Altair Engineering, Inc., a leading global provider of simulation technology and engineering services, has announced its HyperWorks 11.0 Americas Rollout Series, a series of one-day workshops aimed at educating customers and partners on the features and updates in HyperWorks 11.0, the latest version of Altair’s computer-aided engineering (CAE) software suite.
HyperWorks 11.0 was officially unveiled during Altair’s 2011 Americas HyperWorks Technology Conference on June 22. Product highlights include the addition of two new software products to the HyperWorks suite: AcuSolve and solidThinking. HyperWorks 11.0 also offers a greatly extended breadth of solver solutions in RADIOSS, allowing engineers to efficiently address today’s complex design challenges.
During the workshops, attendees will receive an overview of HyperWorks 11.0 and learn tips and tricks geared towards increasing efficiency in the workplace. Admission is free, includes lunch and refreshments and the opportunity to engage with Altair application engineers and technical experts for deeper insights into HyperWorks 11.0.
“As we extend the value of HyperWorks with every release, the HyperWorks 11.0 Rollout Series showcases the continued investment in our customers and partners by providing them with a more extensive overview of the newest additions to the HyperWorks suite,” said Michael Humphrey, Vice Presedent, Altair Americas Field Operations. “It is our goal through these events to educate and train our customers and partners on best practices in leveraging our software to its full capacity so that they can continuously improve upon and maximize their productivity.”
Upcoming HyperWorks 11.0 Americas Rollout Series events include:
Western Michigan University College of Engineering
Kalamazoo, MI, August 18
Microsoft Technology Center
Chicago, IL, September 7
Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, NC, September 14
Troy, MI, September 15
Troy, MI, September 29
Troy, MI, October 5
Attendees of the Kalamazoo and Troy, Mich., and Chicago workshops will be able to participate in hands-on training labs that include a Q&A session with HyperWorks 11.0 experts. Customers and partners interested in attending can register for free on the HyperWorks website.
Rapid Machining, a dedicated rapid prototype machine shop will be holding an open house at their facility on Saturday August 20th from 8:00am – 1:00pm. The open house will provide an opportunity for prospective employees to take a tour through the facility and talk with Human Resources as well as Management about the benefits of working for a rapidly growing prototype machine shop.
“The open house is a great chance to converse and share our values with prospective employees” said James Jacobs, President of Rapid Machining. “Offering this sort of hands on opportunity gives people the ability to get a glimpse of what they can get involved in and to see new benefits and opportunities of working for a of growing rapid prototyping machine shop.”
Rapid Machining is one of the largest dedicated Rapid Prototype Machining companies in the country. Working in a variety of plastics and metals including delrin and aluminum, Rapid Machining delivers parts complete to customer prints including drilling, tapping and inserting heli-coils as required. Typical quantities of custom machined prototypes are one to twenty parts.
Date: Saturday August 20th
Time: 8:00am – 1:00pm
Location: 165 Ledge Street, Nashua, NH
Rapid Machining is dedicated to rapid prototype machined parts. Quotes are turned around in hours, not days. Parts are shipped in days, not weeks. Prototypes are machined to 3D CAD data. Common machined parts include shafts, blocks, bodies, heatsinks, pistons, mounts, brackets and covers. Materials machined include aluminum, steel, stainless steel, copper, Radel, Delrin and Lexan. Finishing services include plating such as anodizing and chromating, painting, powdercoating, and silkscreening to customer specifications. Rapid Machining is a sister company of Rapid Sheet Metal Inc, a quick turn prototype sheet metal fabricator.
For more information, visit: www.rapidmachining.com
Forecast 3D is pleased to announce the addition of a new Fortus 900mc FDM machine from Stratasys Corp. The Fortus 900mc offers an extremely large build envelope, measuring 36” x 24” x79.8”.
The new machine will be able to print parts in a variety of materials, including ABS (in both black and white), Ultem 9085, PC-ABS, Polycarbonate, PPSF Polyphenylsulfone, Polycarbonate and PC-ISO. In addition to the machine, Forecast 3D also added STRATASYS’ vapor finishing chamber, which will allow parts to receive vapor polishing as an added functional and more attractive finish.
“We believe in FDM technology as a leading Additive Manufacturing technology, and the Fortus 900 machine is the perfect addition to give our customers another option to bring designs to life,” says Donovan Weber, VP of Operations at Forecast. “We can now create very large components rapidly with one of our nine available production thermoplastics.”
News of the Fortus purchase comes just weeks after Forecast 3D launched their new website along with a new “My Account” feature, which allows customers the ability to maintain a personalized interface with all quotes and orders. The newest feature to the website includes an instant file conversion software interface, allowing users to upload files from nearly any design software output without the need to convert to .stl.
Specifically, the new upload and convert feature will allow customers to upload files in .sldprt, .igs, .stp, and native ProE & SolidWorks extensions and the site will instantly convert the file to an .stl for quick quote throughput. Once uploaded, a request for quote for every available service and material can also be selected.
Forecast3D is a world class Rapid Manufacturing facility specializing in high-quality rapid prototyping, 3D printing (SLA, SLS, FDM, Objet, and DMLS), direct digital manufacturing and CNC machining, and is well known in the industry for its unique ProCAST RTV & Hybrid Tooling capabilities.
Forecast 3D utilizes additive manufacturing equipment by 3D Systems (NASDAQ:TDSC), Electro Optical Systems GmbH, Stratasys (SSYS) and Objet Geometries, and has been in business since 1994.
For more information, visit: www.forecast3d.com
Paramount Industries, Inc., a world-class product development - rapid deployment, and manufacturing services company, today announced its participation at AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems North America 2011.
In response to aerospace and defense industry demand for selective laser sintering materials for direct digital manufacturing of non-structural aircraft components, Paramount has developed laser sintering processes with high-temperature, electrostatic-discharge (ESD) compliant laser sintering materials that have heat deflection temperatures in excess of 320°C and are chemical resistant, non-out gassing, electrically and thermally conductive.
“High temperature laser sintering is breakthrough technology and offers significant advantages for manufacturing across all industries, particularly aerospace and defense applications where high temperature and electrically conductive materials are critical factors,” said Jim Williams, president and CEO of Paramount Industries.
High Temperature Laser Sintering Displayed in Booth #2209:
F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Components: Paramount Industries High Temperature Sintering (HTS) machine processing technology, advanced machine controls and carbon fiber composites – including revolutionary sinterable nanocomposite materials – were developed for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program.
Paramount Industries is the recipient of a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II award from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and continues to develop selective materials and processes for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, as well as many other aerospace, defense and medical applications.
“We are thrilled to offer R&D expertise for direct digital manufacturing of aerospace parts and components for projects such as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the Honeywell T-Hawk,” says Williams “It is an honor to bring innovation to the Warfighter when it’s new and when it’s needed the most.”
Paramount Industries prototyped and manufactured key components for the T-Hawk, an unmanned micro air vehicle (UAV) designed to enhance mission effectiveness, provide situational awareness for US combat troops.
For more information, visit: www.paramountind.com or http://symposium.auvsi.org/auvsi11/public/enter.aspx
FMA Communications Inc. announces the online debut of the 2011 FAB 40 company list on its website.
The list, posted under the “FAB 40” navigational tab or directly at www.thefabricator.com/fab40, ranks the most successful U.S. metal fabricating companies as profiled in the June 2011 issue of The FABRICATOR®. The FAB 40 list is created with the input from those metal fabricators willing to share their revenue numbers and company information with The FABRICATOR and its readership.
“The FAB 40 list has quickly become an important resource for fabricators looking for solutions in today’s manufacturing environment,” said Jim Gorzek, associate publisher of FMA Communications Inc. “The list is beneficial to both the companies listed as well as the readers, and it has become a fast-growing feature in the magazine and now online.”
Metal fabricating companies interested in participating in the 2012 ranking can find more information and apply online at www.fma-communications.com/fab40. The metal forming and fabricating industry’s leading online resource, thefabricator.com attracts thousands of unique visitors every month who are looking for articles, news and products they need to operate and grow their businesses. Thefabricator.com adheres to the same editorial standards as all publications from FMA Communications, and content is divided into tech cells that allow visitors to zero in on their areas of interest.
FMA Communications Inc., the publishing affiliate of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, currently serves the metal forming and fabricating industry by publishing business-to-business magazines, e-newsletters, vendor directories and websites.
Rockford, Ill.-based Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA) is a professional organization with nearly 2,300 members working together to improve the metal forming and fabricating industry. Founded in 1970, FMA brings metal fabricators and fabricating equipment manufacturers together through technology councils, educational programs, networking events, industry trade publications including The FABRICATOR®, and Green Manufacturer, and the FABTECH® trade show. FMA also has two technology affiliates: the Tube & Pipe Association, International (TPA), which focuses on the unique needs of companies engaged in tube and pipe producing and fabricating, and the Green Manufacturer Network (GMN) which serves the employees of companies that are focused on improving their utilization of green technologies.
INEOS Styrenics today announces the launch of ZYLAR® 960 resin. 960 is the newest addition to the ZYLAR product line of clear, impact-modified styrene acrylic copolymers, and sets the bar for a new level of practical toughness without adversely affecting resin clarity. With a typical notched Izod impact strength of 11 ft-lb/inch, ZYLAR 960 was engineered for demanding injection molding applications.
For the past 20 years the ZYLAR family of clear, impact resistant resins has been synonymous with toughness and ease of processing in applications from housewares to medical devices. The newest addition to the product family, ZYLAR 960, expands and enhances the ZYLAR product line by offering practical toughness in the range of many grades of polycarbonate. Building on its proud styrenic heritage, ZYLAR 960 has a lower density and provides processing advantages over alternative resins like polycarbonate and copolyesters.
With ongoing efforts by molders to manage high energy costs and reduce molding cycle times, the value and performance provided by ZYLAR resins has never been greater. The low density, excellent flow properties, and low moisture retention of ZYLAR resins can result in significant energy savings and processing efficiencies. Add to this the fact that all INEOS Styrenics High Performance resins, including ZYLAR, NAS®, and CLEARBLEND®, are manufactured without bisphenol A or phthalates for safe use in infant care, houseware, and medical applications.
The launch of ZYLAR 960 demonstrates the commitment of INEOS Styrenics to being an industry leading and customer focused organization, delivering consistently innovative, high quality products and services.
For more information, visit: www.ineosstyrenics.com
As a leading global chemical company focused on bringing innovative solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges, The Dow Chemical Company launched today the Dow Solar Design to Zero Competition, an international challenge open to architecture, design and engineering students and professionals. The competition challenges students to develop innovative projects incorporating active and passive solar technologies, among other sustainable construction-related solutions, to design near-zero energy multi-family dwellings.
"Innovation is at the heart of everything we do at Dow, so this competition is a great way to learn from today's students about the type of sustainable design solutions we need to foster for the future," explained Pat Nugent, director of new business development, Dow Solar. "Having this type of global collaboration and input is also a wonderful way to find creative approaches to incorporating energy efficiency and solar capabilities into a home. The aesthetics are becoming more important for consumers who want to live more sustainably, but don't want their lifestyle or home to be compromised, so it will be especially exciting to see the blend of art and science in these near zero designs."
Given the collaborative nature of the competition and the increasingly interconnectedness of the Information Age, the competition will live exclusively online at www.designtozero.com . Registration for the competition is open through September 25 (final date for registration payment). All proceeds from registration will go toward an NGO to be announced by Dow Solar. All final housing designs must be submitted by October 31. The prizes, including first, second and third prize winners of $20,000, $10,000, and $5,000 will be announced at an event in the Spring of 2012.
The Dow Solar Design to Zero competition aligns with Dow's commitment and vision articulated in its ambitious 2015 sustainability goals, which include developing and applying innovative technologies and collaborations that further sustainability. The Dow Solar Design to Zero Competition also supports Dow's role as global partner in the U.N.-designated 2011 International Year of Chemistry. The initiative celebrates achievements in science and the potential of chemistry to address world challenges, encourage interest in chemistry among young people and generate enthusiasm for the creative future of this science.
SGI (NASDAQ: SGI), a trusted leader in technical computing, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of OpenCFD Ltd., the leader in open source computational fluid dynamics.
"Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) is one of the most important application areas for technical computing," said SGI CEO Mark J. Barrenechea. "With the acquisition of OpenCFD Ltd., SGI will be able to provide our customers the market's first fully integrated CFD solution, where all the hardware and software work together."
OpenCFD is the leader in open source CFD software and has a large, active user base across commercial engineering, science and the public sector. OpenCFD is the developer of the OpenFOAM® software, consisting of over 80 solver and 170 utility applications - solving anything from complex fluid flows involving chemical reactions, turbulence and heat transfer to solid dynamics and electromagnetics. Customers benefit from the fact that OpenFOAM is an open platform and offers them immediate access and freedom to customize and extend its existing capabilities.
