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Stamper Supplying Motor Laminations
for GE Locomotives Headed to South Africa

Tuesday, March 8, 2011
General Electric has delivered the first two of 100 new C30ACi locomotives it’s building for South Africa. The locomotives feature stamped AC motor laminations produced by The McGregor Metalworking Companies, Springfield, OH. Ten of the locomotives will be manufactured in Erie and Grove City, PA, and 90 will be assembled locally at Transnet Rail Engineering’s site in South Africa.

Online Prototyping Directory, Job Board,
Forums and Social Network

Friday, March 4, 2011
Visit Prototype Today, a new information-packed internet portal for the prototyping and product design, to peruse an industry directory complete with photos and videos. Directory categories include 3D printers and scanners, coating and painting, and CAD. The site also features a job board and numerous interactive tools developed to encourage collaboration—a forum, chat room and a media area loaded with videos, pictures and podcasts.

Future Products Adds
Makino High-Speed Wire EDM

Friday, March 4, 2011
Die-tooling and machined-components manufacturer Future Products, Clawson, MI, has added a Makino DUO43 CNC wire EDM to its stable of equipment. The machine boasts a 28- by 22-in. work table and 17.7-in. X axis, 11.8-in. Y axis and 12.6-in. Z axis. The machine features high wire-tension technology developed for optimum shape accuracy, says Makino literature, particularly in corner geometry. Positioning accuracy and repeatability are rated at ±0.00006 in. (full stroke) in 1.6-in.-thick tool-steel plate; roundness accuracy is ±0.0002 in. in 1.6-in. plate with a 0.8-in. hole diameter. Future Products is online at


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