design and optional two-pallet changer, provides quick and easy setups and increases throughput for large valve body machining. Equipped with a 40 hp, 600 rpm integrated spindle motor and axis travels of 11.8? (X), 23.62? (U), 23.62? (V) and 48.43? (Z), the ORBITEC 20 machines part diameters up to 20? and allows for a variety of valve features, including the facing of flange surfaces, conicalboring of taper holes, face milling and endmilling, to be done in single setups.
Additionally, with the two-pallet changer on the ORBITEC 20, Mazak’s PALLETECH solution can be incorporated to link the ORBITEC 20 with a Mazak horizontal machining center having a pallet size of 24.8”.
For more information, visit: www.mazakusa.com
MecSoft Corporation, a global leader in Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software, announced today that VisualXPORT is certified for use with Autodesk Inventor 2011 and 2012 mechanical design and engineering software under the Inventor Certified Applications Program.
“The certification of VisualXPORT gives Autodesk Inventor software users access to a family of CAM products that will help enhance their manufacturing processes,” said Carl White, director of digital design product management at Autodesk. “Job shops and custom manufacturers that use Autodesk Inventor look forward to a seamless connection to VisualMILL through VisualXPORT.”
Autodesk Inventor is the foundation of the Autodesk solution for Digital Prototyping. It produces an accurate 3D model that enables users to validate the form, fit and function of a design before physically building it. With Autodesk Inventor, users can safely integrate AutoCAD and 3D data into a single digital model to create a digital prototype of the final product, reducing the number of costly physical prototypes.
“MecSoft is pleased that VisualXPORT has received certification for Autodesk Inventor,” says Jerry Hiller, Director of International Sales. “We are fully committed to offering seamlessly integrated CAM solutions for the top CAD solutions, to our VisualMILL users globally. This certification indicates VisualXPORT has reached the highest levels of quality and interoperability when working with Autodesk Inventor software.”
VisualXPORT for Inventor is a direct, in-window plug-in for Autodesk’s Inventor 3D mechanical design software, allowing users to transfer Inventor geometry directly to VisualMILL without having to go through a neutral format such as STEP or IGES. The solution not only provides error free data transfer between the two programs but also an enhanced workflow for companies that design in Inventor and use VisualMILL in their manufacturing process. With VisualXPORT for Inventor, users can export: 2D & 3D Sketches (curves), Solids, and Surface data from Inventor. It is compatible with Autodesk Inventor 2011 and 2012, 32-bit and 64-bit versions.
For more information, visit: www.mecsoft.com
The latest NC Software Market Analysis Report from leading US analysts CIMdata shows that, in 2010, Delcam again had the highest vendor revenues and received the highest end-user payments of all the CAM-centric companies. This means that the company has completed eleven years as the world’s leading CAM specialist, having first achieved its global leadership in 2000.
Delcam also continued to increase its market share. The company’s share of total vendor revenue grew from under 6.5% in 2009 to almost 6.7% in 2010. A further increase in market share to almost 7.5% is predicted by CIMdata for Delcam in 2011.
The CIMdata report also confirmed that Delcam continues to employ the largest development team in the industry, with 175 people working on the company’s manufacturing software. Only two other companies employ more than 100 CAM developers; Siemens PLM with 130 and Dassault with 110.
Delcam Chief Executive, Clive Martell, highlighted the obvious link between the two sets of statistics. “By employing the industry’s largest development team, we are able to produce the world’s most comprehensive collection of machining software from any supplier. We can also ensure that each of our programs is the most productive for each of the sectors in which we operate,” he claimed. “This gives us an unrivalled ability to provide solutions to all of a company’s programming needs. Larger companies can meet all of their CAM needs from a single supplier, while smaller companies can choose exactly the system they need for their particular combination of products and machine tools.”
Total end-user spending is estimated by CIMdata to have grown by 7.6% in 2010, reflecting the rebound in the global economy. CIMdata projects that the rebound in manufacturing will continue in 2011and so estimates that end-user spending for NC software will increase by 6%, approximately back to 2008 levels.
For more information, visit: www.delcam.com
The growing community of DIY designers + makers is a phenomenon that has exploded in recent months. The shift away from mass customized products towards individual, personalized goods is a reflection of the changing tide in consumerism and it has been made possible by the increasing accessibility of the tools that allow consumers to design and make the products they want – when they want them.
Personalisation is the creation of a product to meet the specific requirements of an individual. The epitome of personalisation is the creation of one’s own wedding ring, and that is precisely what Cloud9 design software together with 3D printing from i.materialise has achieved for Kari.
Of course it helps if your mum has a background in design and jewellery — but these days it is not an essential factor. This inspiring story, though, is shared to illustrate the potential of original design + make technologies.
Rob proposed to Kari at the end of last year, and her dream engagement ring was one that Kari had seen years earlier, created using traditional techniques by her mum, Ann Marie Shillito who is a jeweller, a 3D design software developer and a self-confessed 3D printing evangelist.
Kari is extremely proud of her mother, saying: “‘I have been so lucky growing up with a jeweller as my mum, some of my earliest and fondest memories are walking through the front door after school to the familiar sound of her hammering away in her workshop.”
Ann Marie now also runs Anarkik3D, a company that has developed Cloud9 — a haptic, organic modelling software package for easy, intuitive 3D design. This original software in combination with the latest developments in 3D printing materials — titanium — meant that the timing could not have been more perfect for Ann Marie to bring all of the necessary threads together to fulfill her daughter’s wish.
The original engagement ring would have been extremely difficult to reproduce for a number of reasons, however, with Cloud9 and 3D printing at her disposal, Ann Marie was able to recreate the design within the software, to be 3D printed in titanium. Furthermore, she was able to design a super fluid titanium wedding ring that flows around the diamond of the engagement ring to create an elegant, personal integrated set.
With the general concept approved by the happy couple the process was set in motion. A test design from Cloud9 was 3D printed in steel for Kari to see and try it on. Following this the full, integrated set was finalised in the Cloud9 software using an accurate digital diamond. On final approval, the wedding ring design was saved and converted to .stl format and sent to I.imaterialise in Belgium to be printed in Titanium. Within two weeks the ring was returned for finishing. With the diamond set in the gold engagement ring the two fitted together perfectly so it looks as though the diamond is floating within the flowing titanium bands.
Kari is absolutely delighted with the results: “I love that my mum made my wedding ring using a 3D computer programme! As well as an interesting life, she has given us a unique and special gift and our rings are now all the more precious to us.”
The Cloud9 software is part of a complete design package — Chameleon — which includes the Falcon 3D mouse; uniquely available from A1 Technologies.
For more information, visit: www.a1-tech.co.uk or i.materialise.com
With the continuing evolution of machining requirements to satisfy new power generation production needs, Mitsui Seiki has introduced the HU63-T 5-xis CNC Machining Center. Typical applications include critical rotating components (Blisks, Impellers, & Turbine Disks) for gas turbine power generation systems.
New features and specifications for the HU63-T include up 800 mm (31.5”) work diameter capacity on its vertically oriented table, 300 kg (660 lbs) work / fixture weight capacity, variety of increased axis stroke options, high torque spindles (1081 Nm – 800 lb-ft continuous), tuned structure for heavy cutting in hard metals, and latest Fanuc 30iM control with enhanced features for 5-axis simultaneous machining. The X, Y, Z working envelope is 900 mm x 800 mm x 800 mm (35.4? x 31.5? x 31.5?). The rapid federate in X, Y, Z axes is 32,000 mm/min (1260 ipm). Accuracy is the hallmark of any Mitsui Seiki machine. With the HU63-T, positioning accuracy in X, Y, Z axes is 0.001 mm (0.00004?), positioning repeatability is 0.001 mm (0.00004?). On the B axis, positioning accuracy is ±4 arc seconds; repeatability is ±1.5 arc seconds.
The driver for the energy industry boom is fuel efficiency, achieved by lighter weights, excellent heat tolerance, and smaller packages. For a machine tool builder such as Mitsui Seiki, this is a fortunate evolution as more sophisticated machine tools are required to machine these new materials and complex precision parts cost-effectively. Mitsui Seiki has a long history developing dedicated machine tools for the energy industry. The company has been particularly active in the ground-based gas turbine market developing new projects for high speed machining of air foils, heavy-duty machining of engine cases, and high precision machining of gearboxes. The advancement of its HU-T product line has become important to this energy market segment. Likewise, with other products, the company is gaining ground in the wind market, helping windmill manufacturers make their gearboxes faster and more precisely.
For more information, visit: www.mitsuiseiki.com
FANUC Corporation, the world’s most diversified manufacturer of CNC Systems, Robots and Machine Tools, has been named as one of the Top 100 companies on the “World’s Most Innovative Companies” list recently published in Forbes magazine. This list recognizes the world’s leading-edge corporations that are most likely to continue to succeed today and in the future.
This recently released list in Forbes is based on a comprehensive 8-year study completed by professors and advisors in which they discovered that particular skills identify business innovators. Additionally, they determined that calculating a company’s value plus anticipated growth fueled by new innovative products will identify the most innovative companies. Quantifying their findings lead to developing a specific measure that was used to rank the world’s most innovative companies. Embedded in each of these companies is a code for innovation, discernible in their people, processes and philosophies. This innovation creates a demand for their products now and in the future.
Since its inception in 1956, FANUC has contributed to the automation of machine tools as a pioneer in the development of CNC equipment. FANUC’s technology has contributed to a worldwide manufacturing revolution, which evolved from the automation of a single machine to the automation of entire production lines. Today, FANUC has more than 600 engineers working in R&D to provide the most reliable, efficient and innovative CNC systems available—ensuring the very lowest Total Cost of Ownership. With 50 years of experience and more than 2.2 million CNCs and 220,000 robots installed worldwide, FANUC is the undeniable global leader in CNC and robotics.
Demonstrating their innovative vision, FANUC is a main eXperience partner in the upcoming imX event that will be breaking new ground for this industry. imX, www.imxevent.com, is a new industry event in Las Vegas, Sept 12-14, 2011 designed to combine the best elements of an open house and tradeshow. It has been designed from the ground up to offer technical education and practical demonstrations in a way that clearly helps manufacturers in the U.S. retain their edge in innovation and productivity.
One key attraction to imX, and what sets it apart from other tradeshows, are the Learning Labs. Located on the event floor, FANUC’s Learning Labs will interact at a higher level of discussions and demonstrations with customers. The education offered here will be much more in depth than what has ever been seen on a tradeshow floor.
Manufacturers are constantly challenged to increase productivity and lower costs, and even more so in challenging economic times. So, FANUC’s goal at imX is to educate end users, machine tool builders and distributors on how the integration of cutting edge CNC and robotic technologies can increase their productivity. At imX, FANUC will offer 10 Learning Labs each day of this 3 day event focusing on solutions for current issues and trends going forward. High-speed machining is still a hot topic with the addition of five-axis machining and multitasking machining. There is also a definite trend toward machining titanium, Inconel and other hard-to-machine materials. As a result, one of our Learning Labs will focus on the latest advanced control features that improve surface finish, reduce cycle time, and simplify programming and program management for high speed machining and single step processing of critical parts. Another Learning Lab will feature five-axis machining and how to take advantage of modern CAD/CAM and CNC features to minimize post processor complexity, reduce cycle times and improve part quality. Other Learning Lab topics include: cost savings through CNC innovation, simple robot integration, machine optimization, how to get performance, reliability and innovation in an affordable CNC, benefits to an Open CNC design, simple CNC/Robot integration and data mining through CNC connectivity. Additionally, an important point that will be discussed in our Learning Labs is that our newest technology provides the most cost-effective solution when measured by the total cost of ownership (TCO) and life cycle of machines.