"We are excited to be part of SGI and now be able to take OpenFOAM to the next level," said Henry Weller, founder of OpenCFD. "OpenFOAM is the highest quality code available for CFD. The open source model provides customers with the code transparency and the full view into the inner workings of the software they need to have confidence in the results, particularly when they perform safety calculations for projects such as nuclear reactors or aircraft design."
CFD is accelerating product design and development across multiple industries by eliminating the need to build expensive physical prototypes. Using CFD, companies can model and simulate the interaction of liquids and gases with solid surfaces, addressing one of the key challenges in creating almost any product, from bikes to airplanes, propellers to turbines, or from potato chips to silicon chips. Companies worldwide are creating the future on SGI systems, and by providing an open platform for CFD, SGI is making CFD available to all product engineers around the world.
"TotalSim believes that the acquisition of OpenCFD by SGI and the formation of the OpenFOAM Foundation will provide the long-term stability, resources and structure for the continued success of OpenFOAM," said Rob Lewis, managing director at OpenCFD customer TotalSim. "TotalSim is looking forward to continuing the relationship through SGI and working together to further expand the use and benefit of OpenFOAM to the engineering community."
"In terms of cost, OpenFOAM dramatically lowers the barrier of entry to world class CFD software," said John O. Hallquist, president of independent software vendor Livermore Software Technology Corporation. "By their investment in OpenFOAM, SGI now has the potential to significantly expand the CFD marketplace, not only to existing users, but to new users. This is truly an exciting development."
The entire OpenCFD team, led by Henry Weller, has joined SGI as full-time employees and will be based out of SGI's EMEA Headquarters located in the UK. In addition, SGI has formed a non-profit foundation to make OpenFOAM accessible to everyone and allow for community contributions. SGI is fully committed to the continued development of OpenFOAM, which will continue to be open under the GNU Public License (GPL). The company invites every scientist, developer, engineer and student working in the field of CFD to join the OpenFoam community, download the software for a test drive and to make their own contributions.
"OpenFOAM has built a strong following as an open source CFD solution," said Steve Conway, IDC research vice president for HPC. "SGI aims to give the free, open source version a permanent home where it can flourish, while adding a fee-based version with even fuller features and tighter integration with SGI offerings. This would be a win-win."
In addition to providing free downloads of OpenFOAM source code from the SGI-sponsored OpenFOAM foundation's openfoam.org web site, SGI will offer:
* A fee-based OpenFOAM support subscription to help customers implement and run OpenFoam in their environments.
* A fee-based, fully supported SGI OpenFOAM distribution, including SGI message passing interface (MPI). SGI® OpenFOAM® and SGI® MPI work together to provide the best performance possible.
* Training and professional services for complex CFD deployments on SGI and in other environments.
For companies that would like to start using SGI OpenFOAM today, the full capability is available via the SGI® Cyclone cloud offering.
Financial details of the transaction, which closed on August 8, 2011, were not disclosed.
For more information, visit: www.openfoam.com or www.sgi.com
In response to increasing demand for design engineering services in the Midwest, NOVO Engineering, a privately held, full-service design engineering company headquartered in Vista, California, has opened an office in the Minneapolis-St Paul area.
NOVO Engineering specializes in solving technical challenges and developing robust design solutions for Industrial, Medical and Consumer industry clients ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies. NOVO provides clients with design engineering, CNC machining, rapid prototyping and testing services from concept through transfer to manufacturing.
The new office, located off I-494 and county road 62 in Eden Prairie, is staffed by an elite multi-disciplinary team of engineers recruited from Hewlett Packard’s Colorspan operation in Minnetonka that was relocated in May 2011.
Kevin Campion, a professional engineer with 29 years of experience, is a Program Manager at the new facility. “Our team is excited to spearhead this strategic initiative for NOVO,” said Campion. “NOVO is known for its engineering excellence. I’m pleased to be a member of such a prestigious team and look forward to offering NOVO’s exceptional engineering capabilities to firms in the Minneapolis-St Paul area.”
“The decision to expand into the Minneapolis area is part of a strategic plan to manage NOVO’s growth,” said Dr. Rajan Ramaswamy, President and CTO of NOVO. “Our business model emphasizes a strong local presence, seamlessly supported by capabilities and equipment from other NOVO offices.”
Dan Kline, Founder and CEO, adds, “We have worked hard at NOVO to create a business model that lends itself to replication in new markets. We are excited to be in the Minneapolis-St Paul area and hope to boost the local economy with our offering of on-demand world-class design engineering services.”
NOVO engineering is a leading privately held design engineering firm whose team of world-class engineers has been exceeding clients’ needs since 1997. Since its inception NOVO has been helping companies to generate paradigm-shifting new products, commercialize new technology, overcome resource constraints, provide specific technical expertise and craft custom automation and test equipment.
NOVO’s technical staff is the key to NOVO’s success - they average 20 years of experience at top-tier companies, many have PhD or graduate degrees, and have been issued over 200 US Patents. When combined with NOVO’s engineering infrastructure, NOVO engineers are a potent problem solving force.
For more information, visit: www.novoengineering.com
PlasticsToday and Injection Molding, the plastics industry's source for business-critical information and plastics processing technology insights, today announced that Dr. Neal Elliott, an energy policy, market, and technology thought-leader will present a keynote address entitled, "The Outlook for Manufacturing: Optimism with a Dose of Caution," for the upcoming online conference and tradeshow: Continuous Improvement in Injection Molding on September 8, 2011.
Dr. Neal Elliott, Associate Director for Research at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and an internationally recognized expert and author on energy efficiency and electric motor systems, will provide a high-level view of where energy efficiency technology and policy is now and where it is headed. Dr. Elliott will also provide a clear-cut cost/benefit analysis to help molders decide which steps will carry the biggest payback for their operations.
Dr. Elliott coordinates the overall research efforts of the ACEEE, but his nearly 20 years in Washington D.C. advocating on behalf of energy efficiency, particularly in industry, give him a unique insight into the efforts of manufacturers to reduce power usage and how the intersection of public technology and public policy affect those efforts.
"We are very excited to have Dr. Elliott as the keynote for our first online conference and tradeshow. He has a wealth of insight to offer molders in energy efficiency, as well as an extensive background in energy policy, electric motor systems, combined heat and power, and energy markets," stated Matt Defosse, Editorial Director, PlasticsToday. "Attendees can easily access his webcast simply by registering and logging into the free event with the added opportunity to ask questions after the presentation."
This conference features a series of webcasts that will have specific content covering the path of continuous improvement for injection molders and plastics processing professionals. The keynote will be followed by speaking sessions and panels that include discussions around: Energy Efficiency, Building Better Molds, and Cleanroom Injection Molding. Live Q&A will follow each session.
Registration is free and attendees will also have the opportunity to enter to win an iPad2.
In addition to a series of webcasts, attendees can visit online tradeshow booths staffed by suppliers, consultants, and others able to offer energy-saving equipment and services to the injection molding industry. These spaces will be equipped with white papers, videos, brochures, among other resources, and live-chat capabilities for conversations between attendees and suppliers.
Signature Sponsors for the virtual event include: ENGEL, Milacron LLC, and TMC of America, Inc, and Wittmann Battenfield.
For more information or to register, visit: https://presentations.inxpo.com/Shows/UBM/UBMCanon/PlasticsToday/Microsite/registration.htm
GRZ Software LLC has released a preview build of MeshCAM Version 5, their latest CAM software for 3D CNC machining. Version 5 brings new power and features to the popular MeshCAM line of products.
MeshCAM V5 is the first release to include support for 64-bit CPUs, allowing MeshCAM to load extremely large files without 32-bit memory limitations. The additional memory available can be used for more detailed toolpaths or for toolpaths that cover a much larger area.
This release also includes an "Automatic Toolpath Wizard" to help new users generate efficient toolpaths without deep CNC or CAM knowledge.
"Up to version 4, we were always trying to balance ease-of-use for new users against advanced features for experienced users, two goals that often conflicted with one another. Version 5 will begin to handle these two user groups very differently so that each gets the most benefit possible from MeshCAM. The Automatic Toolpath Wizard is the first step in this new direction," said Robert Grzesek, Founder of GRZ Software LLC.
The Automatic Toolpath Wizard automatically detects the type of geometry loaded, 2D, 2.5D, or 3D, and uses an appropriate set of toolpaths to machine it without detailed input from the user. It also gives feedback about tool selection to give new users the best chance at a good toolpath from day one.
The preview of MeshCAM Version 5 is available to all version 4 customers. Users of earlier versions can contact GRZ Software to receive a temporary license. All users are encouraged to provide feedback throughout the development process. A final release of version 5 is expected in 2012.
With over seven years of experience, GRZ Software provides CNC software to a wide range of industries including, jewelry, woodworking, mold and die, and rapid prototyping. GRZ Software is committed to providing cost-effective CNC software solutions to streamline the manufacturing process.
For more information, visit: www.grzsoftware.com
The TEDxNASA@SiliconValley event, which will feature presentations on "extreme green ideas," will be streamed live online on Wednesday, Aug. 17, from 2:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. PDT.
NASA's four research centers -- Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif; Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif.; Glenn Research Center in Cleveland; Langley Research Center and the National Institute of Aerospace, both in Hampton Va. -- are co-hosting the event. It is modeled after the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conferences that bring together visionaries in technology, entertainment and design to create a dialogue about important global challenges.
"Each of our presenters has a unique perspective on how to achieve a greener world," said Jan Aikins, the lead TEDxNASA organizer from Ames. "Together, at TEDxNASA, they will create a vehicle for discovery, an opportunity for exposure to new ideas and a revisiting of traditional ideas for a new perspective."
Speakers include a research scientist making "ecological forecasts," engineers building sustainable projects in developing countries, a researcher designing aircraft inspired by nature, a former experimental test pilot, and one of the "Women Shaping the 21st Century."
General registration for the event at the San Francisco Marriot Marquis hotel is full. Members of the public who join the online stream at the TEDxNASA website also can participate in a chat forum.
The recorded presentations will be posted after the event at: www.tedxnasa.com
Farrokh Mistree, Ph.D., a resident of Purcell, Okla., and professor at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, will be honored by ASME. He is being recognized for lifelong dedication and numerous contributions to the engineering design community, particularly for instilling a passion for design in generations of students as an inspirational advisor and mentor. He will receive the Ruth and Joel Spira Outstanding Design Educator Award.
The award, established in 1998, recognizes a person who exemplifies the best in furthering engineering design education through vision, interactions with students and industry, scholarship and impact on the next generation of engineers, and a person whose action serves as a role model for other educators to emulate. It will be presented to Dr. Mistree during the International Design Engineering Technical Conference to be held in Washington, D.C., Aug. 28 through 31.
Mistree has spent his career pursuing his passion: to have fun in defining the emerging discipline of complex systems, in defining new education paradigms anchored in competency-based education that encourages students to pursue careers in academia, and in providing an opportunity for highly motivated and talented people to learn how to define and achieve their dreams. As an ardent educator, researcher, technical leader, advisor and mentor, Mistree has inspired countless students to study engineering design and, more importantly, to learn how to learn.
Since serving as a lecturer/senior lecturer (1976-81) at the University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia), Mistree’s research accomplishments are embodied in the twin scholarships of design integration and design education. His current research focus is on learning to manage uncertainty in multiscale design (from molecular to reduced order models) to facilitate the integrated design of materials, product and design process chains. Currently, Mistree is focusing on creating and implementing, in partnership with industry, a curriculum for educating strategic engineers—those who have developed the competencies to create value through the realization of complex engineered systems.
Following his affiliation with the University of New South Wales, Mistree was an associate professor (1981-87) and professor (1987-1992) at the University of Houston before joining the faculty at the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta. At Georgia Tech (1992-2009), Mistree served as the founding director of the Systems Realization Laboratory (1992-97). Founded by Drs. Allen, Bras, Rosen and Mistree, this was the first occurrence of faculty in the Woodruff School volunteering to share to gain and adopting principles of governance embodied in a Learning Organization as proffered by Dr. Peter M. Senge. The members of this laboratory sought colleagues with a dream and a passion for making a difference by becoming the thought leaders of tomorrow.
After retiring from Georgia Tech as professor emeritus in August 2009, Mistree joined the University of Oklahoma (OU), Norman, where he is professor, director of the School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, and L.A. Comp chair. Working with his OU family and others in the OU community, he focuses on developing a curriculum anchored in experiential learning.
