Industry News of Note: June 2019
This month: Hexagon breaks ground in Detroit, Xometry lets users search and buy Mitsubishi cutting tools, Gosiger lays plans for 2019 exhibition, and other industry news.
Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division has broken ground on the construction of a new expansion in Novi, Michigan. Slated for completion in Fall 2019, the 88,000-square-foot building will house a technology showroom, a technical training center and a 15,000-square-foot laboratory and calibration hub. The two-story office area will have glass walls and windows presenting an exceptional view of the nearly 11,000-square-foot showroom and demonstration area from both levels.
Expanding Hexagon’s presence in the Midwest, the Center of Excellence is expected to serve as a cornerstone to support advanced manufacturing in the region. Hexagon will consolidate all of its Manufacturing Intelligence businesses in the greater Detroit area into a central location, which includes MSC Software, Production Software (formerly Vero Software), Q-DAS and its metrology solutions portfolio. Employees from the AutonomouStuff and Safety Critical brands of Hexagon’s Positioning Intelligence division will also work from the new site. Read More.
Here is some more industry news to note:
- Xometry Enters National Distribution Agreement with Mitsubishi Materials – Xometry Supplies will now allow users to choose from the full lineup of DiaEdge and Moldino cutting tools after partnering with Mitsubishi Materials. Read More.
- Gosiger to Host Gosigerfest 2019 – Product, automation and application specialists will be on hand to demonstrate more than 25 machines and discuss specific manufacturing challenges. Read More.
- Kaiser Thinbit Celebrates 55 Years – Kaiser Tool Co. has been at its current location in Fort Wayne, Indiana, for 25 years. Read More.
- American Precision Museum Seeks Executive Director – The American Precision Museum in Windsor, Vermont, is soliciting resumes from manufacturing industry professionals for the position of Executive Director. Read More.
Milling complex forms in hardened tool steel involves more than just fast, light cuts, says this maker of medical-related injection molds. Here are some of the ingredients of an effective hard milling process.
Programming a robot with the same CAM software used for a multi-axis machine tool makes it unnecessary to “teach” the robot by jogging it manually from point to point and recording these point-to-point moves as the robot’s motion commands. Robotmaster is a software package that provides this CAD/CAM-based, off-line programming for robots. It runs fully integrated inside Mastercam CAM software for CNC machine tools.
The additional rotary milling axis on these machines allows them to complete many types of complex parts in a single setup, but these machines have gained a reputation for being difficult to program. Today’s CAM software, however, eases the programming challenge significantly.