For more information, visit: www.fanucfa.com or www.imxevent.com
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), the world’s premier source for manufacturing knowledge, education and networking, has elected 10 outstanding members to the Society’s prestigious College of Fellows. The 2011 class joins 268 other SME members who have been elected as Fellows since the program’s inception in 1986, and represents various segments of the manufacturing community.
"The Class of 2011 SME Fellows represents a diverse group of nationally and internationally recognized individuals who have contributed much to the field of manufacturing,” said Marvin DeVries, PhD, FSME, CMfgE, PE, chair of the SME International Awards & Recognition Committee. “Their accomplishments, covering a wide range of technologies, have had a measurable and significant impact on their communities. SME is honored by their addition to our existing group of Fellows.”
“We commend each and every one of this year’s class of Fellows,” said Paul D. Bradley, PE, 2011 SME president. “The selection process is quite thorough with a meticulous review of all their accomplishments. I am pleased to see them recognized for their ongoing dedication to manufacturing and to the Society.”
The SME College of Fellows was created to honor those members who have made outstanding contributions to the social, technological and educational aspects of the manufacturing profession. This honor can only be earned through 20 or more years of dedication and service to manufacturing engineering.
The 2011 Class of SME Fellows
Viktor P. Astakhov, PhD, FSME
Tool Research and Application Manager
General Motors Business Unit of PSMI
Rochester Hills, Mich.
An internationally recognized educator, researcher and mechanical engineer, Viktor Astakhov has won a number of national and international awards for both his teaching and research. He has published books, book chapters and many papers in professional journals and trade periodicals. Astakhov's main research and application interests include theory of metal cutting and its applications; cutting tool design, assessment and optimization; machinability of materials; new tool materials and coatings; design of experiments; and coolant application practices.
George “Nick” Bullen, FSME
President and CEO
Smart Blades Inc.
George “Nick” Bullen has 16 patents for technology innovations related to mechanization, robotics and robotics control software, which are the basis for automated systems used for the assembly of airframes. He is widely published in magazines, proceedings, journals and peer-reviewed journals. His expertise includes aerial vehicles, as well as space vehicle design and manufacture.
F. Frank Chen, PhD, FSME
Luther Brown Distinguished Chair Professor of Advanced Manufacturing
Director, Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Lean Systems
College of Engineering, University of Texas at San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas
F. Frank Chen demonstrated prolific research careers in both industry and academia. He is the founding director of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing & Lean Systems at the University of Texas at San Antonio with an active industry-based research consortium aimed at advancing lean and sustainable manufacturing and flexible automation tools. He also led research specializing in design and control of manufacturing cells while at Caterpillar Technical Center Manufacturing R&D Division.
Dianne Chong, PhD, FSME
Vice President of Materials Assembly
Factory & Support Technology
Boeing Research & Technology
An expert in metallurgical engineering, Dianne Chong and her team provide materials and processes engineering and manufacturing support for the Boeing enterprise, including Boeing Commercial Airplanes and Boeing Defense, Space & Security. Her organization is responsible for providing nondestructive evaluation for programs such as the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. In addition, her team researches and develops advanced assembly and integration concepts.
Placid M. Ferreira, PhD, FSME
Head and Grayce Wicall Gauthier Professor
Mechanical Science and Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Placid M. Ferreira’s research focuses on industrial automation, particularly computer-controlled machine tools, nanopositioning and nanosensing, computational geometry and solid modeling as they relate to automated process planning and the discrete-event control of large-scale, flexibly automated systems. Among his accomplishments, he has developed techniques for synthesizing maximally permissive, provably correct supervisory controllers for flexible manufacturing systems, and methods for rotary ultrasonic machining of ceramics and other materials that are difficult to machine.
Changsheng Guo, PhD, FSME
United Technologies Research Center
East Hartford, Conn.
Changsheng Guo leads projects in modeling and optimization of manufacturing processes at United Technologies Research Center. His research focus has been on the fundamentals and applications of machining processes including grinding, milling and ceramic machining. Guo was a research fellow and the co-director of the grinding research program at UMass and the technical director of a ceramic machining company. Guo has more than 80 published papers and coauthored one book.
Wallace Hopp, PhD, FSME
Associate Dean for Faculty and Research
Ross School of Business
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Mich.
Wallace Hopp is an accomplished manufacturing scholar and educator. He has published nearly 100 papers and book chapter focusing on the design, control and management of operations systems, with emphasis on manufacturing and supply chain systems, innovation processes and health care systems. Hopp coauthored the influential "Factory Physics" text, founded the bachelor's in manufacturing engineering and the master's of management and manufacturing programs at Northwestern University.
Jack Jeswiet, PhD, FSME, PE
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Active in many professional engineering and scientific organizations, Jack Jeswiet is a professor of mechanical engineering and chair of undergraduate studies at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. His research interests include sustainable product design (ecodesign); sheet metalforming, including incremental sheet forming; microplastic metalforming; measurement of friction and temperature in metalforming; and powder metallurgy.
Pradeep Rohatgi, PhD, FSME
Wisconsin and UWM Distinguished Professor
Director of UWM Composite and Advanced Materials Manufacture Centers
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Pradeep Rohatgi's initial research on cast metal-matrix composites has been listed as a major landmark in the history of metal casting on synthesis, processing and characterization of cast metal-matrix composites. His research stimulated a large number of researchers, which led to manufacture and use of metal-matrix composites in automotive, aerospace, thermal management and recreation equipment sectors.
Lihui Wang, PhD, FSME, PE
Professor, Virtual Systems Research Centre
University of Skövde
An accomplished researcher, educator and professional engineer, Lihui Wang's research interests are focused on collaborative process planning, Web-based, real-time monitoring and remote control, as well as intelligent and adaptive manufacturing systems. Wang has published six books and authored in excess of 200 scientific articles in books, archival journals and refereed conference proceedings in these fields. He serves as editor for numerous manufacturing journals and has been awarded 12 international and institutional awards.
2012 Fellows Nominations Deadline:
SME members worldwide are encouraged to nominate members from industry, academia and government who have made a notable impact in the field of manufacturing. The deadline for 2012 Fellow nominations is December 1, 2011. Selection criteria include leadership in industry, education, research and development, inventions publications and/or service to the profession. Visit www.sme.org/fellows to download a nomination form.
Renowned inventor/FIRST founder Dean Kamen and The Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am team up for “i.am.FIRST- Science is Rock and Roll,” a groundbreaking science and technology entertainment celebration that highlights the 20th annual FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Championship
Sunday, August 14, 2011
7:00-8:00 p.m. ET/6:00 – 7:00 p.m. CT
ABC Television Network
The star-studded special features live performances by The Black Eyed Peas and Willow Smith, along with celebrities including Justin Bieber, Steven Tyler, Bono, Jack Black, Miley Cyrus and Josh Duhamel speaking out in support of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. Student teams are profiled as their robots compete to win coveted FIRST Championship awards.
The back-to-school special was created and shot during the FIRST Championship 2011 including 30,000 students, fans, families, educators, and industry leaders who came together in St. Louis, Mo., to celebrate the engineering prowess of talented students from around the world. More than 600 teams from 29 countries competed in the three levels of FIRST: FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®, grades 4 to 8, nine to 14-year-olds in the U.S. and Canada; nine to 16-year-olds outside the U.S. and Canada); FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®, grades 9 to 12, 14 to 18-year-olds); and FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®, grades 9 to 12, ages 14-18). i.am.FIRST- Science is Rock and Roll documents the country’s best and brightest students in the FIRST Regional Competitions leading up to the international FIRST Championship.
Dean Kamen founded FIRST® in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge and life skills while motivating young people to pursue STEM.
For more information, visit: www.usfirst.org
Green Lite Motors, a clean technology company developing new transportation alternatives for commuters, is using Autodesk Product Design Suite from Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK), to more efficiently design a three-wheeled hybrid vehicle capable of traveling 100 miles on a single gallon of gas, as well as achieving highway-ready speeds of 85 miles per hour and a cruising range of 250 miles.
Although classified as a motorcycle, the vehicle is fully enclosed like a car, giving commuters a safer, more comfortable and environmentally friendly way to get to work. The vehicle can carry two passengers using a hybrid gas engine and electric motor, which supports long-range freeway cruising, as well as enhanced fuel efficiency in stop-and-go traffic. For safety, driver and passenger are protected by a steel roll cage, four-point safety harnesses, seat backs and front airbags. The vehicle’s comfort features also include heat, air conditioning and a sound system.
The Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program — which provides software for emerging clean tech companies in North America, Europe and Japan — enabled Green Lite Motors to use Digital Prototyping with Autodesk Product Design Suite. Autodesk Inventor software, included in Product Design Suite, was used to create digital prototypes of the third and fourth generations of the vehicle.
Digital Prototyping Accelerates Vehicle Development
“The Autodesk Product Design Suite has helped Green Lite Motors build the machine virtually to present an exceptionally strong vision of both the mechanical and aesthetic designs of our vehicle,” says Tim Miller, president and CEO at Green Lite Motors. “In leveraging the capabilities of Digital Prototyping, within a few weeks we were able to collaborate with a shared Inventor model to create a design capable of being manufactured.”
Green Lite Motors also leverages its digital prototype from Inventor with Autodesk Showcase software, another product included in Product Design Suite, to create compelling animations and renderings to visually communicate the mechanical and aesthetic designs of its vehicle — helping the company more effectively share its vision of greener transportation with potential investors and partners.
“Green Lite Motors is developing a unique hybrid vehicle to minimize driving’s environmental impact, and Digital Prototyping is helping them do it more quickly and with less waste,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, Manufacturing Industry Group at Autodesk. “From concept to manufacture, and marketing to maintenance, Autodesk software helps bring clean technology products to market sooner.”
For more information, visit: www.autodesk.com/cleantech or www.greenlitemotors.com
3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced today that it will showcase its entire suite of 3D content-to-print solutions at the Siggraph 2011 Conference and Exhibition, August 7 – 11th, at the Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver, BC, Canada, in booth #839 and The Studio.
The company plans to demonstrate its affordable 3D printers and powerful new design productivity tools, including Alibre personal and professional software and 3D-printable content available from its online marketplace, The3dStudio.com. Also on display to illustrate the potential of 3D printing will be stunning and functional designs from Freedom of Creation. 3D Systems will present the practical applications of its content-to-print solutions at the Siggraph Studio conference track.
"We are pleased to share our 3D content-to-print solutions with Siggraph participants," said Cathy Lewis, Vice President of Global Marketing, 3D Systems. "We are particularly excited to demonstrate the power, utility and affordability of our V-Flash® and BfB™ personal 3D printers and Alibre design packages to Studio attendees."
For more information, visit: www.3dsystems.com or www.siggraph.org/s2011
Available autumn 2011, Productivity+™ is a unique software solution for the integration of measurement and process control functionality into CNC machining programs. Providing significant advantages over traditional methods, Productivity+ eliminates the requirement for the manual addition of probing cycles into G-code, instead using ‘point and click' feature selection from imported solid models within an interface immediately familiar to existing CAM users.
Already the most powerful tool available for using on-machine measurement to control manufacturing processes, Productivity+ version 1.90 builds further on existing functionality and flexibility, including more features for Constructed Statements, enhanced multi-axis capability, improved reporting capability, and more Custom Macro functionality.
The constructed statements functionality within Productivity+ which allows ‘virtual' features to be created from existing measurement data, is complemented by the addition of a new constructed line element. Together these constructed statements (point, circle, plane and line), are suited complex job set-up operations.
Multi-axis capability and support for machine specific commands such as Fanuc G68.2 and Siemens CYCLE800 has been also extended in version 1.90, providing programming support for knuckle-jointed (nutating) table and 5-axis head/table machine configurations, as well as standard 3-axis machines and multi-axis machines with table/table configurations.
The powerful Productivity+ reporting functionality, which incorporates details such as feature name, type, and an optional in/out of tolerance check, has also been improved to allow reports to be produced in a consistent format for all supported controller models, simplifying analysis and comparison when using external software packages.