Mistree has supervised 28 doctoral students and more than 50 master’s students, all of whom are well-placed around the world; 12 of his doctoral students are pursuing highly successful careers in academia. In addition, he has mentored two students, one master’s and one doctoral, who now own several for-profit colleges in Orissa, India.
He has co-authored two textbooks; one monograph; and more than 350 technical papers covering the design of mechanical and structural systems, ships and aircraft, as well as more than 30 dealing exclusively with education.
An ASME Fellow, Mistree served as chair of the Design Engineering Division’s (DED) Honors and Awards Committee (1997-2003), co-general chair for the 1998 Design Engineering Technical Conferences, and conference papers chair for the 1994 ASME Design Theory and Methodology Conference. The DED honored him with Distinguished Service awards in 1998 and 2003, and the Design Automation Award in 1999.
Mistree received his bachelor’s of technology in naval architecture, with honors, at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, in 1967. He earned his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1970 and 1974, respectively.
ASME helps the global engineering community develop solutions to real world challenges. Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME is a not-for-profit professional organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing and skill development across all engineering disciplines, while promoting the vital role of the engineer in society. ASME codes and standards, publications, conferences, continuing education and professional development programs provide a foundation for advancing technical knowledge and a safer world.
For more information, visit: www.asme.org
In September 2011 an elaborately designed laser truck carrying a special cargo will embark on a journey across Germany. Inside, an area measuring 45 square meters will provide space for several TRUMPF work stations that can handle various industrial applications of laser processing - a demonstration center in mini-format. The focus will be on what the laser can do, as parts ranging from cylinder head gaskets to business cards are, welded and marked on the truck.
“The purpose of our road show is to bring the message home to our customers that the laser is a fascinating and highly versatile tool, delivering it directly on their own doorsteps,” affirms Jürgen Rumberger, Sales Director Laser Technology Germany at TRUMPF. The laser truck will start its tour in Hamburg, then move on to Leipzig, Jena and Gießen on its way to Bavaria, and after numerous further stops will complete its journey in the Rhine and Ruhr region.
“We hope our road show will attract interest for laser applications at firms which have not yet used the technology,” explains Rumberger. At the same time, we want to show new areas of application to our existing customers.” For this reason, the live demonstrations on the truck will be accompanied by an extensive program of presentations to provide customers with all the information they need about possible applications, new laser tool developments and low-cost production methods.
More information about the road show is available at: www.laser-on-tour.com
Integral Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB: ITKG) (“Integral”), makers of the ElectriPlast™ line of electrically conductive resins, announced today the formation of ElectriPlast Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Integral which will function as the operating entity responsible for the commercialization, sales and marketing of ElectriPlast™ Integral's patented line of conductive plastics. The newly formed entity, based in Philadelphia, will be directed by Herbert Reedman, a former automotive retail executive and recently appointed member to Integral's board, who will act as President and CEO of the newly formed ElectriPlast Corporation.
"This is a strategic and very positive move for Integral," states Bill Robinson, Chairman & CEO of Integral. "We are seeing accelerated demand in electrically conductive resins and we want to take full advantage of our position in this emerging market." In making the announcement, Reedman will take full command and control of Integral's coveted line of conductive resins which includes over 80 blends and is said to be the most comprehensive line of conductive plastics in the industry.
"Under the ElectriPlast corporate banner we are a company with a single purpose and a central focus," said Reedman. "Clearly we know who we are, industry will know who we are and our message will be clear; we manufacture and market the industry's most comprehensive line of conductive plastics. That is our specialty, our sole focus and will prove to be our competitive advantage as we continue to introduce new products into the marketplace."
The announcement of the new ElectriPlast Corporation follows Integral's most recent product launch of ElectriPlast™ EP-CF/66, a polyamide (PA66) and nickel plated carbon fiber composite and the latest in the line of ElectriPlastT™ conductive resins brought to market by Integral.
Applications for ElectriPlast™ conductive plastics include everything from wire and power electronics, to shielding, antennas, capacitors and medical devices. Interested industries include consumer electronics, aerospace, military, automotive, lighting, heavy industry and life sciences as designers and engineers look for ways to make their products lighter, more portable or more fuel efficient.
Integral Technologies has been recognized as "One of the 50 Best & Brightest Companies" by MBD Capital, while ElectriPlast™ has been recognized as "Best of What's New" by Popular Science and "Best Innovation" by Innovations International.
For more information, visit: www.electriplast.com
Six GF AgieCharmilles world premiere products, including: Milling centers, electric discharge machining (EDM) machines and flexible Automation solutions for die-sinking EDM – plus an impressive array of existing Milling, EDM and Laser products and the world’s most comprehensive Customer Services offering – will take the stage September 19-24, at EMO 2011, in Hannover, Germany.
GF AgieCharmilles’ machines, Automation solutions and services will be showcased in a brand new booth designed specifically to allow visitors to experience the value GF AgieCharmilles adds to manufacturers in growing industrial areas. Hall 27, Booth D44 at the Hannover Exhibition Grounds is the place to see the Group’s first-in-class products – many with Energy Care features – in action, as GF AgieCharmilles’ experts demonstrate a variety of demanding applications for manufacturing segments like automotive, aerospace and aeronautics, medical and dental technologies, electronic components, and Information and Communication Technology.
On the Milling side, GF AgieCharmilles will debut two new high-speed and high-performance machining centers. The MIKRON HSM 600U LP is the ideal high-speed milling solution for prototype production, die making and fully automated, low-volume series production where accuracy and surface finish are key success factors. The MIKRON HPM 450U is a high-performance machine that boasts a new torque rotary tilting table for unlimited five-axis machining, and a cleverly conceived working spindle variation that could only come from a partner with deep application expertise from micro to macro. Besides these all-new solutions, GF AgieCharmilles will present the MIKRON HPM 800U HD, a fully automated five-axis, high-output compact machining center with various pallet magazines.
GF AgieCharmilles will also demonstrate its MIKRON HSM 400 LP Precision, which takes automated production of micro components for the die and mold sector to new heights in accuracy and surface finish; and the MIKRON VCE 1000 Pro-X, featuring linear scales, a reliable and powerful 16,000 rpm inline spindle, as a cost-effective answer for increased machining demand in mold and die and for the accurate production of parts.
Four all-new EDM products will be unveiled by GF AgieCharmilles at EMO Hannover 2011: the FORM 300 vP with S3R WPT1+, a highly versatile die-sinking machining solution representing new dimensions in autonomy and flexibility; the innovative FORM 200 mS with RTC die-sinking EDM solution equipped with the Rotary Tool Changer; the CUT 2000 OilTech which uses oil as a dielectric to make surface protection an absolute priority; and the DRILL 300, a quick, fine, reliable and powerful hole-drilling EDM machine.
GF AgieCharmilles will also demonstrate its CUT 1000, the world’s most accurate wire-cutting EDM machine, especially designed for micro applications and equipped with the new Integrated Vision Unit (IVU), to deliver optical access to details that a 3D probe does not; the CUT 200 wire-cutting EDM machine that accelerates productivity while offering greater autonomy over production costs and quality; and the die-sinking FORM 1000 with the new S3R WPT1+ offering exceptional accuracy and best efficiency in erosion.
Visitors to GF AgieCharmilles’ booth at EMO will get their first look at the Group’s latest Automation solutions to manage the complete manufacturing process flow, from preparation to machining. This includes programming (CAD/CAM level), management of the workshop, traceability, and handling. For handling, GF AgieCharmilles offers the Rotary Tool Changer (RTC), the first truly compact and modular robot; and the WPT1+, available in four configurations for die-sinking EDM but also compatible with Milling and Laser. The affordable, flexible and sleekly designed new robot WPT1+ can manage a variety of tooling in an array of weights up to 80 kilograms and is a direct response to customers’ application needs.
The WPT1+, available as WPT1+ Light, WPT1+ Middle, WPT1+ Heavy and WPT1+ Heavy Plus, gives mold makers a full range of Automation options suited to their applications and can address parts and tooling for two machines at once.
Also in the EMO Hannover 2011 spotlight will be GF AgieCharmilles’ clean, highly accurate and flexible Laser technology demonstrated by the LASER 1000 5Ax, which can apply the finest textures in applications across many industrial segments from automotive to consumer and luxury goods.
The LASER 1000 5Ax, one of six machines in the Group’s laser portfolio, is an ideal solution for adding brand logos, continuous textures and hologram-like effects. Customers use GF AgieCharmilles’ Laser products to texture molds for automotive interiors and embossing rolls and plates.
With GF AgieCharmilles’ Laser texturing solutions, you have an eternally sharp tool with no threat of wear or breakage, a fully digitized machining process and no worries about disposing of fluids, slurry or chips; trace amounts of dust produced by Laser products is automatically vacuumed away.
All GF AgieCharmilles products are supported by a full range of Customer Services that can be tailored to each customer’s needs. With the most comprehensive services portfolio in the world, GF AgieCharmilles Customer Services includes:
• Operations Support - Ensures optimum levels of performance and precision in daily operations and offers a wide range of certified consumables and original wear parts.
• Machine Support - Maximizes machine uptime with original spare parts, technical support and preventive services.
• Business Support - Enhances operational potential with tailored business solutions.
For more information, visit: www.gfac.com or www.emo-hannover.de
A £10 million development centre, which aims to accelerate the deployment of a range of innovative near net shape powder-based manufacturing processes, has been created by the University of Sheffield's Department of Materials Science and Engineering, following dialogue with regional advanced manufacturing companies to understand their future needs.
The Mercury Centre is part financed by Europe, attracting over £5 million of investment from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), as part of the support for the region's economic development through the Yorkshire and Humber ERDF Programme 2007-13. This European investment is enabling UK industry to secure a globally leading position by accessing faster time-to-market technologies across a range of sectors.
The Mercury Centre has acquired a series of equipment which will deliver cutting edge capabilities in a range of advanced manufacturing technologies such as 3D printing, functional coatings and surface treatment. These include:
• Additive layer manufacture of high value alloys based on an Arcam S12
• Functional 2.5D printing of electronics and biomaterials with Aerosol Jet Deposition
• Novel material processing via Spark Plasma Sintering for rapid development of new ceramics
• Metal Injection Moulding and sintering
• Electron beam processing for joining, surface treatment and building parts
These are supported by a range of state-of-the-art advanced materials characterisation techniques, and product/process design and simulation capabilities.
Near net shape manufacturing using these techniques allows components with complex geometries to be created directly from computer models offering benefits over traditional manufacturing processes including; rapid development times, fewer process steps, lower environmental impact and reduced cost, at the same time as providing improved product quality and increased design freedom.
Recent developments in the technologies now allow application across a wider range of industrial sectors and there is already significant interest from aerospace, motorsport, biomedical and electronics companies. These are now supported by the increasing availability of production-scale equipment and a range of bulk powder feed-stocks.
Like all new processing technologies, however, industrial deployment generally requires substantial development activity to identify the composition and processing conditions required for a new product or new application, and this is where the Mercury Centre comes in.
Dr Iain Todd, from the University of Sheffield's Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Director of the Mercury Centre, said: "We are helping companies to adopt these technologies by offering them access to our research facilities and the opportunity to explore the business benefits. We can provide a phased approach, beginning with an initial investigation of business needs and exploratory tests, through to long term-product or process optimisation. We can also offer a "no risk" proof of concept engagement to obtain preliminary data which can then be used in the development of subsequent funding applications."
There are a range of options for working with the Mercury Centre, from short-term contracted consultancy, through to knowledge transfer partnerships (KTPs) and PhD studentships, or even large scale multi-partner projects. However, with all options the focus is very much on providing real benefits to the industrial partner. If you are interested in finding out how these technologies can help your company please contact the Centre Manager, Dr Martin I Highett on 0114 2225981.
For more information, visit: www.mercurycentre.org
Okuma America Corporation is pleased to announce that ESPRIT, a leading developer and supplier of computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software, has joined Partners in THINC.
EPSRIT, DP Technology provides manufacturers with latest CAM Technology, which enables faster part programming, increased machine-tool and cutting-tool utilization, and shorter cycle times. Offering a broad array of machining applications which include: 2 - 5 axis milling, 2 - 22 axis turning, 2 - 5 axis wire EDM, Multitasking mill-turn machining, B-axis machine tools, and High-speed 3- and 5-axis machining, ESPRIT is un-matched when it comes to getting the most out of your machine investments and increasing productivity.
Jeff Estes, Director of Partners in THINC, stated: “Challenging parts requiring 4 and 5 axis machining is where ESPRIT excels. Not that their CAM systems don’t work equally well on 2 and 3 axis requirements, but determining the optimum tool path of those difficult part configurations is a core competency. ESPRIT utilizes the un-paralleled computing power of the THINC control to reduce the cutting time of these challenging parts while optimizing tool life and load through using the most effective tool path possible.”
