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January 2021

Digital Issue

Seize the New Day: 2021 Industry Outlook. Digital technologies are coming of age and global supply chains are bringing work back to the U.S. We ask industry experts to predict the opportunities that await our audience over the coming year.

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How to Minimize Post-Processing Headaches for 3D-Printed Parts

BelAir Finishing Supply

Although 3D metal printing is becoming more popular, finishing remains a challenging and arduous task. Understanding how post-processing works and how to measure results will help you optimize this crucial step.

Although 3D metal printing is becoming more popular, finishing remains a challenging...

Eight Tips for Getting ERP Right the First Time

Done right, enterprise resource planning (ERP) identifies and systematically eliminates activities that eat into profits. Here’s how to select a program and partner that will facilitate rather than frustrate the process.

Done right, enterprise resource planning (ERP) identifies and systematically eliminates activities that...

Three Manufacturing Trends the Pandemic Fast-Tracked

National Association of Manufacturers Chief Economist Chad Moutray explains how pandemic-driven disruption is influencing digitization and data sharing, re- and near-shoring, and hiring.

National Association of Manufacturers Chief Economist Chad Moutray explains how pandemic-driven disruption...

Software Enables Both Additive And Subtractive Applications

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Yaskawa Compass

When coupled with an MPiec controller, machine tool builders and experienced CNC programmers can use Yaskawa Compass graphical user software to design HMI hybrid machines as well as 3D printing, shape cutting, and robotics.

When coupled with an MPiec controller, machine tool builders and experienced CNC...

3D Printer Processes Wider Range of Metal Materials

Wayland Additive’s NeuBeam powder bed fusion

Unlike electron beam and laser powder bed fusion (PBF), Wayland Additive’s Calibur 3 uses NeuBeam technology, which focuses heat on the part instead of the process bed. As a result, the machine is able to process refractory metals and highly reflective alloys.

Unlike electron beam and laser powder bed fusion (PBF), Wayland Additive’s Calibur...

Economical 3D Printer for Medical and Dental Devices

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Trump’s TruPrint 2000

Featuring two 300-watt lasers, melt pool and process monitoring, and end-to-end documentation that corroborates quality, Trumpf’s TruPrint 2000 requires fewer add-ons, making the entry-level investment lower for companies that want to get into additive manufacturing.

Featuring two 300-watt lasers, melt pool and process monitoring, and end-to-end documentation...

Selective Laser Melting Systems for Any Size Shop

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SLM Solutions’ SLM 280 2.

With a build envelope of 11 by 11 by 14 inches, SLM Solutions’ SLM 280 2.0 is ideal for medium-to-high-volume additive manufacturing. With its build envelope of almost 2 square feet, the 12-laser NXG XII is designed for peak production.

With a build envelope of 11 by 11 by 14 inches, SLM...

Quality Mass Production with Metal Binder Jetting IS Possible

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Hexagon’s Simufact Additive

Hexagon’s Simufact Additive powerful and scalable process simulation environment for first-time-right optimization of metal binder jetting (MBJ) predicts and automatically corrects for final distortion and residual stresses of 3D-printed parts.

Hexagon’s Simufact Additive powerful and scalable process simulation environment for first-time-right optimization...

Software Add-On Saves Time and Improves Consistency

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DP Technology Esprit

DP Technology’s Esprit Additive for Powder Bed is compatible with any file supported by SolidWorks. The add-on application streamlines production by eliminating the need to repeatedly define manufacturing information.

DP Technology’s Esprit Additive for Powder Bed is compatible with any file...

Simulation Software Takes the Guesswork Out of 3D Metal Printing

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Desktop Metal’s Live Sinter process simulation

Live Sinter enables inexperienced 3D-printer operators to consistently produce accurate parts using Desktop Metal’s Shop System and Production System machines. The software automatically overcorrects for the shrinkage and distortion inherent in sintering.

Live Sinter enables inexperienced 3D-printer operators to consistently produce accurate parts using...