For users looking to create and add bespoke solutions into Productivity+ routines, version 1.90 enhances custom macro functionality, now allowing results to be used to perform machine update operations.
All of these new features build on the ability of Productivity+ to allow users to combine probing and machining, so that features can be automatically checked without the need for an external PC. An integrated logic builder enables measurements to be used as the input to process control decisions, allowing work co-ordinates, tool geometry, machine variables and rotation updates to be set automatically.
For more information, visit: www.renishaw.com
IMSI®/Design, the developer of the #1 best-selling CAD in retail and the leading 3D DWG™ viewer on iPad™ and iPhone®, announced today the release of TurboCAD Mac Pro v6.
“TurboCAD Mac Pro v6 is the easy choice for small business professionals looking for powerful CAD on the Mac,” stated Bob Mayer, COO of IMSI/Design.
New and enhanced features in v6 include:
* Mac OS X Lion Compatible.
* New AutoCAD .DWG 2011 Support.
* New 3D Architectural Design. TurboCAD Mac smart walls, windows, and doors can now be drawn and displayed in 3D, as well as 2D.
* Improved Door and Window Representation. Parametric door and window symbols now offer greater detail.
* New Architectural Format of Objects and Dimensions. Enhanced architectural formatting of objects and dimensions.
* New Automatic Wall Dimensions. Auto dimensions for all wall segments.
For more information or to upgrade, visit: www.TurboCAD.com
Composite Resources, a global leader in the design, prototype development and manufacturing of advanced composite solutions announced today that the company has broken ground on a new 60,000 sq. ft. that will more than double the size of their operations. The new expansion, when complete will bring Composite Resources total engineering and manufacturing space to 112,000 square feet.
"We are excited to see the excavation begin", said Jonathan Bennett, founder and Technical Director of Composite Resources as well as founder and driver for CORE autosport. "The demand for our expertise continues to rise and we need more room to keep pace with our business growth", said Bennett. "We've made investments this year in new technology and tooling that allows us to offer high-end, precision work that a lot of composite fabricators just can't afford to offer and some of those tools take up a lot of space".
"We've had growth from existing customer orders and now that we've created CORE autosport, our motorsports clientele has grown also", said Lisa Bennett, Vice-President and Director of Operations for Composite Resources. "The outlook for high-end, composite materials engineering and manufacturing seems to be bullish over the next several years because companies can make parts lighter, stronger and more durable". "New sectors are opening up too, like Green Energy and Transportation so it makes sense for us to expand in anticipation of that growth".
Located in Rock Hill, South Carolina's TechPark, Composite Resources serves a global market for composite engineering and manufacturing. The use of Carbon Fiber and other composite materials that offer greater strength, lighter weight and more durability continues to grow. Aerospace, industrial, military, medical, automotive, marine, clean energy and sports markets are increasing demand for high quality, precision designed composite solutions. The aerospace market alone is expected to reach $301B by 2018 according to market research firm Lucintel.
For more information, visit: www.composite-resources.com
Delcam will preview the latest version of its PartMaker software for programming turn-mill centres and Swiss-type lathes at the EMO World of Metalworking exhibition to be held in Hannover from 19th to 24th September. Major highlights of PartMaker 2012 include a new module for the simulation of vertical and horizontal machining centres, improved simulation for the latest breed of multi-axis, turn-mill and Swiss-lathe machine architectures, more powerful surface machining strategies, and improved visualisation throughout programming, as well as a host of additional productivity enhancements.
"PartMaker 2012 further demonstrates the accelerated pace of development PartMaker has undergone since its acquisition by Delcam five years ago,” stated PartMaker Division President, Hanan Fishman. "Since joining Delcam, the functionality, capability and power of the PartMaker CAM software suite have grown massively and rapidly by taking advantage of Delcam’s extensive development resources. Delcam’s world-wide team of over 225 developers is the largest in the CAM software industry. Multi-axis milling functionality that has taken Delcam many, many man years to develop is being added to PartMaker at a rapid pace and reduced cost, which provides a major benefit to the product’s end users.”
"Today, the machining algorithms in PartMaker are among the most sophisticated in the industry, offering users a great deal of power alongside the software’s hallmark ease of use, a combination simply not found in other CAM systems,” claimed Mr. Fishman.
The new simulation module for milling within PartMaker 2012, Kinematic Machine Simulation, will provide a completely new level of realism and collision detection for the simulation of parts being manufactured on vertical and horizontal machining centres. This new module will simulate the full architecture of milling machines, including work holding, rotary tables and tombstone fixtures.
Machine tool architectures have evolved greatly in the past 18 months, perhaps faster than they did in the previous five years. New multi-tasking machine tools that have come onto the market, and those that are still being introduced, are being equipped with more powerful and more sophisticated capabilities. PartMaker 2012 supports this increased functionality with improved simulation, including the simulation of the new breed of Swiss-type lathe that supports five-axis milling from a gang-slide type architecture.
These new architectures can provide end users with significantly more machining capability at less cost as they can avoid the need purchase angled attachments that are costly and difficult to set up. Such machines will also support more sophisticated five-axis machining operations than was available to users of Swiss-type equipment in the past.
PartMaker 2012 will feature a variety of new, more powerful surface machining strategies for both roughing and finishing. These new strategies will be based on the same machining algorithms as those found in PowerMILL, Delcam’s flagship CAM system for high-speed and five-axis machining of complex shapes. The new strategies are presented to the user in a manner consistent with PartMaker’s industry leading ease of use.
PartMaker 2012 will also feature improved 3D toolpath visualisation throughout the programming stages, even when a solid model is not available. This improved visualisation will allow users to benefit from 3D graphics at every step of the process, even when working from a 2D drawing.
For more information, visit: www.delcam.com
Resonetics introduces the RapidX250 laser micromachining system, developed for Universities and Corporate research to fabricate microfluidics, MEMs and medical devices in a rapid prototype fashion with tolerances approaching 1 micron. Traditionally MEMs devices are fabricated by traditional semiconductor lithography but the multi-step process takes significant time. The RapidX250 uses a multi-wavelength excimer laser (193nm and 248nm) to directly fabricate the structures in a single step, drastically reducing prototype time.
Compared with other lasers and methods, the RapidX250 is very flexible, able to micro fabricate 2-D (flat sheets, tubes) and 3-D parts (balloons, non-planar surfaces) , including XYZ, theta and goniometer. At 193nm laser wavelength, the laser can ablate cleanly fluropolymers (such as nylon, pebax, Teflon), bioabsorbable polymers and glass. The system has a quick exchange scheme to allow the user to switch to 248nm laser wavelength, ideal for machining polymers, ceramic and metals (such as stents)
And lastly the RapidX250 was designed to be user friendly with a DXF file-to-CNC converter to quickly convert concepts into prototypes, ideal for a multi-user environment
Resonetics is the largest total solution provider of laser micromachining products and services in the world. It is also regarded as having the largest independent plastic (polymer) laser micromachining facility with more than 50 UV-based laser micromachining systems and with three clean rooms.
Laser micromachining represents a critical fabrication technology for the manufacturing of medical devices, diagnostics, and a variety of non-medical products as the machining features become increasingly small.
The US-based company has three separate business divisions: The Medical Division, The Laser Micromachining Division (for Contract Manufacturing Services) and The Laser Systems Division (for capital equipment).
For more information, visit: www.resonetics.com
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Wednesday, August 10th
1:00 – 1:30 p.m. (EDT)
SpaceClaim adds value to existing CAD infrastructure by enabling all engineers to leverage existing data and contribute to product definition in 3D. SpaceClaim imports Catia and JT files which make communicating to suppliers and vendors a breeze, especially in the automotive market. Simply put: SpaceClaim is a single environment that any engineer can use to load some parts, get results, and communicate decisions.
SpaceClaim will allow you to:
-Edit foreign data just as easily as if it were created in SpaceClaim itself
-Produce precise, accurate 3D data and 2D drawings to specify detailed design in CAD, creating most effective handoff to CAD possible
-Communicate in 3D and 2D, eliminating much of the waste and rework associated with monolithic CAD processes
Watch this webinar to learn how SpaceClaim will solve your interoperability problems, allowing you to work with foreign data simply and easily.
To register, visit: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/213155498
Attendees seeking to explore the unparalleled benefits that laser-sintering offers to the rapidly expanding unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) industry can get a good start at Booth 1216 at the AUVSI Unmanned Systems North America 2011 (Washington, D.C., Aug. 16-19). There EOS, the world-leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems, will be demonstrating UAV parts and presenting background from technical experts on the use of laser-sintering as a competitive business strategy.
“UAV design and manufacture is the most dynamically growing and evolving sector of the aerospace industry, and it has its own demanding challenges,” says Udo Behrendt, Business Development Manager Aerospace at EOS. “The unique capabilities of our systems meet these challenges while eliminating some of the costs and manufacturing restrictions of traditional processes.”
Laser-sintering involves no tooling, and very little machining or fixturing, making it highly cost-effective and speedy for the low production runs of most UAVs. Re-designs of parts for changing missions and payloads, including mass customization for individual UAVs, are inexpensive as well. Because laser-sintering is an additive manufacturing technology, it can be used to create complex geometries that integrate multiple parts for weight savings, or that fit into the irregular space left in existing assemblies. Designs being laser-sintered for UAVs include fuel tanks, engine shrouds, control vanes, filter boxes, and air ducting, for example.
Available laser-sintered materials are well-suited for unmanned aircraft. EOS AlSi10Mg Aluminum can be used to create lighter-weight thin-walled parts. EOS NickelAlloy IN718 and IN625 provide high tensile strength, excellent processability and uniform corrosion resistance. In plastics, aside from various polyamide 11 and 12 materials, EOS also offers fire-retardant polyamide PA 2210 FR as well as PEEK HP3, the first high-performance thermoplastic polymer available for laser-sintering.
Still more materials options are available from EOS’ strategic partner Advanced Laser Materials (ALM). Between 60 and 70 percent of ALM’s business is creating one-of-a-kind plastics formulations in close cooperation with individual customers. “Just as laser-sintering promotes customized, design-driven manufacturing, we use our expertise with polymer bases and various additives to customize plastics,” says Donald Vanelli, president of ALM. “The customers know best what they want in terms of physical requirements, and we understand how to formulate a plastic to match their needs.” In addition to tailoring materials, ALM also has standardized offerings such as 640-GSL, an extremely lightweight glass- and fiber-reinforced plastic with an average density 15 percent less than nylon—and nylon has about the same density as water—and a high strength imparted by the fibers.
Andrew Snow, Regional Director, Sales, at EOS of North America, says, “The UAV industry has barely begun tapping the potential power of laser-sintering to create innovative, reliable parts. There’s no better proof of how our technology supports unmanned aircraft design and manufacture than the range of invention, in plastics and metals both, that our customers are displaying at this show.”
For more information, visit: http://symposium.auvsi.org/auvsi11/public/enter.aspx
Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK), a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, announced today that it has acquired San Francisco-based Instructables, a popular online community for people who want to discover, share and be inspired by DIY project ideas and how-to information. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Instructables is a destination where passionate, creative people come to share their most innovative projects and ideas on everything from technology and home renovation to crafts. Autodesk believes that the acquisition will assist makers of all types by linking Instructables’ vibrant online community to Autodesk software tools and services, such as SketchBook, 123D and Homestyler that allow anyone to explore design ideas and bring them to life.
Millions of Autodesk customers around the world are passionate about making things – whether in their professional lives or their personal lives. Instructables will introduce Autodesk customers to a thriving community of like-minded, smart individuals, with whom they can learn and share their personal inspiration or hobbies. Instructables members will benefit from Autodesk’s scale and powerful design tools, enabling the community to grow and share their ideas with a wider audience.
