EuroMold presents the concept for the 2014 edition

21 10 2014

EuroMold, the specialist trade fair for moldmaking and tooling, design and application development, will take place from 25 – 28 November 2014 in exhibition halls 8, 9 and 11 in Frankfurt am Main.
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This year the trade fair is again expecting more than 1,000 exhibitors, along with an increase in international representation, with around 40 countries represented. Traditionally, the majority of the companies are moldmakers and tool manufacturers. Furthermore, there is already a high level of return bookings by former exhibitors, as well as new bookings from first-time exhibitors. The number of first-time exhibitors, currently standing at 88 exhibitors from 19 different countries, emphasises the high international quality of EuroMold 2014.

New synergies
In 2014, EuroMold will have a new hall structure, which will also spatially reflect the synergies between the fields of moldmaking & tool production and additive manufacturing in Hall 8.0. It is here that the “Stark im Formenbau mit Generativer Fertigung” (Strength in moldmaking with additive manufacturing) theme park will take place, at which various machine manufacturers and tool producers will demonstrate the possibilities offered by additive manufacturing for the more efficient manufacture of tools, with the help of practical examples. The connection between “lightweight construction and moldmaking” will be demonstrated in detail in a special exhibition. The CAE Forum, which deals with computer-aided engineering, considerably enhances the area of design and engineering. This is an ideal presentation platform, in particular for the increasing number of engineering service provider exhibitors.

A rich programme
This year the range of information will be extended to include new special exhibitions, conferences, workshops, seminars and forums. For example, one innovation will be the EuroMold 3D-School, which will demonstrate the possibilities of 3D printing to students. With the support of a printer manufacturer, a classroom will be installed in the trade fair hall in which students will receive classes.
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www.euromold.com

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Very positive dynamics

20 10 2014

Today Dixi Polytool opens its premises in le Locle. After several months of work and important investments, the company presents itself under a new image.

With the consolidation of the R &D and Applications departments, new developments are closer to the needs of the markets and new products are immediately tested within this cell.

With the consolidation of the R&D and Applications departments, new developments are closer to the needs of the markets and new products are immediately tested within this cell.

In the spring of 2012, the company approached the architect’s office to redesign its 7’000 m2 of surface. The goals? Improve the thermal values of the building, improve working conditions and also act positively on the company’s image as well as prepare the implementation of Lean Manufacturing. All self-financed!

A pleasing trend
For several years, Dixi Polytool is in the steam of a very positive dynamics and its evolution is not limited to its building, the investment rate in state-of-the-art production means is considerable at more than 10% of the turnover per year. Dixi is clearly becoming a major player in the field of cutting tools for both small and precise.
 
Many new products in 2014
Specialized in the realization of micro tools in solid carbide and diamond, shaped tools and precision reamers as well as special tools on request, it is more than 11’000 references that Dixi offers to its customers. And it innovates constantly. Mr. Schuler, CEO, explains: “We have the chance to be at the heart of the market and in direct contact daily with our customers, this enables us to continually find new solutions”. So as to fully stick to the demands of the market, Customers Applications and R&D departments have been merged in 2013. Dynamics and customer orientation have been extensively developed. In this respect the Director concludes: “In micromachining (up to 20 mm in standard) we have the image of a provider ready for challenges and going further”. Customers looking for effective and reliable solutions are well aware of this.

Don’t miss our next issue for the full interview of M. Schuler.

Looking for a solution in micro-tooling?

Pierre Castella, Vice-President of Dixi at the inauguration.

Pierre Castella, Vice-President of Dixi at the inauguration.

Marc Schuler, CEO of Dixi Polytool presenting the Lean anufacturing project to the authorities and invited companies.

Marc Schuler, CEO of Dixi Polytool presenting the Lean anufacturing project to the authorities and invited companies.

The print media and television answered positively to the invitation to discover "the new" Dixi polytool.

The print media and television answered positively to the invitation to discover “the new” Dixi Polytool.