How to Minimize Post-Processing Headaches for 3D-Printed Parts

BelAir Finishing Supply

Although 3D metal printing is becoming more popular, finishing remains a challenging and arduous task. Understanding how post-processing works and how to measure results will help you optimize this crucial step.

Although 3D metal printing is becoming more popular, finishing remains a challenging...

Eight Tips for Getting ERP Right the First Time

Done right, enterprise resource planning (ERP) identifies and systematically eliminates activities that eat into profits. Here’s how to select a program and partner that will facilitate rather than frustrate the process.

Done right, enterprise resource planning (ERP) identifies and systematically eliminates activities that...

Three Manufacturing Trends the Pandemic Fast-Tracked

National Association of Manufacturers Chief Economist Chad Moutray explains how pandemic-driven disruption is influencing digitization and data sharing, re- and near-shoring, and hiring.

National Association of Manufacturers Chief Economist Chad Moutray explains how pandemic-driven disruption...

The Six Things COVID-19’s Manufacturing Winners Have in Common

AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology President Doug Woods outlines the six transformative technologies that are helping companies meet swiftly changing market demand without sacrificing quality or employee safety.

AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology President Doug Woods outlines the...

Robotic Revolution: The Dawn of True Human/Machine Collaboration

The pandemic prompted manufacturers to fast-track automation plans to safely produce and deliver competitively priced products. Association for Advancing Automation (A3) President Jeff Burnstein explains the potential impact of cobots.

The pandemic prompted manufacturers to fast-track automation plans to safely produce and...

Coupling Bolts For Live Tooling on Mazak Lathes

JMPP coupling bolts

Based in Ohio, JM Performance Products offers a Made-in-the-USA alternative to imported coupling bolts for Mazak lathes using live tooling. The bolts meet all Mazak specifications and are made from 9310H alloy steel.

Based in Ohio, JM Performance Products offers a Made-in-the-USA alternative to imported...

Multispindle Automatic Lathe

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Index Corp.’s MS32-6 automatic lathe

The latest iteration of Index Corp.’s 6-axis MS32-6 automatic lathe is even more flexible. Twelve tool slides and patented toolholder locating system speed setups for off-center drilling, threading, contouring, hobbing, and polygonal turning as well as grooving and drilling.

The latest iteration of Index Corp.’s 6-axis MS32-6 automatic lathe is even...

5-Axis Universal Machining Center

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Haas Automation UMC-1600-H

Haas Automation’s UMC-1600-H provides the 50-taper cutting, heavy-duty rotary axes, and large work envelope required to machine large parts for customers in the oil-and-gas, alternative energy, and other heavy industries.

Haas Automation’s UMC-1600-H provides the 50-taper cutting, heavy-duty rotary axes, and large...

Artificial Intelligence Strengthens Software’s Impact

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DP Technology’s Esprit CAM software

Patent-pending artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities enable DP Technology’s Esprit CAM program to create optimized, edit-free G-code for multiple machine types and setups. The result is highly efficient manufacturing that doesn’t sacrifice safety for speed.

Patent-pending artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities enable DP Technology’s Esprit CAM program to...

Eight Tips for Getting ERP Right the First Time

Done right, enterprise resource planning (ERP) identifies and systematically eliminates activities that eat into profits. Here’s how to select a program and partner that will facilitate rather than frustrate the process.

Done right, enterprise resource planning (ERP) identifies and systematically eliminates activities that...

Extend Your Cutting Tool Investment By Up to 25%

PRAB’s Guardian

Cutting tools account for 3% to 5% of manufacturing costs, so anything that extends their life will improve profitability. By minimizing waste and freeing employees to perform higher-value work, automated fluid recycling systems pay for themselves in less than a year.

Cutting tools account for 3% to 5% of manufacturing costs, so anything...