“Passionate, creative people want communities to support and encourage their endeavors,” said Samir Hanna, vice president of Consumer Products at Autodesk. “As a result of this acquisition, Autodesk will host a unique ecosystem that combines inspiration, accessible 3D software tools and fabrication services so anyone can be empowered to express themselves creatively.”
“Joining Autodesk will help us reach even more smart, engaged individuals and make Instructables an even better place to share projects and ideas,” said Eric Wilhelm, founder and CEO of Instructables. “Autodesk is a great cultural fit for Instructables, and I can’t wait to start changing the world together.”
Instructables members are at the forefront of the Maker Movement. They celebrate designing, personalizing and creating art objects, personal inventions and home ideas. Autodesk intends to retain the Instructables brand and will continue to operate Instructables.com following the acquisition, preserving the elements that make the Instructables community so authentic and successful today.
For more information, visit: www.autodesk.com or www.instructables.com
Web Industries, a global leader in custom manufacturing and development services for flexible materials, has opened a new Composites Automation Development Center in the Atlanta, Georgia area. The 10,000 sq. ft. development environment will help Web Industries customers from around the world test new and emerging carbon fiber composite materials for qualification and use in the automated fiber placement manufacturing process.
At the Center, engineers will be able to work with Web Industries to complete performance, process-ability, durability, and fit-for-use assessments on pre-preg carbon fiber composite precision tapes.
"We are seeing an increasing acceptance and use of these next-generation composite materials in aerospace, industrial, automotive, and wind energy applications. The Web Industries Development Center for Composites Automation is the first testing and development facility fully dedicated to helping raw material suppliers, fabricators and prime aircraft manufacturers leverage these new materials in automated manufacturing," said Donald Romine, President & CEO of Web Industries. "We are proud to offer this valuable resource to the entire composites industry."
Expanding the Center of Excellence
The Composites Automation Development Center is located within Web Industries' Composites Manufacturing Center of Excellence. The new purpose-built environment is ISO 9001:2008, AS9100, and ISO 14001-certified. Services and capabilities in the new Development Center include: slitting and winding, slit-width verification testing, materials analysis, environmental testing, web path testing, fit-for-use analysis, packaging optimization, quality and inspection, and aerospace grade freezer storage and environmental controls.
In addition to investing in processing technology and laboratory facilities, Web Industries has also ensured that visitors to the center will have a first-class working environment with all of the amenities needed to be comfortable and productive for extended periods of time. This includes engineering offices, visitor conference rooms, visitor office space, and wireless access.
The Composites Automation Development Center builds upon Web Industries' two decades of experience in producing precision composite slit tapes for the world's most stringent aerospace programs.
"This center represents years of innovation, knowledge, and investment in this market. And, with the most advanced systems and technology in the world for processing and creating precision slit tape with composite materials, Web is uniquely positioned to help market leaders gather important information about next-generation composite materials being developed for future programs," said Donald Romine, President & CEO of Web Industries.
For more information, visit: www.webindustries.com/Content/Capabilities/DevelopmentComposites.aspx
SparkFun Electronics, a provider of parts, knowledge and passion for electronics creation, today announced a new line of products designed to help the novice electronics enthusiast ease into the world of programming, prototyping and design.
Each product in the new ProtoSnap line features various input and output boards that are linked together, complete with traces, to form a multi-use prototyping platform. This allows users to experiment with embedded electronics without the burden of soldering, wires or other typical prototyping limitations.
There currently are three different products in the ProtoSnap line - the ProtoSnap Pro Mini, the ProtoSnap LilyPad Development Board and the ProtoSnap LilyPad E-sewing kit.
The Pro Mini combines an Arduino Pro Mini with a host of inputs and outputs to allow users to experiment with the Arduino language. When they have mastered programming the ProtoSnap Pro Mini, it can be broken apart so the individual components can be used separately. Both the ProtoSnap LilyPad Development Board and the ProtoSnap LilyPad E-sewing kits are designed to help users ease into e-textiles. They, too, can be broken apart into individual components and used in any number of different projects and applications.
"The ProtoSnap line is really designed with the beginner in mind," said SparkFun Engineer Ryan Owens. "We really think it will help introduce people to prototyping in an easy-to-understand and user-friendly way."
While the ProtoSnap line currently has three products, the range of possibilities for expansion is endless. SparkFun is excited to see the implications this new product holds for beginner electronics enthusiasts and hopes the ProtoSnap line will introduce a new group of people to the wonders of embedded electronics.
For more information, visit: www.sparkfun.com
The 2012 versions of Delcam’s PowerMILL CAM system for high-speed and five-axis machining and its FeatureCAM feature-based programming software will make their UK debuts at the TCT/Interplas exhibition to be held at the NEC, Birmingham, from 27th to 29th September. Both new releases will include a number of new strategies, together with more general enhancements to make programming easier and faster, and machining more efficient with the best-possible surface finish.
The most important new option in PowerMILL 2012 is flowline machining. With flowline machining, the toolpath is divided between a pair of drive curves in a constant number of passes, rather than having a varying number of passes with a constant stepover. This produces a better surface finish on the part and minimises wear on the cutter and the machine tool.
Another new option that will give better results during five-axis machining is the ability to control the angular point distribution. This option can be used to keep the machine tool moving smoothly when there is rapid angular change in one of its rotary axes.
Other enhancements include more control over the clearance distances applied to the cutter and its holder, new thread milling options, and improved workplane editing. It has also been made easier to obtain measurements, including distances, angles and directions, from the part model and enter these values into forms automatically.
A number of the improvements in FeatureCAM 2012 will make the software even easier to use. A range of keyboard shortcuts have been added and toolpath editing has been made much easier.
The most important improvement for increasing machine productivity comes from further developments in the use of stock models to cover 2D features, including bosses, sides and slots. The models allow the user to visualize the stock remaining after each operation. This makes it easier to eliminate air cutting and so generate more efficient toolpaths with reduced machining times. The models also simplify the selection of the most appropriate tools for rest-roughing and finishing operations.
Other improvements include extra options within the tooling database, the ability to automatically counterbore holes before drilling, fully-automated de-burring and chamfering, the possibility to create a negative leave allowance (such as a fitting allowance) for turning or wire EDM to produce undersized features without remodelling, and much improved performance on the largest part files with hundreds of thousands of entities.
For more information, visit: www.delcam.com or http://www.tctmagazine.com/x/calendar.html?id=560
Methods Machine Tools, Inc., a leading supplier of innovative precision machine tools, has introduced the new Matsuura MAM72-100H five-axis horizontal machining center, the largest in the MAM72 series. The machine's larger work envelope and ability to cut challenging materials makes it ideal for machining large-sized, complex parts that are common in the aerospace and energy industries.
Like all of Matsuura's 5-axis machines, the MAM72-100H provides high quality, high speed simultaneous 5-axis machining. Designed utilizing FEM analysis for maximum rigidity, the MAM72-100H offers a uniquely stable machining platform when compared to machines in its capacity class range. Ideally designed for varied lot machining, the MAM72-100H can process a wide array of materials and offers users advanced, proven unmanned operations.
Designed in response to user requests for a MAM72 with a larger work envelope and even greater processing capacity, the MAM72-100H features x-y-z travels of 41.33" x 36.22" x 37.79", an A-axis table that tilts between -120 and +30, and full 360 c-axis rotation. The A-/ B-axis table, with a direct drive motor, turns at a maximum feed rate of 50 minutes-1 (A-axis; Tilting axis) or 75 minutes-1 (B-axis; rotating axis), ensuring high speed and high precision. The MAM72-100H has the capability to handle a maximum work size of 39.37" deep and 30.31" high, and a maximum weight of 1,719 lbs. Equipped with a high-torque 50 taper spindle, the MAM72-100H is suitable for cutting hard-to-machine alloys, such as titanium and inconel.
The MAM72-100H features the next-generation Matsuura's Intelligent Meister System (MIMS), which monitors the overall production process. MIMS ensures reliable operation, high product quality, simple data management and low power consumption. In addition, the automatic tool changer is equipped with a drum-type tool magazine driven by a servomotor for quick tool indexing, low noise and low vibration. A variety of ATC / APC options are also available.
"The MAM72 series is known for its reliable, high-speed, unattended machining. Now with the MAM72-100H's ability to machine larger parts, it's the ideal solution for aircraft, energy and other industries with larger machining requirements," said Mr. Dave Lucius, VP of Sales at Methods Machine Tools, Inc. "The MAM72-100H will be making its North American debut at imX in Las Vegas, Nevada, September 12-14, 2011."
Methods Machine Tools, Inc. has been a leading supplier of precision machine tools, automation and accessories for over 50 years, providing extensive applications engineering support, installation, parts, service, and training through a network of large state-of-the-art technology centers and dealers throughout North America. Methods is the exclusive U.S. importer of Matsuura machines.
For more information, visit: www.methodsmachine.com
While many invoke the vision of 3D printers in the home, the reality is that until now, the ability to design and print your own creations in 3D has required expert knowledge in 3D CAD software. Mark Danks and Sarah Stocker, game industry veterans and the founders of Kodama Studios, are changing that.
Leveraging their unique experience in video game development and the latest browser technologies in HTML5.0 and WebGL, Kodama has put the joy of play into creating in 3D. Their solution utilizes the unique speed, affordability and multicolor printing capabilities of Z Corporation 3D printers.
During SIGGRAPH 2011, Kodama and premium Z Corporation printer Offload Studios will be demonstrating this new browser-based 3D creator in an exclusive preview of MyRobotNation.com, in the Z Corporation booth #913. Attendees will see firsthand how virtually anyone, not just experienced designers, can easily design their own personalized 3D creation that can then be printed as a high-quality figurine, in vibrant color, on a ZPrinter.
Z Corporation, whose 3D printers are already being used to create animation characters for Pixar and personalized avatars for World of Warcraft gamers, will also demonstrate how its 3D scanning and printing technology is expanding creative possibilities for computer graphics professionals.
Who – Z Corporation, Z Corporation channel partner Peak Solutions LLC, and Kodama Studios
What – SIGGRAPH 2011
When – August 9-11, 2011
Where – Vancouver Convention Centre, Z Corporation Booth #913
Z Corporation 3D technologies help product designers, engineers and architects create the right designs the first time. Professionals use ZPrinter® 3D printers, ZBuilder™ Ultra rapid prototyping machines and ZScanner® 3D laser scanners to compress the design cycle, generate new concepts, communicate clearly, foster collaboration, and reduce errors. These solutions span the entire 3D CAD/BIM design process from concept through design verification.
For more information, visit www.zcorp.com or www.siggraph.org/s2011
3D Systems Corporation (NYSE: DDD) announced today that its affordable BfB™ 3000 3D printer successfully completed two zero-gravity test flights in partnership with MADE IN SPACE, a start-up dedicated to providing solutions for manufacturing in outer space.
MADE IN SPACE believes that the advantages of 3D printing make it the perfect system for use in outer space. “3D printing and in-space manufacturing will dramatically change the way we look at space exploration, commercialization, and mission design today,” said Aaron Kemmer, CEO and Co-Founder of MADE IN SPACE. “The possibilities range from building on-demand parts for human missions to building large space habitats that are optimized for space.”
“We are pleased that our Bits From Bytes 3D Printer performed well in zero gravity conditions,” said Cathy Lewis, Vice President of Marketing for 3D Systems.
MADE IN SPACE plans additional zero-gravity and suborbital testing over the next twelve months.
Made in Space is developing the technology needed for in-space manufacturing. The company is innovating additive manufacturing (3D printing) to work in zero gravity and space environments in order to build the framework for humanity’s future in space—a future where space stations, spacecraft, and even satellites are built in space for space. MADE IN SPACE was conceived from looking at exponential technologies at Singularity University and how they impact the future.
