Methods Machine Tools’ MetalStorm 2017

Methods Machine Tools’ MetalStorm 2017

The event will showcase groundbreaking manufacturing solutions that enhance productivity and overcome specific manufacturing challenges.

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3D/Additive/Alternative Inspection/Testing Machining/Metal Cutting

Sudbury, Massachusetts – Methods Machine Tools Inc. will be hosting MetalStorm 2017, on October 4 -5, 2017, from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day. MetalStorm 2017 takes place at the company’s corporate showroom and technical center at 71 Union Avenue in Sudbury, Massachusetts. The event will showcase manufacturing solutions that enhance productivity and overcome specific manufacturing challenges.

MetalStorm 2017 will feature more than 50 machines under power, giving manufacturers an opportunity to explore new machine tools, experience advanced techniques, and learn how to optimize existing machine tools for higher productivity and increased profitability. Live demonstrations will be presented on Yasda, Nakamura-Tome, Kiwa, Fanuc, Feeler, exeron CNC Die Sinkers, and high-speed mills.


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New machines being introduced at MetalStorm 2017 include:

Additional new machines to be presented include, but are not limited to:

  • Feeler FT-30M heavy duty CNC turning center
  • 3D Systems’ Project MJP5600
  • VisionGauge line of Digital Optical Comparators

Automation solutions demonstrated at MetalStorm include a RoboDrill Twin Cell featuring two FANUC RoboDrills being serviced by a single robot, maximizing part production in the least amount of floor space. The Methods Lathe JobShop Cell will introduce the new single-spindle, single-turret Nakamura AS-200 high performance multitasking turning center. For large parts, a Nakamura-Tome NTJX will be set up in a cell with capacity to load up to 60-lb blanks. Participants can learn firsthand how easy FANUC robots are to control in an interactive Methods/FANUC Robot Learning Lab. Fastems will be onsite with a working scaled model which showcases their high pallet capacity, flexible manufacturing system (FMS).

Methods automation specialists will also be demonstrating post-processing applications, including 3D vision for bin picking and a full deburring cell using Fanuc robots to deburr and wash parts. Also demonstrated will be an unattended laser marker that uses a Fanuc robot to position and laser mark parts.

Additive manufacturing, robotics, and subtractive processes tied together in an automation demonstration will provide fast, highly efficient, complete 3D part production. Additive processes can also be experienced on the 3D Systems’ ProX DMP 320, the SLS ProX 500, and the Markforged 3D printers including the Onyx series, the Mark X, and the Mark Two.

Attendees are invited to participate in technical seminars conducted throughout the two-day event by manufacturing industry experts including:

  • Dale Mickelson, Methods Machine Tools Die / Mold Specialist
  • Jim VanBuskirk, Methods Machine Tools National Applications Manager
  • Guha Manogharan, Penn State Additive Manufacturing Guest Lecturer.

Seminars will be presented on key topics including:

  • Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing
  • EDM solutions
  • CAMplete
  • Turn/mill technology & Selecting the Right Turning Machine
  • Choosing the Best Automation Solution
  • 5-Axis Inspection
  • Turnkey Engineering Solutions
  • Understanding Design for Manufacturing & Assembly

To pre-register for this event, please visit: www.methodsmachine.com