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IMTS Dedicates Resources to Help Rebuild Supply Chain

McLean, Va., (May 29, 2020) – For the manufacturing industry, “We’re all in this together” means rebuilding fragile supply chains and rethinking parts sourcing and production. To support these efforts, IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show has launched IMTS.com/supplychain, an educational section of IMTS.com.

Content includes stories, videos, webinars and podcasts that provides the manufacturing industrial base, including OEMs and job shops, guidance on how to rethink, reengage and reestablish its supply chain. Included are stories of how industry has responded and thought-provoking resources on the steps industry and government can take to ensure manufacturing self-sufficiency.

“The manufacturing technology community has a laser-like focus on rebuilding its supply chains, and we are dedicating significant resources to support their needs,” says Peter R. Eelman, Vice President & CXO at AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology, which owns and produces IMTS.

“The IMTS.com/supplychain microsite — ReBuilding the Supply Chain — shows OEMs how to rethink their current operations, how they can reengage with suppliers and secure trading partners and how they can reestablish connections for a more localized industrial base.”

The IMTS.com/supplychain site links to all COVID-19 and rebuilding stories. It includes a brief history of why the supply chain disruption occurred, and IMTS has mapped out future content to show steps that can be taken to secure the supply chain moving forward.

IMTS – International Manufacturing Technology Show the largest and longest running manufacturing technology trade show in the United States is held every other year at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. IMTS 2020 will run Sept. 14-19. IMTS is ranked among the largest trade shows in the world. Recognized as one of the world’s preeminent stages for introducing and selling manufacturing equipment and technology as well as connecting the industry’s supply chain. IMTS attracts visitors from every level of industry and more than 117 countries. IMTS 2018 was the largest in number of registrations (129,415), net square feet of exhibit space (1,424,232 sq. ft.), booths (2,123) and exhibiting companies (2,563). IMTS is owned and managed by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology.

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Formlabs Expands Asia-Pacific Management Teams

3D printing company, Formlabs, announced the appointment of two new leaders to its Asia-Pacific management team to continue to scale the company’s growth in the APAC market: Jiadong Sun joins as China general manager and Yoshinori Hasebe as Japan general manager. Both leaders will play a key role in expanding Formlabs’ global footprint and will guide Formlabs’ business strategy in new markets as the company furthers its mission of enabling anyone to make anything.

“As Formlabs continues to expand our global operations, Jiadong and Yoshinori will provide strategic guidance as we expand and scale in the important APAC region,” said Luke Winston, Chief Business Officer of Formlabs. “These appointments will enable Formlabs to remain at the forefront of 3D printing as needs for additive manufacturing in major industries, including healthcare, continue to grow.”

Jiadong Sun has extensive experience leading global sales and marketing at leading tech companies spanning multiple industries. Prior work experience includes multiple positions at DJI, most recently as Vice President and Head of Marketing for Enterprise Solutions, where he spearheaded strategic decisions regarding sales and marketing, product development, and external partnerships.

Yoshinori Hasebe brings more than 20 years of management experience at multinational companies, along with comprehensive sales and business development experience for both products and services. With experience at FARO Technologies, Ernst & Young and Hewlett-Packard, Yoshinori is an expert in sales, supply chain management and leadership.

Formlabs enables its users in the APAC region, including Japan-based company WHILL, to iterate rapidly, localize manufacturing and efficiently cut lead times and costs. These key new hires, in addition to a new dedicated channel manager based in India, will empower the company to remain on the cutting edge of 3D printing’s role in revolutionizing the healthcare, manufacturing and engineering industries, and drive strong growth across the region.

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3D Laser Scanning Accelerates Production of PPE Masks for Covid-19 Pandemic

(Southlake, TX; May 2020) — Two recent PPE-related projects completed by NVision, Inc. demonstrate the growing role that non-contact scanning/measurement technologies are taking in the race to create new products and designs to minimize exposure to COVID-19.

NVision, Inc., a leader in 3D measurement and engineering services for more than 30 years, has assisted medical manufacturers in a wide variety of projects over the years, from measuring and inspecting surgical scalpels to reverse engineering heart stents and orthodontic braces.

In one recent project, NVision provided engineering services to a Texas PPE manufacturer, helping accelerate the company’s production of a much-needed protective mask earmarked for medical personnel. NVision engineers 3D-scanned plaster models of the mask, using the resulting data to create a computer-aided design (CAD) file which was used to build the special tooling necessary for production.

Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) includes clothing–gloves, coveralls, face shields, masks, and more–designed to protect the wearer against a number of potential hazards including viruses and infectious diseases. In the current COVID-19 pandemic, masks are a vitally important line of defense against the virus for healthcare workers, first responders and the general public.

NVision was contacted by a PPE manufacturer that needed a CAD model of a protective mask in three days in order to start creating the tooling for mass production. The company had only handmade plaster models of the mask; no previous computer models or designs existed.