For more information, visit: www.3dsystems.com or www.madeinspace.us
RS Components (RS) the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products and the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), has celebrated the first anniversary of its online DesignSpark electronics design community and resource centre, and its free DesignSpark PCB design software tool.
Since its launch in July 2010, DesignSpark has become the fastest growing online community for electronics engineers, with more than 50,000 members now registered. Recent user testing confirmed the demand among design engineers for trusted and reliable online resources that bring together design information, user generated reviews and free-of-charge tools to accelerate the design process.
The free, fully featured DesignSpark PCB tool, which has been the key driver for visitors to the online community, has logged in excess of 100,000 downloads since its introduction one year ago. Providing access to a full suite of video tutorials, examples and a parts library, the professional tool is valued highly by engineers who are converting from other industry products to DesignSpark PCB.
Version 1 of DesignSpark PCB won the New Product Introduction of the Year award from Printed Circuit Design & Fab (PCD&F) magazine and in March 2011, RS released version 2 of the PCB tool with additional 3D view capability. These new features, along with other updates, were implemented as a direct result of feedback on the DesignSpark community from users of the tool.
Glenn Jarrett, Head of Electronics Marketing at RS Components commented, “One year on, the unprecedented growth achieved for the adoption of DesignSpark and DesignSpark PCB shows indisputable evidence that design engineers want access to free downloadable tools, the ability to read reviews and blogs, and to communicate with their peers, manufacturers and industry experts. A recent survey conducted among 1,000 DesignSpark members across the globe revealed that engineers are not only using the community to download information but are actively engaged in sharing knowledge and creating new content.”
For more information, visit: www.designspark.com
"Our message to EMO visitors is that the laser is a tool that offers solutions to many of the megatrends affecting society today," says Dr.-Ing. E.h. Peter Leibinger, president of TRUMPF's Laser Technology and Electronics Division, summarizing the focus of the exhibits at the company's stand in Hall 12.
Everything has been done to convey the most fascinating and exciting aspects of laser technology. Visitors to the company's eye-catching stand at the trade show will be able to test their skills in laser table football and admire outstanding examples of applications of laser technology. "The circular arrangement of the exhibits was inspired by the configuration of a CO2 laser resonator," explains Dr.-Ing. Mathias Kammüller, head of the TRUMPF Machine Tool and Power Tool division. "Their content is designed to remind visitors that lasers have an important role to play in many areas of life, including mobility, the conservation of natural resources, and health, and that they can be used to advantage in a wide variety of production activities."
One of the laser applications of relevance to the megatrend mobility is the manufacture of battery components for electric vehicles. An example on display at the TRUMPF stand for the first time is laser-welded cell connectors for battery units. These components link the battery cells together and enable energy to flow from one cell to another. Cell connections often involve the creation of a welded copper-aluminum joint. This is a complex process in which a layer of melted copper is infiltrated and pressed into the aluminum substrate. Other areas in which laser technology can be deployed to promote emission-free mobility include the manufacture of bipolar plates for fuel-cell stacks and the cutting of high-strength materials used to reduce component weight.
Megatrend resource conservation
One particularly eye-catching exhibit is a deep-drawing tool used, for example, to manufacture B-columns for the body of a Volkswagen. A laser deposit welding technique is used to apply a hard protective coating to the surface of the tool, which is subject to intensive wear. As a result, the mold can be cast in materials more commonly used in injection molding and cooling channels can be incorporated below its surface. This efficient solution optimizes the solidification of the workpiece and reduces the cycle time per component, while at the same time significantly prolonging the life of the mold. This in turn reduces the consumption of raw materials and energy and minimizes the process's carbon footprint.
Another exhibit concerns the maintenance of safety-critical components, which normally have to be replaced as soon as the very first signs of wear are detected. Laser deposit welding permits the selective repair of areas of complex components most susceptible to damage, enabling, for instance, costly titanium turbine blades to be returned to service instead of being replaced. This efficient repair technique avoids the necessity of manufacturing new components from scratch, thus reducing the consumption of raw materials and the associated manufacturing costs.
The TRUMPF TruSystem 7500 operating table system, manufactured using the company's own machines, is more than just an example of the precision that can be achieved by laser processes. This product also highlights the ecological advantages that can be obtained by deploying lasers throughout the design and manufacturing chain for sheet-metal components. Due to the limited extent of the melt pool and the low heat input associated with laser welding, the risk of distortion is significantly reduced by comparison with conventional techniques. As a result, there is rarely any need for reworking and the weld seams are exceptionally robust. Moreover, laser processing systems fully comply with the strict hygiene regulations that apply in the health sector.
All of the TRUMPF exhibits on display at EMO carry one and the same message: Lasers can be usefully integrated in a wide variety of manufacturing processes, and in every case they enhance, simplify or improve operational efficiency. It is not without reason that we have chosen "Laser up your business!" as the overriding slogan for our stand at EMO.
For more information, visit: www.trumpf.com or www.emo-hannover.de
UBM Canon has announced that it will produce the Pharmapack North America conference and exhibition May 22-23, 2012 in Philadelphia’s PA Convention Center. The technology-focused conference and exhibition, which focuses upon innovation in packaging technology and drug delivery systems to enhance health product safety, is the counterpart of the company’s highly successful show in Paris, France.
Established in 1997, Pharmapack in Paris is Europe’s recognized event for senior managers and engineers involved in R&D, design, development, purchase and procurement of packaging and drug delivery devices as well as production from the leading pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, veterinary and medical companies.
"Philadelphia is the ideal place to launch Pharmapack in North America," according the UBM Canon’s senior vice-president Kevin O’Keefe. "The entire life sciences sector in Greater Philadelphia employs about 95,000 workers, with about 60% of them engaged in pharmaceuticals and biotech development and manufacturing."
The conference at Pharmapack North America will feature two days of high-level presentations focusing upon key challenges, trends, and technical innovations in the drug delivery systems and packaging technology sectors. The show’s exhibition categories will include designers, manufacturers and distributors of packaging material and machinery, product and packaging design services, drug delivery systems/devices (such as syringes, pen injector, inhaler, dispensers); packaging components; blister packaging; cardboard, printing and labeling; child resistant and senior friendly solutions; medical packaging; sterilization techniques and services; contract manufacturing; traceability and anti-counterfeit technologies; production equipment; automation and assembly systems; transport material and services.
Pharmapack North America expands UBM Canon’s portfolio of products serving the pharmaceutical manufacturing sector, which includes the well-established business magazines Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging News, Med Ad News, and R&D Directions, as well as the industry websites PMPNews.com, PharmaLive.com, and Pharmalot.com.
For more information, visit: www.PharmapackNorthAmerica.com
University of California, San Diego students preparing for a future archaeological dig to Jordan will likely pack a Microsoft Kinect, but it won’t be used for post-dig, all-night gaming marathons. Instead, the students will use a modified version of the peripheral Xbox 360 device in the field to take high-quality, low-cost 3D scans of dig sites.
Jürgen Schulze, a research scientist at UCSD’s division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), along with his master’s student, Daniel Tenedorio, have figured out a way to extract data streaming from the Kinect’s onboard color camera and infrared sensor to make hand-held 3D scans of small objects and people.
Currently, the researchers can use scans of people made with the modified Kinect to produce cheap, quickly-made avatars that could conceivably be plugged right into virtual worlds such as Second Life.
Schulze’s ultimate goal, however, is to extend the technology to scan entire buildings and even neighborhoods. For the initial field application of their modified Kinect – dubbed ArKinect (a mashup of archaeology and Kinect) – Schulze plans to train engineering and archaeology students to use the device to collect data on a future expedition to Jordan led by Thomas Levy, associate director of the Center of Interdisciplinary Science for Art, Architecture, and Archaeology (CISA3).
“We are hoping that by using the Kinect we can create a mobile scanning system that is accurate enough to get fairly realistic 3D models of ancient excavation sites,” says Schulze, whose lab specializes in developing 3D visualization technology.
The scans collected at sites in Jordan or elsewhere can later be made into 3D models and projected in Calit2’s StarCAVE, a 360-degree, 16-panel immersive virtual reality environment that enables researchers to interact with virtual renderings of objects and environments. Three-dimensional models of artifacts provide more information than 2D photographs about the symmetry (and hence quality of craftsmanship, for example) of found artifacts, and 3D models of the dig sites can help archaeologists keep track of the exact locations where artifacts were located.
As of now, the modified Kinect system relies on an overhead video tracking system, limiting its range to relatively small indoor spaces.
However, Schulze notes, “In the future, we would like to make this device independent of the tracking system, which would allow us to take the system outside into the field, where we could scan arbitrarily large environments.”
“We can then use the 3D model, walk around it, we can move it around, we can look at it from all sides.”
“There may be experts off site that have access to a CAVE system,” he adds, “and they could collaborate remotely with researchers in the field. This technology could also potentially be used in a disaster site, like an earthquake, where the scene can be digitized and viewed remotely to help direct search and rescue operations.”
Schulze adds that it may even be possible to simulcast live reconstructions in the StarCAVE of 3D scans of objects or scenes taken in the field by the Kinect with a standard 3G or wireless broadband connection.
From the Living Room to the Lab
Since its release last November, the Kinect -- now the fastest-selling consumer electronics device of all time -- has captured the imagination of hundreds of thousands of videogame enthusiasts as well as many university researchers, who have modified the device for use in projects ranging from robotic telesurgery to navigation systems for the blind.
Originally intended to sit atop a television and sense the movements of users playing videogames, the Kinect was repurposed by Tenedorio to capture 3D maps of stationary objects. The scanning process, which entails moving the device by hand over all surfaces of an object, looks somewhat like having a metal-detecting wand waved over one’s body at the airport (if it were done rather slowly by an overzealous TSA agent).
Schulze likens the procedure to using a can of spray paint: “Imagine you wanted to spray paint an entire person. To do a complete job, you would have to point the can at every surface, under the arms, between the fingers, and so on. Scanning a person with the Kinect works the same way.”
The ability to operate the Kinect freehand is a huge advantage over other scanning systems like LIDAR (light detecting and ranging), which creates a more accurate scan but has to be kept stationary in order to be precisely aimed.
“Having a hand-held device is important for these excavation sites where the ground is rugged and uneven,” explains Schulze. “With the Kinect, that doesn’t slow you down at all.”
How it works
The Kinect projects a pattern of infrared dots (invisible to the human eye) onto an object, which then reflect off the object and get captured by the device’s infrared sensor. The reflected dots create a 3D depth map. Nearby dots are linked together to create a triangular mesh grid of the object. The surface of each triangle in the grid is then filled in with texture and color information from the Kinect’s color camera. A scan is taken 10 times per second and data from thousands of scans are combined in real-time, yielding a 3D model of the original object or person.
One challenge Schulze and his team faced was spatially aligning all the scans. Because the ArKinect scans are done freehand, each scan is taken at a slightly different position and orientation. Without a mechanism for spatially aligning the scans, the 3D model created would be a discontinuous, Picasso-esque jumble of images.
To overcome this challenge, Tenedorio outfitted the ArKinect with a five-pronged infrared sensor attached to its top surface. The overhead video cameras track this sensor in space, thereby tagging each of the ArKinect’s scans with its exact position and orientation. This tracking makes it possible to seamlessly stitch together information from the scans, resulting in a stable 3D image.
The team is working on a tracking algorithm that incorporates smartphone sensors, such as an accelerometer, a gyroscope, and GPS (global positioning system). In combination with the existing approach for stitching scan data together, the tracking algorithm would eliminate the need to acquire position and orientation information from the overhead tracking cameras.
A major advantage of the ArKinect is that scan progress can be assessed on a computer monitor in real time. Notes Schulze, “You can see right away what you are scanning. That allows you to find holes so that when there is occlusion, you can just move the Kinect over it and fill it in.”
This is in contrast to conventional scanning devices, where data is collected and then analyzed offline -- often in a separate location -- which can be problematic if any holes are present.