Three Manufacturing Trends the Pandemic Fast-Tracked

National Association of Manufacturers Chief Economist Chad Moutray explains how pandemic-driven disruption is influencing digitization and data sharing, re- and near-shoring, and hiring.

National Association of Manufacturers Chief Economist Chad Moutray explains how pandemic-driven disruption...

The Six Things COVID-19’s Manufacturing Winners Have in Common

AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology President Doug Woods outlines the six transformative technologies that are helping companies meet swiftly changing market demand without sacrificing quality or employee safety.

AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology President Doug Woods outlines the...

Machining Center Handles Large Workpieces in a Small Footprint

Campro USA NU550

Campro USA introduces its second-generation 5-axis machining center, the NU550, which delivers big versatility in a small area –– incorporate it in a manufacturing cell with automatic loading, machine transfer robotics or AGV transfers.

Campro USA introduces its second-generation 5-axis machining center, the NU550, which delivers...

Easy-to-Use Horizontal Machining Center for Numerous Applications

Mazak_HC-5000

Mazak’s HC-5000 4-axis horizontal machining center (HMC) boosts speed, output, reliability, and precision of numerous metalworking applications in nearly any production environment. Easy-to-program controls automatically calculate intersection coordinates and tool index positioning to optimize cutting.

Mazak’s HC-5000 4-axis horizontal machining center (HMC) boosts speed, output, reliability, and...

Welding’s Digital Transformations, Lucrative Occupations

AWS eLearning

Deemed essential, welding and the related fabricating and metalworking trades weathered the COVID-19 disruption better than other industries, says American Welding Society Executive Director Gary Konarska II. Demand for skilled tradespeople remains high.

Deemed essential, welding and the related fabricating and metalworking trades weathered the...

Three Ways to Cut Field Welding Costs

Wireless Interface Control from Miller Electric Mfg.

Walking back and forth to a vehicle to tweak an engine-driven welder/generator’s control panel takes time. Remote control devices increase productivity by putting the ability to make changes in the palm of the operator’s hand.

Walking back and forth to a vehicle to tweak an engine-driven welder/generator’s...

App Helps Avoid Welding Failures in the Field

Lincoln Electric’s NEXTime app

Lincoln Electric’s NEXTime preventative maintenance app for Ranger welder/generators monitors critical functions to ensure field workers are working instead of troubleshooting productivity-sapping machine-operation issues.

Lincoln Electric’s NEXTime preventative maintenance app for Ranger welder/generators monitors critical functions...

Weld Purging with Preheat

Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT’s HotPurge

Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT’s HotPurge minimizes the potential for cracking when welding the high-strength steel pipes used in power generation projects. The inflatable purging system is reusable.

Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT’s HotPurge minimizes the potential for cracking when welding...

Four Tools for Even Better Robotic Welding

Fronius WireSense

Fronius increases seam quality without slowing cycle time with robotic assistance systems by making the wire electrode a sensor as well as filler metal. This eliminates the time and expense of maintaining sensor hardware and doesn’t restrict component accessibility.

Fronius increases seam quality without slowing cycle time with robotic assistance systems...

Will These Two Materials Safely Join?

Coldwater Machine’s free “Will it Meld” calculator enables manufacturers to easily determine if two dissimilar materials can be joined using the company’s SpinMeld rotary friction welding systems.

Coldwater Machine’s free “Will it Meld” calculator enables manufacturers to easily determine...

Extend Your Cutting Tool Investment By Up to 25%

PRAB’s Guardian

Cutting tools account for 3% to 5% of manufacturing costs, so anything that extends their life will improve profitability. By minimizing waste and freeing employees to perform higher-value work, automated fluid recycling systems pay for themselves in less than a year.

Cutting tools account for 3% to 5% of manufacturing costs, so anything...

Fully Automated Tool Presetting Slashes Machining Setup Times

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Microset tool presetting machines from Haimer USA 

For shops that use shrink fit holders, duplicate assemblies or multispindle machines, Haimer’s VIO linear toolshrink provides fully automated presetting with incorporated shrink fit technology for precise length adjustment on the μm scale that can reduce setup times up to 70%.