“We had done work for this customer earlier on a Peterbilt Truck Project and they came to us with the mask project,” says Steve Kersen, president of NVision. “The plaster molds for the mask had extremely challenging contours and to hand-measure its complex curvatures using calipers and other tools would have taken the manufacturer months, postponing production significantly.”

The mask will be made of vacuum-formed plastic and consists of two parts–an inner and an outer part–with replaceable filter material. SolidWorks CAD models were required to facilitate the machining of suitable dies/molds, as the vacuum-forming process requires dies made from a more durable material, often wood or a metal.

After receiving the plaster models, NVision technicians quickly set to work using the company’s HandHeld laser scanner to collect data on the mask’s surface geometry and dimensions.

The HandHeld scanner is a powerful portable scanning device capable of capturing 3D geometry from objects of almost any size or shape. The scanner is attached to a mechanical arm that moves about the object, allowing the user to capture data rapidly with a high degree of resolution and accuracy. As the object is inspected, the scanner generates a point cloud consisting of millions of points, each with x,y,z coordinates and i,j,k vectors. These points comprise an exact duplicate of the object’s surface, down to the most minute detail. The scanner comes with integrated software that is used to convert the point cloud to an STL polygon and an optional tripod provides complete portability in the field. Intuitive software allows real-time rendering, full model editing, polygon reduction, and data output to all standard 3D packages.

The scanning of the mask models took only two hours, after which  NVision technicians converted the STL file to a native parametric SolidWorks CAD format from which tooling could be produced. “During the modeling process we were also able to make some changes that improved the mask’s design,” says Kersen. “We made it more symmetrical in shape and modified it to be more suitable for the manufacturing process.”

NVision engineers provided the mask manufacturer with a CAD model from which it could build the tooling to begin production and meet its deadline for delivery of the masks. “Without the fast and accurate measurements provided by laser scanning, the customer would have lost a great deal of time and money in performing manual measurements,” says Kersen. “With PPE, time to market is critical both for the health of those people waiting for masks as well as the business success of the manufacturers who need to reduce production time.”

In another project, NVision was asked to scan a series of credit card readers in order to create seamlessly fitting safety covers to prevent transmission of viruses. The covers needed to fit tightly on the readers, so it was essential to obtain the exact measurements of the readers. NVision again used its HandHeld scanner to obtain the precise measurements of the readers, first converting the point cloud to a raw STL file, then importing the file into specialized modeling software and processing the data to an IGES/STEP model, and then further processing to a native SolidWorks CAD model with full feature tree. From that point, client engineers were able to use the CAD model to create tooling for manufacturing the covers.

“Concerns about personal health and safety, in all our interactions, are understandably very high at this time,” says Kersen. “These two projects we recently completed show how advanced measurement and inspection can substantially reduce the time to market for those who are  making the products needed to help ensure our health and well-being. We’re proud to be part of the effort.”

For more information, contact NVision, Inc., 577 Commerce Street, Suite 100, Southlake, TX 76092. Tel: 817.416.8006, Fax: 817.416.8008, Email: sales@nvision3d.com, Web: http://www.nvision3d.com

About NVision

NVision, Inc. (www.nvision3d.com) was established in 1990 with one goal in mind: to provide customers with the highest accuracy non-contact optical measurement systems and services for Reverse Engineering and Inspection. Focusing our expertise on the aerospace, power generation, and oil/gas industries, NVision provides both contract scanning services and systems sales to companies throughout North America. Our elite team of engineers provides customers with an unmatchable level of experience and is able to advise and assist with the most difficult engineering challenges.

NVision’s clients include industry leaders such as Boeing, GE, Lockheed, Lear, NASA, Porsche, Raytheon, Siemens, Toyota, and every branch of the U.S. military.Media Contact: Steve Glad, Structured Information, Ph: 248.289.0610, Email: stephen_glad@strucinfo.com

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Significantly Faster Waveform Roughing in EDGECAM 2021

New and enhanced functionality in the latest release of EDGECAM CAD/CAM software from Hexagon Production Software boosts customer productivity with lower computer-processing time and faster toolpaths. 

A number of these productivity boosts have been achieved by reducing calculation time with EDGECAM 2021’s enhanced parallel-processing capability. Two of the most popular machining cycles – Roughing and Profiling – benefit from improvements to the software’s multi-threading technology algorithms. 

Three significant time savings: EDGECAM’s world-leading high-speed Waveform Roughing strategy is now significantly faster when generating toolpath for both solid and wireframe components. 

Machining Market and Product Manager Miguel Johann says, “Numerous benchmark tests show a 30 percent improvement in calculation times compared to the previous version.” When using the profiling cycle’s Undercut function, savings of between 40 and 60 percent have been recorded, depending on the part’s size and complexity. Additionally, improvements to the software’s architecture give an average time saving of 70 percent on checking toolpaths with Machine Simulator when the software is initially launched. 

