Oak Ridge tool takes world record for largest 3D-printed object

Michael Irving for New Atlas:  Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is no stranger to impressive 3D printing feats, with a replica 1965 Shelby Cobra and a dwelling and vehicle which can power each other, already under its belt. Now a new plane wing trim-and-drill tool developed and 3D printed by ORNL has been certified by Guinness World Records as the largest solid 3D printed item. Made from carbon fiber and ABS thermoplastic composite materials, the new tool measures 17.5 x 5.5 x 1.5 ft (5.3 x 1.7 x 0.5 m) and weighs around 1,650 lb (748 kg). To meet the requirements of the record, the item needed to be one solid piece of 10.6 cubic ft (0.3 cubic m), which a Guinness World Records judge confirmed at a ceremony.   Cont'd...

Amada Miyachi Europe offers Weld Monitoring Devices to Support Quality System Requirements

Amada Miyachi Europe announces powerful high performance weld monitoring equipment ideal for process development, production monitoring, data collection and analysis to support quality system requirements. Amada Miyachi Europe weld monitoring devices can be smoothly integrated into the production process, providing precision real-time dynamic measurement of all welding variables.

Intensive Failure Analysis Optimizes CNC Spindle Performance and Life

Comprehensive failure analysis and detailed documentation are indispensable tools in preventing recurring spindle failures, and can lead to improved performance.

Syrris launches Asia Automated Reagent Injector at ACS

Syrris, a world leader in the field of flow chemistry, launched its Asia Automated Reagent Injector at the 252nd American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition in Philadelphia, USA, from the 21st to the 25th of August.

IMTS - HEIDENHAIN to Offer Daily Motion Control Presentations at IMTS Booth (Booth #E-5226)

EIDENHAIN CORPORATION will offer five different concise presentations covering the latest in manufacturing technology at their booth (#E-5226) each day of the show. Each presentation will last a maximum of 10 minutes.

Matrix Design, LLC Reports Record First Half Led By Robotic Automation Machine Tending and Deburring Systems

Matrix Design reports incoming orders for the first half of 2016 increased significantly compared to the prior year, resulting in a record half as demand for automation systems continues to increase.

IMTS - FARO® continues expansion of factory metrology offerings with acquisition of Laser Projection Technologies, Inc.

Located in Londonderry, New Hampshire, LPT's line of laser projection and measurement systems are used throughout manufacturing environments around the globe to maximize productivity and efficiency.

IMTS - EMCO to introduce automation options for mill-turn centers

According to EMCO, the cell demonstrates the high degree of reliable automation that is available to any shop, reducing cycle times and production cost while improving production quality and consistency.

Why manufacturing will make or break the future of energy

Lauren Hepler for GreenBiz:  From solar panels a decade ago to energy storage today, the history of clean tech is littered with capital-intensive concepts poised to radically alter the relationship between industrialized society and the environment. But why do these widely heralded breakthroughs always seem to limp along so slowly when it comes to actually hitting the market? The dreaded "valley of death" between conception and commercialization is one increasingly recognized explanation, dooming novel technologies to relegation in never-ending pilot projects as follow-on investment lags. For Mark Johnson, the Department of Energy's resident innovation expert, the real problem often boils down to production. That is, not just inventing a new energy-centric technologies, but making sure those new tools can be reliably made in a cost-effective manner.   Cont'd...

Going Beyond 3D Printing to Add a New Dimension for Additive Manufacturing

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory:  A team of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers has demonstrated the 3D printing of shape-shifting structures that can fold or unfold to reshape themselves when exposed to heat or electricity. The micro-architected structures were fabricated from a conductive, environmentally responsive polymer ink developed at the Lab. In an article published recently by the journal Scientific Reports (link is external), lab scientists and engineers revealed a strategy for creating boxes, spirals and spheres from shape memory polymers (SMPs), bio-based "smart" materials that exhibit shape-changes when resistively heated or when exposed to the appropriate temperature. Lab researcher Jennifer Rodriguez examines a 3D printed box that was "programmed" to fold and unfold when heated While the approach of using responsive materials in 3D printing, often known as "4D printing," is not new, LLNL researchers are the first to combine the process of 3D printing and subsequent folding (via origami methods) with conductive smart materials to build complex structures.   Cont'd...

Metallized Carbon Corporation Offers Modern Carbon-Graphite Self-Lubricating Materials Ideal for Aircraft Shaft Mechanical Seals

Metallized Carbon Corporation, a global leader in the manufacture of oil-free, self-lubricating, carbon-graphite materials for severe service lubrication applications, offers a variety of materials ideal for mechanical seals in aircraft shaft applications, including main shaft seals for both aircraft turbine engines and aircraft auxiliary power units (APUs). The unique self-lubricating materials are impregnated with proprietary inorganic chemicals that improve their lubricating qualities and oxidation resistance.

Welcome to the International Manufacturing Technology Show

No article can do this show justice, especially with over 2,000 exhibitors utilizing 1.3 million square feet of show floor.

A simple choice for pipette calibration

BD Biosciences relies on METTLER TOLEDO Rainin for calibration and servicing of all the pipettes used by its Greater San Diego facilities.

IntervalZero to Highlight Vision-Controlled Motion for Collaborative Robots at TAIROS 2016

IntervalZero will demo its cutting-edge machine control solutions throughout the TAIROS show, at its own booth, K226, and a deep-dive, half-day seminar.

ODU-USA Launches ODU-MAC® Strain Relief Housing - An Advanced Modular Connector Solution Designed for Docking Applications

ODU, a worldwide leader in designing and manufacturing high performance connectors, is launching to the US market its advanced ODU-MAC® Strain Relief Housing connector solution designed for a wide range of docking applications.

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Sierra Introduces One Complete Industrial Flow Energy Solution

Sierra Introduces One Complete Industrial Flow Energy Solution

Sierra Instruments announces the launch of its new flow energy solution for managing and optimizing flow measurement for industrial facilities of all sizes. It features Sierra's QuadraTherm 640i/780i thermal flow meters, their InnovaMass 240i/241i vortex flow meters, and their new InnovaSonic 207i ultrasonic flow meter. Designed, built, and calibrated in the USA by Sierra, the Big-3TM share the same revolutionary Raptor firmware and many of the same software apps. They are a complete flow energy solution for flows like compressed air, natural gas, steam, and hot and chilled water. Together, they set a new standard in ease-of-purchase, performance, accuracy, reliability, and ease of use.