Stephanie (Monsanty) Hendrixson served as a Modern Machine Shop summer intern in 2012 and joined the team as an assistant editor later that fall. She currently works on event news for MMS Online and on the production of the print magazine. She also blogs about additive technology and helps to manage Additive Manufacturing magazine as its associate editor. Stephanie holds an M.A. in professional writing from the University of Cincinnati and a B.A. in English literature and history from the University of Mount Union.
Nikki Kaufman of Normal models a pair of her company’s custom earphones, produced via FDM.
Nikki Kaufman, the founder and CEO of Normal, will speak about her company’s use of 3D printing to mass produce a personalized product at the 2015 Additive Manufacturing Conference (AMC) scheduled for October 20-21. Kaufman’s company was started as a result of her quest for earphones that would be comfortable to wear for extended periods. Normal provides fully customized earphones—buyers take photos of their ears using an app to provide a model—that are produced via fused-deposition modeling (FDM) on the company’s Fortus 250mc machines from Stratasys. Read more about the company’s individualized approach to manufacturing here.
And speaking of additive … have you seen the new Additive Manufacturing website? We have been posting new content here daily. The increased attention to AM extends to social media,too. Join us as one of the earliest followers of Additive Manufacturing on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Also during October, AM subscribers will receive the first issue of the new, full-size Additive Manufacturing magazine. Begin a subscription here.
Since 2012, Gardner Business Media (publisher of Modern Machine Shop) has also produced the Additive Manufacturing supplement. This digest-sized magazine has defined itself as a source of information on industrial additive manufacturing, with a specific focus on the application of AM technologies to produce functional prototypes and real-world, end-use parts. As use of additive in mainstream manufacturing facilities has grown, so too has the need for this type of information. That’s why we’re expanding our coverage of AM with a revamped website, a monthly e-newsletter, and a new, full-sized magazine.
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While measurement and inspection are necessary parts of the manufacturing process, the right equipment and features can help reduce the time and operator involvement required and limit the number of machines and steps. Fully automated systems such as Parlec’s Apex profile measuring machine and those with one-touch measurement like the Mitutoyo Quick Image 2D optical measuring machine can speed this step while reducing operator error. Other systems emphasize flexibility and diverse capability, such as the Zeiss O-Inspect which can be equipped with three different sensors to accommodate a range of workpiece sizes.
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Many of the waterjet machining products covered in this month’s Modern Equipment Review spotlight feature advances that make them more economical solutions. A dual-tank waterjet from Techni, for instance, enables continuous operation because the operator can unload and load one tank while the other is cutting, just like a pallet changer in a machining center. Other cost-saving features are even more fundamental, such as a hydraulic intensifier pump available from Jet Edge that regulates its power draw for use in labs, schools and small shops.
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Operations like deburring, polishing and removing grease are often necessary to deliver a final product, but the steps can be time-consuming, especially if the workpiece must be moved manually between machines. Saving time by performing these processes in-machine or automating the movement of workpieces between machines is a common theme among the cleaning and deburring equipment highlighted in this month’s product spotlight slideshow.
The Emag VLC 100 C chamfering machine, for example, features a pickup spindle and a conveyor at the same height as other Emag machines for easy installation into an automated cell or production line. In the same vein, German Machine Tools of America offers an entire line of parts washing equipment that supports conveyor integration.
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