Albuquerque, New Mexico – Optomec officials announce a signed distribution agreement with Viwa to represent the Optomec LENS family of 3D metal printers in Mexico and Central America. Viwa, based in Guadalajara, Jalisco, México, has a broad range of experience in CNC machine tools, robots, and mechatronic systems.
The Optomec LENS family of turnkey 3D metal printers is used to cost-effectively repair, rework and manufacture high-performance metal components in materials such as titanium, stainless steel, and super alloys. The LENS print engine, which can be integrated with other metal working machine tools, is poised to have a game-changing impact on the manufacturing industry.
Viwa began its history more than 30 years ago and is the first company to build and market CNC machine tools in México. Throughout the years, Viwa has continued to introduce advanced manufacturing solutions and has expanded its reach throughout Central America.
“Adding LENS manufacturing technology to our product line follows our long history of introducing new and exciting metal working capabilities to the manufacturing industry in México and Central America,” said Dr. Roberto Jacobus, director general at Viwa. “What’s especially exciting about the LENS process is that it can be adapted to our current line of CNC vertical machining centers bringing hybrid manufacturing capabilities to our customers, allowing them to produce parts which involve printing metal and then machining the resulting parts with a single setup on the same machine. The LENS process will provide value across their entire product lifecycle from printing new metal parts, to repairing old broken parts.”
“We are very happy to partner with Viwa to bring LENS technology to the manufacturing market in Mexico and Central America,” said Michael Kardos, Optomec vice president of Worldwide Sales. “Viwa’s well established expertise in the machine tool market and their excellent reputation make them an ideal partner to reach a broad customer base in the region.”
McLean, Virginia – The deadline for the MTConnect Student Challenge ideation competition has been extended until December 15, 2015. In addition to allowing students more time to develop and submit their ideas, this also allows for more entries into the competition.
The MTConnect Student Challenge seeks ideas and applications using MTConnect, an open, HTTP- and XML-based communications standard that fosters connectivity between manufacturing equipment and devices. Sponsored by the Department of Defense, The competition is open to all U.S. college students (undergraduate and graduate; university and community college) and is offering a total of $33,000 in cash prizes for winning submissions.
“The goals of the MTConnect Student Challenge is to bring together the innovative and creative thinking from students with the needs of the manufacturing industry to develop breakthrough solutions that are easily applicable for manufacturers of all sizes,” said Douglas K. Woods, president of the MTConnect Institute and president of AMT-The Association For Manufacturing Technology. “Students benefit by developing relationships with companies as part of completing the challenge requirements – networking with a potential future employer and creating something for their professional portfolio. Manufacturers benefit by finding new ways to meet their challenges.”
The MTConnect Student Challenge is broken into two competitions: Idea Creation and Application Development.
MTConnect Student Challenge – Idea Creation
For the Ideation competition, students will be required to interview manufacturers to identify their challenges; describe potential solutions to that challenge; and create a conceptual mockup for a solution. The prizes for this competition are $5,000 for first place, $2,500 for second place, and three $1,000 prizes for runners up. The submission period is currently open, and it closes on December 15, 2015. Winners will be announced February 5, 2016. Full rules and submission details are available here.
MTConnect Student Challenge – Application Development
For the Application competition, students will be required to develop an application that demonstrates innovation and the use of manufacturing intelligence breakthroughs. Submissions will be rated based on their potential to create achievable and measurable benefits to manufacturing operations – improving efficiencies, minimizing waste, reducing costs, etc. The prizes for this competition are $10,000 for first place, $7,500 for second place, and $5,000 for third place. Submission for this competition is also currently open and will close on January 31, 2016. Winners will be announced at [MC]2 Conference, which will be held April 19-21, 2015 in Dallas, Texas. Full rules and submission details are available here.
The MTConnect Student Challenge is sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Defense-wide Manufacturing Science and Technology (DMS&T) and executed by AMT-The Association For Manufacturing Technology, the U.S. Army Benét Labs, the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), and the MTConnect Institute, in partnership with SME and the National Tooling and Machining Association.
Source: The MTConnect Institute
Rock Hill, South Carolina – 3D Systems officials announced that it has expanded its PlasticJet Printing materials to include a new Nylon for the company's flagship CubePro 3D printers. This engineering-grade performance material was developed for CubePro, bringing strength, flexibility, and durability to desktop production of functional parts for design, testing, and small-scale manufacturing. Engineered with a blend that includes Nylon 6 and compatible with Infinity Rinse-Away water-soluble support material, Nylon for CubePro saves valuable design and process time and enables 3D printing of complex, articulated and fully assembled end-use parts.