Even if the lean manufacturing project is not finished yet and that machines are moving around regularly, the workshop is nice and people completely involved in the company's success.

Even if the Lean Manufacturing project is not finished yet and that machines are moving around regularly, the workshop is nice and people completely involved in the company’s success.

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DIXI Polytool S.A.
37 the Technicum av.
CH-2400 Le Locle
Tel. + 41 32 933 51 22
Fax + 41 32 931 89 16
dixipoly@DIXI.ch
www.dixipolytool.com

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To easily machine within the tolerance

17 10 2014

The CoroChuck® 930 high precision hydraulic chuck from Sandvik Coromant has enjoyed considerable success since its launch in 2013. Now, demand from BIG PLUS users for a secure tooling performance in milling and drilling operations has led to the additional availability of the chuck for this patented spindle system.

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Ideal for meeting the demands for high run-out precision, extensive tests have shown this new hydraulic chuck provides the best pull-out resistance available on the market. The secret behind its accuracy and pull-out security can be found in the optimized design of the brazed clamping membrane. This promotes ultra-secure clamping with two supports on each side (fulcrums).

High process security
Ultimately, there is significantly less risk of tool pull out which has been previously witnessed frequently when using high helix tools. This unwanted effect is particularly troublesome in the aerospace industry when pocketing large aero-frame structures such as wing skins and ribs. If pull-out goes unnoticed, entire components might have to be scrapped if the cutter has been inadvertently cutting at a greater depth than intended.

Performance boost
The design of CoroChuck 930 ensures excellent torque transmission to improve the performance of solid carbide end mills, drills and reaming tools. When used with milling tools, low run-out of the cutter will also ensure consistent feed per tooth, resulting in predictable tool life and allowing component tolerances to be maintained more easily. What’s more, the performance of CoroChuck 930 can be repeated over multiple clamping cycles to retain high quality component surfaces – the product is also designed with dampening features that serve to minimize vibration during the machining process. CoroChuck 930 can be quickly tightened or released with a dedicated torque wrench, improving efficiency through fast and easy set-ups and changes. No other external equipment is required to clamp or unclamp the system.

Micron precision
The chuck holds tolerances within microns to improve tool precision, surface finish and productivity. Indeed, precision run-out can be measured at <4 μm at 2.5 × DC. Covering all common machine interfaces, CoroChuck 930 is suitable for machine tools that include lathes, machining centres, multi-task machines, and driven tools in turning centres and VTLs. Available in pencil, slender and heavy duty design, the chuck is balanced according to DIN 69888. Tailor Made options can also be specified.

www.sandvik.coromant.com

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Flexible gauging just got faster

16 10 2014

Shop floor process control with Equator now includes New ultra-fast touch trigger probing, easy-to-use feature-based offsetting and updated EZ-IO automation software.

Equator fitted with TP20 touch trigger modules and SP25 scanning modules.

Equator fitted with TP20 touch trigger modules and SP25 scanning modules.

Manufacturers using the Renishaw Equator™ flexible gauge now have even more options for inspecting parts right where they are being made – on the shop floor, in the toughest of conditions. With the new TP20 touch trigger probe kit, Feature Compare and updated EZ-IO software, flexible gauging is now ultra-fast, simpler to setup and easier to automate.

Flexibility
Equator gauges are already used by hundreds of manufacturers worldwide for high speed flexible gauging, as manually loaded systems or in fully automated cells. Equator provides flexibility for engineers to re-program for design changes and for shop-floor operators to switch between different parts in seconds, using repeatable removable fixture plates and easy-to-use Organiser software. Manufacturers recognise the benefits of Equator’s combination of flexibility, fast scanning, low purchase price, and low cost of ownership (Equator requires no regular re-calibration). These benefits, when combined with the system’s unique ability to compensate for the effects of challenging environmental conditions, make it the gauge of choice in any industry.

