Manufacturing News of Note: December 2016
The U.S. Department of Labor chooses NIMS to develop more apprenticeships, Siemens and Stratasys form a partnership to promote additive manufacturing, and other industry news.
The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), the manufacturing industry’s developer of skills standards and credentials, has been selected by the United States Department of Labor as an industry intermediary to support the expansion of registered apprenticeships within manufacturing. NIMS will work with industry, workforce and education partners to increase access to apprenticeships and assist employers in developing new programs that reach diverse talent pools. As part of this initiative, $500,000 is available to support companies in establishing a registered apprenticeship program with the Department of Labor.
“This contract gives us the unique opportunity to create more impact in our industry by expanding apprenticeships to underrepresented populations and to new companies looking to establish a sustainable talent pipeline,” says Executive Director Jim Wall.
NIMS will focus on providing companies with tools and resources to develop customized registered apprenticeship programs. These programs combine on-the-job training with job-related classroom instruction and meet national standards for registration with the Department of Labor or State Apprenticeship Agencies. Read more.
Here is more news to note:
- Siemens, Stratasys Form Partnership to Incorporate Additive Manufacturing into Traditional Production – The companies argue that additive manufacturing ought to occupy an increasingly familiar role in volume production environments. Read more.
- Omax Launches Online Tool for e-Commerce, e-Learning – The Digital Customer Dashboard is intended to streamline the customer service and parts-purchasing process. Read more.
- Methods Machine Tools Subsidiary Opens Seven Additive Manufacturing Labs in United States – Methods 3D has also added personnel to support its new infrastructure, and James Hanson, formerly director of corporate development with the parent company, was appointed COO. Read more.
- Allied Machine & Engineering Offering Technical Education Seminar Program – The training events focus on problem solving, with attendees invited to bring their own holemaking applications. Read more.
A video from Pratt & Whitney illustrates the steps needed to additively manufacture an aerospace component.
An engineering modification that would have been impractical or cost-prohibitive in the past is realized on a machine tool performing metal 3D printing and machining in the same cycle.
Studies show that thin-walled additvely manufactured support structures may not be as good for machine tools as they might seem.