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AutoForm Tapped by VW for Tool Design

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Volkswagen has selected AutoForm-ProcessDesignerforCatia as its software of choice in its tooling operations for process design. The software was developed in a joint project between AutoForm ( and Volkswagen, with a main goal of creating an advanced software product for process design that would enable users to rapidly create CAD-quality die faces, which are required for CNC machining.

Through dedicated surfacing commands, AutoForm-ProcessDesignerforCatia enables the user to quickly create a die face layout, including deep drawing and all secondary operations in the Catia environment. All generated surfaces fulfill Class-A surface requirements and can immediately be used for CNC machining. The software offers specially developed unique features, allows for the creation of draw shapes, supports company-wide standardization and implements a sophisticated methodology that reduces the complexity of process design, according to AutoForm officials.

Metalforming Industry Movers & Shakers

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Stewart EFI, LLC has added Ryan D. Ulizio as manufacturing engineer, and Dalton J. Bassett and Geri Gonxhere as design engineers. The company, with more than 200 employees and operations in Thomaston, CT, and El Paso, TX, supplies small, precision metal stampings. Capabilities include deep-drawn, progressive-die and slide-formed stampings, wire forms, and automated and secondary assembly as well as plating and metal finishing. For more, visit

Blue Blade Steel, a harden and temper mill based in Kenilworth, NJ, has promoted Jeremiah Shaw Jr. to vice president of sales and administration. He had been the company’s business development manager. For more on Blue Blade Steel, visit

Obergs Chambers Earns NTMA Training Award

Monday, October 24, 2016

At its recent Fall Conference, the National Tooling & Machining Association (NTMA) awarded Greg Chambers, environmental, health and safety manager and 33-year employee of Oberg Industries with its William E. Hardman Award for Excellence in Training. This award is reserved for an individual or member company who has demonstrated consistently strong support and active participation in structured training for the precision custom-manufacturing industry.

Oberg Industries is a manufacturer of precision components, headquartered in Freeport, PA. Chambers has overseen Oberg’s apprentice program as well as the health and safety of Oberg’s employees, but he has also been instrumental in promoting manufacturing as a successful career choice among youth both locally and nationally. Chambers served as past president of the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) as well as the past president of the American Apprenticeship Roundtable.

He also has been an active leader of the Precision Machining Competition at the annual Skills USA National Leadership and Skills conferences for the past decade and spends much of his free time involved with community affairs including his participation as a recruitment liaison and guest speaker with many high schools, colleges, universities and business organizations in Western Pennsylvania and throughout the United States.


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