Modern Machine Shop

JAN 2018

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SHOP TALK MMS JANUARY 2018 50 Industry News At SMW Autoblok, we go beyond the chuck. PASSION FOR PROCESS We enjoy nothing more than passing our passion for what we do on to you. If you have production issues that need answers, bring us in. We'll solve them together. Because when your workholding is optimized, the benefits pile up. More machine uptime. Better workflow and efficiency. A reduced scrap rate and improved changeover time. We are proud to be your partner and a resource you can count on whenever you have a workholding problem to solve. // 847.215.0591 Christina Grabel brought seven students to the event based on teacher recommenda- tions. According to her, efforts to increase the number of students in STEM classes have been successful. She adds that girls are no longer intimidated by these subjects, and they even use this perception as a motivator. "I just don't see those confidence issues anymore," she says. "They're out to prove a point." | Partners for a Competitive Workforce | GE Aviation | Arconic, Airbus Partner on Metal 3D Printing for Aircraft Arconic has entered a multi-year cooperative research agreement with Airbus to advance metal 3D printing for aircraft manufacturing. Together, the companies will work to develop processes and parameters to produce and qualify large, struc- tural, 3D-printed components, such as pylon spars and rib structures as large as approximately 1 meter (3 feet) in length. The deal combines Arconic's expertise in metal additive manufacturing and metallurgy with Airbus' design and qualification capabilities, as well as its experi- ence with regulatory agencies for certification. To print parts, Arconic will use electron beam high-deposition-rate technology, which is suited for larger aerospace components because it is said to print up to 100 times faster than processes used for smaller, more intricate parts. The company also plans to apply its Ampliforge process, which treats near-complete 3D-printed parts using an advanced manu- facturing process, such as forging, to enhance part properties. It is said to increase toughness, fatigue and strength over parts made solely by additive manufacturing, while reducing material input and production lead times. | Arconic | SW North America Opens Manufacturing Facility SW North America Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Germany-based Schwäbische Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH, recently opened a 40,000-square- foot manufacturing facility in New Hudson, Michigan, with managing directors from Germany, local and county offi- cials, and invited suppliers and customers in attendance. According to President and CSO James Campbell, the facility will help the company to expand its foothold in the automotive

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