Short cycle times for all applications
The ultra-fast TP20 touch trigger probe can now be combined on Equator with the high speed scanning of the SP25 scanning probe. TP20 can be used for fast capture of discrete point data, with the stiff lightweight structure of Equator allowing very short cycle times and high repeatability on simple touch point measurements. The touch trigger kit includes robust industry-standard TP20 modules and a new range of extension bars and joints.

Feature Compare
Equator uses the principle of mastering to cope with changes in temperature on the shop floor. Now the process of calibrating the master part is made very easy with the new Feature Compare function. Master parts do not need to be expensive or custom made; users can simply take a production part and measure it. The master part could be measured in a number of ways, including on a calibrated co-ordinate measuring machine (CMM) in a temperature-controlled environment. This measurement establishes the variation of the master part from CAD or drawing nominals. With Feature Compare the user can simply take the master part measurement data and enter the compensation values for each feature’s size, position or orientation. The simple and unique Feature Compare interface has been designed for effortless data input.

There are much more to discover. For further information on Equator gauging visit www.renishaw.com/gauging.

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MACH 2016 on the Runway

15 10 2014

It may be just over eighteen months away but planning for MACH 2016 is already well under way, with companies large and small already securing their spaces for the Exhibition. The MTA, which owns and runs the Exhibition, has brought forward the process of allocating the space on the floor. That will give companies from industrial sectors which have not traditionally been brought into the exhibition more time to get involved in Britain’s biggest industrial event.
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An area that has been particularly successful over the last two MACH exhibitions has been the UK Manufacturing Zone which brings together major global manufacturers and companies in the UK supply chain. The Zone is an innovative way to showcase how UK manufacturing can work together – a theme borne out in the seminar and networking programmes that were a key part of it. Airbus is the first OEM to confirm their attendance – highlighting the event’s importance and profile.

James Selka, CEO, Manufacturing Technologies Association said: “We’re delighted to be building on the success of MACH 2014 and the strength of the UK’s manufacturing sector. Putting MACH together is a major undertaking and it is important to us to reach out to as many companies who could be involved as possible. Starting the process earlier will enable us to do that. The UK Manufacturing Zone is already starting to fill up and the news that Airbus is on board for 2016 will give a boost to lots of companies thinking about taking part”.

Colin Sirett, Head of Research and Technology at Airbus UK said: “MACH 2104 provided Airbus a great opportunity to participate in the UKs largest International Manufacturing Exhibition. It proved invaluable to be able to meet all sectors of the manufacturing industry, and to discuss our future challenges. What we did not expect, was the strong support from schools and colleges who took the opportunity to give their students a greater insight into this buoyant sector. This was an event that spanned all dimensions of manufacturing. Airbus is certainly looking forward to supporting MACH again in 2016.”

The first ballot for space (outside the UK Manufacturing Zone), aimed at the largest Machine Tool and Tooling companies, closes on the 30th September but the key date for most exhibitors will be the closing date for the second, much more heavily subscribed Ballot which closes on the 31 October 2014. Thereafter space will be available on a first come first served basis.

For more information contact Paul O’Donnell at the MTA: podonnell@mta.org.uk or on +44 20 7298 6400.

www.mta.org.uk

www.machexhibition.com

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You can watch the MACH 2014 highlights here.

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Arburg to exhibit two Freeformers at the Euromold

14 10 2014

Arburg was represented at the Euromold for the first time last year, where it impressed trade visitors from the mould construction, design and product development sectors with its newly developed Freeformer. From 25 to 28 November, Arburg will demonstrate the potential of Arburg Plastic Freeforming (AKF) for the industrial additive manufacturing of fully functional plastic parts with two Freeformers at the Euromold 2014 in Hall 11, Stand D25.

Industrial additive manufacturing: with the Freeformer and Arburg Plastic Freeforming (AKF), functional parts can be produced efficiently from standard granulate, without the use of a mould.

Industrial additive manufacturing: with the Freeformer and Arburg Plastic Freeforming (AKF), functional parts can be produced efficiently from standard granulate, without the use of a mould.

