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New Citizen L20XII Swiss-Type Lathe Now Offers B axis & Removable Guide Bushing

Marubeni Citizen-Cincom is proud to announce its next level in the Cincom L Series Innovation lineup, the L20 Type XII. With all new B-axis controllable rotary tools, simultaneous complex machining has never been more accessible. This additional axis of control allows drilling and milling of angled features and contours without retooling or resetting, with a total range of 135°, from 90° to -45°. This allows the rotary tools to be used for both front and back machining. The Type XII also offers the flexibility of operating with or without the guide bushing. Install the guide bushing when machining long thin work pieces and remove it again for machining shorter pieces or when short bar remnants are required. Other upgrades for this generation include:

• increased spindle through-hole diameter from 24mm to 26mm
• faster spindle speed of the gang rotary tools from 5000rpm up to 6000rpm
• faster spindle speed of back tool post rotary tools from 5000rpm up to 7500rpm
• increased gang tool post from 25 to 26 tools, raising the total possible tools from 39 to 40
• decreased power consumption from 8kVA to 7.3kVA

The most exciting part of this launch announcement is that many of these great innovations come standard on the L20 type XII.
The new L20 type XII will be available for sale in the first quarter of 2014. Visit www.marucit.com to find your local Citizen Dealer and to learn more about MCC’s lineup of CINCOM Swiss-type lathes and MIYANO turning centers.

New Citizen L20XII Swiss-Type Lathe

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Eurotech to Unveil New ‘Stallion’ Series at IMTS

Eurotech introduces the new Eurotech Stallion series – the B750 and B1250 machines – available July 1, 2014. This new product will be unveiled to the public at IMTS, booth #S8381.

The new Stallion series feature Eurotech’s legendary speed and accuracy in a turning center with extreme rigidity.

“Eurotech’s Stallion B750 and B1250 are bold machines,” said CEO Joe Selway, “This series will deliver unparalleled productivity and flexibility for our customers. We look forward to demonstrating the machine’s power at IMTS and showing off its unique ‘Smart Technology’, speed, rigidity, and accuracy.”

The Eurotech Stallion B750 and B1250 boast a 12″ chuck and a 3.15″, 3.7″ bar capacity or a 15″ chuck and a 4.02″ bar capacity; a 16 station turret (all live); 24 or 34 HP sub-spindle; 23 HP live tools and over 5.5 of Y-axis travel standing on its own as the ultimate solution for companies looking for a powerful and flexible chuck and bar machine that is unrivaled in speed, accuracy and ease of use.

“Before Eurotech, our cycle time was 25 minutes plus handling. Eurotech took that to 6 minutes and 50 sec., handling included. That’s over 75% savings! We are making parts even faster than they quoted.” – Troy Jones, Accratronics Seals Corp

CONTACT EUROTECH: WWW.EUROTECHELITE.COM | PH: 352-799-5223 | INFO@EUROTECHELITE.COM

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EOS INTRODUCES TWO NEW METAL MATERIALS FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING: EOS TITANIUM Ti64 ELI AND EOS STAINLESS STEEL 316L

Corrosion resistant and biocompatible materials open up new industrial fields of application 

Krailling, March 17, 2014 – EOS, the technology and market leader for design-driven and industrial Additive Manufacturing solutions, expands its metal materials portfolio with EOS Titanium Ti64ELI and EOS StainlessSteel 316L. Christiane Krempl, Product Marketing Manager Metals at EOS, adds: “A broader variety of titanium and stainless steel materials mirrors the ever-changing requirements among our customers and opens up new fields of application.”

EOS Titanium Ti64ELI: light metal alloy – corrosion resistant and biocompatible

Parts built in EOS Titanium Ti64 have a chemical composition and mechanical properties corresponding to ASTM F136. Providing a high-detail resolution, this alloy can be processed on an EOSINT M 280 (400 Watt) metal laser-sintering system and shows an excellent corrosion resistance. Due to its biocompatibility and high grade of purity it is particularly suited for the additive manufacturing of medical implants.

