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.
Okuma’s Wade Anderson (left) and RPM Innovation’s Robert Mudge will present a July 20 webinar titled “Using Additive and Subtractive Manufacturing to Multiply Productivity.”
How can additive manufacturing (AM) be combined with subtractive manufacturing in a way that successfully boosts productivity? What, in practical terms, does that success look like?
A webinar taking place July 20 will address AM’s role alongside subtractive manufacturing, using real manufacturing data to demonstrate costs and benefits of both processes. Material costs, hourly shop rates and spindle utilization will be among the factors considered in this presentation.
Additive Manufacturing magazine, sister to Modern Machine Shop, is hosting a free webinar June 14 focused on quality management systems for additive manufacturing. Chris Krampitz, director of innovation and strategy for UL Additive Manufacturing, will be the featured speaker.
As additive technology moves out of development and into production, manufacturers need to adapt quality management systems (QMS) to handle the issues posed by additive manufacturing. During the webinar, Mr. Krampitz will discuss why QMS must be modified and how they can account for the AM supply chain, including raw material, internal equipment and more.
The webinar takes place Tuesday, June 14 from 2 to 3 p.m. EDT. Register here.
Design freedom is one reason to choose additive manufacturing, but it can also be a logistical solution. Heavy equipment manufacturer Caterpillar is looking at the technology from both angles, exploring how it can leverage AM to advance designs of new components but also to speed delivery on existing and legacy parts.
The fuel filter base above is one example. A component used in the engines of Caterpillar excavators and other products, the original aluminum alloy component would have been cast. “Would have been,” because the supplier is no longer operating. That means that to support aftermarket customers, Caterpillar would need a large minimum order to justify the tooling cost with a new casting supplier.
Laser melting offers an alternative to this scenario. A version of the part made with this technology offers the required functionality, but without the need for tooling or dealing with a new supplier. In this case, laser melting is also a much faster way to deliver this legacy part.
Caterpillar has recently opened an Additive Manufacturing Facility where it is exploring additive’s potential both in designing and producing parts. Read more about the company’s AM deployment strategy in this story.
Registration has opened for the Additive Manufacturing Conference (AMC 2016), which will take place September 13-14 alongside the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) at Chicago’s McCormick place. Presented by Modern Machine Shop and Additive Manufacturing magazines, the conference focuses on the use of additive manufacturing technologies for making functional parts.
The event will feature one and a half days of presentations from 20 speakers, representing additive manufacturing OEMs, service bureaus, machinery suppliers, research organizations and product developers. The topics of these presentations will range from design for metal AM processes to shopfloor applications for 3D printers to the integration of AM and traditional machining.
Additive Manufacturing magazine covers practical, industrial applications—what companies are doing right now, today with the technology—but is also interested in AM’s future potential. Our May issue contains examples of manufacturers who are additively manufacturing parts like mold components and surgical instruments that are currently in use; however, it also takes a look at where additive is headed.
In this issue:
Caterpillar details how an additive approach to aftermarket parts is helping the company prepare for eventual production through AM.
An independent manufacturer explains why it spends time helping partners develop AM-enabled parts that will come to market in the future.
AM equipment manufacturer Arcam describes the promise and progress of additive manufacturing for the aerospace and orthopedic industries.
Read these stories and more in this month’s digital edition (and consider subscribing to receive future issues directly in your mailbox or inbox).