ESPRIT products can be seen and demonstrated at the Partners in THINC facility in Charlotte, North Carolina and at the Okuma Tech Centers in Chicago and Houston.
Partners in THINC is a unique facility and concept offering integrated solutions and a one-stop-shop designed to streamline current manufacturing processes, improve capabilities, or for exploring advanced manufacturing options. Each member of Partners in THINC brings specialized equipment, expertise and a commitment to provide the best possible integrated solutions to the end-user.
For more information, visit: www.partnersinthinc.com
NCG CAM Solutions Ltd, UK officially released NCG CAM V10 on 23rd July 2010. This major release includes multi-tasking capability enhancements, a new feature for roughing with solid carbide cutters, a new optimised algorithm for rest roughing and faster rest finishing. Machine tool simulation has also been added to the 5-axis module. NCG CAM V10 is available as 32-bit and 64-bit versions.
The NCG CAM kernel was first written 14 years ago and was one of the first CAM systems to utilise multi-threading capabilities. Parallel processing in NCG CAM V10 improves the use of CPU's further still, by significantly speeding up the calculation time, enhancing the multi-threading capabilities.
Almost all PC’s today will be dual core, if not quad core and so support parallel processing. Basically, this means that your PC could typically support between 2 and 8 CPU’s in one form or another, although you could have 16 or more CPU's on a high end PC.
NCG CAM now utilises this parallel processing facility. For example, when calculating rest finishing passes, rather than using a single processor, NCG CAM will spread the calculation among all the available processors. Benchmarks have shown rest finishing to be up to 300% faster with 4 processor PC’s and up to 400% faster with 8 processor PC’s!! These improvements are especially beneficial for large parts, such as large automotive components.
Adaptive area clearance is a new feature added to the basic module of NCG CAM V10. Adaptive area clearance eliminates full width cuts using a concept similar to trochoidal milling.
This unique cutting technique is aimed towards high speed machining with solid carbide cutters. It provides the ability to safely cut using the full length of the flute at the optimum cutting speed for the material and part. Tool wear is spread evenly, cutting more on the flute than the bottom of the cutter, reducing deflection and the potential for vibration by maintaining a constant load on the cutter. The technique is particularly suitable for cutting hard materials and also some electrode manufacturing. The cycle automatically adjusts the toolpath for efficient and safe machining, improving cutting conditions and allowing more consistent and possibly higher machining speeds to be maintained.
As well as significantly improving tooling life, adaptive area clearance can reduce machining time by an average of 25% over conventional roughing as the machine uses the full flute length of the cutting tool, and the machine runs at the optimum speed without exceeding its limits at an isolated point.
The linking order is very important, so the linking is done at the same time as the passes are calculated. After each level has been cleared using all the flute length, additional passes can be made to reduce the size of the terraces on the 3D form.
These additional passes will be either profile or clearance passes as required, depending on the material remaining or the shape of the part.
A new, highly optimised algorithm for calculating the rest roughing is now included in the basic module of NCG CAM V10. This new algorithm gives a speed improvement of more than 4 times across a wide range of example parts. Speed improvements are greater still on some larger jobs.
Recent improvements to NCG CAM have made the rest finishing complete in 50% of the time, when supporting tool-holders. Combined with the use of parallel processing, the speed increase is even greater. Benchmarks show a speed increase by up to 10 times can be seen, when comparing with NCG CAM V9 running on a 8 processor PC.
Machine tool simulation has been added to the 5-axis add-on module and is now included as standard. The machine tool simulation allows the user to simulate the machine movement. This is generally very important for 5-axis toolpaths, where it is often difficult to visualise the real position of the machine when animating the toolpath. By running the toolpath through the machine simulation, you can be sure there will be no collision between the machine head and the bed/table of the machine.
Like the toolpath animator the user can control the simulation speed, zoom in/out. Should there be a collision, it will be highlighted graphically and a dialogue is displayed to inform the user.
First of all, the basic machine needs to be modelled up. The simulation will then check that the head of the machine will not collide with the work piece or bed of the machine tool. The machine tool simulation is also able to simulate the stock being removed pass by pass.
About NCG CAM Standalone 3D HSM CAM Software:
•NCG CAM HSM CAM software is an easy to use stand-alone CAM system that integrates with existing CAD and CAM systems.
•NCG CAM boasts many innovative features. It is suitable for all types of forms, creating an optimised, smooth cutter motion for 3D HSM machining, while helping to extend tool life, minimising wear on the machine tool and producing parts with excellent surface finish.
•NCG CAM has a very user-friendly interface, with a typical learning curve of just 1 day is required to machine a live job. It is perfect for the high-speed machining of moulds, dies, prototypes and precision surface machining.
•Very user friendly interface – making it suitable for even occasional users
•NCG CAM offers many advanced 3D machining routines, rest roughing & 3 + 2 capabilities for all toolpaths, simultaneous 5-axis add-on module available
•Fast and efficient roughing strategies, including core roughing
•Advanced drilling routines – includes automatic hole detection and / or user defined holes
•All machining routines are fully gouge protected for both the cutter and the tool holder
•Rest area option for finishing strategies to minimise any air cutting
•Available as both 32-bit & 64-bit versions
•Stand alone CAM software that is compatible with ANY other CAD package
•Extremely easy to use with just 1 day's training required to machine a live job
•Ideal for shop-floor programming
•All post-processors are written in-house
•Powerful 3D machining
•Toolpaths optimised for HSM machining
•Reduced wear on machine
•Extended tooling life
•Saves time and money!
A demonstration version of the NCG CAM software, is available to download at: www.ncgcam.com/demorequest.html. The demonstration version of NCG CAM has unlimited usage and while there are restrictions to the machining output, it can also be used in its basic form as a FREE .iges viewer.
Uncompromising quality, complete traceability, and accuate documentation. The medical and automotive industries are regulated by standards, guidelines and laws governing the design of production lines and processes, as well as proof of conformity to regulations. An important prerequisite in qualification is the calibration of the processing machines. With Ever-Q, ENGEL offers their expertise in the calibration and conformance of your injection molding machine.
From the barrel temperature to the clamping force, injection speed and holding pressure to repeatability of the cycle time: the Ever-Q documentation ensures that all machine parameters conform to the required specifications. The ENGEL technician will perform over 20 series of measurements using independent calibrated devices, log the results and ensure that any deviations are within the acceptable tolerances.
Ever-Q allows plastics manufacturers to benefit from the over 15 years experience of our ENGEL experts in the factory calibration of injection molding machines. This extensive knowledge and experience represents security. It guarantees that suitable calibration methods and measuring instruments are used, and the tolerance limits are defined according to industry specifications. External calibration laboratories, which usually work for several different branches of industry, have difficulty with this. A further advantage of the ENGEL service: the wide range of injection molding machines installed enables ENGEL to offer the Ever-Q calibration at a relatively low price.
Calibration is performed to a variety of international standards: in the automotive industry, the requirements for quality management are defined, amongst others, by ISO 9000 and ISO 9001; in the medical industry, Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) is the accepted set of regulations.
In addition to Ever-Q calibration saving time and costs in advance of start-up, ENGEL can also perform a periodic check, at the customer’s facility, of the relevant parameters for any requalification requirements. In this way, Ever-Q calibration can support the yearly evaluations required for GMP certification and Operation Qualification (OQ).
For more information, visit: www.engelglobal.com
CPDA, a CIMdata company, announces that that James R. Scapa, Chairman and CEO of Altair Engineering, will make a keynote presentation on “The Next Decade in Simulation: From Virtual Validation to Innovation Intelligence,” at PLM Road Map™ 2011. The keynote line-up also includes presentations by PTC’s Andrew Wertkin, IBM Rational’s Brett Hillhouse, Comet Solution’s Malcolm Panthaki, Siemens PLM Software’s Steve Bashada, Pendaran’s Dr. Hossein Nivi, Geometric Americas’ Joseph Sahiouni, Georgia Tech’s Dr. Chris Paredis, and HP’s Christian Verstraete. PLM Road Map™ 2011 will take place at The Inn at St. John's, outside of Detroit, Michigan, on October 4th and 5th.
Less than three decades ago, in the period between the start of the space race and the invention of the PC, the ingenuity of engineers was the primary force for improving the quality and reliability of products. Today, computer simulation has not only helped quicken the development process, it has completely revolutionized the engineering industry.
The art of finite element analysis (FEA) has evolved into a dependable computer-simulation science and its impact can be seen in the creation of everything from automobiles and airplanes to cell phones and golf clubs. Simulation is now in the driver’s seat, pushing product development timelines, creating innovative concept designs, and improving product quality and reliability along the way.
This presentation will take a look at how simulation has evolved in the product lifecycle and will identify a path for where it will go over the next decade, a path where CAE can transcend virtual validation and finally achieve simulation-driven innovation intelligence.
About James R. Scapa, President and CEO of Altair Engineering, Inc.
James R. Scapa brings more than 30 years of experience to his dual role of President and CEO of Altair Engineering, Inc., a title he has held since the company’s inception.
Founded in 1985, Altair empowers client innovation and decision-making through technology that optimizes the analysis, management, and visualization of business and engineering information. Privately held with more than 1,400 employees, Altair has operations throughout North America, South America, Europe, and Asia/Pacific.
Jim successfully built the company to be a leading provider of product development consulting services, advanced engineering software, grid computing technologies, and business intelligence solutions. Today, the company has more than 3,800 corporate clients representing a broad range of industry verticals including automotive, aerospace, government and defense, heavy equipment, and consumer products. Altair also has a growing client presence in the life sciences, financial services, insurance, and energy markets.
Prior to establishing Altair, Jim served as an engineering consultant to the automotive industry, beginning his career with Ford Motor Company in 1978.
Jim holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Columbia University and an MBA from the University of Michigan.
About PLM Road Map™ 2011
PLM Road Map™ 2011 is a strategic conference focused on the next generation of PLM integration. Explore first-hand the progress, opportunities, and roadblocks currently confronting end-users. For more information, visit: http://cpd-associates.com/index.cfm?content=include_conference11.cfm
Makino demonstrates its new products and machining technologies at the 2011 Interactive Manufacturing Experience (imX) show at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Sept. 12-14. New machines and unique process solutions are going to be displayed in the Makino Experience Zone #2348 and learning labs are scheduled to be held in #2362.
“This event is entirely new to the industry, and we’re looking forward to having manufacturers visit our experience zone and attend our learning labs to see the latest innovations that Makino has to offer and discuss a variety of industry issues and solutions with our experts,” says Mark Rentschler, Makino marketing manager. “Makino hopes imX attendees will ‘learn more so they can earn more’ by bringing new information back to the shop and implementing new strategies to grow their business, improve productivity and substantially increase their bottom line.”
New Machines and Featured Processes
Makino will be introducing the new PS-Series vertical machining centers at imX 2011. Makino’s new PS-Series machines are the new standard in vertical machining centers for production machining, offering a reduction in cycle time, increased productivity, improved quality and minimization of capital investment. With the power of a Makino horizontal machining center in a vertical platform, the PS-Series is fully equipped and ready to tackle all parts and materials.
Makino will also be discussing its latest research and developments in titanium machining, including ADVANTiGE™ technologies. By improving spindle performance, coolant delivery, vibration damping, machine rigidity and cutting strategies, ADVANTiGE is capable of four times the productivity and four times the tool life of conventional machining technologies. Attendees are going to have the opportunity to discuss Makino’s Ti ADVANTiGE technologies and view part samples created with the new T-Series, purpose-built 5-axis horizontal machining centers.
In addition to the new machines, Makino has several demonstrations on tap throughout the show. Demonstrations are noted below:
• Ferrous part machining on the a61nx horizontal machining center
• Machining of carbides and other hardened materials on the UPV3 oil dielectric wire EDM
• The EDFH-1 sinker EDM performing fine-hole machining
• Submicron machining accuracy of the iQ300 precision micromachining center
In addition to the displays in Makino’s Experience Zone at imX, Makino is slated to host learning lab events each day of the show that will include presentations from Makino engineers. These sessions are explained in more detail below:
Makino’s ADVANTiGE Technologies Improve Titanium Milling
Demand for titanium continues to climb to new heights alongside increasing orders for newer, more fuel-efficient aircraft. Makino’s ADVANTiGE machining technology is set to change the way manufacturers think about titanium machining. This advanced process solution is composed of several key machining technologies for a degree of machining efficiency that no other titanium technology has offered in the past. In this learning lab session, manufacturers can learn about these new technologies and see actual part examples, and tooling and cutting methods that illustrate the improved performance actually achieved.