EOS StainlessSteel 316L: corrosion resistant and biocompatible stainless steel

This stainless-steel alloy has been optimized specifically for processing on the EOSINT M 280 metal laser-sintering system. It shows a good corrosion resistance and a high ductility. Parts built from EOS StainlessSteel 316L have a chemical composition corresponding to ASTM F138 (“Standard Specification for Wrought 18Cr-14Ni-2.5Mo Stainless Steel Bar and Wire for Surgical Implants UNS S31673”). In the medical industry, this alloy is particularly suited for surgical instruments, endoscopic surgery, orthopedics and implants.

The material is also a good choice for use in the watch and jewelry industries, where the designer benefits from extensive freedom of design. Shaping and structural restrictions as such are a thing of the past. Parts such as watch cases (thanks to defined hollow spaces) can be manufactured more cost-efficiently and easily, saving resources. The material is also well suited for additive manufacturing applications such as spectacle frames or functional elements in yachts. In the aerospace industry, EOS StainlessSteel is a good choice for the manufacture of clamping elements or heat exchangers. Parts manufactured from that material can be mechanically post-processed or polished.

About EOS

Founded in 1989 and headquartered in Germany, EOS is the technology and market leader for design-driven, integrated e-Manufacturing solutions for Additive Manufacturing (AM), an industrial 3D printing process. EOS offers a modular solution portfolio including systems, software, materials and material development as well as services (maintenance, training, specific application consulting and support). As an industrial manufacturing process it allows the fast and flexible production of high-end parts based on 3D CAD data at a repeatable industry level of quality. As a disruptive technology it paves the way for a paradigm shift in product design and manufacturing. It accelerates product development, offers freedom of design, optimizes part structures, and enables lattice structures as well as functional integration. As such, it creates significant competitive advantages for its customers. For more information please visit our website under www.eos.info.

Contact

EOS GmbH Electro Optical Systems

Claudia Jordan

Public Relations Specialist

Telephone: +49 89 893 36 2134

E-Mail: claudia.jordan@eos.info

 

Parker Group (editorial US)

Nick O’Donohoe

Phone: +1 401 272 1510

e-mail: nicko@parkergroup.com  

 

EOS of North America, Inc.

Jessica Nehro

Phone: +1 248 306 0143 x8104

e-mail: jessica.nehro@eos.info

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Outokumpu Stainless Bar Announces 17-4 PRODEC® for Enhanced Machining

Outokumpu Stainless Bar announces the introduction of Outokumpu 17-4 PRODEC®, for improved machining. The new stainless steel product, part of a family of PRODEC (which stands for PRODuction EConomy) grades created by Outokumpu, will be produced at the Richburg, South Carolina bar mill. The new stainless steel grade was developed as a direct result of growing market demand for better-machining 17-4 stainless steel.

“Customers specify 17-4 because of its ability to be age hardened, as well as for its high strength and corrosion resistance. But many of our customers were looking for the premium machining performance in 17-4 that they have come to expect in our specialty grades like 316L PRODEC®,” explained Lou Kern, Senior Vice President for Outokumpu Stainless Bar. “As a result, we are now producing Outokumpu 17-4 PRODEC in bar form.”

Produced exclusively by Outokumpu for more than twenty-five years, the PRODEC brand is a premium quality stainless steel specially melted and treated by Outokumpu’s proprietary ladle metallurgy techniques. “PRODEC denotes a grade that maximizes machinability while retaining good mechanical properties and corrosion resistance,” Kern added. PRODEC bar shows the same yield strength, tensile strength, elongation, hardness, and toughness as conventionally produced bar.

Testing has shown Outokumpu 17-4 PRODEC has improved machining characteristics with superior chip formation and reduced tool wear, when compared to Outokumpu’s standard 17-4. Outokumpu 17-4 PRODEC is available in 9/16” through 6 ½” diameters.