A radical overhaul of probing functionality revolves around eight new cycles, which deliver support for programming a variety of on-machine probing cycles. The cycles’ NC output can be configured to support Hexagon’s existing m&h probing macros, as well as many other popular probing systems for different controls and native probing languages of Siemens and Heidenhain controls.

Following specific customer requests, six new or updated commands have been introduced into the inspection operation, including the ability to globally edit existing features, and to specifically control the layout of both linear and rectangular-array features.    

One of EDGECAM’s most used strategies, the Face Mill Cycle now offers better toolpath control, reductions to cycle times, less tool wear, and can potentially increase machine tool longevity. 

In addition to time savings, the new Cut by Region option deploys a more even toolpath, completing each segment of a component before moving on to another region. Another newcomer – Outside To In strategy – promotes more intelligent toolpaths, as well as reducing cycle times. Previously, when set to either Climb or Conventional, the face mill cycle took longer as it moved from left to right in readiness for the feed movement. Now, however, closer cutter contact reduces that time. Also, a new Overlap Edge function guarantees no wasted cutter passes, and no surplus material left on a face.

Extra Lead In/Out functionality for lathes gives more control during the secondary movement of the Finish Groove cycle.  Applications Engineer Mike O’Neill explains, “Groove features come in all shapes and sizes, and aren’t always symmetrical. EDGECAM 2021 includes a Secondary Lead Move dialog, meaning that as the cycle completes the opposite side of a groove feature, the user can now deploy unique Lead In and Lead Out movements.”

A further turning-related enhancement incudes more control when working with angled turning tools. Two new modifiers, ‘Corner’ and ‘Lock,’ will enable a ‘dynamic gauge point,’ which maintains the same position in relation to the insert at all orientations.

Dovetail tool cutters, which were introduced in the previous version of EDGECAM, can now be used with a Profiling cycle in both milling and turning environments. Solid Features and Faces can be selected in conjunction with the Undercut command for back-facing and other collision-free toolpaths. “Also, in response to customer requests, the Protect Solid function found in the Profiling cycle has been enhanced to give safer toolpaths when using the Multi-Pass and Pick Solid Face commands.”    

The 2021 release includes two important new machine tool configuration features to harness best practice.  “Variable pitch and multiple axis support on tool mounting blocks has been introduced in Linear Turret Lathes kinematics. Using a simple switch in the Code Wizard to stipulate the exact position of numerous tool stations on a turret, while clearly showing this in the Machine Simulator.

“’Multi-Task Machine Tools’ can now support cutting tools mounted inside Angle Head attachments. This type of tool configuration has been used in EDGECAM’s milling environment for a number of years, so MTMT users are benefiting from a mature feature that’s been thoroughly tried and tested.”

Finally, Wire EDM includes a new strategy to the Wire Set-Up command and extended controller support. The ‘create pocket rough tag and finish files’ strategy supports industry best practice and allows users to create four separate NC files for Pocketing, Roughing, Tag creation, and Finishing. Technology tables for Charmilles and ONA AV have been added, along with enhanced support for a range of Mitsubishi controllers. 

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About Hexagon

Hexagon is a global leader in sensor, software and autonomous solutions. We are putting data to work to boost efficiency, productivity, and quality across industrial, manufacturing, infrastructure, safety, and mobility applications. Our technologies are shaping urban and production ecosystems to become increasingly connected and autonomous – ensuring a scalable, sustainable future. Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division provides solutions that utilize data from design and engineering, production and metrology to make manufacturing smarter. For more information, visit hexagonmi.com. Hexagon (Nasdaq Stockholm: HEXA B) has approximately 20,000 employees in 50 countries and net sales of approximately 3.8bn EUR. Learn more at hexagon.com and follow us @HexagonAB.

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VELO3D and Knust-Godwin Talk about 3D Printing Meter-Tall Parts

