Vero Rolls Out New High Speed All-Format 3D Viewer

Vero Software is rolling out a new high speed 3D viewer which directly displays and evaluates 3D CAD files without the need for the original CAD application. PartXplore can open the native files of Edgecam, VISI and WorkNC, with further brands in the Vero portfolio expected to follow suit in 2016 R2.


PartXplore has been created to efficiently import and analyse all file types and sizes at high speed. It often takes less than half the time to open a file compared to the original CAD application. Both novices and experienced users can build virtual unified prototypes or 3D models imported from a wide range of file formats, including Catia, NX, Parasolid, SolidWorks, Solid Edge, STEP, IGES and many more. The software saves the native CAD data in its own lightweight format, meaning manufacturers can carry out tasks such as calculating surface areas and volumes, and measuring thickness, dimensions and angles without requiring the original CAD information.

PartXplore Product Manager Massimo Vergerio says: “Users don’t have to worry about format compatibility, or what CAD system their customers use. And a stand-alone lightweight application enables users to easily sends 3D parts to colleagues and sub-contractors through the internet, where recipient can immediately display and work on the 3D model.”

PartXplore features include:

Even staff who are not CAD experts can quickly master the software’s wide range of 2D and 3D measurement functions, by using predefined selection modes such as points, 2D entities, planes and surfaces. Measurements can be automatically included as entities and anchored to characteristic points of the part. Entity labels automatically pivot to remain visible at all times.
Specialist functions allow more experienced CAD users to recover point clusters from 3D measuring equipment or machine probes, and to quickly check revisions against the original CAD geometry. Point files can also be generated easily for sending to 3D measuring equipment and NC machines.
Ideas, observations, instructions and change requests can be conveyed quickly and easily. The need for 2D drawings is minimised, as users add dimensional and geometric measurements, annotations and labels directly to the 3D model.
A full range of specialist analysis tools assist with quotes, diagnostics, assembly notes, and preparing 3D models. Much of the analysis functionality is normally only associated with more expensive CAD solutions. The inside of parts and assemblies can be explored with high performance sectioning; the section plane rotated, panned or following a guide curve, simply by mouse clicks. Curvature radius and plane face analysis is a valuable tool for providing accurate production times. In addition, draft angles and undercuts can be calculated and displayed extremely quickly, even on large components.
Timeline animations are set up by initiating basic movements such as translation, rotation or following a guide curve.
Collision Detection:
Dynamic collision analysis ensures real-time control of mechanism interoperability or process control. Short videos can also be generated.
Screen captures illustrate technical documents and assembly sheets…and a large number of images can be readily managed and distributed.

Massimo Vergerio says: “PartXplore’s intuitive, easy-to-use interface enables novices and experienced users alike to explore any type of 2D/3D CAD file. It gives access to the full set of core functions to ensure everyone can be up and running with the software instantly. This collaborative viewer makes it easy to visualise, analyse and share files where access protection ensures that only designated staff can open and work on the files.”

BIG KAISER Fullcut Mills achieve supreme cutting performance

BIG KAISER, a leader in premium high-precision tooling systems and solutions for the aerospace, automotive, energy, medical and watch-making industries, today announced its new Fullcut Mills. There are two versions: FCM for profiling and FCR for ramping.


The FCR and FCM Fullcut Mills are indexable insert endmills that deliver excellent cutting performance for demanding milling applications. They are available in many types and for every machine spindle, and are particularly well-suited to use with BIG-PLUS machine spindles with taper and face contact.

To achieve the performance of solid endmills and reduce edge chipping, the new endmills have high sharpness and toughness. The mills are extremely stable and enable high cutting data, with their excellent precision and rigidity achieving cutting conditions that are otherwise only available on larger machines.

The new mills have lower cutting resistance than any other products on the market today, with higher rigidity achieved by a rigid integral body that is optimal for all machining centers, as well as by a dual contact system that resists chatter. The positive high rake sharp cutting edge for both radial and axial directions achieves smooth and quiet end milling

“The sharpness, rigidity and features of the new endmills are unmatched by any competitor,” says Peter Elmer, CEO of BIG KAISER. “This means customers can get the best performance and precision, while maximizing tool lifetime.”

To suit a wide range of applications, FCR is available with HSK, BT, SK and BIG-PLUS and cylindrical type interfaces, and with cutter diameters from 16mm to 33mm. FCM is available with HSK, BT, SK, BIG-PLUS and as screwed on arbor type and cylindrical type and with cutter diameters from 12mm to 100mm. Inserts for all material are available.

In one example, the FCR endmill can achieve stable helical milling with 4mm axial depth of cut (DOC) on a less rigid workpiece. Compared to a typical endmill from another manufacturer, this means DOC is 1.3 times better, and insert life is twice as good.

Plastics & Rubber Vietnam 2016: Arburg to exhibit high-end packaging machine

At the Plastics & Rubber Vietnam, which takes place in Ho Chi Minh City from 1 to 3 March 2016, Arburg will present an efficient production solution based on a hybrid Allrounder from the high-performance Hidrive series, thus placing the focus on the packaging industry. The high-speed Allrounder 570 H in the “Packaging” version will demonstrate the cost-effective production of drinks bottle closures.