Micromachining/Ultra-Precision Feature Technology
Electronic components, medical devices and optical products continue to decrease in size and increase in demand. As applications grow in complexity and shrink in size, Makino provides the milling and EDM solutions necessary to bring ideas from design to production. During this learning lab, attendees are going to learn more about micromachining and obtain technical assistance to foster innovation and the engineering of new products.
Expanding Your Capabilities in Ferrous Machining
Attendees of this session can learn how to take ferrous production part manufacturing to new, even higher levels of productivity and efficiency through cycle-time reduction, increased spindle utilization and new cast-iron part-processing techniques.
The New PS-Series: The Productivity of a Makino HMC in a Vertical Platform
This session focuses on Makino’s new PS-Series machines, which offer the perfect combination of speed, power, torque and flexibility for today’s competitive job-shop environment. The PS-Series features a field-proven design with key technologies from several of Makino’s most reliable production machines. Its rigid construction, thermal stability and versatile spindle are ideal for a variety of applications, including automotive, aerospace, medical and other small-component manufacturing applications.
Visit Us at imX
Learn more and earn more in Makino’s Experience Zone #2348 and through its valuable learning labs in Experience Zone #2362 at imX 2011. For more information and registration, please visit: www.makino.com/imxrsvp
Wilfried “Fried” Vancrean, managing director at Materialise in Belgium, accepted the RTAM Industry Achievement Award for 2011. Vancrean was honored at this year’s Society of Manufacturing Engineers’ (SME) RAPID Conference and Exposition earlier this year.
The Industry Achievement Award recognizes manufacturing professionals who have made exceptional contributions and accomplishments in the additive manufacturing industry or in any industry through the application of additive manufacturing technologies. Nominees are chosen based on a multitude of different criteria including, but not limited to, a single outstanding accomplishment, technical publication, patent or a specific industry application.
Vancrean’s involvement in the additive manufacturing industry has been illustrious and has spanned decades. In 1990, he founded Materialise NV, one of the first rapid prototyping service bureaus in Europe, and developer of the revolutionary Magics software. In 2010, he would launch the i.materialise website, making 3D printing accessible to everyone regardless of experience with design packages. At the RAPID show in May 2010, Vancraen hosted the first “CEO Summit” of industry leaders which would later evolve into what is now known as the Additive Manufacturing Branding Initiative (AMBI).
“The RTAM Committee was pleased to review many outstanding candidates for this year’s Industry Achievement Award,” says David K. Leigh, vice chair of SME’s RTAM Community. “This year’s winner has given so many contributions to the RTAM community, and many are industry firsts. We are pleased to see that this community and, in particular, Fried Vancraen, continue to push the envelope of advanced manufacturing techniques.”
For further information about the RTAM Industry Achievement Award or to learn more about the RTAM Community, visit: www.sme.org/rtam
3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced today that it filed a preliminary proxy statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") that proposes to amend the Company's Charter to increase the number of authorized shares of Common Stock from 60 million to 120 million, primarily as a result of the two-for-one stock split in the form of a 100% stock dividend completed in May 2011 in which approximately 25 million shares of Common Stock were issued.
The Company has filed a preliminary proxy statement and notice of special meeting of stockholders scheduled for October 7, 2011. Subject to SEC approval, the Company intends to file a final proxy and notice with the SEC and to mail notices to its stockholders in late August 2011.
"This amendment restores the pre-split flexibility that we had to issue shares of Common Stock for future corporate needs," said Abe Reichental, CEO. "Given our strategic initiatives, we believe it is good governance to have all viable alternatives in place to enable us to continue to grow profitably and responsibly."
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.
Copies of the preliminary proxy statement can be obtained free of charge by visiting the SEC's website.
VTI Vacuum Technologies Inc., a provider of EMI/RFI shielding for electronic device designers, recently partnered with William D. Kimmel, PE of Kimmel Gerke Associates, Ltd., to publish a whitepaper about how to ensure EMI shielding of plastic enclosures works properly.
“Most molded plastics designed today aren’t manufactured to effectively contain EMI. This EMI shielding white paper explains how to properly design enclosures to ensure effective EMI shielding,” says Wil Fernandez, president of VTI Vacuum Technologies Inc.
“EMI Shielding with Coated Plastics” discusses the common problems associated with EMI shielding, as well as how to design plastic enclosures so that shielding is effective.
Bill Kimmel, PE, EMI Guru will be presenting a live demonstration on Seam Leakage in Coated Plastic Enclosure with VTI Vacuum Technologies being the supplier of the Shielding and Gasketing for the enclosures. Bill will be demonstrating at the IEEE/EMC International Symposium Long Beach, CA August 16 from 9:30 am-11:30 am. He will also be doing demonstrations throughout the Symposium at the VTI Vacuum Technologies Booth # 454
Since its inception in 1993, VTI has been known for their ability to deliver innovative, high quality EMI, RFI and ESD shielding solutions with on-time delivery for military, medical device, injection molding and other industries. Working with Kimmel Gerke Associates, Ltd. on this whitepaper, VTI solidifies its reputation as an industry leader in providing cost efficient and quality ESD, EMI, RFI shielding.
The whitepaper is available at: www.vactecinc.com/plastic_shielding_whitepaper.html
Noted GE aviation consultant engineer Todd Rockstroh will be a featured speaker at the Laser Institute of America’s (LIA) inaugural Lasers for Manufacturing Event (LME) in September, detailing how lasers have steadily been asked to perform more intricate aviation production tasks over the past three decades.
Among the topics Rockstroh will address during his 30-minute educational session at LME will be the various applications of lasers in the manufacture of vital components of jet and gas-turbine engines. He will detail research that arose from — and solved — issues in the production and maintenance of jet-engine fans, compressors and combusters.
For example, he will detail the pivotal role high pulse energy lasers had in solving a critical operational issue afflicting the B1 bomber fleet in the 1990s. After intensive collaborative research, GE, the Air Force and Battelle Memorial Institute of Columbus, Ohio, found that laser shock processing (LSP) helped prevent damage to the leading edges of stage one fan blades by producing a deep compressive effect that halted the propagation of cracks. Previously, if a blade had been damaged on a mission, ground crews would have to crawl into each of the plane’s four engines to examine each blade of the stage one fans; the two-to-four-hour inspection could result in the plane being grounded up to three days while a replacement part was sought. LSP has dramatically lengthened the maintenance cycle.
In the 2000s, Rockstroh explains, the aviation industry embraced nanosecond and picosecond lasers when developers used them as part of the process of milling cooling holes in the complex shapes of advanced gas turbine blades. “GE has now installed over a dozen laser milling workstations into our supply chains,” he says.
As he notes in his presentation, the aviation industry adopted lasers in the 1980s as the most cost-effective way to drill shallow-angle holes in cast turbine superalloys. Ruby and Nd:YAG lasers drilled precise holes in seconds. Now, although holes for today’s better-performing engines are more often produced with electro-discharge drilling, lasers are still vital in making multihole aviation components like combustion liners and exhaust ducts. These parts require 10,000 to more than 100,000 holes. “Laser drilling is the only cost-effective means of producing high-volume output,” Rockstroh notes.
He will round out his presentation with a look at direct metal laser deposition of an upcoming gas turbine fuel circuit design. GE will test the additive-manufacturing technique, which uses metal powder, in 2012 with the intent of using it in full-scale production by 2014.
“Additive manufacturing is a huge opportunity for U.S. industries, defense and otherwise,” Rockstroh noted in a recent interview for the Laser Institute of America’s newsletter, LIA TODAY. “The Air Force has got it on their road map to start some larger programs in the ManTech realm.”
LME, to be held in Schaumburg, IL, on Sept. 27-28, is the first event of its kind, designed to feature a hands-on look at laser-manufacturing applications and equipment in a highly interactive setting showcasing the work of cutting-edge laser companies.
For more information or to register to attend, visit: www.LaserEvent.org
Green Manufacturer magazine, published by FMA Communications Inc. (FMAC), affiliate of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association (FMA), received a national 2011 Azbee Award of Excellence - Gold Award in the New Publication category for best new magazine of 2010 from the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE).
FMAC also received a national Azbee award in the Technical Article category and five Midwest region awards. ASBPE’s annual Awards of Excellence competition recognizes the best in editorial, design and online achievement in the B2B arena.
“For Green Manufacturer to be recognized nationally by the ASBPE as the gold winner for best new magazine is an amazing accomplishment,” said Ed Youdell, group publisher for FMAC. “I am proud of the work that our editors, graphic artists, audience development professionals and sales team have produced to receive this important recognition.” Launched in 2010, Green Manufacturer is a bimonthly magazine that covers the process applications, products, and opportunities for manufacturers to run an effective green operation.
FMAC received a second national Azbee in the Technical Article category for the “Pulsed GTAW for Stainless Steel” article appearing in the April/May 2010 issue of TPJ - The Tube and Pipe Journal®, a publication for tube and pipe suppliers, manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, fabricators, and tube and pipe manufacturers. “The Azbee award for Technical Article is a reflection of the reputation that TPJ-The Tube & Pipe Journal has established since its inception in 1990, and of the editorial talent we have throughout the company and quality of the work we produce,” said Eric Lundin, editor of TPJ-The Tube & Pipe Journal.
“Being honored nationally by the ASBPE validates what we try to accomplish with our publications to support our readership,” said Dan D. Davis, editor in chief with FMA Communications. “With Green Manufacturer, our mission is to explore emerging trends that are sure to affect U.S. manufacturing. With TPJ-The Tube & Pipe Journal, we aim to share information that helps fabricators perform their jobs more efficiently.”
At the regional level, Green Manufacturer was honored with two Midwest region Azbee awards in the Case History and Editor’s Letter categories, while The FABRICATOR magazine, North America’s leading magazine for the metal forming and fabricating industry, received recognition in the Regular Column, Editor’s Letter and Case History categories.
“It’s an honor for Green Manufacturer to be recognized both regionally and nationally,” said Kate Bachman, editor of Green Manufacturer. “This award must be shared with the outstanding North American manufacturers whose sustainability stories we have featured and shared with our readers.”
ASBPE’s Azbee Awards of Excellence program honors exceptional work for business-to-business, trade, association, and professional publications. Judges are business publication editors and writers, designers, consultants, and academics who are on the front lines doing hands-on business publication editorial and design work.
FMA Communications Inc. serves the metal forming and fabricating industry with business-to-business magazines, e-newsletters, vendor directories, and Web sites.
Rockford, Ill.-based Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA) is a professional organization with nearly 2,300 members working together to improve the metal forming and fabricating industry. Founded in 1970, FMA brings metal fabricators and fabricating equipment manufacturers together through technology councils, educational programs, networking events, industry trade publications including The FABRICATOR®, and Green Manufacturer, and the FABTECH® trade show. FMA also has two technology affiliates: the Tube & Pipe Association, International (TPA), which focuses on the unique needs of companies engaged in tube and pipe producing and fabricating, and the Green Manufacturer Network (GMN) which serves the employees of companies that are focused on improving their utilization of green technologies.
For more information, visit: www.greenmanufacturer.net
UBM Canon has announced details of the keynote addresses at next month’s inaugural MEDevice Forum-the September 13-14 conferences and supplier showcase in San Diego which focus upon current and emerging innovations in materials for medical applications and implant device development.
The Forum’s conferences will begin with a September 13th keynote address by Dr. Chandramallika (Molly) Ghosh, senior scientific reviewer in the Office of Device Evaluation, Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The presentation is entitled, “Submissions and Approvals for Innovative Devices: An FDA Update”. Dr. Ghosh will discuss the FDA’s review approach for pre-market evaluation of medical devices, and provide an overview of the Medical Device Innovation initiative launched by FDA’s Center for the CDRH in 2011.
The next day’s address, entitled “Post Market-Enforcement and Risk Management”, will be delivered by Vipul Sheth, Vice President of Quality, Coronary/Peripheral for Medtronic. The presentation will discuss the impact of healthcare reform, increased regulatory scrutiny, FDA modernization and implementation of initiatives under the new commissioner, pricing pressures faced by industry, and the strengthening of regulatory systems in developing countries. Mr. Sheth will also offer insights into how medical device companies can prepare themselves for the future.
Multiple presentations will follow these keynote addresses. Presentations in the Implantable Device Design track include: Part I: Applying Standards and Regulation to Implantable Device Design, Part II: Beyond ISO: Material Testing That You Should Do but Probably Don’t, Part III: Examining the Process, and Part IV: Working with Suppliers.