This spring, VELO3D announced its next-generation Sapphire system that will offer a vertical axis of one meter, the tallest build envelope in the powder-bed fusion category. The new system architecture will be available later this year. Knust-Godwin, an established precision-machining shop that is looking to expand into new industries, recognized the value in the industrial 3D printer and has signed up to be VELO3D’s first customer. Mike Corliss, Vice President of Technology at Knust-Godwin, and Zach Murphree, Vice President, Technical Partnerships at VELO3D, are working together to bring the Sapphire 3D printer into Knust-Godwin’s fold of high-end manufacturing processes.
Zach, why did VELO3D decide to increase the height of the new Sapphire rather than expand the overall build volume?
Murphree: When we designed the architecture of the original Sapphire 3D metal printer, it was always our intention to extend the Z-axis for future machine generations. There are several different applications where having a taller system would be beneficial—even if the width or diameter were not changed. There are some obvious applications in aerospace and other industries where taller, tubular-shaped components would be clearly beneficial. You can do some really amazing things around light-weighting, stiffening, and part-reduction when you increase the height.
Another reason it makes sense to increase the z-height without changing the diameter of the build volume is that we can do so while maintaining identical process recipes across the two machine configurations. Often when these systems change size or number of lasers, the customer is left to re-qualify the new system with new process recipes. Velo3D is keeps its customers from experiencing this pain by maintaining a consistent support-free process across our platforms.
Mike, Knust-Godwin’s heritage is in precision machining; over the past 8 years, you’ve made a significant investment in metal additive manufacturing. Tell us about why you continue to invest in AM.
Corliss: This is a question I get all the time: “When can we go taller?” Printing tall, complex parts is one of those things at Knust-Godwin that we’ve wanted to do for quite a while. It’s part of our vision for the future.
Of course, we still produce most of our products with traditional, subtractive manufacturing processes. But we have come to realize that we can apply this new technology to a lot of the parts we produce. We’re sure it will help reduce machine time, queue time, and even help reduce geometry—including the weight of the part and the size of the part—in some areas.
So we’re excited about having the 1-meter-tall Sapphire from VELO3D. AM is something that we’re very comfortable with doing, and we can predict what the benefits will be when we can print components up to one meter in height.
Mike, what are some of the advantages offered by metal additive manufacturing?
Corliss: The whole idea is to really take advantage of improving the interior geometry of some of these taller parts. With machining, we approach such parts in a very linear manner. We drill the holes from the end of the part, drill down the length of the part, and then connect it with all sorts of ports and features from the outside. With AM, though, we can change that internal geometry, take advantage of it, condense the part, and then create it with a single manufacturing process.
There are so many potential benefits. The overall length of the part may change for the better. The part may become shorter because you can take advantage of some of the geometry and of some of the internal features. And you may be able to arrange more features around the part in different orientations. Basically, you can improve the part in so many ways because you are using an alternative way to manufacture it.
Does the taller build volume offered by the new Sapphire make it possible to print integrated assemblies more easily?
Corliss: Certainly. Suppose we have an assembly that consists of maybe six components stacked up vertically. The entire assembly is just under a meter in height and takes up a lot of space, requires considerable time to manufacture, and costs a lot to produce using subtractive manufacturing techniques. If we use AM, however, and print the geometry that accomplishes all six functions in a single part, we can eliminate the purchasing and manufacturing for the six individual components and work on the final, single assembly instead. Plus, we have created a far more elegant solution for our customer that offers all kinds of benefits, such as reduced cost and improved reliability.
Mike, what kinds of parts are you printing?
Corliss: Knust-Godwin is known for our precision machining in the high-end of oil & gas industry applications, what we call the MWD/LWD product line. That includes “measure while drilling” and “logging while drilling” products, along with wireline products. These are on the drilling side of the business, with alloys like Inconel, titanium, etc. They’re not the easiest materials to work with, but they are essential. Nickel alloys specifically have typical properties that we need in the oil and gas industry for high corrosion resistance and strength. Also important is the fact that these alloys are non-magnetic, which is beneficial because we have a lot of electronics that go into the products that we build.
Zach, do you see these nickel alloys being applied to other industries as well?
Murphree: Yes, absolutely. I think there’s a lot of very good overlap with other industries that are early adopters for additive, such as aerospace—which shares those requirements for intense thermal management of extreme temperatures, complex geometries, and expectations of cost-control and rapid delivery of parts.
VELO3D got its start in more propulsion-focused applications, whether that was for rocket engines or turbo pumps or gas turbine applications. And, in those, you’re really looking for corrosion resistance and the ability to function in high-temperatures. Inconel and other nickel super alloys lend themselves very well to that.
Just as Mike said, we’re seeing that the oil and gas industry is a really good application for these materials. Not just in the downhole tools, but also in flow components. So if you’re looking at compression technologies, industrial gas compression, or valving for wellhead applications, these are all places where you want to use high-strength, corrosion-resistant alloys. Inconel is a really good choice in that regard.
Zach, tell us a little about the Sapphire’s support-free capabilities and its impact on post-processing.
Murphree: This is a key differentiator for VELO3D. Existing power-bed systems often require supports for any surface below 45 degrees. Sapphire printers separate themselves from other solutions with their unique ability to print low angles and overhangs down to zero degrees horizontally, as well as large diameters and inner passageways up to 100mm without the need for supports. This greatly reduces post-processing and allows for extreme freedom when designing and building highly complex components for a variety of industries.
How will support-free printing be beneficial to Knust-Godwin customers, Zach?
Murphree: One of the commonalities we see in many of the industries served by Mike’s customers is that complex internal fluid passages are often required.  With support-free printing, the flow of fluids and gasses through a component is optimized. Whether you have a shrouded impeller or a diffuser section or a hydraulic wireline tool, the support-free structure of those fluid passage areas provides a tremendous advantage. This will be extremely beneficial to Mike’s customers at Knust-Godwin.
Mike, how will the support-free capabilities of the Sapphire printer impact your time spent post-processing?
Corliss:  All the products that we make require some kind of post-processing—such as hipping and heat treating—to get the mechanical properties that we are looking for. Post-processing with traditional manufacturing techniques can be time-consuming and expensive. I would rather take the laser powder-bed technology, print the product to the near net shape, reduce as much post-processing as possible, and then do the hipping and heat-treating.
But VELO3D takes it a step further with their support-free printing feature. With other AM systems, some products may need to deal with those supports during the post-processing phase. Obviously, this, too, can be time consuming and costly. With far fewer supports to deal with, however, the process is streamlined. We can build a better product faster and at a lower final cost.
What do you see as the future of AM in your industry, Mike?
Corliss: Subtractive manufacturing will most likely always play an important role in our industry, but as additive manufacturing systems like the new Sapphire become more robust, the potential to use 3D printing for complex products will become unlimited. It could revolutionize the way our clients put together their systems by making their component parts smaller, lighter, more durable, more functional, more reliable, and less expensive. I am very excited about what we are going to do with this technology. It will enable us to offer more capabilities for a wider variety of industrial applications.
How do you view the growth potential of this technology, Zach?
Murphree: We can’t be happier that a company like Knust-Godwin has become an early adopter of our technology. We look forward to doing great things with them this fall, and then expanding into new markets and new industries very quickly after that.  Let’s not forget that what we have here is the tallest production 3D printer in the world at one-meter in the Z-direction. That’s significantly taller than the next highest offering. What a company can do with that extra height is going to be simply extraordinary. It will open new doors to a huge variety of applications that can be served by 3D printing.

