If you’re in the process of training somebody to be a machine operator who has limited or perhaps no shop experience, have them check out this video. The guy does a really good job of conveying a good deal of information related to the basics of how to attack a machining job (cutter selection, chip load, determining speeds/feeds, etc.). He calls it a brain dump, but it’s more helpful than overwhelming.
This video shows NASA’s test of a rocket engine fuel injector made through selective laser melting, an additive manufacturing process. The part in this test withstood 1,400 pounds per square inch of pressure at nearly 6,000°F, and performed "flawlessly," according to NASA. Because of additive manufacturing’s freedom to produce complex geometries, the injector was made in just two pieces, where a previous injector design was an assembly consisting of 115 pieces. The additively produced injector in this test was made by Directed Manufacturing, a Texas additive manufacturing specialist we’ve written about.
Students gather in the Student Skills Center at IMTS 2012 to participate in the Student Summit. The 2012 event attracted more than 9,300 students and educators from 17 states; organizers expect an even larger group in 2014.
Taking place at Chicago’s McCormick Place this September, the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) will welcome students, educators and parents to a special summit intended to promote manufacturing careers to young people. The Smartforce Student Summit (a rebranded version of 2012’s NIMS Student Summit) will include keynote addresses, technology demonstrations and interactive exhibits where students can experience manufacturing first-hand. For instance, 2012 attendees were able to practice their welding skills at a virtual welding station provided by Lincoln Electric, or climb inside the capsule used to rescue miners trapped in the Chilean mining accident in 2010.
In addition to checking out the cool technology, students can also meet some of the people behind it. During the Summit, the Student Skills Center will be staffed by MTAmbassadors, 20-something manufacturing professionals who will be available to talk to students and answer questions about careers in the industry. (See this blog post from October to watch a message from a group of these ambassadors.)
The free summit will take place September 8 to 12 in the Student Skills Center from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, and is open to middle school, high school and college students and their educators, administrators and parents. Visit here for program details, registration and additional information.
Some have asked for more time to participate in our “Top Shops” benchmarking survey, so we’re extending the deadline to complete the online survey to Friday, February 28.
Participants who complete the survey will be able to receive a series of summary data reports of the results. Participants are also encouraged to enter the Top Shops Honors Program by providing their full contact information at the beginning of the survey.