Orders for Outokumpu 17-4 PRODEC will be accepted starting April 7. Production times will be the same as that for standard 17-4. Pricing of Outokumpu 17-4 PRODEC will carry a premium. Standard 17-4 will continue to be offered at current price levels.

Outokumpu Specialty Stainless

Outokumpu is the global leader in stainless steel and high performance alloys.  Out advanced materials are the ideal choice for demanding applications ranging from cutlery to bridges, energy plants to medical equipment.  Stainless steel contributes to a sustainable and long lasting world as it is 100% recyclable, corrosion-resistant, maintenance-free, durable and hygienic material.  Outokumpu employees over 16,000 professionals in over 40 countries, with the Group’s head office in Espoo, Finland and shares listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki.

www.outokumpu.com

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Okuma: Speedy, Accurate CNC Machining for Curved Surfaces: New Super-NURBS White Paper

For those involved with CNC machining on curved surfaces, producing a smooth finish is critical. A new white paper from Okuma America Corporation details the company’s Super-NURBS programming functionality that meets high-accuracy finish requirements while speeding up cycle times. The result is drastically reduced hand-finishing time to achieve high-quality parts quickly.

The term “NURBS” is an acronym for Non-Uniform Rational Basis Spline, a mathematical way to regenerate freeform curves and shapes. Super-NURBS is Okuma’s proprietary technology for achieving NURBS functionality within a CNC machining environment. Titled “Super-NURBS Cuts Curved Surfaces With High-Accuracy and Speedy Cycle Times – Completing Parts on the Machine” the white paper examines topics such as:

  • How Super-NURBS eliminates redundancies and allows for a faster and smoother tool path
  • Why Super-NURBS delivers the fastest speeds and highest quality finishes in the industry
  • How Super-NURBS’ faster control loops speed allows for more ultra-high feed rates to be used
  • Why there’s no need for a look-ahead – Super-NURBS is inherently fast without it
  • How to deliver parts “out the door” faster, with better finish quality and accuracy

Super-NURBS enables controlled high speed and high-quality CNC machining. Completing parts on the machine – this is possible with Super-NURBS.

About Okuma America Corporation

Okuma America Corporation is the U.S.-based sales and service affiliate of Okuma Corporation, a world leader in CNC (computer numeric control) machine tools, founded in 1898 in Nagoya, Japan. The company is the industry’s only single-source provider, with the CNC machine, drive, motors, encoders, spindle and CNC control all manufactured by Okuma. Okuma’s innovative and reliable technology, paired with comprehensive, localized service protection, allows users to run continuously with confidence – maximizing profitability.  Along with its industry-leading distribution network (largest in the Americas), and Partners in THINC, Okuma facilitates quality, productivity and efficiency, empowering the customer and enabling competitive advantage in today’s demanding manufacturing environment.  For more information, visit www.okuma.com/americas or follow us on Facebook or Twitter @OkumaAmerica.

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Does your shop have the need to speed up programming and machining?

If so, you’ll want to be sure to attend PartMaker Inc.’s Annual Midwest User Group meeting on Friday, February 28, 2014.  At this event, we’ll introduce you to the new technology in PartMaker 2014, including Delcam’s latest high-speed machining technology, Vortex.

The program will be held at K-1 Speed in Addison, IL and will feature comprehensive technical sessions on the new features of PartMaker 2014 with a special focus on our latest high speed machining technology, Vortex. The event will also include a brief seminar from a leading carbide tooling manufacturer on tactics for best utilizing Delcam’s new Vortex high speed machining strategies with high feed end mills. Additionally, we will also discuss Delcam’s recent acquisition by Autodesk.