Nylon for Cube Pro is delivered in a new Smart Cartridge that is equipped with a hydroscopic seal extending the material's shelf life for up to 12 months. Nylon cartridges are priced at $149 each, and are available immediately on Cubify and through select distributors. Combining Nylon with Infinity Rinse-Away support inside the CubePro's climate controlled chamber delivers the highest quality professional desktop 3D printing output every time.
Watch the Nylon Material Testing Grounds video to see the engineering-grade properties of this material put to the test.
"When prototyping my custom-built, visual effects robot I knew ABS would be strong enough for some fit testing; but when it got to doing the real work, the functional testing and ongoing use, I needed the strength and endurance that Nylon delivers," says Luke Schantz, technologist at SoftLayer. "I've used a lot of desktop 3D printers and a mix of materials on the market, but CubePro with Nylon is a product-material combination that is unmatched in performance."
Beyond functional prototyping and test parts, Nylon's strength and durability, combined with its smooth surface finish, allows CubePro owners to transform their desktop 3D printer into an economic tool for low-volume, high-value direct-manufacturing. For example, small businesses can readily produce several hundred precision parts to satisfy their monthly sales requirements using a bank of CubePro printers as an affordable flexible-manufacturing cell.
"We are thrilled to offer this long-awaited material to our core, desktop user base, empowering engineers, small businesses and start-ups alike with the most durable and high performing material for PlasticJet Printing," said Peter Theran, vice president, Global Consumer Products, 3DS. "Nylon for CubePro takes desktop 3D printing where it's never gone before: into direct-manufacturing and end-use part production."
Nylon for CubePro:
- Tensile strength: 4,785psi, with flexibility of a dog bone-like shape of 1/8" thick, 1/2" wide
- Elongation at break value: 22 %, meaning 1" can stretch to 1.22"
- Strength-to-weight ratio: 174psi, for light and strong parts with honeycomb infill structure
- Tensile modulus: 248,005psi
- Flexural strength: 8,270psi
- Hardness, shore D: 75 via needle penetration, meaning Nylon is as hard as a hardhat
- Quality: Nylon's strength and durability gives prints a smooth surface finish, ideal for parts requiring load bearing, base strength
- Material memory: Tough as nails with flexibility enables Nylon prints to snap back to original form, adding both form and function to 3D prints with Nylon.
Source: 3D Systems
Elgin, Illinois – Featuring almost 500 product families, the new catalog covers a comprehensive range of drilling, threading, milling, and ancillary products in high speed steel (HSS), cobalt (HSCo) and solid carbide to support a wide variety of machining applications.
Andrew Hunter, president of Dormer Pramet North America, said: “We are committed to offering a complete program of cutting tools to the market - a true One Stop Shop. We have worked hard to address many customer requirements for specific tooling by expanding our round tool offer significantly, as well as introducing a range of indexable tools. However, our HSS program still has a major part to play as it continues to be the material of choice for many applications. We have consistently developed our established range of HSS tools in response to growing customer demand and manufacture them in volumes that create a very competitive option for the market.” He continues: “The new catalog serves to underline the fact that our range of round tools continues to be amongst the best and most varied available in today’s market. It covers a host of options for distributors and end users to help reduce their supply chain process.”
Dormer Pramet’s 600-page round tool catalog includes newly introduced products in addition to the familiar PTD drills such as the R10, R10P, and 209 families, the comprehensive Union Butterfield threading offer and the Dormer multi-application range.
Numerous new features have been incorporated into the 2015 catalog. These include a new ‘visual’ index featuring a summary of key product attributes, together with size range, speeds and feeds, as well as material suitability. It provides a quick reference guide to promote simple and fast selection of the right product.
The catalog is also available as a digital app from iTunes and Google Play. The catalog app includes multilingual settings, metric and imperial size products, the option to select specific pages as favorites and an easy-to-use product search option.
Suitable for iOS and Android devices, the app can be found by typing ‘Dormer’ into the store’s search function.
The launch of the round tools publication follows Dormer Pramet’s recently published indexable catalog which outlines its versatile, multi-application program of turning, milling and hole-making inserts and holders. This one-stop shop for round tool and indexable products consists of more than 24,000 items covering all applications needs in one program.
To download both the rotary and indexable catalogs visit www.dormerpramet.com or to request hard copies contact Dormer Pramet USA/Mexico on 847.783.5700 or Dormer Pramet Canada on 888.336.7637.
Source: Dormer Pramet