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Milled Parts’ usage in Aircraft (Industry report)

Stratview Research  announces the launch of a new market research report on Aircraft Milled Parts Market by Aircraft Type (Commercial Aircraft, Regional Aircraft, Helicopter, Military Aircraft, and General Aviation), by Application Type (Airframe, Engine, Interiors, and Others), by Material Type (Aluminum, Stainless Steel, Titanium, and Other Metals & Alloys), by End-User Type (OE and Aftermarket), and by Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Rest of the World), Trend, Forecast, Competitive Analysis, and Growth Opportunity: 2020-2025.

The report, from Stratview Research, provides a comprehensive analysis that reflects today’s aircraft milled parts market realities and future possibilities for the forecast period 2020 to 2025. The report segments and analyzes the market in the most comprehensive manner to provide a panoramic view of the market. The vital data/information provided in the report can play a crucial role for market participants as well as investors in the identification of low-hanging fruits available as well as formulate growth strategies.

Aircraft Milled Parts Market: Highlights

Milled parts or components are those machined components which are mainly produced through the milling process. A wide and diverse range of machined components are used in the aerospace industry, made via processes such as milling, turning, and drilling. Milling offers rapid profiling of aircraft structural components, which are majorly made with aluminum, stainless steel, titanium, and their alloys; with better surface finish and greater dimensional accuracy than metal forming of aircraft structures. Rapid advancements in the milling process i.e. from conventional milling machines to advanced CNC (Computer Numerical Control) milling machines and high-speed machining centers have paved the way for milled components/parts in the aerospace industry. These advancements have also helped the industry to achieve its main objective of optimizing metal removal rates and minimizing chatter.

As per Stratview Research, the aircraft milled parts market is projected to grow at a healthy rate over the next five years to reach an estimated value of US$ 4.3 billion in 2025. The outbreak of COVID-19 is ending the longest 16 years of the industry boon, which had begun when the industry had emerged out from another infectious disease SARS (2002-2003). The aerospace industry is projected to be one of the most severely impacted industries due to the COVID-19 outbreak. As per the recent estimates of IATA, the airline industry is expecting to record a possible loss of US$ 252 billion of passenger revenues, an equivalent of a 38% loss in RPKs in 2020 from 2019. Complete lockdown of many countries, due to the pandemic, has forced several airlines to cut their flying capacity due to grounded fleets and operate at a reduced capacity of 5% to 40% of their total strength. For instance, Lufthansa Group has recently announced a 95% capacity reduction due to the outbreak.

The overall impact of the outbreak is still unpredictable; however, currently, it is anticipated to be graver than the SARS (2002-2003) and the MERS (2015). And yet the industry is optimist about its recovery as it did during SARS (2002-2003).  The demand for milled parts in the industry is largely dependent on the overall health of the aviation industry. Huge order backlogs of Boeing and Airbus (13,237 aircraft at the end of Feb 2020),  accelerating demand for replacing iconic aircraft such as A380 and B747, which are forced to retire early by several airlines due to the outbreak, with A321, A350XWB and B787, and the market entry of new aircraft programs such A321XLR, B777X, C919, and MC-21; are anticipated to assure a speedy recovery of the aircraft industry including milled parts.

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Commercial aircraft is likely to remain the growth engine of the market during the forecast period, mainly driven by an expected increase in commercial aircraft deliveries in the coming years. The short-term outlook of the commercial aircraft market seems struggling to owe to the continuous grounding of the B737 Max, reduction in production rates of A320, A330, and A350 XWB programs and expected delay in the entry of upcoming aircraft programs such as B777X and C919.