The presentations covered under the Applying New Materials to Enable Innovative Devices conference track include Part I: Addressing Materials Challenges, Part II: Materials and Electronics, and Parts III and IV: Applications for Specialty Materials: Opportunities and Challenges Ahead
About Chandramallika (Molly) Ghosh
Dr. Ghosh holds a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology from University of Louisiana at Monroe and did postdoctoral research at Purdue University. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology. She serves as a United States Expert on ISO TC 194, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee (TC) responsible for developing standards for biological evaluation of medical devices. She is a founding member of Medical Device Specialty Section (MDSS) at Society of Toxicology. Prior to joining FDA, Dr. Ghosh was the Associate Director of Toxicology at NAMSA, Ohio. Dr. Ghosh has presented and published over 50 papers and was an Adjunct (prestige appointment) Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology in the College of Pharmacy at University of Toledo, Ohio.
About Vipul Sheath
Mr. Sheath’s current responsibilities include Design Assurance Engineering for R&D projects that include Drug Eluting Stent products such as Endeavor and Resolute. He is responsible for Design Assurance activities at multiple sites - Santa Rosa, Danvers, MA, Galway Ireland and our recently acquired business Invatec (based in Switzerland and Italy) and Ardian (based in Mountain view, CA). Mr. Sheath reports directly to the General Manager of the Coronary business unit, as well as the VP of QA for the Cardiac /Vascular sector, and is accountable for all aspects of Quality Assurance for the Coronary business (approximately $1.5B in revenue). In previous roles at Medtronic, Mr. Sheath has supported the Endovascular business as Director of QA and successfully launched several projects and led a cross-functional team to resolve significant compliance issues related to clinical trials. He has overseen business integration activities post business acquisitions and participated in due diligence activities. Mr. Sheath has overseen all areas of QA during his tenure at Medtronic including product development support, manufacturing support, manufacturing transfer, business acquisition and integration, supplier quality, audit and compliance functions, software quality, configuration management and other shared services.
The inaugural MEDevice Forum will focus on modern biomaterials and developing next-generation implant technology. The conference will also discuss how to successfully take next-generation devices that incorporate innovative technologies to market. The event will take place on September 13-14, 2011, from 9:00-4:00 PDT. Registration is now available. Admission to the conference is complimentary for employees of qualifying implantable device manufacturers. Supporting Organizations include ASM International, the Society of Plastics Engineers, and the Surfaces in Biomaterials Foundation.
For more information, visit: www.medeviceforum.com
The Coordinate Metrology Society announced today their annual Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference (CMSC) 2011 attracted more than 400 professionals in the precision 3D measurement and inspection field. Manufacturers, engineers, scientists, quality control specialists, metrologists, educators, and students attended the weeklong event. The 27th gathering of the organization was held in late July at the exceptional conference facilities of the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, AZ. CMSC members are professional and novice users, service providers, and OEM manufacturers of close-tolerance industrial coordinate measurement systems, software, and peripherals.
Authoritative Source for Portable Metrology Professionals
Mr. Frank Foeller of The Boeing Company was the keynote speaker at the 2011 CMSC. The conference delivered a comprehensive program of 26 expert technical presentations delivered by CMSC members, special industry guests, and master users of portable measurement technology for quality control, quality production and precision assembly. Industry experts from more than 10 countries covered a wide spectrum of 3D industrial measurement topics and applications. The agenda included speakers from The Boeing Company, Mann+Hummel USA, Rolls-Royce North America, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, Sigma Space, Argonne National Laboratory, National Physical Laboratory (UK), University of Arizona, University of Ontario Institute of Technology and more leading companies.
CMSC Exhibition Hall Brims with Bright Ideas, New Technology
The CMSC also showcased 47 exhibitors in the sold-out Exhibition Hall, which was abundant with new product introductions, technology previews and end-to-end solutions for portable metrology requirements. Advanced workshops were also conducted including a 3D Metrology Hardware Review, a CMS Certification Committee Update, and a venue covering GD&T software as applied to 3D scan data.
After the successful Gage R&R Study in 2010, the CMS organized a new large-scale, interactive study for this year’s conference focused on measurement strategies and behaviors of coordinate metrologists. The participants used a laser tracker, portable articulating arm, and an optical system to perform a series of prescribed measurements. More than 130 attendees participated in the daily data collection activity coordinated by the National Physical Laboratory (UK) and assisted by members of the CMSC Certification Committee. The results of the two day study were presented in a fourth workshop entitled “Results of the CMS Measurement Study and Statistical Analysis”.
The CMSC agenda also included well-attended networking events including a kick-off Icebreaker, Social Hours, User Group Meetings, and the CMSC Banquet and Trivia night. New to the conference was the early morning 5 Billion Micron Fun Run/Walk which attracted over 70 participants. Many CMSC visitors also attended a tour of the Boeing Advanced Development Center for Rotorcraft in Mesa, AZ, and concluded the day with a community outreach event in support of the Mesa United Way.
New CMS Officer Slate
The Coordinate Metrology Society also elected officers for the 2011-2012 membership year. Chuck Pfeffer will serve as the 2012 CMSC Chairman, with Robb McIvor in the supporting role of Vice Chairman. Talion Edwards is the Past Chairman. Other volunteer members serving on the CMS Executive Committee are Michael Raphael, Martin Lambky, Nancy Reeves, Randy Gruver, Nick Moffitt, Rina Molari, Trevor Toman, Lisa Spoon, Jan Rode, Cali Schwartzly, Tara Mitchell, and Ulysses Green. To learn more about the Coordinate Metrology Society and the upcoming 2012 CMSC to be held in New Orleans, LA, please visit http://www.cmsc.org regularly, as the web site is updated throughout the year.
The Coordinate Metrology Society is a membership of users, service providers, and OEM manufacturers of close-tolerance industrial coordinate measurement systems, software, and peripherals. The society gathers each year to gain knowledge of the advancements and applications of any measurement system or software solution that produces and uses 3D coordinate data.
The Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference is an annual event sponsored by the Coordinate Metrology Society. Established in 1984, the five-day conference is held each year at a different location, and attracts visitors from around the globe. CMSC has achieved world renown for its comprehensive program of top-shelf white papers and applications presentations given by industry experts from science/research laboratories and leading manufacturing industries. No other trade show rivals the high level of authoritative information provided by CMS members and master users of metrology instrumentation, software, and peripheral equipment for quality control, quality production, and precision assembly and metrology-aided alignment.
3Dconnexion today announced its 3D mice are now supported by Blender 2.59, helping digital artists take their designs further by enabling previously impossible levels of interaction with their 3D content.
“Hands down, 3Dconnexion 3D mice provide the most intuitive way to work in Blender and are a must-have tool on today’s design workstations,” said Nathan Letwory, chief technology officer, Studio Lumikuu and Blender core developer. “Using a 3D mouse in Blender, means you can position your model while simultaneously sculpting or modifying with a traditional mouse or tablet. You have to try it or see it to believe it!”
3Dconnexion 3D mice offer a level of design interaction that’s unattainable with a traditional mouse and keyboard. Using a 3D mouse, such as the SpaceNavigator, SpaceExplorer or SpacePilot PRO, Blender users can unleash their creativity in a whole new way, while benefiting from a faster more comfortable work-style.
3Dconnexion 3D mice also deliver a consistent navigation experience across most popular 3D applications, enabling designers to maintain their navigation workflow when changing from one application to another. The intuitive and precise control makes users feel like they’re holding the digital model in their hand. Check out what “Big Buck Bunny” has to say about 3D mice here.
“The introduction of 3D mouse support in the latest release of Blender underscores our ongoing commitment to extending the support and reach of superior 3D navigation to all 3D software users,” said Antonio Pascucci, vice president of products, 3Dconnexion. “Using Blender with a 3D mouse significantly enhances the creative design experience, giving the user a direct connection to their 3D models and worlds.”
3Dconnexion will be demonstrating 3D mouse navigation in Blender in booth 970 at SIGGRAPH 2011 in Vancouver, Canada, August 9-11.
The entire 3Dconnexion product line is compatible with Blender, including the Professional Series with the SpacePilot PRO and SpaceExplorer™, and the Standard Series with the SpaceNavigator and SpaceNavigator for Notebooks.
For more information, visit: www.3Dconnexion.com
Delcam will launch the 2012 version of its FeatureCAM feature-based CAM system at the EMO World of Metalworking exhibition to be held in Hannover from 19th to 24th September. A range of enhancements will enable faster and easier programming, and produce more efficient toolpaths to give greater machine productivity.
All these developments will ensure that FeatureCAM retains the leadership in programming speed and ease of use it has held since its launch in 1995, when it was the world’s first feature-based programming system.
A number of the improvements will make FeatureCAM even easier to use. For example, a range of keyboard shortcuts have been added, including isometric view options, that will allow faster programming. It has been made easier to select multiple items from the operations tree and to move all the features in a group, for example, a network of similar holes or all the operations on a particular spindle. In addition, warning or error messages can be displayed simply by hovering over the relevant icon in the Operations List.
Toolpath editing has also been made much easier. Toolpaths are displayed more clearly, selection of toolpaths has been simplified and an "undo” option added.
Target part comparison has been extended to cover multi-axis operation for both milling and mill-turn equipment. This allows the user to compare a model of the desired final shape with the shape achieved by the programmed toolpaths. It provides a quick check of any material remaining on the part, and of any gouges or collisions. Previously, this option was only available for 2- and 3-axis operations.
Two new strategies are now available – back boring and spiral roughing. Back boring allows more parts to be completed in a single set-up, with larger bores able to be produced on the reverse side of the part. Spiral roughing can be used instead of Z-level roughing. It uses a single continuous toolpath instead of a series of levels and so gives a smoother finish with no dwell marks.
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 tool sizes for rest-roughing and finishing operations.
A number of extra options have been added to the tooling database. This database is a key part of the automation in FeatureCAM as it allows the optimum operating conditions to be associated with each tool. In most companies, the database is developed by the most experienced user. It then ensures that even inexperienced operators use safe and efficient cutting parameters. The new options in FeatureCAM 2012 allow more variables to be specified, including maximum cut depth and the optimum ramp angles.
Fully-automated de-burring and chamfering, when programming 2- or 2.5-axis parts, was added in FeatureCAM 2011. Tool selection for this operation has now been improved, to avoid unnecessary tool changes.
Other improvements include a new option to automatically counterbore holes before drilling, the ability to have 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.featurecam.com or www.emo-hannover.de
Engineers from NVision, Inc., using the company’s HandHeld Scanner, were able to quickly reverse engineer a large impellor for a major hydroelectric facility, sparing the facility what would have been an extended shutdown had they needed to produce a replacement impellor from scratch. In less than one week, NVision scanned the original impellor and provided a computer model of it to the facility, which then used the model to manufacture a duplicate impellor for installation. In the end, only a relatively short shutdown was necessary to accommodate the scanning and reproduction of the impellor.
The turbines that move the water in hydroelectric plants employ massive impellors to get the job done. In this case, one of the facility’s key impellors had suffered damage that forced the facility to replace it. However, the facility did not possess a computer model of the impellor, which was necessary in order to manufacture a replacement. Without a replacement available, the plant was facing an extended shutdown with potentially high losses in time and money.
The facility’s management contacted NVision to produce a computer model of the impellor. Two days after the initial contact, with a refurbished impellor temporarily in use as a replacement, an NVision engineer was on site to scan the impellor using the HandHeld laser scanner.
The HandHeld scanner is attached to a mechanical arm which moves about the object being scanned, freeing the user to capture data rapidly and with a high degree of resolution. An optional tripod provides complete portability in the field. Intuitive software allows full model editing, polygon reduction, and data output to all standard 3D packages.
“The HandHeld laser scanner was perfect for this project because its ability to move freely around a part makes it possible to reverse engineer components of virtually any size and shape," said Colin Ellis, Engineering Manager at NVision. “In this case, the spacing of the blades was large enough for the laser scanning head to fit through.”
Scanning took eight hours, and included data from three locations situated throughout the part, with data being indexed into the same coordinate system using geometric features. After the data was collected and processed into an STL mesh, a SolidWorks model was created in two days. The facility received the completed model of the impellor just six working days after first calling NVision with their problem. The computer model was used to manufacture an exact duplicate of the original impellor.
“By using laser scanning to reverse engineer the impellor the facility was able to avoid a lengthy and costly shutdown,” said Ellis. “As a side benefit of the scanning, we found that the impellor being used as a replacement was greatly out of balance, with no easy way of manually checking the part to see where the problem lay. Fortunately, using our inspection software, we were able to rotate and compare the data virtually, allowing precise indication of problem areas.”