Deleting unnecessary data, in fact, turned out to be the research team’s most daunting challenge. “Simply adding each frame into a global model adds too much data; within seconds, the computer cannot render the model and the system breaks,” says Tenedorio, who is joining Google as a software engineer following completion of his master’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering this July.
“One of the primary thrusts of our research is to discover how to throw away duplicate points in the model and retain only the unique ones.”
The Kinect streams data at 40 megabytes per second – enough to fill an entire DVD every two minutes. Keeping the amount of stored data to a minimum will allow a scan of a person to occupy only a few hundred kilobytes of storage, about the same as a picture taken with a digital camera.
Another advantage of the Kinect is cost: It retails for $150. This low price tag, coupled with Schulze’s efforts to make it a portable self-contained, battery-powered instrument with an onboard screen to monitor scan progress, makes it feasible to send an ArKinect with Levy’s students to Jordan.
Schulze’s team is currently writing a paper about the ArKinect project to submit to a major international virtual reality conference.
Other students (all from UCSD’s Computer Science and Engineering department) involved in the project include master’s students Marlena Fecho and Jorge Schwarzhaupt, who helped develop the ArKinect’s scanning algorithm, and master’s student James Lue and undergraduate student Robert Pardridge, who helped with the 3D meshing program that creates surfaces from points extracted from the ArKinect’s depth map.
For more information, visit: www.universityofcalifornia.edu
Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), announced the availability of Autodesk Simulation CFD, the latest offering in the Autodesk simulation software portfolio, which builds on computational fluid dynamics capabilities that Autodesk gained in the Blue Ridge Numerics acquisition in March 2011.
Autodesk Simulation CFD software helps automate fluid flow and thermal simulation decision-making for designs, while eliminating costly physical prototyping cycles. Autodesk Simulation CFD introduces new integration with Autodesk Inventor Fusion software, allowing engineers to modify or simplify geometry quickly and easily from virtually any CAD system when running simulations.
Automated fluid flow and thermal simulations provide a cost-effective and faster alternative to physical testing methods that often lack a complete picture of design performance. Autodesk Simulation CFD provides a platform to help engineers gain competitive advantage and sustain growth through more efficient use of existing personnel and computing resources.
“Making informed, up-front decisions about air flow, fluid flow or electronics cooling is critical to help design and manufacture safer, quality products or construct more energy efficient buildings,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, Manufacturing Industry Group at Autodesk. “Our customers expect the highest quality CFD software to drive profitability and compete more effectively at every step of the design process.”
Simulation Software Boosts Engineering Productivity
A host of new features in Autodesk Simulation CFD help engineers achieve more, faster:
* One-click simulation — New tools in Autodesk Simulation CFD simplify the use of simulation for every CAD engineer using CAD-entity groups and design study rules — providing a convenient way to set up a simulation in one-click and begin exploring flow and thermal design options.
* Design study automation — Several new features, such as the CAD-embedded design study builder and design study templates, enable engineers to avoid repetition of tasks when creating a design study.
* Remote solving — Autodesk Simulation CFD is built to support the design study process by making it easy to harness all available computational power on any user’s network. A new remote solving manager helps users set up and allocate workload across multiple workstations.
* Team environment — New workflow and collaboration functionality enables more team members to be involved on each project. Autodesk Simulation CFD provides a powerful 3D viewer that works inside web browsers, enabling everyone to evaluate simulation results, even if they don’t have an Autodesk Simulation CFD license.
* Decision center — Autodesk Simulation CFD extracts the data users need to drive design performance with new thermal image camera-like visualization capabilities and performance data output options to enhance decision making.
For more information, visit: www.autodesk.com
Delcam will launch new software releases from both its Advanced Manufacturing Solutions Division and its Healthcare Division at imX – the interactive manufacturing eXperience, to be held from September 12th to 14th at the Las Vegas Convention Center. New programs to be demonstrated on Booth #1800 will include options to speed product development and to make manufacturing processes more efficient.
Delcam will have a solution for all attendees at the event, whether they are looking for modelling design tools, or independent inspection solutions, or advanced machining strategies for high-speed and five-axis production of complex parts, or feature-based technology to streamline programming of 2D and 3D components, or automated programming for CNC mills, lathes, wire EDM, turn/mill centres or Swiss-type lathes.
Delcam’s breadth of CADCAM software is so sophisticated that it is not limited to the wide range of solutions for design, machining and inspection in traditional manufacturing sectors such as the automotive, aerospace, medical, energy and consumer industries. Delcam can also provide complete CADCAM solutions in applications for the medical market, including the design and manufacture of dental restorations and custom orthotic insoles.
"Delcam offers the broadest range of CAM software of any supplier,” claimed Glenn McMinn, President of Delcam North America. "We have the technology to provide solutions for all types of manufacturing, either as stand- alone systems for CNC toolpath generation or as complete packages including both CAD modelling and CAM programming, or even as dedicated, custom-built systems through Delcam Professional Services.”
"We have the largest development team in the CAM industry so we can keep abreast of progress in machine tool and cutting tool technology,” he added. "In fact, our close relationships with the leading machine tool suppliers mean that we can often anticipate their developments, for example, by preparing post-processors for new equipment before it is delivered to customers.”
As well as having the largest development team, Delcam is renowned internationally for providing the highest-quality support from its network of subsidiaries and resellers. "We have shown the upcoming software updates to our sales channels and the reaction has been extremely positive,” continued Mr. McMinn. "We are confident that our solutions will be able to help any company visiting imX and are eager to show the visitors how our software solutions can boost productivity, shorten delivery times, improve quality and so help them become more successful.”
For more information, visit: www.delcam.com or www.imxevent.com
Ford and TechShop have announced that Allen Park, Mich., is the home of TechShop Detroit, the communal fabrication studio where everyday inventors, from backyard tinkerers to tech-savvy engineers, can come and create their very-own homegrown innovations.
Set to open in Allen Park, Mich., TechShop Detroit is the culmination of a year's worth of collaboration between Ford and TechShop, the world's first and largest membership-based do-it-yourself (DIY) workshop enterprise that also has locations in California and North Carolina.
Ford is the first automaker to work with TechShop to open one of its centers, which offer creative minds of all kinds affordable access to tools, machinery and even "dream coaches" so they can design and develop prototypes of their latest inventions, both automotive and otherwise.
"We are excited to see what started as a simple idea and conversation between Ford and TechShop take physical form so quickly," said Bill Coughlin, president and CEO of Ford Global Technologies, the domestic auto industry's only internal intellectual property management and licensing group. "We want this space to inspire all inventive individuals and communities in and around Detroit to innovate and create."
Ford and TechShop first met up in spring 2010 at the largest DIY showcase, Maker Faire in San Mateo, Calif., where Ford was invited to display an open innovation app creation project that company researchers developed with University of Michigan students. That gathering helped ignite the duo's idea for TechShop Detroit, which was announced only a year ago at the first Maker Faire Detroit.
Mark Hatch, TechShop CEO, is thrilled to see TechShop Detroit become a reality so quickly and envisions limitless possibilities for the location, especially considering its proximity to the Ford engineering campus, nearby universities and the downtown area. According to recent figures from the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of under-35 college-educated creatives taking up residence in downtown Detroit is on the rise, bucking the city's overall population decline over the past 10 years.
"Detroit is a market area full of talented communities of makers, hobbyists, backyard mechanics and general tinkerers that continues to grow," said Hatch, who already has more than 1,500 TechShop members registered at his California and North Carolina workshops. "We are excited to open TechShop Detroit and continue our collaboration with Ford to offer an affordable place to go that has the necessary equipment and resources to make inventive ideas a reality."
With more than $1 million invested in high-tech equipment alone, TechShop Detroit will feature everything from top-quality prototyping tools and industrial-grade sewing and textile equipment to laser cutting, welding and machine shop-type gear.
TechShop Detroit will be located in the Fairlane Business Park at 800 Republic Drive in a Ford Land-owned property.
Hub of ideas
The official arrival of TechShop to Detroit is also fueling another vision that Ford Global Technologies hopes to bring to life just as quickly and at the same address — a first-of-its-kind intellectual property exchange and technology showroom where everyday inventors, industry insiders, universities and research labs can display and even license their automotive innovations and other ideas.
"This showroom idea can be considered TechShop 'Plus,'" said Coughlin. "It will be an open meeting place that will enable inventors to showcase what they create in TechShop and then negotiate, network and even sell their idea to players in the automotive industry, from manufacturers and suppliers to research institutions and startups."
The Innovation Exchange concept is a brick-and-mortar extension of the Detroit-based AutoHarvest Foundation, a new non-profit organization set up by several respected automotive executives to help connect the auto industry with metro Detroit's entrepreneurial ecosystem. Ford Global Technologies, along with other automakers, suppliers, universities and research centers actively support AutoHarvest.
What's unique about the AutoHarvest connection, said Coughlin who serves as chairman of the group's Innovation Advisory Council, is that it gives the technology exchange showroom concept and those that use it an established collaborative and secure online platform where intellectual property is shared but also properly protected.
"Selling your technology can be difficult and daunting," he said. "The Innovation Exchange is all about helping spread the word about the innovation occurring inside Tech Shop, giving the creator the foundational resources they need to understand how to sell and commercialize their idea and connect with the right players while protecting their intellectual property."
Managed by AutoHarvest, the Innovation Exchange would be open to the entire automotive community as well as individual makers in other industries, empowering the crowd to help create and bring to market the next must-have technologies.
For more information, visit: www.techshop.ws
Engineers at the University of Southampton have designed and flown the world’s first ‘printed’ aircraft, which could revolutionise the economics of aircraft design.
The SULSA (Southampton University Laser Sintered Aircraft) plane is an unmanned air vehicle (UAV) whose entire structure has been printed, including wings, integral control surfaces and access hatches. It was printed on an EOS EOSINT P730 nylon laser sintering machine, which fabricates plastic or metal objects, building up the item layer by layer.
No fasteners were used and all equipment was attached using ‘snap fit’ techniques so that the entire aircraft can be put together without tools in minutes.
The electric-powered aircraft, with a 2-metres wingspan, has a top speed of nearly 100 miles per hour, but when in cruise mode is almost silent. The aircraft is also equipped with a miniature autopilot developed by Dr Matt Bennett, one of the members of the team.
Laser sintering allows the designer to create shapes and structures that would normally involve costly traditional manufacturing techniques. This technology allows a highly-tailored aircraft to be developed from concept to first flight in days. Using conventional materials and manufacturing techniques, such as composites, this would normally take months. Furthermore, because no tooling is required for manufacture, radical changes to the shape and scale of the aircraft can be made with no extra cost.
This project has been led by Professors Andy Keane and Jim Scanlan from the University’s Computational Engineering and Design Research group.
Professor Scanlon says: “The flexibility of the laser sintering process allows the design team to re-visit historical techniques and ideas that would have been prohibitively expensive using conventional manufacturing. One of these ideas involves the use of a Geodetic structure. This type of structure was initially developed by Barnes Wallis and famously used on the Vickers Wellington bomber which first flew in 1936. This form of structure is very stiff and lightweight, but very complex. If it was manufactured conventionally it would require a large number of individually tailored parts that would have to be bonded or fastened at great expense.”
Professor Keane adds: “Another design benefit that laser sintering provides is the use of an elliptical wing planform. Aerodynamicists have, for decades, known that elliptical wings offer drag benefits. The Spitfire wing was recognised as an extremely efficient design but it was notoriously difficult and expensive to manufacture. Again laser sintering removes the manufacturing constraint associated with shape complexity and in the SULSA aircraft there is no cost penalty in using an elliptical shape.”
SULSA is part of the EPSRC-funded DECODE project, which is employing the use of leading edge manufacturing techniques, such as laser sintering, to demonstrate their use in the design of UAVs.