Der hybride Allrounder 570 H in Packaging-Ausführung ist spezielle auf die hohen Anforderungen der Verpackungs-industrie ausgelegt.

“With a hybrid Allrounder 570 H in the “Packaging” version, we will be presenting an injection moulding application designed for high volume production in the packaging industry at the Plastics & Rubber Vietnam 2016. This efficient high-speed machine produces 24 water bottle closures in only three seconds,” explains David Chan, Managing Director of Arburg Singapore and responsible for the entire ASEAN region.

Packaging technology: Allrounder “Packaging”
In the packaging industry, fast, high-quality volume production using reliable and efficient technology is required. Specially for the production of screw caps, Arburg will present a hybrid Allrounder 570 H in the “Packaging” version at the exhibition. Its high performance capabilities will be impressively demonstrated, using the example of size 29/25 standard drink bottle caps for still mineral water. The exhibit, which features a clamping force of 1,800 kN and a size 800 injection unit, operates with a 24 cavity mould from Z-moulds. The high-quality screw caps weighing 1.25 grams are produced in a cycle time of around three seconds.

“Packaging” version: high performance and fast
Arburg offers a “Packaging” (P) version of the high-performance hybrid and electric Hidrive and Alldrive machines. These efficient high-speed machines offer high productivity and reduced energy requirements for applications in the beverage industry and are characterised by a well-balanced combination of distance between tie-bars, clamping force and opening stroke. Moreover, it provides fast, precise, energy-saving mould movements through servo-electric toggle-type clamping units, high plasticising flow rate through barrier screws and servo-electric dosage drives, dynamic position-regulated screws and effective injection flows volumes.

Special features for screw cap production
In addition to the basic equipment in the “Packaging” version, special features are available that enable the machines to be adapted to particular applications for the production of thin-walled items and screw caps. Fast, reliable ejection of mass-produced parts is what counts in screw cap production. A servo-electric ejector with a hydraulic boost function, i.e. an increased ejector force of 250 kN, is available for this purpose. This ensures problem-free demoulding, even in the case of shrunk-on closures. The “eject” and “open mould” steps can be synchronised. The dropping of the moulded parts can be precisely adjusted to keep the mould open times short. Higher screw circumferential speeds enable correspondingly short dosing times. This enables very short cycle times to be achieved.

Great interest at EMO

Many customers visited the UNITED GRINDING Group at the world’s largest machine tool trade fair.

Giancarlo Kessler, the Swiss ambassador to Italy, together with a delegation of the Swiss industry association SWISSMEM in conversation with United Grinding Group CEO Stephan Nell.

In parallel with the EXPO world exhibition the largest trade fair for machine tools, EMO, took place in October 2015 in Milan, Italy. Under the slogan “Let’s build the Future”, 1600 compa-nies from 42 countries presented visitors with new and proven products from the world of metalworking.

The UNITED GRINDING Group presented 15 machines on its exhibition stand, including three world innovations with the STUDER S121, the WALTER HELITRONIC VISION 400L and the EWAG LASER LINE PRECISION. The Group also provided an insight into its range of product-supporting services on a Customer Care stand.

More than 5000 visitors from 50 countries took the opportunity to find out about the Group’s innovative ability. These also included Giancarlo Kessler, the Swiss ambassador to Italy, who visited the stand with a delegation of the Swiss industry association SWISSMEM. The orders generated at the trade fair by the companies of the UNITED GRINDING Group also far ex-ceeded expectations.

“We are very pleased with how the trade fair went. In addition EMO is always an inspiring experience, where it’s easy to detect the mood in the industry”, said Stephan Nell, CEO of the UNITED GRINDING Group. The next EMO will take place in Hannover from 18 to 23 September 2017.

The European machine tool sector books strong results in 2015

The CECIMO General Assembly that took place in Brussels on 3 December 2015 confirmed:

• The European machine tool production will record 23.3 billion euros in 2015, increasing by 2% from the year before;
• The machine tool consumption in Europe will be growing 4% this year to 14.2 billion euros;
• The conceptual framework of the Ecodesign Directive is unsuitable, not feasible and not desirable for complex industrial goods.
• CECIMO will be the voice of additive manufacturing in Europe.