For more information, visit: www.nvision3d.com
Austech 2012, Australia’s premier advanced precision manufacturing and machine tool exhibition, is now open for bookings. Companies are invited to secure their stand for next year’s show, which will once again line up with National Manufacturing Week (NMW) at the Sydney Showground from 8 to 11 May 2012, to gain exposure and recognition within the industry.
Austech is the absolute leading trade show for the sector, displaying an unequalled width and depth of products and services throughout all production areas in Australia, from machine tools to precision tools, automation components to customised systems and additive manufacturing techniques.
While the machine tool industry remains cautious when it comes to capacity upsizing –not least in view of the resurgent uncertainty generated by current financing problems in Europe and the U.S. – for the year’s second half and the current financial year, AMTIL CEO and exhibition Director Shane Infanti expects demand to increase and to be further boosted by Austech 2012.
However, he also encourages government to implement measures to create incentives for investment in new technology.
“Encouraging investment in new technology is essential if Australia is to keep pace with international competition,” he says. “We need a major incentive program developed, and quickly. We have reached a critical time and we need to implement some measures now.”
“Austech plays its part in showcasing the latest technology and provides a stimulus for investment. A government program around accelerated depreciation or another incentive to invest in capital could provide the final key.”
While Australia continues to be globally competitive in the design and manufacturing of products, Mr Infanti continues to say that “we are slowly falling below par in our investment in technology. The GFC, interest rates, access to finance, order uncertainty and the carbon tax have all played a role in creating an environment where confidence and willingness to invest is being eroded.”
The government has an important role to play in reversing this trend, and AMTIL also runs several initiatives and projects aiming to improve the performance and output of Australia’s advanced manufacturing industry by helping companies to fully integrate new technology or processes into the entirety of their business operations.
Austech forms a central part of these initiatives and is a ‘must-attend’ event for every manufacturer looking for efficient technology to be competitive on the global market.
Please visit our dedicated website www.austechexpo.com.au, which provides exhibitors and visitors with an online forum tailored to their needs, including easy online registration and stand booking information, a list of exhibitors, as well as the latest related news and floor plans.
The new RMI-Q radio transmission interface allows up to four separate tool setting or spindle-probes with radio transmission to be operated on the same CNC machine, making it an excellent choice for fitment onto CNC machining centres, or machines with rotary tables or twin pallets. The cable-free system is easily integrated on a wide range of machining centres and CNC milling machines, enabling users to enjoy all the benefits of Renishaw probe systems, including automated on-machine tool setting, tool breakage detection, part set-up and part verification capability.
A multitude of different multiple probing configurations are possible, typically comprising of the new Renishaw RTS tool setter with Renishaw RMP60 inspection probe, or other compatible spindle-mounted touch probes with radio transmission such as RMP40 or RMP600, selected to suit the users specific application requirements.
The new RMI-Q is used to activate either the spindle-mounted touch probe or table-mounted tool setting probe, and gives visual indication of the activated device. Like the new RTS tool setter it features the tried and tested 2.4GHz frequency hopping spread spectrum (FHSS) radio transmission, designed to be compliant with radio regulations worldwide, which enables uninterrupted operation in increasingly busy radio environments.
The system is suitable for applications that have obscured line-of-sight between probe and receiver, and its transmission range of up to 15m makes it particularly suitable for large machines. The RMI-Q has all the functionality of Renishaw's proven RMI interface, plus additional features, including the ability via a simple macro to partner all required probes to the interface in a single operation. Additionally when RMI-Q is used in conjunction with an RTS tool setter and radio spindle probe it is possible for a simple automated calibration cycle to be run using the RTS stylus as the calibration artefact.
Renishaw's new RTS contact tool setting probe with radio transmission is a robust, compact and cable-free product which does not restrict table movement. It offers users fast and accurate tool measurement, including tool length and diameter of milling cutters, twist drills and end mills, plus broken tool detection. Signals from the probe are communicated using radio transmission which makes it ideal for large machines, where line-of-sight is an issue, and for machines with twin pallets or rotary tables, which historically have proven challenging for installations of hard-wired tool setters.
Powered by two standard AA batteries and benefiting from significantly extended battery life, the RTS can be used in conjunction with up to three other radio probes using the new RMI-Q product and is also compatible with the current RMI radio interface.
For more information, visit: www.renishaw.com
It's said that most startups fail within five years. Still, the possibility - or experience - of failure doesn't stop approximately 600,000 entrepreneurs from starting new businesses every year in the United States. Yet, while many will fail, many others will succeed. To succeed, entrepreneurs must find a location that balances access to resources and low overhead costs for a higher chance of business success.
"For entrepreneurs, every dollar is a precious commodity," said Ed Burghard, executive director of the Ohio Business Development Coalition, the nonprofit organization that markets the state of Ohio for capital investment. "The more investment capital that actually makes it to product development and commercialization, the greater the probability of success."
Executives of GhostBlind Industries, in Marietta, and Cerner Resource Systems, in New Concord, and Entrepreneur in Residence at Kent State University, in Kent, are living their entrepreneurial dreams in Ohio's Enterprise Appalachia. The region's unique set of successful business opportunities enabled them to turn their ideas for business success into growing companies.
Every entrepreneur wants to select the right location to start and grow their business. But, the choice isn't always obvious, and often the default is to simply start where you are currently located instead of looking for an ideal location. Choosing a business location is an important strategic choice, one that should be based upon a thorough consideration of established criteria and relevant data.
Ohio's Enterprise Appalachia offers the ideal site selection criteria for small businesses to thrive, from access to funding and finding a considerable knowledge base to leveraging supply chain resources and reaching key markets. This is evidenced by the surge of successful start-up companies who have put the state's abundant entrepreneurial resources into action.
Founded by hunting enthusiasts Chet Burdette and Kevin Pottmeyer, GhostBlind's signature hunting blinds utilize lightweight, reflective panels to create a foolproof camouflage in any landscape. Based on its potential to attract a large market, create jobs and contribute to the regional economy, GhostBlind Industries was a prime candidate for support from TechGROWTH Ohio, which provides business advisory services, competitive grant support and seed-stage investment capital to technology companies and entrepreneurs in Southeast Ohio.
According to Burdette, TechGROWTH Ohio has been instrumental in accelerating GhostBlind's growth over the past two years. Within the past year, the company has taken on nearly 300 dealers in the U.S., such as Cabela's, and abroad - some as far as Australia and New Zealand, noted Pottmeyer.
"They have turned an innovative idea into a high-growth business," said TechGROWTH Ohio Director John Glazer. "They embody the spirit of entrepreneurialism in the Southeast Ohio region."
This is one example of regional venture capital and financial support found in Enterprise Appalachia. Entrepreneurs locating in the region benefit from regional venture capital and financial support that meets the needs of all businesses, from start-up businesses to gazelle high growth companies.
Ohio's Enterprise Appalachian region is home to 25 institutions of higher education, including seven four-year universities and colleges and 18 two-year colleges. Not only do these institutions provide knowledge and expertise to entrepreneurs, but contribute to a knowledgeable workforce ready to help companies grow.
Entrepreneurs Greg Adams and Larry Triplett recognized a need for data processing services and leveraged small business support services in Appalachian Ohio to found Resource Systems. Now with more than 80 employees, Resource Systems caters to more than 3,500 nursing homes nationwide. Inc. magazine has named it one of the nation's fastest growing private companies. In May 2011, Resource Systems merged with Cerner Corporation, now Cerner Resource Systems.
"There are so many benefits to being located in Appalachian Ohio. We're in a nice setting overlooking town, and we have a strong internship program with Muskingham University," said Triplett, managing director of Cerner Resource Systems. "People are attracted to work for us because of where we are, and they make New Concord their home. Once they come, they stay. Our turnover is nearly zero."
In addition, Enterprise Appalachia's location and tax structure, along with easy access to supply chains and key markets, makes it cost effective for entrepreneurs to serve customers in North America and around the globe. A recent report by the Quantitative Economics and Statistics Practices (QUEST) of Ernst & Young in conjunction with the Council On State Taxation (COST) ranks Ohio as third in the nation for friendliest tax environment.
Youngstown, Ohio native Craig Zamary, now entrepreneur in residence at Kent State University, believes Ohio's Enterprise Appalachia offers a work-life balance for business owners, their employees and their families available nowhere else. He is teaching Kent State students what he learned from starting and selling two companies and helping to build the next generation of young entrepreneurs.
"Being able to launch and sell two successful companies and still be there for my wife and children, never missing out on any of the important moments, has been vitally important to me," Zamary said. "Locating your business in Ohio provides you an opportunity to have a life in perfect balance."
"Creating a successful business is a time consuming job. In the Enterprise Appalachia Region, it is easy to travel to and from work without having to deal with the stress of a long commute," Burghard said. "Locating your business in Enterprise Appalachia affords you the gift of time. You can meet the demands of creating a successful entrepreneurial venture without sacrificing your life in the process. It provides you an opportunity to have a life in perfect balance."
For more information, visit: www.ohiomeansbusiness.com
Featuring a patent-pending animation system, major improvements to UI and workflow Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA, August 9, 2011 - Luxion, the leading developer of advanced rendering and lighting technology and makers of KeyShot®, the first real time ray tracing and global illumination program, today unveiled KeyShot 3, the next generation of Luxion's groundbreaking rendering solution. KeyShot 3 features an all new animation system that breaks down the complexity of creating animations of 3D data with the same photorealistic results as before.
“Computer animation is often a tedious task that requires expert knowledge to setup even simple animations", says Dr. Henrik Wann Jensen, Chief Scientist of Luxion. "We decided to develop an animation system that is just as simple to use as KeyShot has been for rendering. In order to achieve this, we built the animation system directly into KeyShot without relying on keyframes.” Geared towards designers, engineers and marketing professionals, the following aspects make KeyShot's animation system revolutionary:
* Everything happens inside KeyShot's realtime raytraced environment: setup, edit and playback.
* During setup, edit and playback of the animation the scene stays fully interactive, allowing the user to interact with the camera, lighting and materials
* Rather than relying on setting up key frames, Luxion has developed a unique, patent-pending animation system based on offset transforms.
* The use of offset transforms makes it possible to add individual animation components to single or multiple parts, move them in the timeline, and copy, paste or move them within the model hierarchy.
* To develop more complex animations, the user adds multiple transforms to each object.
Siggraph 2011 marks the first public showing of KeyShot 3. Luxion will demonstrate KeyShot 3 and its patent-pending animation capabilities in booth #780 at Siggraph 2011, held in Vancouver, Canada, from August 9-11, 2011.
Currently undergoing extensive Beta-testing with select Luxion customers, the final release of KeyShot is targeted for fall 2011.
For more information, visit: www.keyshot.com/keyshot3
Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), announced its Autodesk 123D Sculpt app, a 3D sculpting and painting app for iPad, is now available on the App Store. The app lets users turn shapes, colors and textures into personalized pieces of 3D art.
Based on technology that professional designers and 3D artists prefer today, the Autodesk 123D Sculpt app provides simple yet powerful tools within an intuitive user interface that enable users to sculpt on their iPad. With three simple steps, any user can transform a basic shape into a digitally sculpted work of art:
* Select a shape: Users can choose from one of 17 starting shapes, including creatures, people, vehicles and basic geometric objects.
* Sculpt and decorate: Users can then choose from a wide variety of tools to enlarge, shrink, warp or refine their creation’s features to achieve the dramatic, comic or frightening effect they desire. Users also can add creative details with a palette of stamps, textures and images.
* Share with friends: When a creation is complete, users can quickly snap a photo or record an HD turntable movie to share directly from within the app, via email or through Facebook, Flickr or YouTube.
Users can import their own images or snap photos using iPad 2’s camera, and then stencil onto their 3D creations for ultimate personalization. The Autodesk 123D Sculpt app also offers many of the familiar interface elements from the award-winning Autodesk SketchBook Pro.
“We built Autodesk 123D to make 3D design accessible to the maker movement, and the 123D Sculpt app takes this even further into the realm of personal sculpture and digital art,” said Samir Hanna, vice president of Consumer Products at Autodesk. “With the 123D Sculpt app, you don’t have to be Michelangelo to create amazing painted sculptures.”
The Autodesk 123D Sculpt app is available for free* for a limited time from the App Store on iPad. To add to the creative experience, users can purchase five different packs of four shapes for $.99 each through In-App Purchase. Learn more about the 123D Sculpt app on 123D Sculpt News.
Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, will be showcasing its advanced 3D printing solutions at SIGGRAPH's 38th International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, 7 - 11 August 2011 in Vancouver, Canada.
Objet's newest multi-material 3D printer, the compact Objet260 Connex - based on the company's patented inkjet 3D printing technology and the world's only system able to jet two materials at the same time - will be on display.