For shops that use shrink fit holders, duplicate assemblies or multispindle machines,...

Indexable Insert Drill Balances Performance and Cost-Effectiveness

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Walter USA’s D4120

The balanced four-insert design of Walter’s D4120 helps deliver process reliability, enhanced surface finishes, and hole tolerances. Balancing cutting forces between the center and peripheral insert ensures hole-diameter precision.

The balanced four-insert design of Walter’s D4120 helps deliver process reliability, enhanced...

Increase Productivity When Machining Heat-Resistant Super Alloys

Seco Tools Secomax CW100 ceramic inserts

Unpredictable tool life and slow rough-machining speeds hinder heat-resistant super alloy (HRSA) component productivity. New Secomax CW100 silicon carbide whisker-reinforced ceramic insert formats and geometries successfully tackle materials such as Inconel 718 and Hastelloy.

Unpredictable tool life and slow rough-machining speeds hinder heat-resistant super alloy (HRSA)...

Inserts Support Both Unmanned Production and Custom Components

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Sandvik Coromant uses a second-generation chemical vapor deposition (CVD) alumina coating to produce two turning grades – GC4415 and GC4425 – that withstand the extreme temperatures of P25 cutting zones during continuous operations.

Sandvik Coromant uses a second-generation chemical vapor deposition (CVD) alumina coating to...

12,000 Round Solid Carbide Tools

Mastercam CAD/CAM Kyocera SGS Precision Tools libraries

CNC Software partners with Kyocera SGS Precision Tools to add 10 tool libraries to Mastercam CAD/CAM software. Products include ferrous and non-ferrous cutting tools ranging from end mills, routers, micro tools, and drills to reamers and countersinks. 

CNC Software partners with Kyocera SGS Precision Tools to add 10 tool...

Face Mill for Multiple Cast Iron Applications

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Kennametal’s KCFM 45 face mill

Kennametal’s KCFM 45 is a flexible, cost-effective, and user-friendly face mill for gray cast iron, CGI applications, semi-finishing and fine-finishing operations on any type of CNC machining center. Produces surface finishes of 0.8µm Ra (32 µin.) or better, and waviness lower than 10µm Wt (400 µin.).

Kennametal’s KCFM 45 is a flexible, cost-effective, and user-friendly face mill for...

Deep Hole Drill Optimized for Machining Steel

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Hoffmann Group’s Garant Master Steel Deep

Hoffmann Group’s Garant Master Steel Deep for deep hole drilling improves process reliability at higher cutting speeds. A design that reduces cutting forces and drill guidance that reduces vibration greatly improves hole quality in various machining applications.

Hoffmann Group’s Garant Master Steel Deep for deep hole drilling improves process...

All-in-One Tool Cuts Machining Time by 25%

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Ceratizit’s FreeTurn

Ceratizit’s FreeTurn tools enhance milling machine productivity by combining multiple-propertied inserts with variable approach angles. The spindle rotates the cutting surface 360 degrees to perform roughing, finishing, contour turning, facing, and longitudinal turning with one tool.

Ceratizit’s FreeTurn tools enhance milling machine productivity by combining multiple-propertied inserts with...

Time-Saving Dual-Purpose Milling Cutter

Big Kaiser’s Noventa

Big Kaiser’s Noventa from Sphinx is ideal for 90-degree front and back chamfering, and deburring holes up to 4xD. The milling cutter’s design also delivers a surface that feels like a finished product that’s safe to handle.

Big Kaiser’s Noventa from Sphinx is ideal for 90-degree front and back...

Multiaxis Calibrator With Unlimited Measurement Range

Renishaw Carto software

Long-range measurement functionality in Carto 4.2 operating software enables Renishaw’s XM-60 multiaxis calibrator to capture and analyze data from a linear axis regardless of how long it is. The program also facilitates Heidenhain linear compensation.