After the complimentary lunch, you’ll have the opportunity to see just how fast you can go by racing against the PartMaker staff on K-1 Speed’s indoor go karting track. This event will be educational and a lot fun. It’s also a great industry networking event. Seating is limited, so please make sure to register by February 24 to reserve a spot for you and your colleagues.

Agenda:

  • 9:00 – 9:30 Continental Breakfast
  • 9:30 – 9:45 Introduction and Welcome
  • 9:45 – 11:00 What’s New in PartMaker 2014
  • 11:00 to 11:15 Coffee Break
  • 11:15 – 11:45 Overview of Delcam’s New Vortex High Speed Machining Technology
  • 11:45 – 12:15Solid Carbide Tooling Tips for using Vortex
  • 12:15 – 12:30 Delcam’s Acquisition by Autodesk
  • 12:30 – 1:30 Lunch and Networking
  • 1:30 – 3:00 Go Cart Racing

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Delcam’s PartMaker Inc. Division to host Nationwide User Group Meetings to launch PartMaker 2014

Nationwide user group series to highlight latest PartMaker technology and discuss Delcam’s expected acquisition by Autodesk

Delcam’s PartMaker Inc. Division will host a series of User Group Meetings around the country to launch PartMaker 2014. The program at each event will feature comprehensive technical sessions on the new features of PartMaker 2014, with a special focus on Delcam’s latest high-speed machining technology, Vortex. The event dates and locations are as follows:

February 21 – Philadelphia area

February 28 – Chicago area

March 7 – Los Angeles area

March 14 – New England

The full agenda, booking form and details including exact location for each event can be found at www.partmaker.com/2014usergroup.

The events will also include a brief seminar on tactics for best utilizing Delcam’s new Vortex high-speed machining strategies with high-feed end mills.  Additionally, delegates will be updated on Delcam’s expected acquisition by Autodesk.

PartMaker’s senior technical personnel will discuss the latest developments in PartMaker and will be on hand to answer any technical questions.  They will also discuss the future of PartMaker’s development efforts and to listen to delegates’ input to incorporate into future versions.  A complimentary catered breakfast and lunch buffet will be provided to all registered attendees. All attendees will also have the opportunity to race the PartMaker Inc. staff at each venue’s indoor karting track, courtesy of PartMaker Inc.

As well as seeing the introduction of Delcam’s Vortex high-efficiency strategy for area clearance into the PartMaker CAM suite, PartMaker 2014 includes improved back-turning and 2D pocketing functionality, support for additional tool types and faster programming of lead-in and lead-out moves, plus a new NC program viewer and many other improvements.

Full details on the 2014 release, with videos demonstrating the new functionality, can be seen at www.delcam.tv/pmk2014/lz.

More on PartMaker

PartMaker is a Knowledge Based Machining system, allowing it to provide a substantial gain in programming efficiency by remembering the tools, material and process information necessary to machine individual part features.  It thus relieves the user from reentering the same features information for subsequent parts.  It also improves productivity by placing the emphasis on tool management functions.

PartMaker pioneered the field of CAM software for Turn-Mills and Swiss-type lathes with its patented Visual Programming Approach for programming multi-axis lathes with live tooling. It assures quicker learning and easier use. It makes an extensive use of pictures to help the user describe tools, part features and machining data.  Synchronization of tools working on multiple spindles is achieved by a few mouse clicks.

PartMaker Inc. is a subsidiary of Delcam Plc, the world’s leading developer and supplier of complete CAD/CAM software solutions.  Delcam Plc is publicly traded on the AIM exchange in London.  In North America PartMaker is sold directly by PartMaker Inc. PartMaker is sold overseas through a network of sales partner offices operating in over 120 countries.

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The Future of U.S. Manufacturing: More Hubs, Fewer Workers

By  of The Atlantic.

Even hundreds of centers of innovation will not spell a revival of the manufacturing workforce equal with what many hope or expect.

Few topics have been more fraught than the fate of U.S. manufacturing. The sharp loss of manufacturing jobs since 2008 has triggered legitimate concern that America’s best days may have passed.