Based on the application type, the airframe segment is likely to maintain its unassailable dominance in the market during the forecast period. The dominance is majorly due to large number of applications of milled parts in the application segment with most of them being large-sized structures. However, the engine segment is projected to witness the highest growth in the coming five years, mainly driven by a handful of engines, such as LEAP, GE9X, GEnx, PW F135, PW1000G, and Rolls-Royce Trent XWB and 7000.

Based on the material type, aluminum is projected to remain the most dominant material type in the aircraft milled parts market over the next five years, owing to its widespread usage and excellent track record in the aircraft industry. Titanium is estimated to be the fastest-growing material type in the market in years to come, mainly propelled by increased penetration of titanium in the next-generation aircraft programs, such as B787 and A350XWB.

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In terms of region, North America is projected to remain the largest market for aircraft milled parts during the forecast period. The USA is expected to remain the growth engine of the North American market, owing to the presence of several aircraft OEMs such as Boeing, Airbus, Lockheed Martin, Bombardier Inc., and Gulfstream Aerospace as well as the presence of various tier players and milled part manufacturers in the country.

Asia-Pacific is expected to witness the highest growth during the forecast period, driven by upcoming indigenous aircraft program i.e. COMAC C919 and Mitsubishi SpaceJet, and opening of assembly plant of Boeing and Airbus in China for B737, A330, A320, and A350. Further, key economies, such as India and China, in the region are incessantly increasing their defense budget with the purpose to acquire the latest military aircraft to solidify their defense capabilities along with their offset policy and development of indigenous military aircraft such as Tejas and J20.

The supply chain of this market comprises of raw material suppliers, aircraft milled parts manufacturers, distributors, tier players, aircraft OEMs, airlines, aircraft leasing companies, and MRO companies. Some of the key players in the aircraft milled parts market are Precision Castparts Corp., GKN plc, Spirit AeroSystems, Inc., Magellan Aerospace Corp., Triumph Group Inc., Senior plc, Minebea Mitsumi, Inc., LMI Aerospace, Inc., Air Industries Group, Inc., and Gardner Aerospace.

Report Features

This report provides market intelligence in the most comprehensive way. The report structure has been kept such that it offers maximum business value. It provides critical insights on the market dynamics and will enable strategic decision making for the existing market players as well as those willing to enter the market. The following are the key features of the report:

  • Market structure: Overview, industry life cycle analysis, supply chain analysis.
  • Market environment analysis: Growth drivers and constraints, Porter’s five forces analysis, SWOT analysis.
  • Market trend and forecast analysis.
  • Market segment trend and forecast.
  • Competitive landscape and dynamics: Market share, product portfolio, product launches, etc.
  • Attractive market segments and associated growth opportunities.
  • Emerging trends.
  • Strategic growth opportunities for the existing and new players.
  • Key success factors

This report studies the global aircraft milled parts market and has segmented the market in five ways, keeping in mind the interest of all the stakeholders across the value chain. Following are the five ways in which the market is segmented:

Aircraft Milled Parts Market, by Aircraft Type

  • Commercial Aircraft (Regional Analysis: North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and RoW)
  • Regional Aircraft (Regional Analysis: North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and RoW)
  • Helicopter (Regional Analysis: North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and RoW)
  • Military Aircraft (Regional Analysis: North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and RoW)
  • General Aviation (Regional Analysis: North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and RoW)

Aircraft Milled Parts Market, by Application Type

  • Airframe (Regional Analysis: North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and RoW)
  • Engine (Regional Analysis: North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and RoW)
  • Interiors (Regional Analysis: North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and RoW)
  • Others (Regional Analysis: North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and RoW)

Aircraft Milled Parts Market, by Material Type

  • Aluminum Milled Parts (Regional Analysis: North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and RoW)
  • Stainless Steel Milled Parts (Regional Analysis: North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and RoW)
  • Titanium Milled Parts (Regional Analysis: North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and RoW)
  • Other Milled Parts (Regional Analysis: North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and RoW)

Aircraft Milled Parts Market, by End-User Type

  • OE (Regional Analysis: North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and RoW)
  • Aftermarket (Regional Analysis: North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and RoW)

Aircraft Milled Parts Market, By Region

  • North America (Country Analysis: The USA, Canada, and Mexico)
  • Europe (Country Analysis: France, Germany, the UK, Russia, and Rest of Europe)
  • Asia-Pacific (Country Analysis: China, India, Japan, and Rest of Asia-Pacific)
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Software Update Adds 50 Operational and Ease-of-Use Features for Cobots

[LORAIN, OH – May 2020] New software updates add 50 operational and ease-of-use features to the line of OB7 collaborative robots from Absolute Machine Tools’ partner Productive Robotics. The software updates enhance the cobots’ connectivity, expedite efficient integration with other equipment, and facilitate real-time status monitoring.

