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September 2014

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
 
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Deep-Draw Stamper/Metal Spinner Invests in 3D Printing Technology
Metal Technology (MTI), Albany, OR, reportedly has become the first company to use a powder-bed laser additive-manufacturing (AM) system to produce solid parts from the niobium-based C-103 alloy, widely used in space-travel applications. MTI, specialists in fabricating reactive and refractory-metal components with core competences in deep-draw stamping, welding, spinning and other processes, has invested in a 3D Systems ProX 300 direct metal sintering machine with a 500-W laser.

The move to additive manufacturing is “a natural evolution of our work with C-103,” says Steve Smith, MTI’s director of sales and marketing.

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Plasma-Cutting Instruction on YouTube
John Saunders, owner of contract machining and fabricating company Saunders Machine Works (formerly NYC CNC), regularly publishes instructional videos to YouTube on a variety of machining, fabricating and prototyping subjects. Recently launched are his weekly segments called Wednesday Widgets. Here’s Wednesday Widget #1, where Saunders fabricates a set of prototype parts for a Camdex automatic ammunition-reloading machine.

Watch as Saunders sketches the part in Solid Works, nests a blank of ¾-in. steel and then moves to a 4- by 4-ft. Torchmate CNC plasma cutter. After the parts are cut, he knocks off the dross (“easy when settings are right,” Saunders notes), then uses a magnetic vise for finishing the parts with a wire-cup wheel. After marking hole locations with help of a digital height gauge and an optical center punch, Saunders shows off his manual power-tapping skills.


DOE Grant Supports R&D into Mobile App for Welding Simulation
With the aim of developing weld-simulation tools at affordable prices for small to mid-sized metal fabricators, the U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a $1 million grant to Engineering Mechanics Corp. of Columbus (Emc2) and its partners. Emc2 will use the funding to support its adaptation of a welding-design software package known as Virtual Fabrication Technology (VFT) into a cloud-based advanced manufacturing app. The app will allow fabricators to simulate welding processes and predict weld-induced distortion and residual-stress states.

 

 

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