News of Note: December 2018
ORNL appoints new leadership, Ingersoll remains with current owners, DMG MORI expands and other industry news.
Thomas Kurfess and Scott Smith are joining the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to support its research in advanced manufacturing. Their respective expertise in control systems and machine tooling expands the capabilities of the department’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at ORNL; their experience with industry, academia and the public sector is expected to enhance lab partnerships and promote adoption of new technologies by U.S. manufacturers.
“ORNL has been at the forefront of rapid advances in manufacturing technology, and Drs. Kurfess and Smith will lead critical programs in advanced manufacturing, automation and robotics that support the lab’s mission of delivering scientific and technical solutions to national challenges,” says ORNL Director Thomas Zacharia. Read More.
Here is more news of note:
- Ingersoll Retained by Camozzi Group, Despite Appeals to Sell – Chip Storie recently started work as CEO of Ingersoll Machine Tools Inc., assisted initially by Ingersoll’s previous CEO Tino Oldani. His experience contributes to the company’s continued position with Camozzi Group.
- DMG MORI Expands, Modernizes Polish Plant – The plant is among DMG MORI’s oldest and largest. It is said that the modernization was necessary, given the machine tool demands of recent years.
- Universal Robots Hires Former Rethink Robotics Employees – Universal Robots welcomes more than 20 former Rethink Robotics staff members, incorporating valuable expertise in engineering, product development and customer applications.
- GE Additive Outlines AM Software Strategies and Partnerships for 2019 – GE Additive announced its suite of build preparation services, which will be available at the Rapid + TCT show in May 2019.
- Plural Additive Manufacturing Partners with Trak Machine Tools – The additive and subtractive manufacturing businesses are uniting for increased service and expansion in the United States.
While aluminum molds are commonly used to create prototypes or to serve as stopgap bridge tooling, they are starting to receive greater attention for production work. This shop’s approach to creating aluminum molds in one day to three weeks is the same for each of these situations.
The recipe for best results is simple: Start with a rigid machine, add a high pressure through-the-spindle coolant system, then combine these with the right drill geometry plus the right speeds and feeds.
At IMTS 2014, you’ll see that a familiar U.S. machine tool brand is back.