The University of Southampton has been at the forefront of UAV development since the early 1990s, when work began on the Autosub programme at its waterfront campus at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton. A battery powered submarine travelled under sea ice in more than 300 voyages to map the North Sea, and assess herring stocks.
Now, the University is launching a groundbreaking course which enables students to take a Master's Degree in unmanned autonomous vehicle (UAV) design.
This is the first scheme of its kind and from September 2011, postgraduates can take part in a one-year programme covering the design, manufacture and operation of robotic vehicles. The degree will cover marine, land based and pilotless aircraft, typically used in environments that are deemed unsafe or uneconomic, such as exploration under sea ice, or monitoring gas emissions from volcanic eruptions. NASA expects UAVs to become 'standard tools' in fields such as agriculture, earth observation and climate monitoring.
For more information, visit: www.soton.ac.uk
Tiny aerial vehicles are being developed with innovative flapping wings based on those of real-life insects.
Incorporating micro-cameras, these revolutionary insect-size vehicles will be suitable for many different purposes ranging from helping in emergency situations considered too dangerous for people to enter, to covert military surveillance missions.
Supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, world-leading research at the University of Oxford is playing a key role in the vehicles' development.
Dr Richard Bomphrey, from the Department of Zoology, is leading this research, which is generating new insight into how insect wings have evolved over the last 350 million years. "Nature has solved the problem of how to design miniature flying machines," he says. "By learning those lessons, our findings will make it possible to aerodynamically engineer a new breed of surveillance vehicles that, because they're as small as insects and also fly like them, completely blend into their surroundings."
Currently the smallest of state-of-the-art fixed-wing unmanned surveillance vehicles are around a foot wide. The incorporation of flapping wings is the secret to making the new designs so small. To achieve flight, any object requires a combination of thrust and lift. In manmade aircraft, two separate devices are needed to generate these (i.e. engines provide thrust and wings provide lift), this limits the scope for miniaturising flying machines.
But an insect's flapping wings combine both thrust and lift. If manmade vehicles could emulate this more efficient approach, it would be possible to scale down flying machines to much smaller dimensions than is currently possible.
"This will require a much more detailed understanding than we currently have of how insect wings have evolved, and specifically of how different types of insect wing have evolved for different purposes," Dr Bomphrey says. "For instance, bees are load-lifters, a predator such as a dragonfly is fast and manoeuvrable, and creatures like locusts have to range over vast distances. Investigating the differences between insect wing designs is a key focus of our work. These ecological differences have led to a variety of wing designs depending on the task needing to be performed. It means that new vehicles could be customised to suit particular uses ranging from exploring hostile terrain, collapsed buildings or chemical spills to providing enhanced TV coverage of sports and other events".
Dr Bomphrey and his team lead the world in their use of both cutting-edge computer modelling capabilities and the latest high-speed, high-resolution camera technology to investigate insect wing design and performance.
Key to the work is the calculation of air flow velocities around insect wings. This is achieved by placing insects in a wind tunnel, seeding the air with a light fog and illuminating the particles with pulsing laser light - using a technique called Particle Image Velocimetry.
The team's groundbreaking work has attracted the attention of NATO, the US Air Force and the European Office of Aerospace Research and Development. The research is expected to produce findings that can be utilised by the defence industry within 3-5 years, leading to the development and widespread deployment of insect-sized flying machines within 20 years.
"This is just one more example of how we can learn important lessons from nature," says Dr Bomphrey. "Tiny flying machines could provide the perfect way of exploring all kinds of dark, dangerous and dirty places."
Dr Bomphrey is using his EPSRC-funded Fellowship to pursue this research. The fundamental aim of the work is to explore how natural selection has impacted on the design of insect wings and how these designs have been affected by the laws of aerodynamics and other physical constraints. "Evolution hasn't settled on a single type of insect wing design," says Dr Bomphrey. "We aim to understand how natural selection led to this situation. But we also want to explore how manmade vehicles could transcend the constraints imposed by nature."
EPSRC is the main UK government agency for funding research and training in engineering and the physical sciences, investing more than £850 million a year in a broad range of subjects - from mathematics to materials science, and from information technology to structural engineering.
For more information, visit: www.epsrc.ac.uk
Delcam reseller Trimech Manufacturing is to hold two webinars on feature-based machining during August. The first webinar, to be held on 3rd August, will cover the stand-alone FeatureCAM programming software, while the second, on 10th August, will feature Delcam for SolidWorks, the integrated CAM system for SolidWorks. By watching both webinars, companies will be able to compare the stand-alone and integrated approaches to CAM programming.
FeatureCAM was the world’s first feature-based programming system when it was launched in 1995. Constant improvement since then has ensured that the program has retained its leadership in programming speed and ease of use. The rate of development has accelerated since FeatureCAM was added to the Delcam range in 2005, in particular through the incorporation of strategies for high-speed and five-axis machining from Delcam’s flagship PowerMILL CAM system.
The FeatureCAM family now offers a comprehensive range of programs for milling, turning, wire EDM and mill-turn, all with the same easy-to-use interface style to minimise training times. The software incorporates a unique combination of feature-based and knowledge-based functionality that makes programming faster and easier than any other CAM system.
Delcam for SolidWorks combines the benefits associated with PowerMILL and FeatureCAM. The software offers PowerMILL’s exceptional speed of toolpath calculation, plus the advanced strategies for high-speed and five-axis machining, to ensure increased productivity, maximum tool life and immaculate surface finish. At the same time, Delcam for SolidWorks has the same strong focus on ease of use as FeatureCAM, including all of the knowledge-based automation that makes that system so consistent and reliable.
Delcam for SolidWorks is fully integrated into the SolidWorks environment so that the program looks and behaves like SolidWorks. It offers full associativity so that any changes in the CAD model are reflected automatically in the toolpaths. However, this associativity is more intelligent than that offered in many other integrated CAM systems. Delcam for SolidWorks does not simply modify the existing toolpaths but also reviews the choice of cutting tools and machining strategies, and changes them if necessary.
Both FeatureCAM and Delcam for SolidWorks incorporate Delcam’s industry-leading machining algorithms. These are continuously developed by Delcam’s development team, the largest in the CAM industry, and are used by around 40,000 organisations worldwide.
TriMech was created twelve years ago to provide complete mechanical engineering software solutions for the Mid-Atlantic region. Covering a territory that spans the East Coast from Pittsburgh to Atlanta, the company has provided solutions for over 1300 customers and in excess of 4000 users to date.
Further details and registration information can be found at: www.trimechmanufacturing.com/webinars
With more than three months to go before North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event opens its doors, FABTECH 2011 is already expected to be the largest ever. Returning to Chicago’s McCormick Place, Nov. 14-17, 2011, the event will offer four full days of activities and provide its projected 32,000 attendees with unlimited opportunities to network, learn and see the latest metal fabrication products and technologies.
According to John Catalano, FABTECH show manager, all signs point to this being a great event.
“Registration is up and we are on track to fill nearly a half million net square feet of exhibit space with more than 1,200 exhibitors,” says Catalano. “The interest in this year’s event is a positive sign that our industry is alive and thriving.”
Visitors will see thousands of pieces of equipment in action on the show floor and more than 500 new product debuts. In addition to the exhibits, FABTECH 2011 will also present more than 100 educational sessions on the latest trends in cutting, finishing, forming and fabricating, stamping, tube and pipe, and welding, as well as courses for managers. The complete lineup can be viewed at fabtechexpo.com/schedule-at-a-glance.cfm.
Other featured events include a keynote on Growing Your Business Through Innovation, a State of the Industry panel discussion and highly anticipated sessions on reshoring and how to strengthen U.S. manufacturing and create jobs. A new Buyer Appreciation Day has also been added this year and will allow attendees to take advantage of exhibitor show specials and win prizes.
FABTECH is co-sponsored by five industry-leading associations: the American Welding Society (AWS), the Fabricator’s & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA), the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), and the Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI).
For more information, visit: www.fabtechexpo.com
ROMER Inc., a brand of Hexagon Metrology Inc, announced today the launch of CMS108, a high-precision, non-contact laser scanner available for their portable coordinate measuring machines. The newest option in ROMER’s laser scanning portfolio, the CMS108 is the most adaptable and adept at scanning a wide range of materials with enhanced sensitivity to color and surface finishes. Its improved accuracy makes it attractive for inspection and reverse engineering applications where laser scanners have been unable to meet tight tolerances. The CMS108 mounts with a kinematic joint to the seven-axis ROMER portable CMMs, which include the Absolute Arm SE and the Infinite 2.0 SC Arm.
The CMS108 is the most precise laser scanner offered by ROMER with an accuracy of 20 microns, which is a 16% gain in accuracy over previous scanning solutions. In addition, the device was engineered for applications with a wide variety of color and surface finishes. Flying dot technology allows the laser scanner to rapidly detect changes in color and surfaces via their reflectivity. An operator can scan traditionally difficult finishes, including shiny and mirrored surfaces, without making manual exposure adjustments. The laser scanner can transition from matte to shiny features without additional calibration. With 3 different line widths and differing point densities, the CMS108 is able to perform inspection routines on small intricate parts and large surfaces.
“The CMS108 is the perfect addition to our portable scanning portfolio,” states Eric Hollenbeck, Hexagon Metrology’s Product Manager for portable products, ”With versatility and an exceptional data collection rate, we now offer an incredibly accurate scanner capable of inspecting different consecutive surfaces on the fly with no adjustments. The CMS108 system integrates our industry leading Scanning System Specification which specifies and calibrates the arm and scanner as a single unit. Although any organization with portable metrology requirements could potentially benefit from this technology, typical users include those in the automotive, aerospace, medical, rail, and energy production industries. The addition of the CMS108 to our lineup demonstrates Hexagon Metrology’s commitment to offering the customer unrivaled choice in portable metrology.”
The CMS108 is currently available for the seven-axis Absolute Arm SE with measuring ranges of 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5, 4, and 4.5 meters. The sensor can also be added as an upgrade to the seven-axis Infinite 2.0 SC Arm. Both products are produced in the new, state-of-the-art facility in Oceanside, California.
Hexagon Metrology serves the high precision measurement and inspection needs of worldwide manufacturers with its extensive line of metrology hardware, software, accessories and customer services. The company's name-brand portfolio of quality assurance products include Brown & Sharpe, Cognitens, Leica Geosystems, ROMER, Sheffield, PC-DMIS, DEA, Leitz and TESA. Hexagon Metrology has an unrivaled installed base of more than 1.5 million handheld, stationary and portable measurement devices, and over 35,000 seats of PC-DMIS metrology software.
For more information, visit: www.HexagonMetrology.us
NewTek, a worldwide leader of 3D animation and video products, announced LightWave™ 10.1, the latest version of its Emmy® Award-winning 3D modeling, animation, visual effects and rendering software, is now available. With powerful advanced modeling and animation tools designed to integrate into any production pipeline, LightWave 10.1 offers a new off-axis stereoscopic camera rig option, improved Viewport Preview Renderer (VPR), advanced import and export capabilities, including MDD and integrated Autodesk® Geometry Cache support, a new Skin Shader node, and more. Artists count on the features of LightWave to deliver stunning results.
"We're using LightWave 10.1 for everything-from lighting and shading, to working on material from other pieces of software, as well as just producing everything in it-from start to finish," explains John F. K. Parenteau, managing producer at Pixomondo Los Angeles in Santa Monica, California. Pixomondo is currently using LightWave in the creation of Steven Spielberg's new TV series "Terra Nova," slated to premiere this fall. "LightWave provides a very fast turnaround for us. It has become a great tool, particularly with its new capabilities," explains Parenteau.