Even as recent leading indicators suggest more economic momentum, job growth remains at best sluggish and manufacturing has seen only marginal gains—having shed more than two million jobs in 2008-2009, and millions more since the peak in the late 1970s. Manufacturing accounted for slightly less than 20 million jobs at the peak in 1979. Now it’s barely 11 million.

The picture is even bleaker considering the population, since the labor force is considerably larger today. This has led to a widespread conviction that the core of the potent U.S. economy is being hollowed out.

So it is not surprising that Washington’s latest highly-touted initiative seeks to rejuvenate American manufacturing and restore lost jobs. President Barack Obama unveiled an initiative Wednesday in North Carolina designed to foster high-tech manufacturing for the long term.

With money from the Energy Department, the Raleigh-Durham area—already home to several leading universities that are part of what is called a research hub—will develop an innovation institute to foster high-tech manufacturing, such as semiconductors. The promise is that such manufacturing and its attendant jobs are vital to competing in today’s global economy. Though the administration can fund a number of these without Congress acting, the White House has calledon the legislature to pass funding for an additional 45 such centers around the country.

The assertion that the United States, or any nation, requires continued investment in the technologies that will drive future production is indisputable. On that score, at least, the Obama White House is fighting the proverbial good fight.

The contention, however, that these technologies and the factories that harness them for production will be sources of well-paid, solidly middle-class jobs, is flawed. In our political debates, we maintain the comforting fiction that a manufacturing revival can and will go hand-in-hand with a jobs revival. Yet, as Obama’s initiative shows, the two can be—and increasingly are—uncoupled.

The issue is not the hollowing-out of manufacturing as defined by less production. Yes, many less expensive, simpler products are now made more cheaply elsewhere and are unlikely to be made in the United States anytime soon—even with the “on-shoring” of manufacturing. Though China ceases  to be the place of low-cost production, Vietnam, the Philippines and who knows where else (even Mexico) will be more attractive for apparel, furniture, electronics and anything plastic for a long time to come.

The high-end production that these new U.S. innovation hubs seek to promote is indeed in demand around the world. It is something where, as yet, China and other low-cost manufacturing centers have not excelled. This is why China actually imports considerable billions of higher-end equipment–particularly from Japan and Germany. So it is true that the United States could have a competitive advantage, especially given the plethora of research universities and the wealth of highly-educated talent that can be used for just this type of production.

But all this is not the same as a job creator for a workforce of at least 120 million and counting in nation of more than 320 million people. These high-tech factories might employ hundreds of people in conjunction with industrial robots, using sophisticated software systems for design and production. These factory workers bear little resemblance to the 1950s line workers doing rote tasks. They are more like Silicon Valley engineers or lab technicians. These are high-skill jobs—and not nearly as plentiful as the factory jobs of the past.

That is, of course, no reason to dismiss the importance of cultivating these centers. Promising that they will be job engines, however, is dicey at best, and disingenuous at worst.

Even hundreds of centers of innovation that focus on 3D printing, bespoke semiconductors and technology-laden products will not spell a revival of the manufacturing workforce commensurate with what many hope or expect.

It is instead likely, even with the reinvigoration of American manufacturing, that job creation is almost non-existent. It is likely as well that output as measured by gross domestic product goes up along with the revival—without producing a job renaissance.

Again, this is not an argument against these endeavors. They will indeed generate income and revenue and enhance productivity in the U.S. They will not, however, solve the conundrum of our structural unemployment challenges.

Over time, of course, as more people develop the skills required for this new wave of manufacturing, it is possible that the economic system overall generates a next wave of prosperity. Education and innovations, tethered to products, ideas, services and even entertainment, has no clear limit to growth.

In the interim, however, a generation ill-prepared for that change is likely to continue to struggle mightily.