The two Freeformers at the Euromold 2014 will be equipped with a three-axis component carrier and two stationary discharge units. This is the version which has been enquired about by most of the potential customers to date. The exhibits will demonstrate how functional components can be additively manufactured from standard granulate based on 3D CAD data.

Two-component application with supporting structure
The second discharge unit can be used for an additional component in order to e.g. produce a part in different colours, with special tactile qualities, or as a hard-soft combination. Brand new for the Freeformer is the option of building up water-soluble structures from a special supporting material. This makes it possible to achieve unusual or complex component geometries. An application of this type will be demonstrated by a Freeformer at the Euromold 2014 based on the example of a spare part made from ABS – in this case a two-part sliding lock which is used in the Allrounder injection moulding machines. The supporting structures can subsequently be removed in a water bath.

New AKF process for broad product range
Arburg Plastic Freeforming (AKF) will be explained based on various animations. With AKF, inexpensive, conventional plastic granulates are the base material – one of the advantages compared to other additive manufacturing processes. As with injection moulding, the granulate is first melted in a plasticising cylinder. A stationary discharge unit with a special nozzle then applies the plastic droplets layer-by-layer onto the component carrier using high-frequency piezo technology at a specified duty cycle of 60 to 200 Hertz. Depending on the nozzle used, the diameter of the plastic droplets generated under pressure is between 0.18 and 0.3 millimetres.

Automatic data processing
The 3D CAD data for the parts being manufactured (STL files) are processed offline on a PC. A special software generates the necessary manufacturing data via slicing. Once the Freeformer control system has received this data, which determines, e.g. the axis movements, production can begin. Operation is extremely simple, no special programming or processing knowledge is required.

ARBURG GmbH + Co KG
Postfach 1109
72286 Lossburg, Germany
Tel.: +49 7446 33-3463
Fax: +49 7446 33-3413

In Switzerland
ARBURG AG
Südstrasse 15
CH-3110 Münsingen
Switzerland
Tel +41 31 724 23 23
www.arburg.ch

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Delcam launches new Delcam for SolidWorks integrated CAM

13 10 2014

Delcam has launched the 2015 version of its Delcam for SolidWorks integrated CAM system.  The new release includes a range of enhancements in three-axis milling, drilling, turning and wire EDM to make the software even more valuable to SolidWorks users that need to manufacture their designs.  

Programming of three-axis toolpaths for complex parts has been made easier and more reliable in Delcam for SolidWorks 2015.

Programming of three-axis toolpaths for complex parts has been made easier and more reliable in Delcam for SolidWorks 2015.

Programming of three-axis toolpaths for complex parts has been made easier and more reliable in Delcam for SolidWorks 2015 with the addition of automatic collision checking of the tool shank and holder, as well as the cutter, for both roughing and finishing operations.  If a gouge is detected the toolpath can be recalculated with any segments that will cause a gouge clipped away. Removing these segments of the toolpath leaves an area of unmachined stock that will need to be removed with a longer tool.  This extra toolpath is able to be calculated using a stock model of material remaining after the shorter tool has been used to ensure there is no re-machining of stock that has already been removed.

Better surface finish
As part of this development, an additional function, called ‘maximum machine stock’, has been added that removes direct moves where clipping has occurred.  These direct moves can leave witness marks on the part so their removal should improve surface finish.

Even more personalized
A key benefit of Delcam for SolidWorks has always been the availability of a wide range of post-processors, together with the ability for users to customise their posts.  In the 2015 version, post variables are able to be assigned user-defined names.  This allows users to see quickly exactly which post variables are configured for use with a particular post-processor and to understand their intended use.  This change is particularly valuable when programmers need to understand customisations in posts that have been made by other users.

There are many other improvements to discover in the 2015 version.

Delcam Ltd
Small Heath Business Park,
Birmingham, B10 0HJ, UK
www.delcam.com
Peter Dickin, Marketing Manager
Direct phone: 44 (0)121 683 1081
marketing@delcam.com

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