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The world of additive manufacturing is at a crucial point. There have been breakthroughs in printing larger parts. More metals are being developed for use in 3D printers. Additive is becoming part of the game plan of many different manufacturers.
As technological advances have impacted virtually every facet of life, innovations have created an evolution in the assembly tools of manufacturing, as well. Pneumatic air tools have been used in manufacturing for decades. In the 1990’s, electric fastening tools became popular in assembly plants, offering more precision, accuracy and the ability to have multiple functions available on a single tool. Recently, battery-driven tools have become commonplace on the assembly line because they provide freedom from cords and wires, improve safety and ergonomics for workers, and offer many of the same benefits as electric tools at a lower cost.
Whether you own a small job shop, run a busy tool room at a large factory, supply big automotive or aerospace companies, or you’re a startup pursuing a dream, you need to make the best equipment decisions for your business. When it comes to a metal cutting saw, you want a machine that withstands years of cutting at maximum capacity. Read More
While additive manufacturing has become a crucial part of the design process, it has not reached critical mass at the enterprise level. The digital thread—a single, seamless strand of data that stretches from the initial design to the finished part—can help scale and enhance AM capabilities.
Every engineer has access to Excel. It’s so easy to open up a worksheet and start putting in some values. A quick calculation here, add a multiplier there, change this value because you have new information, and maybe redo the calculation with this number to see what the results would look like. The numbers look good, so you proceed with building a prototype. A team member modifies the spreadsheet, which introduces an untraceable error, and sometime down the line, you discover that months of design work have been based on erroneous calculations.
How to optimize machining results and service life of cutting tools
Users of drills and milling cutters often complain about edge defects, rapid wear, long machining times or un-satisfying results on the workpiece. In most of the cases, failures can be attributed to the tool’s incorrect surface finish or lack of know-how. For manufacturers, testing and constant measuring in research and production is the only solution to produce cutting tools according to the ever increasing customer demands on tolerances and performance. For end users of tools, 3D measuring can lead to process optimization and higher efficiency in tool management.
Product engineers and tooling manufacturers have a lot to gain from 3D printing: By generating low-cost physical prototypes early in the design process, they can check form, fit and function; gauge customer response; and compare design iterations without commitment. It’s even possible to quickly craft production parts, customized for a particular job. And no longer are manufacturing professionals limited by 3D printers that are too big, unfit for the office environment, and prohibitively expensive. Today, affordable, compact, office-friendly units are moving 3D printing to the desktop and dramatically expanding the availability of high-quality prototypes and parts.
Often customers are unsure of what to look for in a CNC and more importantly, why? We would like to present article 1 of a 3 part series answering this question and others. There are various CNC features that are considered essential in 2015 and we will try to help establish what they are and why you need them.Read More
Siemens values security as a key aspect of each product – from the concept and the solution to the complete lifecycle services. The modern evolution of manufacturing environments requires an increasing volume of data transmission and advanced remote access features. This whitepaper details how SINUMERIK Integrate Access MyMachine and Analyze MyCondition meet innovation trends and modern security demands related to remote diagnosis and remote access to the CNC machine.Read More
In today’s business world, change has become a way of life and, in order to survive, businesses are continually looking for ways to deal with and adapt to new conditions. Added to this is the need for organizations to improve operational performance and business agility.
Earlier this year produced the largest, 3D-printed titanium part, achieving an important additive manufacturing milestone. Learn about how it happened, why it matters and what’s next.
Around the world, customers in a diverse range of industries and technical disciplines are using Maplesoft solutions to solve difficult problems:Read More
This article illustrates how engineers involved in the design of complex machines are making significant strides in their work with the help of the Maplesoft Engineering Solutions team. Learn more about such diverse projects as revolutionary mining equipment, more reliable offshore machines, a parametric approach to designing an industrial pick-and-place robot, and improved performance of crane control systems. Read More
New possibilities are born of new capabilities. The ability to dramatically lower production times and costs on complex, low volume components is a true game changer. That is what 3D printing is bringing to the production of jigs and fixtures.
Mainstream manufacturers are adopting additive manufacturing, some of whom are experiencing lead time reductions of 40-90%, and cost savings of 70-90%. Learn how you can improve productivity in manufacturing, engineering and design with additive manufacturing.
The Model-Driven Innovation approach, and its emphasis on employing virtual prototyping at the system-level, is an invaluable technique when designing complex, dynamic machines. Read More
Stratasys explores 3D printing from prototype to production in its new eZine. Perspectives include a Stratasys engineer who has seen advancements in additive manufacturing first hand. The eZine also shows how users are utilizing 3D printing to improve their products. Additive manufacturing moves fast and this eZine helps you keep up.
Proto Labs’ additive manufacturing white paper explores the various 3D printing technologies that today’s product designers and engineers have available to them. Learn how SL, SLS, DMLS, FDM, PolyJet and other processes rapidly build parts and see how each compares to one another. It’s a comprehensive look at 3D printing aimed to help you develop better products and get them to market faster.
With the help of new technologies and supportive government programs, the US manufacturing sector is growing again. In this special report sponsored by Siemens Industry Inc. the team at Advanced Manufacturing Media explores the new technologies and industry trends making it possible.
Today’s need for agility and responsiveness has increased the demand for deployment choices; the constraints of early ERP systems—monolithic, highly customized, and expensive to implement and maintain—have become increasingly pronounced in markets where change is accelerating, and the ability to respond nimbly and effectively to change is a strategic imperative.
3D printing has matured over the last decade, due in large part to the breadth of available materials. Additive manufacturing now offers many of the thermoplastics and metals found in traditional manufacturing. With so many options, choosing the right material for your application is crucial. Read the latest white paper from Stratasys Direct Manufacturing to learn what factors to consider when selecting your material.
Learn how to automate the welding of materials with irregular, inconsistent or difficult to access joint interfaces with recent advancements in robotic automation. The addition of sensors to robotic equipment enables the automation technology to operate with remarkably human-like capabilities. When a sensor system is correctly selected, installed and trained (programmed) it will significantly extend the operational capability of the robotic arm and controller combination. In robotic welding systems the introduction of sensors provides the adaptive capability of touch and sight to address the challenges of a “moving” weld seam or component.
Caterpillar’s plant manufactures rods. Those are manufactured in one piece and then cut in two. When reassembled it is of most importance that the pieces from different pairs do not get mixed. This white paper provides a solution provided by SIC Marking.
The zCat direct computer control coordinate measure machine, or DCC CMM, is designed to be smaller and portable compared with traditional CMM devices. It has been in the making for more than four decades. The zCat traces its origins to Homer Eaton inventing the Romer Arm in 1974. The arm was a way to measure large objects, such as aircraft, without taking them to a measuring device. After finishing it, “I immediately realized the advantages that a motorized and computer-controlled version of it would offer and I went to work on it,” Eaton said. The technology, however, wasn’t yet in place to turn those ideas into reality. Now, in the 21st century, Eaton’s idea has taken the form of the zCat CMM machines produced by Fowler High Precision.
After the Great Recession—and the loss of nearly 6 million manufacturing jobs—a coalition of concerned academic, business and government leaders crafted a plan to restore US leadership in manufacturing for the 21st Century. This year, they are rolling out the centerpiece of that proposal, a new federal program whose proposed budget now surpasses $2 billion. But can the US really be the world’s manufacturing leader again?Read More