So we should embrace these endeavors, absolutely. But we should do so with a clear sense of what they can do long-term and what they cannot do in the short term.  They cannot bring back lost jobs or industries. They also cannot solve the employment challenges for millions who have been displaced over the past few decades.

Obama’s plan can solve those for the next generation—but not for portions of an older generation now adrift. We should not fool ourselves about what can be done.

A lost generation may require years of support before the next is ready to carry the weight of the future. This is only a negative, however, if we pretend that an easy fix is on the horizon.

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CAD/CAM Connect Launches Online Platform to Unite CAD/CAM Suppliers with Engineering and Manufacturing Businesses

Online manufacturing destination leverages its industry expertise and vast network of connections to help deliver leads and sales for hardware and software suppliers.

Building off of its recent successful expansion into new online channels, CAD/CAM Connect announces its newly upgraded platform for connecting qualified CAD/CAM suppliers to interested buyers. The interface, which serves as an all-encompassing resource for the computer-aided design and manufacturing community, provides a wealth of information centered on CAD/CAM solutions.

In today’s world, it is commonplace for engineering and manufacturing companies to source CAD/CAM technology from a host of different resellers, or directly from suppliers. The industry landscape has seen substantial change with the advent of the internet and the evolving “shopping habits” of engineers, machinists, and IT professionals, who can almost exclusively research and buy necessary products online.

“We saw this trend and jumped on board quickly to serve the needs of the manufacturing community,” says Ken Wilson, CEO-Founder of CAD/CAM Connect. “We’re not a massive online directory, but rather a pool of consultants-advisors who understand this industry and the products and services that best fulfill a company’s needs. We’re unbiased since we don’t represent just one product or supplier. It’s about understanding a buyer’s needs and budget, and helping them make better decisions that will impact their business”.

CAD/CAM Connect’s website contains several categories based on product needs, covering all aspects of the design-to-manufacturing workflow process. Examples include (but are not limited to):

  •     CAD to CAM software
  •     Data management
  •     Enterprise Resource Planning
  •     Reverse engineering
  •     3D printing
  •     CNC machines
  •     3D part catalogs
  •     CAD training
  •     Large format printers and scanners
  •     Contract CAD help
  •     Job placement

One of many suppliers that has seen tremendous success with CAD/CAM Connect is NVision Inc., a company dedicated to providing top-quality reverse engineering products and services.

“Ken truly understands the business and is genuinely interested in helping the end user find the best solution for their job,” says Steve Kersen, CEO of NVision. “He knows what questions to ask and gathers the information we need before we make that first call.”Kersen elaborates, “He not only lists us on his website, but he goes above and beyond by posting our articles on his social channels and blog to help with our branding message and SEO efforts. The difference we have found between CAD/CAM Connect and other lead generating methods is that Ken combines his industry knowledge, connections, creative marketing efforts and passion for the industry into a total package that helps drive quality leads and our name to the masses that we could have never done alone.”

Through its high quality network, the valuable content it shares, and unbeatable industry expertise, CAD/CAM Connect aims to become the first resource engineers and machinists think of when they are ready to research products or suppliers online. “It’s about top-of-mind”, says Wilson. “We are consultants first, and an online resource second. It’s a win-win-win, all around. The end user saves time and validates their decision before they cut a check, the supplier makes a sale and establishes a relationship they may have never had, and we fulfill our mission of helping people make better decisions on their CAD/CAM business technology needs.”

About CAD/CAM Connect
With over 15 years of experience in the CAD/CAM industry and thousands of engineering and supplier contacts, CAD/CAM Connect partners with top suppliers and industry experts to create a one-stop destination for educational content, top industry forums and user reviews. The company helps facilitate communications between buyers and software suppliers to help mechanical engineers, machinists, design and IT professionals make better purchasing decisions.

For more information please visit the company website at http://www.cadcamconnect.com, or contact Ken Wilson at 512.773.1521 or ken(at)cadcamconnect(dot)com.

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