Included in the list of new and upgraded features is full linear control that broadens the cobots’ “no-programming, no coding,” simple-to-teach intelligence. The updated software also strengthens the cobots’ ability to directly monitor and control the machines they work with, including providing instant connection to equipment with Rockwell Automation’s Ethernet IP. Live online monitoring with email and text alerts provides real-time updates and notifications of machine stoppages or other issues. Complete interoperability with Cognex and other smart camera systems expedites systems integration.

With seven axes, OB7 cobots have extended flexibility that enables them to reach around obstructions and operate in confined workplaces. The family of four different OB7 cobots is engineered to accomplish simple to complex tasks for various payloads and sizes. Because they are manufactured in the U.S., Productive Robotics cobots benefit from fast, reliable technical support and part supply services.

Productive Robotics products support Absolute Machine Tools’ commitment to providing comprehensive engineering assistance for custom-tailored automation, robotics and turnkey machining solutions aimed at reducing manufacturing costs.

“Productive Robotics is an innovative leader in the development of next-generation collaborative robotics technology,” said Courtney Ortner, chief marketing officer at Absolute Machine Tools. “With this new software launch, Productive Robotics reinforces that the OB7s are the smartest, simplest to use, and easiest to deploy 7-axis cobots on the market.”

About Absolute Machine Tools, Inc.

Absolute Machine Tools, Inc. sells and supports Johnford Bridge & Gantry Mills; You Ji Vertical Turret Lathes; Tongtai Horizontal Machining Centers (former Hitachi-Seiki OEM); PCI Horizontal Machining Centers; Quicktech Multi-Axis Multi-Spindle Mill/Turn Centers; Lico Multi-Slide CNC Screw Machines and Twin Spindle Multi-Slide Mill/Turn Centers; Nexturn Swiss-type Lathes; AccuteX Wire EDM and Die Sinker Machines; APEC 5-axis Gantry-style Linear Motor Machining Centers; and Precihole Gundrilling Machines. The company has worked with several of its principal machine tool partners for over 25 years to offer some of the most heavy-duty, accurate, and productive machines in the industry. The company has built its reputation on exemplary applications engineering, service, customer support, comprehensive training, and effective preventive-maintenance programs. In addition to its headquarters in Lorain, Ohio, the company has established direct full-service technical centers in Mason, Ohio; Livonia, Michigan; and Rockford, IL. For more information, contact Absolute Machine Tools, Inc. at 800-852-7825 or www.absolutemachine.com.

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EXAIR – No Drip Spray Nozzles Sanitize, Clean and Cool While Conserving Liquid

EXAIR’s new 1/2 NPT No Drip External Mix Air Atomizing Spray Nozzles work in the same way our standard atomizing nozzles do, but have the added benefit of positively stopping liquid flow when compressed air is shut off. External Mix Air Atomizing Spray Nozzles have the highest flow rates and allow the air and liquid flow to be adjusted independently. They can be used on liquids above 300 centipoise. The patented No Drip design requires no additional airline to control the No Drip feature.

Like any of EXAIR’s spray nozzles, these are ideal for sanitization, decontamination, cooling, cleaning, dust mitigation, coating or humidification. When spraying any type of liquid, post-spray drips can cause big problems. Unwanted drips can ruin product function on sealing or mating surfaces and ruin painted or coated finishes. Also, excess liquid flow wastes resources such as expensive coatings, chemicals or water. When the compressed air supply is shut off, the no drip nozzle positively seals off the flow of liquid eliminating the possibility of drips.

EXAIR’s 1/2 NPT No Drip External Mix Atomizing Nozzles are available in a narrow angle flat fan pattern. They are for pressure fed applications with independent air and liquid control.

The No Drip and standard Atomizing Nozzles are fully adjustable to minimize air and liquid consumption and have interchangeable liquid and air caps. Flow ranges from 141 Gph to 303 Gph (534 Lph to 1147 Lph). They are also available in 1/8 NPT and 1/4 NPT, and are CE compliant and conflict mineral free. Prices start at $972. https://exair.co/1-2ndext

For more information contact:    EXAIR Corporation
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Cincinnati, OH  45249-1621
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BIG KAISER releases two new chip breaker inserts for finish boring

Hoffman Estates, IL –  BIG KAISER Precision Tooling has released two new insert chip-breaker types designed to improve surface finish in long-chipping materials. Long chips that are difficult to evacuate can lead to poor surface finishes when chips are dragged around by the tool. Insert life can be severely reduced if these chips are re-cut by the insert, and in small-diameter applications stringy chips can wrap around the tool to the point where a crash occurs.

The exclusive FLM 3D chip-breaker design is used on PCD-tipped inserts ideal for finishing of aluminum components, where traditional flat-top inserts may produce a large continuous nest of chips that is difficult to remove from the bore and/or tool, even with high-pressure coolant. Three different radius options are available: .008”, .016” and .031” for the insert TCGT2 (1.5).

For finishing in mild- or construction steels, cermet inserts with chip-breaker form ELM should be used. Available in .008” radius and combined with a light depth of cut, this chip-breaker creates a high-shear angle to shorten the cutting chips for better evacuation and gives superior surface finishes in these traditionally difficult materials.

