Renishaw, a manufacturer of advanced metal additive manufacturing (AM) systems, has opened an Additive Manufacturing Demonstration Center in Newbury Park, California. Working in collaboration with Ibex Engineering, the Demonstration Center is situated within Ibex’s headquarters and allows visitors to explore, interact with, and use Renishaw’s latest metal additive manufacturing systems.
The center will be equipped to print high-precision titanium (Ti64Al4V) parts on Renishaw’s RenAM 500 series of laser-powder-bed-fusion AM systems. Made for industrial production applications, the RenAM 500 series allows for automatic powder sieving and recirculation within the compact system, reducing the need for manual handling and exposure to materials.
To provide a complete picture of the metal additive manufacturing process, the center will also feature ancillary elements such as wet downdraft, heat treatment, support, machining and inspection technology, and part removal equipment. These components work in concert with the AM system to ensure parts are printed and finished to specifications.
Also available at the site are InfiniAM Central software showcasing AM production reporting functionality and QuantAM build preparation software which allows visitors to work through the development of an AM machine build file, including material parameter development.
Stephen Anderson (AM business development manager, Renishaw USA) stated, “It’s fantastic to be able to place a metal additive manufacturing production cell within Ibex. Not only does it allow us to showcase our latest technologies, but partnering with Ibex provides us access to an expert manufacturer of precision staging equipment who will utilize the technology to develop innovative products and drive metal AM into new markets and even wider adoption.”
Ibex Engineering CEO Andre Perrin said, “We have been a user of Renishaw’s high precision encoder systems in our products for many years and have a close working relationship. They understand manufacturers and manufacturing, the importance of quality, reliability, and most importantly, service. We are very excited about Renishaw’s approach to metal additive manufacturing and their vision to develop high precision, repeatable machines capable of serial production of parts. We look forward to developing new AM parts for our business and to sharing our knowledge with Renishaw’s visitors.”
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The way manufacturers do business is constantly changing, and those who
Right now, substantial changes are taking place:
- Software in the cloud, including ERP
- Industry 4.0
- Mobile devices are everywhere – including the manufacturing floor
- Artificial Intelligence
- 3D printing
- Internet of Things (IoT)
- Predictive Analytics (Big Data)
Each trend will have an impact on manufacturers, whether a 10-person shop or 10,000-person shop. This presentation will extrapolate on each trend in some detail and explain the advantages of having an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system and how it can help address these issues.
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John Schlemmer is the chief operating officer at JAAS Systems. He has more than 30 years of experience in the sales, marketing, and services of manufacturing ERP and
Tolland, Connecticut – CNC Software Inc., developers of Mastercam, is partnering with the National Robotics League (NRL) as a Diamond-level sponsor. CNC Software will be providing NRL teams with a license of Mastercam for the 2018-2019 school year.
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The NRL is a combat robotics program from the National Tool & Machining Association (NTMA). Through exciting, gladiator-style robot creation and battle competitions, the purpose of the NRL is to create a skilled, tech-savvy labor force that can meet today’s needs of modern manufacturing, along with the needs of tomorrow. The NRL is designed to engage students in a job-driven, project-based STEM learning experience to close the workforce skills gap and promote pathways to careers in manufacturing.
Meghan West, president and CEO of CNC Software, comments, “At the National Competition, I quickly picked up on three themes among the participants: passion, comradery, and innovation. I have the opportunity to see and talk to our customers daily, and they are looking for people that have these three things.”
Says Bill Padnos, director of youth engagement, NTMA, “We are excited about the capability that Mastercam brings to our program. We aim to spark student interest in manufacturing and engineering, as well as connect students to local manufacturers to create industry exposure. The NTMA’s goal is to address the growing labor shortage in manufacturing that is impeding U.S. economic growth. It’s our job to increase awareness among teachers and parents about the quality career opportunities for students.”