Long-range measurement functionality in Carto 4.2 operating software enables Renishaw’s XM-60 multiaxis...

Versatile and Virtually Seamless Dual-Measurement System

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All Mitutoyo America FormTracer Avant models can be retrofitted with detectors that convert a contour measuring unit or surface roughness tester to a high-precision system that measures both attributes without closing down the software or switching off the controller.

All Mitutoyo America FormTracer Avant models can be retrofitted with detectors that...

Take Metals Analysis on the Road

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Hitachi High-Tech Analytical Science adds SpArcfire operating software to its mobile optical emission spectrometer (OES) analyzer product line. The intuitive interface makes metals analysis easy, eliminating the need for extensive training or highly experienced operators.

Hitachi High-Tech Analytical Science adds SpArcfire operating software to its mobile optical...

Software Offers More Opportunities to Automate Quality Assurance

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High QA’s Inspection Manager (IM) Version 5.1

In addition to eliminating paperwork, High QA’s Inspection Manager (IM) Version 5.1 further streamlines collaboration and compliance on the shop floor. Upgrades speed the process of collecting and managing data, from planning through reporting, by five to 10 times.

In addition to eliminating paperwork, High QA’s Inspection Manager (IM) Version 5.1...

Easy-to-Use Arm-Mounted Laser Scanner

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Hexagon’s RS6 laser scanner

Exact Metrology offers the RS6 laser scanner, which collects data at full speed regardless of part geometry, for use with the Absolute Arm cobot. The scanner is easily removed from the arm while probing and can be remounted in seconds with no time-wasting recalibration.

Exact Metrology offers the RS6 laser scanner, which collects data at full...

Fully Automated Tool Presetting Slashes Machining Setup Times

With Video
Microset tool presetting machines from Haimer USA 

For shops that use shrink fit holders, duplicate assemblies or multispindle machines, Haimer’s VIO linear toolshrink provides fully automated presetting with incorporated shrink fit technology for precise length adjustment on the μm scale that can reduce setup times up to 70%.

For shops that use shrink fit holders, duplicate assemblies or multispindle machines,...

Lab-Quality Measurement Anywhere You Need It

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Mahr’s updated MarSurf CM mobile

Equipped with a 16-bit high-dynamic-range (HDR) camera, Mahr’s updated MarSurf CM mobile optical surface metrology tool offers the highest-speed, highest-resolution confocal measurements on the shop floor and in the field.

Equipped with a 16-bit high-dynamic-range (HDR) camera, Mahr’s updated MarSurf CM mobile...

Real-Time Inspection, Assembly & Alignment for All Workflows

Faro’s BuildIT Metrology 2020 3D metrology software

The latest version of Faro’s flagship software, BuildIT Metrology, is brand-agnostic to streamline manual and automated workflows regardless of what arms, trackers, scanners, imagers, and/or projectors your shop uses.

The latest version of Faro’s flagship software, BuildIT Metrology, is brand-agnostic to...

Automated Optical CMM with Cobot

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The optical µCMM from Bruker Alicona can measure extremely tight tolerances with high accuracy using a six-axis cobot arm to automatically pick, place, measure and sort (ok/not ok) parts in production.

The optical µCMM from Bruker Alicona can measure extremely tight tolerances with...
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AmCon Seattle (Tacoma)
February 9 - 10, 2021
Tacoma Convention Center – Seattle (Tacoma), WA
AmCon Wichita
March 3 - 4, 2021
Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center – Wichita, KS
AmCon Houston
March 31 - April 1, 2021
NRG Center – Houston, TX
AmCon Orlando
April 27 - 28, 2021
Orange County Convention Center – Orlando, FL
Greater Chicago Design-2-Part Show
May 5 - 6, 2021
Schaumburg Convention Center – Schaumburg, IL
AmCon St. Louis
May 12 - 13, 2021
America’s Center – St. Louis, MO
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