Vericut version 8.1 CNC machine simulation, verification, and optimization software simulates CNC machining, additive manufacturing, and hybrid processes. The software operates independently, but can also be integrated with leading CAM systems.
The Vericut Force module optimizes toolpath feed rates. Graphs and charts display in real-time, revealing cutting conditions and forces. NC programmers can immediately identify undesirable cutting conditions. Spikes in the graphs show when forces, chip loads, tool deflection, and material removal rates exceed a tool’s recommended performance parameters.
A family of 36 low-passive intermodulation (PIM) jumper cables are made with UL910 plenum-rated SPP-250-LLPL cable and feature a maximum PIM level of -155dBc. Cables deliver a maximum operating frequency of 6GHz and a maximum VSWR of 1.25:1 up to 2GHz, and 1.35:1 up to 6GHz. They are offered with 4.3-10, 7/16 DIN, N, and 4.1-9.5 mini-DIN connector combinations, including right-angle connectors. Lightweight and flexible, cable assembles can operate in temperatures from -55°C to 125°C.
A complete redesign of the Eclipse 12-100 rotary transfer machine features a heavy casting mounted on a sturdy, welded-steel frame. At 2m in diameter, it is nearly twice as large as the traditional 12-station rotary transfer.
Semi-permanent tool spindles with standard 3-axis capability eliminate the need for multiple tool spindle sizes for different cutting processes. All-electric servo spindles and slides eliminate hydraulics, which coupled with the sturdier base, improve accuracy and repeatability.
Multi-station transfer technology enables load and unload processes on station one, and simultaneous machining on the other 11 stations.
Futurists often talk about disruption as a zero-sum game. Innovative technology creates new market leaders and kills off the slow-moving dinosaurs. Market forces often split changing industries into future leaders and fading has beens.
Traveling through Europe for the EMO Hannover 2017 show in Germany in late September, I got a first-hand look at the limitations of that theory. A lot of innovation was on display in the exhibition halls, but one example of thriving during market disruption came from taxis.
Like many European cities, Hannover has banned Uber and other ride-sharing apps. Critics call these actions protectionist – limitations on the free market meant to prop up the old-fashioned taxicab industry. However, the cab companies aren’t simply taking advantage of protected markets.
Searching for directions to a store on Google Maps, the map app asked if I wanted to use mytaxi (putting that app suggestion in the same spot that I’ve seen Uber suggestions in Chicago).
Download the app, and you’ll see the bulk of Uber’s functionality – a map view of cabs in the area, the ability to enter a destination and see trip pricing in advance, photos of the driver, and a list of amenities in the cab. Once inside the cabs, the innovation continued as several offered WiFi, phone charging, and other services.
With mytaxi, the default hailing app in many European cities, taxi operators have some of what consumers love about ride-sharing apps, combined with the licensing and tax structure that cities and companies developed for more than a century.
Between higher fuel economy mandates, autonomous vehicle development, and demands in several countries to offer all-electric drive (see Regulations p. 11), the automotive industry is being disrupted. Some predictions call for a future dominated by new players – Google, Apple, and Tesla to name a few – with old-line plays such as Toyota and General Motors left behind.
A more likely scenario, however, is adaptation.
Tesla has shown the value in software-based upgrades to its vehicles. When Hurricane Irma was heading toward Florida, Tesla extended the range of some vehicles with a software flash – turning on unused portions of batteries. Several Tier 1 suppliers offer telematics systems with push-update capabilities, so expect to see growing use of over-the-air software capabilities in all vehicles within the next few years.
Autonomous developments will likely be similar. Legal and technical issues will keep fully self-driving cars from being common in the immediate future, but the equipment needed to make it happen – computer controlled steering and braking, sensor suites to monitor road conditions – are available now. Automakers could install much of the hardware in cars on sale this year and next, and enable the fully autonomous functions when the software is proven.
Look at the research and development (R&D) spending from the top vehicle producers – no one is ignoring the challenges and opportunities coming from autonomy and electric drive. The incumbent market leaders may not be the first to market with every innovation, but they can adapt to a changing world.
Designed to support fast output for prototype and tool and mold makers, the FZU 5-axis gantry milling machine is compact, has a thermo-symmetrical design, and offers high accuracy. It can machine aluminum, plastics, and casting resins such as Ureol.
The milling spindle, guides, and other accuracy-determining components either compensate for heat or have space to expand in non-critical directions. The mill’s steel-welded base frame forms a continuous U-shape. The machine gantry’s centrally guided Z-slide has an octagonal section instead of a rectangular one, enhancing stability.
The VH10 milling head, produced in house, has minimal interference contours. With two side cheeks, clamping force is doubled. The 34kW spindle with a 24,000rpm max. speed is standard.
The door is divided asymmetrically – a small door leads into the machining area while the larger door is used for loading. A cabinet has been installed directly in front of the FZU for accessories and service tools. The gantry mill features the NXP 24" multitouch controller.
The SmartPerf application tool programs and laser drills simple-to-complex patterns of holes in linear and cylindrical paths in 2D and 3D parts. SmartPerf ensures higher quality holes in terms of metallurgy and geometry, reducing cycle time for on-the-fly laser drilling by eliminating the need for acceleration and deceleration at each hole location.
Designed for percussion drilling small diameter (0.2mm to 0.6mm) holes, Nd:YAG and fiber laser systems can drill at steep angles and in difficult-to-machine materials. Thousands of holes can be produced quickly on a 3D surface in a single setup, as can complex patterns involving non-uniform hole spacing and varying hole sizes.
Common applications involve drilling a pattern around a pre-existing machined feature and creating custom spray patterns based on an array of non-uniformly spaced, sized, and shaped holes.
SmartPerf reduces heat input to the workpiece, important when laser drilling thermal barrier and other coated high-temperature alloy metals. The system reduces debris, heat, and part distortion.
Designed for burr-free, delaminiation-free machining of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) and aluminum, PS-plus polycrystalline diamond (PCD) drills offer a 2.5mm to 12mm diameter range and can reduce cutting times up to 75%.
Eliminating pre-drilling, drilling pilot holes, and reaming removes machining steps and speeds drill time while producing burr-free results up to h6. Chip removal can be provided with minimum quantity lubrication (MQL), and drills with 5mm and larger diameters include internal cooling.
In addition to CFRP performance, PS-plus drills are suited to serial production for aluminum and die-cast housing components; extruded or drawn parts; aluminum turning parts; and general pinhole, thread, and core-drilling from 2.5mm to 12mm.