Learn more about these and other boring inserts from BIG KAISER here,  including several pressed and ground-geometry designs for optimum performance and tool life.

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BIG KAISER is a worldwide leader in high-precision tooling systems and solutions for the metalcutting industry that guarantee extreme accuracy and repeatability. Our products are of the utmost quality — manufactured with materials and craftsmanship that enable superior performance. As a member of the BIG DAISHOWA Group (Osaka, Japan), BIG KAISER has grown into a well-recognized global tooling provider, with manufacturing facilities in North America, Switzerland and Japan. In addition, BIG KAISER is the North American representative of Speroni tool measuring machines, Sphinx high performance drills, mptec measuring stands, Tekusa spindle cleaners and the UNILOCK zero point workholding system by Innotool.

For more information, contact BIG KAISER, Hoffman Estates, IL at 224-770-2999, e-mail bigkaiser@us.bigkaiser.com or visit www.us.bigkaiser.com.

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Methods Machine Tools Introduces High Precision Nakamura Multitasking Machining Center with World’s Shortest Tool Spindle

Sudbury, MA, U.S.A. (April 22, 2020) Methods Machine Tools, Inc., North America’s foremost supplier of leading-edge precision machine tools and automation, has introduced the Nakamura-Tome JX-250 High Performance Multitasking Turning Center which offers the largest machining area envelope in its class for high precision milling and turning of complex parts, along with a unique twin lower turret configuration allowing ultimate flexibility of complex component manufacturing. The ATC-style Nakamura JX-250 features NT Smart Cube Tool Spindle, the shortest tool spindle on the market today. The 12,000 RPM tool spindle permits maximum part length on the left and right spindles, including when the horizontal tool spindle and lower turrets are in the cut. 

To optimize part transfer, independent right spindle guideways on lower turrets minimize the distance between the spindles at 11.8” (300 mm). For highest processing flexibility, a single or twin lower turret design is offered with overlapping travels and Y-Axis box guideways are standard. The new multitasking machining center provides up to 168 tool stations.

“We are pleased to offer the highly precise and efficient Nakamura JX-250 mill/ turn solution for precision manufacturing in a broad range of industries, including aerospace, medical and automotive,” said Mr. Sergio Tondato, Nakamura-Tome Product Manager at Methods Machine Tools, Inc. “The JX-250 is exceptionally productive ‒ allowing maximum part length and performing left and right simultaneous machining.”

The Nakamura JX-250 offers high accuracy and exceptional rigidity due to its horizontal bed design with a wide, low center of gravity and vertical column structure, weighing 55,000 lbs. NT Thermo Navigator AI technology controls thermal growth during machining and compensates for temperature changes.

The new multitasking turning center has a maximum turning diameter of 12.6″ (320 mm) and a maximum turning length of 65″ (1,650mm). The left and right spindles have 3″ (80 mm) and 2.5″ (65 mm) bar capacity, respectively. Tool spindle X,Y,Z travel is 25.4″ x ± 4.9″ x ± 32.5″ (645 mm x ±125 mm x ±825 mm). The B-axis tool spindle positioning range is 240°

The JX-250 features a SmartX PC-based 19″ high-resolution color touch screen, which works in conjunction with the Fanuc 31i-B5 control for a high degree of functionality. A 5-Axis Precision Milling software package ensures optimal 5-axis milling.

The JX-250 comes equipped with several smart features including the NT Work Navigator that can recognize the coordinates of machine parts with non-round shapes such as those in forgings and castings, without any additional costs involved. This feature eliminates the need for costly positioning fixtures and clamping devices. The Advanced NT Nurse System all-in-one software package is also included, providing convenient, easy-to-use support for the operation, programming and production on the JX-250. Critical functionality includes phase recognition (key for multitasking), direct chucking enabling transfer without positioning error, and precise synchronization of the left/ right-hand spindles. Additional functions include a load monitor for identifying tool wear/ breakage, tool life management and machine monitoring.

All Nakamura-Tome machines are equipped with a standard electronic detector safety feature that greatly reduces the impact and force of a machine collision. Should a crash occur, within 4 milliseconds after the crash, servo motor-feeding direction is reversed and the machine will stop in EMG mode. 

Methods is the exclusive U.S. importer of premier Nakamura-Tome Multitasking Turning Centers. Click here for more information on the Nakamura-Tome JX-250

About Methods Machine Tools, Inc.

Methods Machine Tools, Inc., headquartered in Sudbury, Massachusetts USA and in operation since 1958, is North America’s foremost supplier of leading-edge precision machine tool and automation solutions – providing superior products, engineering, service, parts, training, and integration. With over 300 employees, eight sales and technology centers, and over 40,000 machines installed throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico, Methods supplies high quality machine tools, automation equipment and more. For more information call 877-668-4262 or visit www.methodsmachine.com.

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