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Thanksgivings to Come: Printing the Bird?

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

As we’re all aware, 3D printing quickly has made inroads into American metalforming and fabricating operations, be it producing replacement parts for use around the plant, fixturing, protoypes or production parts. Ready for it to follow you home to the dinner table?

Even the traditional Thanksgiving dinner soon may be printed. A four-part series at examines the future of dining via additive manufacturing, and the possibilities are mind-boggling.

“3D printing can potentially open a new product line where Michelin star chefs, or any chefs, could use the technology to create food cartridges and digital recipes for sale,” writes series author Eustacia Huen. “And unlike canned goods or frozen meals, the products made with 3D printers will be a lot more sophisticated.”

Printed or cooked, enjoy the turkey, and from all of us at MetalForming, Happy Thanksgiving!


Entron Controls Announces Mexico Joint Venture

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Entron Controls, LLC, Greer, SC, has announced a joint venture to manufacture and support resistance-welding controls for the Mexican automotive and industrial metalforming markets. The company, Entron de México S.A. de C.V., will be based in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico.

“Entron Controls and its sister company B.F. Entron Ltd. (formerly British Federal Electronics Division) have supplied controls into Mexico for decades, but to truly move forward in this growing market for resistance-welding controls, we needed to be manufacturing welding controls in Mexico,” says Michael S. Simmons, Entron managing partner. “Additionally, our U.K. operation has a longer history in the Mexican automotive market of supplying automotive-grade weld controls, some of which have been in operation for more than 20 years at sites such as Chrysler’s (FCA) Saltillo truck manufacturing plant, and we intend to build on that history.”

For more, visit the joint-venture website at

Omax Expands Waterjet-Training Program

Monday, November 23, 2015
Omax Corp., Kent, WA, recently increased the capacity of its training center in Kent to provide Omax and Maxiem JetMachining Center owners with enhanced training and productivity resources.
The 22,000-sq.-ft. training center features a new technology-training classroom that supplements an existing equipment-training lab. The classroom provides additional space for training, taking customers step-by-step through the process of making parts. In the equipment-training lab, customers receive hands-on experience on how to operate and maintain waterjet machines.
To complement its onsite training, Omax offers several eLearning opportunities that include certified instructors hosting live and on-demand webinars, software and maintenance training videos, and tutorials available through the company’s online support site and Omax and Maxiem machine control units. The company also offers software, operation and maintenance training at customer locations. This includes fee-based customized training where a training manager works one-on-one with a customer to determine the best training focus for meeting a specific production requirement.
For more on training, visit  


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