New Features Provide Impressive Results
LightWave 10.1 enhances creativity with new stereoscopic features that provide access to all major stereo camera rigs, and the ability to dynamically correct for toe-in distortion in the animation pipeline. Additional stereo enhancements include interactive OpenGL off-axis adjustment of the right and left camera planes, click-and-drag convergence point adjustment in the viewport, and the ability to disable the anaglyph representation of the stereo camera in OpenGL. Also in LightWave 10.1, interocular and convergence points can be dynamically animated over time to track stereo changes within a shot.
The LightWave VPR allows artists to directly interact and easily adjust lights, textures, volumetrics and more, within the viewport. Artists can also use the VPR to view updates, quickly deliver realistic, environmental walkthroughs, and perform virtual location scouts. LightWave 10.1 extends the functionality of the VPR with the support of clip maps in the VPR render, the addition of object and distance dissolve, and improved nodal shaders like the new Skin material node that works with the VPR. The Skin Shader node uses a proprietary model for subsurface scattering for an easier method of replicating realistic skin textures.
LightWave 10.1, with integrated Autodesk Geometry Cache Support gives artists the ability to include or exclude models, morphs, animations, cameras and lights, upon export. Other workflow features in LightWave 10.1 offer the ability to import joints as LightWave bones for greater compatibility with other programs; multi-threaded mesh evaluation optimization and sub-d mesh freezing acceleration; linear color space workflow improvements, including new support for .ICC/.ICM monitor profiles, and more. Additional LightWave 10.1 features include:
* Virtual Studio Tools-supports InterSense Virtual Camera Tracking System (VCam™) and 3Dconnexion SpaceNavigator™ 3D mouse, allowing interaction with models and scenes in real time
* FiberFX™-hair and fur shader now supports VPR and includes improved speed, stability and displacement handling
* Linear Color Space Workflow-supports custom Look Up Tables (LUTs) for more realistic lighting and compositing flexibility, color space correction for HyperVoxels™, XYZ, Lab, RGB and CMYK data, and more
* Updated User Interface (UI)-interactive channel sliders, added control for custom colors, and numerous workflow enhancements deliver a more dynamic user experience
Try LightWave free for 30 days at: www.newtek.com/lightwave/lwtrial.php
TiE Ohio, the Ohio chapter of The International Entrepreneur, is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2011 TiE International Entrepreneur Awards. The awards were created to recognize the achievements of international entrepreneurs helping to reshape and rebuild Ohio's business landscape and to highlight how international entrepreneurs contribute to the local economy. The 2011 TiE International Entrepreneur Awards provide awards in 4 categories:
* Immigrant Entrepreneur Award <$5M. This award recognizes an entrepreneur who was born outside the U.S., started his or her company in Ohio, and the business currently generates annual revenues under $5M). Finalists are Laura Bennett (Embrace Pet Insurance), Dr. Charu Ramanathan (CardioInsight), and Bahman Taheri (Alphamicron).
* Immigrant Entrepreneur Award >$5M. This award recognizes an entrepreneur who was born outside the U.S., started his or her company in Ohio, and the business currently generates annual revenues above $5M). Finalists are Saji Daniel (Tradex), Stella Moga-Kennedy (Le Chaperon Rouge), and Alex Sonis (AVADirect).
* Global Entrepreneur Award. This award recognizes an entrepreneur, either foreign-born or local-born, who started his or her company in Ohio and has a global presence today). Finalists are Yuval Brisker (TOA Technologies), Dr. Mehran Mehregany (Nine Sigma), and Rini Das (Pakra).
* International Student Innovator Award. A new award this year, this award recognizes an international student currently enrolled at a higher education institution in Ohio (or graduated within the past year) who has shown leadership and entrepreneurial spirit. Finalists are Lingxiao Xue from CWRU (Chinese Student Housing Program), Kshitij C. Jha from the University of Akron (BienaTech), Mdrakibul Islam from the College of Wooster (Global Prospects) , and Abdullah Alkhaddah from Kent State University (H.O.M.E. Markets).
Award criteria considered in selecting the finalists include business success (revenue generated, capital raised, jobs created, progress with international vendors, entering new markets), impact and leadership in the Ohio community, and the innovation and creativity demonstrated in the and structuring the business. The Finalists will be profiled in the September issue of Inside Business Magazine.
Winners of the awards will be announced at the award ceremony on September 20, 2011 at Windows on the River starting at 5pm. Successful international entrepreneur Dr. Hiroyuki Fujita, President & CEO of Quality Electrodynamics, will deliver the keynote speech at the ceremony.
Jeanette Grasselli Brown and Dr. Anthony Yen will be honored by receiving the Community Catalyst Award at the ceremony to recognize their efforts in creating global connections for the region.
The International Entrepreneurs (TiE) is an organization of entrepreneurs who connect, network, and mentor globally to create the next generation of successful entrepreneurs. Founded in Silicon Valley by immigrant tech entrepreneurs, TiE has 57 chapters around the globe. TiE is now the world's largest organization for fostering entrepreneurship; its members include some of the world's most well-known entrepreneurs such as Gururaj "Desh" Deshpande and Vinod Khosla. TiE Ohio, a statewide chapter, is the 50th chapter of the global TiE network. It fulfills a critical niche in Ohio's business development landscape by focusing specifically on immigrant and minority entrepreneurs within the region, and by encouraging other such entrepreneurs to consider Ohio as a place to launch their new businesses. TiE Ohio provides focused support to entrepreneurs through mentoring, business education programming, and a business venture competition (TiEQuest).
For more information, visit www.tieohio.org
FISHER/UNITECH, a provider of product lifecycle management solutions and leading SolidWorks reseller, today announced the grand opening of its new office space in Cincinnati, Ohio, in support of the company’s growing customer base.
“We are thrilled with our new space in Cincinnati, Ohio, that more than doubles what we had in Dayton,” said Tom Miller, Director of Sales at FISHER/UNITECH. “This move positions our team to deliver better service to our customers in Southwest Ohio and Kentucky.”
FISHER/UNITECH’s new office boasts 2,500 square feet and is located at 11260 Chester Road, on the sixth floor of the Spectrum Office Tower at the junction of I-75 and I-275. The state-of-the-art training room can accommodate up to ten students for SolidWorks 3D CAD classes.
A Grand Opening event is planned for Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011, and will run from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Prospects and customers alike are invited to meet local FISHER/UNITECH and SolidWorks staff, test drive SolidWorks 3D CAD, SolidWorks Simulation, SolidWorks Enterprise PDM or 3DVIA Composer software and grab a bite to eat. Product presentations will be available as well as the opportunity to mix and mingle with current customers to learn more about local successes working with SolidWorks products and FISHER/UNITECH. Details and online registration for the Grand Opening event can be found on FISHER/UNITECH’s website.
FISHER/UNITECH, established in 1993, provides Product Lifecycle Management solutions to discrete manufacturing companies. The company's focus is on process improvement for product development. Process improvement is obtained through the integration of advanced software solutions to replace legacy systems. The applications are focused on design, engineering and manufacturing. Professional services are offered for design automation and data management which provides customers with a full service, one-stop source for complex PLM systems. The company offers advanced web-based delivery of education programs with its interactive, instructor-led 3DU.
For more information, visit: www.funtech.com
Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), has named Pankl Aerospace Systems as the July 2011 Autodesk Inventor of the Month, in recognition of the company’s use of Autodesk software to more effectively manufacture helicopter rotary systems, increasing the performance and reliability of critical components and improving pilot and passenger safety.
Pankl creates 3D renderings of rotary system parts using Autodesk Inventor LT 3D mechanical CAD software, and then virtually runs the digital components through their multistep manufacturing processes — from boring a hole into a drive shaft to applying heat treatments to an engine shaft. This digital process helps verify that the parts adhere to precise performance standards at every stage of manufacturing, thereby confirming the integrity of the finished part.
“With Autodesk Inventor LT, we’re documenting and visualizing every step of the manufacturing process with more confidence and efficiency than ever before,” said Jonathan Charbonnet, manufacturing engineer at Pankl. “Autodesk Inventor LT enables us to review designs for our customers and proactively identify all the things that may cause problems during manufacturing.”
The original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) working with Pankl typically provide 3D models of the required parts. Pankl then imports the design model into Inventor LT — regardless of the CAD package used to create it — renders the part in 3D, and then digitally tests the manufacturing processes prior to progressing to the manufacturing phase. Inventor LT also enables Pankl to document processes by creating accurate 2D drawings, which can be applied to work instructions to better communicate design intent to the shop floor.
Embracing 3D With Seamless Access to 2D
Autodesk Gold Partner KETIV Technologies was instrumental in helping Pankl embrace Digital Prototyping and stay current with an industry moving increasingly toward model-based definitions. By switching to 3D modeling software like Inventor LT, Pankl can meet the needs of OEMs much more efficiently and better serve its customer base.
While Pankl uses Inventor LT for all new projects, it is still able to access years of DWG drawings, helping the company to respond more quickly, for example, to requests from OEMs for replacement parts on older model helicopters. The company captures 2D geometry from the past drawings with AutoCAD LT 2D drafting and detailing software, imports it into Inventor LT, where it can then reuse the data to quickly and easily clean up any errors — reducing rework and streamlining turnaround time for delivering replacement parts.
“Pankl is using Inventor LT to save time and reduce its manufacturing costs, all while increasing quality for its customers,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, Manufacturing Industry Group at Autodesk. “With Digital Prototyping in place, manufacturers like Pankl can operate at the highest level of performance.”
Headquartered in Cerritos, California, with operations in the United States and Europe, Pankl Aerospace is serving the global aerospace market as a Tier One supplier for transmission components, engine shafts, refueling tubes and landing gear parts for fixed and rotary wing aircraft.
For more information, visit: www.pankl.com
VISTAGY, Inc., a leading provider of industry-specific engineering software and services, announced the results of its composites engineering benchmarking survey entitled, “How Does your Composite Design Process Compare to Industry Best Practices?” The study revealed only 56 percent of the composite design companies surveyed considered themselves knowledgeable in composites manufacturing practices and applied that knowledge during design. That implies that 44 percent of companies need to enhance their knowledge of the manufacturing process if they want to improve their competitiveness.
VISTAGY invites all composite design and manufacturing companies to participate in our extended survey and receive a complimentary copy of the report by going to: www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22C74MU8BZ7.
The survey report is comprised of 140 responses across multiple industries, most prominently aerospace, automotive, and wind energy. Other relevant demographics of the respondents include region (65 percent US, 25 percent European, 10 percent Asian), and annual revenue of their companies (24 percent over $1B and 37 percent under $50M).
Goals for companies designing with composites varied, with 81 percent looking to reduce weight, 69 percent seeking to improve strength-to-weight ratios, 51 percent attempting to combine multiple parts, 25 percent seeking to extend product life, and 31 percent striving to lower maintenance costs.
The primary goal achievement metrics provided perhaps the most important results of the survey because they speak to the reasons that engineers adopt composites. The report states that, “Achieving these goals provides insight into the maturity of the company processes, domain expertise, and overall tool implementation and use. Any company that scored high here should be considered a high performing practitioner of composites engineering.”
In this context, best-in-class companies:
* Average combining six or more parts into one (10 percent actually combine 10 or more parts, while 34 percent of companies lag others by treating composites as black metal and only replacing parts at a 1:1 or 2:1 ratio)
* Reduce maintenance costs (and likewise improve quality and extend product lifecycles) by 30 percent or more by taking advantage of inherent material properties
* Reduce weight by 30 percent or more with a full 34 percent beating their weight reduction goals.
“We conducted this study to enable our customers and others in the composites industry to understand where they stand compared to their peers and how they could improve their performance,” said Bruce Boes, vice president of product management and marketing for VISTAGY. “One thing that really stood out was that companies with best-in-class performance had a high correlation to the maturity of their processes. These companies also made the decision to invest in design resources and were more interested in achieving part cost targets than actually lowering their part costs, a major breakthrough in designing to take full advantage of all of the benefits of composites technology.”