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German Group Researching Laser as Tool for Steel-Strip Surface Improvement

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Germany-based ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG, the Dortmund Project Group of the Fraunhofer Institute for Materials and Beam Technology and LIMO Lissotschenko Mikrooptik GmbH have initiated development work on a new laser technology that the partners will use to improve the properties of steel strip surfaces. The collaboration is part of the OSLO research project, spearheaded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and scheduled to be completed in 2017.
OSLO will research how the properties of ferrous-steel strip materials can be influenced in a targeted manner by laser surface treatment in a continuous in-line wide-strip process. Materials experts refer to it as functionalizing. To provide steel with better corrosion protection, for example, the laser will uniformly heat the steel's surface layers over the entire strip width. But corrosion protection is not the only benefit of this alloying or surface-melting process. Thanks to uniform heating, it is also energy-efficient and environmentally friendly − the laser only heats the surface, rather than the entire volume of the wide strip.

Beckwood Press Supplies, Installs Deep-Draw Sheet Hydroforming Press for Aerospace Supplier

Monday, February 2, 2015
Beckwood Press Co., St. Louis, MO, recently built and installed a new Triform deep-draw sheet hydroforming press for New Jersey-based Kreisler Manufacturing Corp. Kreisler, a global engineering and manufacturing services provider, caters to the aerospace, military and industrial sectors. The 16-10-7BD Triform (a line specifically developed for aerospace applications) delivered by Beckwood Press features a 16-in.-dia. forming area, 10,000-psi forming pressure and a 7-in.-draw-depth capacity to facilitate Kreisler’s production of high-performance aircraft and aerospace engine parts.
The in-house forming capability Kreisler has gained with the addition of the Triform press is part of a larger company expansion, which includes a new manufacturing facility, and the increased use of inhouse 3D printing for the production of sheet hydroforming tools and more.
Beckwood Press manufactures hydraulic presses, sheet hydroforming presses, stretch-forming machines and automation systems. For more, visit

Tebis CAD/CAM Software Purchased by Design, Engineering and Manufacturing Firm

Thursday, January 29, 2015
Rapid prototyping and manufacturing firm The Aria Group, Irvine, CA, has purchased one node-lock PSC seat for machining as well as various other modules and a process-simulating virtual machine (process simulator) from Tebis America (
The Aria Group provides design, engineering and manufacturing services for the transportation, aerospace and entertainment industries among others. With facilities in Irvine, CA, and Traverse City, MI, the company offers CAD and digital modeling services, three- and five-axis CNC machining, a clean room for advanced composite fabrication, Class A paint facilities, a full metal-fabrication machine shop, and hard modeling and clay modeling studios. The Tebis seat will be housed in the company’s Traverse City operation.
Tebis America, part of Tebis AG, Munich, Germany, develops CAD/CAM systems for tool, die and mold manufacturing, primarily for automobile and aircraft manufacturers and their subcontractors from the styling, model making, tool and mold manufacturing sectors. The company supplies turnkey installations and also provides a full suite of 40 software modules focusing on increasing its customers’ ability to reach higher profits through consulting implementing of new technology, training and support.


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