Objet will be showcasing Objet-created models from two blockbuster movies: Destroyer, from the 2011 American superhero film Thor and Neytiri of the Na'vi clan from 2009's Academy Award winning movie Avatar. The models are just a few examples of how Objet's technology is used by Legacy Effects - an award winning, full service character design, make-up, specialty prop and animatronic studio - to help bring movie characters to life.
Jason Lopes, senior systems engineer at Legacy Effects, says that rapid prototyping has been integral to their design process since Jurassic Park 3: The Lost World. "From the moment we were introduced to Objet's technology, we knew it would change our business," says Lopes. "Things we had never thought of are possible with this technology. All detail is captured and nothing is ever lost or forgotten in translation. Basically, anything that we can think up, the Objet 3D printers can print within hours."
Objet will also have several extraordinary models on hand to demonstrate the breadth and versatility of its materials, capable of simulating properties ranging from varying grades of rubber to clear transparency, all the way to rigid, ABS-grade engineering plastics. Objet currently has over 60 3D printing materials, including 51 composite materials (Digital Materials), allowing designers and engineers to print typically challenging parts.
Visitors to Objet's booth (934) can view:
* A model motorcycle from the workshop of Orange County Choppers - a New York-based custom and production motorcycle manufacturer featured on Discovery Channel's American Chopper. The motorcycle was built to demonstrate the ability to adhere different Objet materials together to produce a prototype to help the team at Orange County Choppers fully understand the design intricacies of the motorcycle.
* A fully functional skateboard, printed on an Objet Connex multi-material 3D printers which has similar high dimensional stability, thermal resistance, and toughness as ABS-grade engineering plastics, enabling it to repeatedly sustain the weight of a person.
Objet 3D printers use patented inkjet-based technology to jet ultra-thin layers of photopolymer materials onto system build trays, where each layer is cured with UV light. The process delivers models which can be handled immediately, with exceptional accuracy and allowing complex geometry, including thin walls, overhangs and even moveable parts.
Objet's true-to-life models offer unique opportunities for the Animation and Entertainment industry. Objet looks forward to hosting SIGGRAPH attendees at the Objet Booth 934 to experience the latest in 3D printing systems and materials.
For more information, visit: www.objet.com
The Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Indiana District will showcase the capabilities of several member companies during FABTECH—North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, finishing and welding event—November 14-17, 2011, at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.
Companies exhibiting at the PMA Indiana District booth, #3453:
IMC Corp., Indianapolis, IN, which serves the appliance, medical, food equipment, consumer products and Tier 2 government/military industries through its sheetmetal fabrication, stamping, machining and tooling, assembly and packaging, and engineering capabilities.
Indianapolis Metal Spinning, Indianapolis, IN, which produces high-quality metal spun parts for lighting, hubcap and air pressure vessel companies as well as for the cryogenics and medical industries. http://www.imspinning.com/
KIHM Metal Technologies, Brazil, IN, specialists in precision metalforming, machining, fabrication and laser cutting, servicing the aerospace, ground power and military industries.
M A Metal, Edinburgh, IN, offering metal stamping, tube end forming, metal fabricating and assembly, and CNC machining for the automotive, aerospace, lawn and garden, and home and office industries, among others. http://www.mametal.com/
Overton Industries International, Mooresville, IN, leaders in the design and build of precision stamping dies utilizing carbide, ceramic and steel tooling, servicing the automotive, consumer products, defense, energy and heavy equipment industries. http://www.overtonind.com/
Stone City Products, Bedford, IN, manufacturers of a variety of products, including automotive stampings, HVAC system components and metal building components, through its broad capabilities in metal stamping, precision machining and value-added assembly. http://www.stonecityproducts.com/
“It’s time to bring manufacturing back to Indiana and PMA’s contract manufacturers, many of which are featured in this booth, can make it happen competitively, fast and be responsive,” said Fred Stadler, president of M A Metal and director for the PMA Indiana District. “We in the PMA Indiana District are proud to represent this industry!”
For more information, visit: www.fabtechexpo.com
TITANIUM 2011, the international conference and exhibition, will be held Oct. 2-5 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina in California USA. The event is expected to attract more than 800 attendees from 30 countries, including China, Russia and Japan, TITANIUM 2011—marking its 27th year—is an annual business forum designed to support the needs of titanium industry professionals, suppliers and customers.
As the global titanium industry continues to gather momentum for a recovery—spurred by strong demand from the commercial aerospace sector—the conference provides a platform for influential business leaders to share their insights on key developments and trends likely to shape market conditions.
David Houle, a futurist and business advisor, will be keynote speaker for the event. Houle will offer thoughts on "The Shift Age" and "Transformation Decade." He has worked at major TV networks for more than 20 years and was part of the senior executive team that created and launched MTV, Nickelodeon, VH1 and CNN Headline News. He won the prestigious George Foster Peabody and Heartland awards for "Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream" and was nominated for an Academy Award. He publishes the futurist blog, www.evolutionshift.com, with the tag line "A Future Look At Today."
John Byrne, vice president of aircraft, materials and structures for Boeing Commercial Airplane will be the "distinguished guest speaker" for the conference. Byrne is responsible for strategic development, contracting and supplier management of the metallic and composite raw materials, fabricated parts and assemblies, forgings and castings and structural standards.
The World Industry Demand Trends speaker panel, as usual, will be a highlight session for the gathering. Distinguished panel members, representing global business viewpoints from North America, Europe and Asia, include Michael G. Metz, president, VSMPO Tirus US; Richard Harshman, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Allegheny Technologies Inc.; Dawne Hickton, vice chairman, chief executive officer and president of RTI International Metals Inc.; James Buch, executive vice president, commercial, Titanium Metals Corp. (TIMET); Dr. Markus Holz, managing director, Hempel Special Metals GmbH; Wuzhuang Zou, president, Baoti Group Ltd.; and Shozo Nishizawa, president, Osaka Titanium Technologies Co. Frank Perryman, president and chief executive officer of Perryman Co., and past ITA president, will moderate the panel and provide the world trends summary presentation.
Henry Seiner, TIMET vice president—planning and materials, will serve as the moderator for the presentations on Titanium World Industry Supply Trends. Speakers for this panel include Joseph Gambogi, mineral commodity specialist for the U.S. Geological Survey; Dimitrij Orlov, chief executive officer for ELG Utica Inc. and ELG Utica International GmbH; Vincent Rocco, sales manager—master alloys, Stratcor Inc. (a unit of the Evraz Group S.A.); David McCoy, senior partner, TZ Minerals International Pty Ltd.; Hirotomo Maekawa, general manager, titanium sales, Toho Titanium Co. Ltd.
In addition to her role as a member of the World Industry Demand Trends panel, Hickton will moderate a presentation on "The Evolution of Supply-Chain Security for Critical Materials to Support the Defense Industrial Base." This panel will examine the evolution of supply-chain security for strategic and critical materials, including titanium, as they support the defense industrial base. Speakers will address the need for the U.S. government and industry to consider proactive supply-chain security measures that will foster competitiveness in the 21st century.
Exhibitors at TITANIUM 2011, a diverse group of companies reflecting the global reach of the industry, including producers of conventional and experimental-composition titanium ingots; suppliers of titanium sheets, wire, bars, slabs; suppliers of plasma and electron beam cold-hearth furnaces for melting titanium and titanium alloys; major Chinese producers of titanium products; a designer and producer of titanium jewelry and consumer products; manufacturers of titanium and zirconium process equipment; producers and distributors of titanium and nickel-based alloy mill and specialty products; manufacturers of titanium bars and forgings; suppliers of fasteners and precision components; and other distributors and processors of titanium for aerospace, medical and industrial markets.
Members and Non Members of the Association are invited to register for the upcoming event. A limited number of Free Expo Passes are available to walk the exhibition floor Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday during restricted hours.
The International Titanium Association (ITA) is the host and sponsor of TITANIUM 2011, which is designed to suit the needs of titanium producers, suppliers, customers and stakeholders. Pre-Registration Deadline for the upcoming event is August 31st.
For more information, visit: www.titanium.org
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Wednesday, August 24th
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (EDT)
SpaceClaim Engineer 2011+, our eighth release, introduces exciting new features and capabilities continuing to help all engineers solve geometry problems and answer basic questions in 3D. New enhancements include advanced concept modeling and model preparation tools as well as robust manufacturing-focused capabilities. Register now to learn about the newest release of SpaceClaim Engineer, the world's leading 3D direct modeling software.
For more information and to register, visit: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/998142754
Gibbs and Associates, developer of GibbsCAM® software for programming CNC machine tools and a Cimatron company, today announced that the company will collaborate with Gardner Publications’ Modern Machine Shop to present a free webinar about using and programming multi-task machines, at 2:00 P.M Eastern (1:00 P.M. Central, 11:00 A.M. Pacific) on Wednesday, September 7, 2011.
“Andy Heffner, Gibbs application and MTM specialist, will deliver the one-hour presentation, which includes a question-answer session at the end. Mr. Heffner worked as a machinist in Germany, attaining the level of master machinist, before coming to the United States to work as an applications engineer for German machine tool builders Traub and DMG for nine years. He then worked as an independent MTM programming consultant for two years and, in 2001, upon discovering that Gibbs was the only company developing NC programming software for MTMs, Mr. Heffner joined the company. Today, as a GibbsCAM application engineer and MTM specialist, he assists customers in the implementation of MTM software and machines.
“The multiple configurations of standard and Swiss-type multi-task machines present many challenges to both new and experienced CNC programmers and machinists, who often wonder about the complexity of multiple turrets and spindles, and the best ways of optimizing NC programs,” explains Mr. Heffner. “With this webinar, we hope to answer many questions that MTM users and programmers ask frequently. I will discuss the benefits and challenges of using the machines, selecting parts for different machine configurations, working with multiple turrets and flows, and the use of NC programming automation to help prevent gouging and interference, while optimizing toolpath.”
Mr. Heffner will use GibbsCAM MTM and its many standard functions and MTM-specific features, plus GibbsCAM Machine Simulation to enhance explanations graphically and to demonstrate part programming, machines, machine configurations, multi-flow synchronization, toolpath verification, gouge detection and collision detection and avoidance.
GibbsCAM MTM fully supports multiple flows and all of the functions of both standard and Swiss style multi-task machines, including sub-spindles, live tooling, multiple turrets doing simultaneous machining, Y-axis on all turrets, thread whirling, B-axis turning, B-axis milling with Y offset, full 4- and 5-axis simultaneous machining, and synchronization to optimize turret utilization and cycle times.
Additionally, Gibbs creates unique post processors for each machine-control combination, based upon machine parameters and customer preference, to ensure that post processors are optimized for each customer’s requirements. Gibbs has delivered nearly 1,000 unique post processors for both standard and Swiss style MTM machines, including the most complex machines from Citizen, Doosan, Gildemeister, Index, Mazak, Mori Seiki, Star CNC, Tornos and Traub.
For more information or to register, visit: https://www.gotomeeting.com/register/460146617
Struggling with long lead times for manufacturing tools? We'll show you how to use proven additive manufacturing technology to produce lightweight, durable thermoplastic jigs and fixtures.
Join us for a webinar designed exclusively for manufacturing and production engineers, machine shop supervisors, machinists and assembly supervisors.
You'll learn how to:
-use thermoplastic fixtures in place of metal fixtures
-prevent downtime on your manufacturing floor
-decrease assembly worker fatigue
-create workholding tools faster and easier than with machining
Noah Zehringer – Applications Engineer, Stratasys, Inc.
Pacific - 11:00 a.m.
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If you’re in charge of finding new ways to streamline manufacturing, this webinar is for you. We’ll show you how to use additive manufacturing’s Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) technology to create lightweight, inexpensive jigs, fixtures, guides, gauges, patterns and more. Tight deadlines. Changing schedules. Revised production plans. No worries. We’ll show you how to put new manufacturing tools in action in just a day.
Who Should Attend?
* Production Engineers
* Manufacturing Engineers
* Operations Managers
* Machine Shop Supervisors
* Assembly Supervisors
Make additive manufacturing your competitive advantage by learning how it can streamline your production facility. Register Today
About Additive Manufacturing Technologies
Additive manufacturing technologies are also commonly known as "Rapid Prototyping" or "3D Printing" as well as other names. And, although they are widely used by design engineers for concept modeling and prototyping, that's not all. Manufacturing engineers are now employing these technologies for various applications such as jigs, fixtures, check gauges, and even as a bridge-to-tooling and low-volume end-use parts.
For more information, visit: www.stratasys.com/Solutions/Applications.aspx
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