Economic situation and outlook
The European machine tool industry, exporting over 40% of its production outside the EU, depends heavily on the global economic outlook. Therefore, the global growth’s downgrades, especially in emerging markets, had a restricting effect on the machine tool output’s forecast. On the other hand, strong business sentiment in Europe supports investment and makes up for the external markets’ contraction. Consequently, the European machine tool production is estimated to grow 2% to 23.6 billion euro in 2015, and the strong domestic demand supports growth expectations for 2016 as well. After a 10%-growth in 2014, the European machine tool consumption is forecasted to continue expanding this year but at lower levels. The consumption is expected to increase of 4% to 14.2 billion euro in 2015. The order intake supports the steady growth in machine tool demand, even though the economic dynamics in the third quarter have slowed down. In the second quarter of 2015, the CECIMO domestic orders’ index increased by 6% in comparison with the same quarter last year. We forecast the European machine tool consumption to record growth of over 3.5% annually for the next four years. The domestic consumption drives CECIMO imports. The weak euro makes importing machines more expensive, but we still expect imports to grow this year thanks to the European industry’s demand. CECIMO estimates the machine tool imports to increase by 4% to 9.2 billion euros in 2015. The declining growth rates in China as well as the recession in key emerging countries burden the global economy and, as such, the global economic development will remain volatile. Nevertheless, CECIMO expects the exports to expand by 3% to 18.7 billion euro in 2015. “CECIMO exports to almost 200 different countries. In the key machine tool consuming markets, we are a leading supplier of manufacturing solutions which proves that our machines are not only the most competitive but also very often irreplaceable. Nonetheless, we need a level playing field and an effective EU trade policy,” explained Dr Frank Brinken, the Chairman of CECIMO Economic Committee and Vice-Chairman of Starrag Holding AG.

Policy priorities
The European machine tool industry’s worldwide hallmark is efficient production, i.e. achieving the highest productivity with a minimum use of energy and other resources. Enhancing production efficiency on a continuous basis has become an everyday core commitment for both our industry and our customers. For this reason, the machine tool industry has been supporting all efforts to translate the Ecodesign Directive’s (2009/125/EC) objectives into results. Nevertheless, the Ecodesign Directive has so far focused on serial products and consumer goods. In practice, this raises many questions and reveals many contradictions that could potentially create problems for us as many of our products are unique, custom-made and built to respond to our customers’ specific demands.

All this considered, the European machine tool industry still proposed a self-regulation measure as permitted by the Ecodesign Directive. However, we have serious concerns about the implementation of such a measure in our sector, being heterogeneous and heavily faceted, and exporting such a big portion of its production. “The difficulties include achieving the expected market coverage, which would require the inclusion of non-European machine tool builders and importers. Because there are no sanctions foreseen for not joining the self-regulation measure and a lack of market surveillance, this condition is a significant obstacle to the creation of a successful initiative,” highlighted Mr Jean Camille Uring, the President of CECIMO and Executive Board Member of Fives Group. He concluded: “Complex industrial products in a complex sector need an adapted approach.”

CECIMO ensures the development of additive manufacturing (AM) to industrial scale and its seamless integration into the production environment. To that aim, CECIMO established a specific section dedicated to AM to promote and support the creation of favourable framework conditions. It will be active on a number of fronts: technology, markets, regulatory and advocacy. CECIMO will establish a dialogue between industry and the EU decision-makers to explain the regulatory and policy-related challenges facing AM’s development AM. AM is a multidisciplinary area requiring cross-sectorial and cross-disciplinary cooperation. Therefore, the CECIMO AM section remains a platform open to all relevant and interested stakeholders. “European policy-makers must build a European strategy for AM that goes further than research funding to accelerate its market uptake, including standardization, finance, awareness raising, skills, IPR, liability as well qualification and certification procedures,” explained Filip Geerts, the Director General of CECIMO.

Half of the top 10 universities in the world already use Nanoscribe’s 3D printers

In the recently published QS World University Rankings 2015/2016, five out of the top 10 universities are already customers of the 3D printer manufacturer Nanoscribe.

Installation of a Nanoscribe 3D printer at Harvard University


Not only Harvard University, but also the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), the University of Oxford as well as Imperial College London are among the elite users of the high-precision systems for microfabrication. ETH Zurich, which has already purchased a second Nanoscribe system this year, succeeded in reaching the top 10 for the first time.

The world technology and market leader Nanoscribe, which has reached the finals of the German Founders Award 2015 in the “rising star” category, offers users these high-tech systems as a valuable tool enabling the printing of three-dimensional objects on a size scale of a few hundred nanometers up to the millimeter range.

CEO Martin Hermatschweiler explains: “Our systems work based on two-photon polymerization. This unique technology was only known in a specific research niche until we entered the market. Only very few researchers were familiar with this technique and there were no commercial devices. With the development of our Photonic Professional GT systems, which are today the fastest systems on the market, we could establish a new standard at universities and research institutes. In addition to the tremendous speed, they work with a precision a hundred times higher than for example stereo lithography.” With these devices, it is possible for the first time to open up new and broader applications, such as in medical technology, micro optics and photonics, information and communication technologies, micro mechanics, and MEMS.

All in all, there are already more than 100 systems in use at renowned research institutes in over 25 countries. Furthermore, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), from which Nanoscribe was founded in 2007, is a Nanoscribe customer amongst the top 100 of the best and most innovative universities worldwide. Even Chinese president Xi Jinping was very fascinated by this innovative technology during his recent visit to Imperial College London. He was impressed by the miniaturized section of the Great Wall of China printed with a Nanoscribe system.

Hot forming of aluminum for lightweight vehicles

Following successful tests with high-strength alloys, Schuler is developing hot forming of aluminum sheet for serial production.

The newly developed technology of hot forming of aluminum sheet enables the forming of complex part shapes.
The newly developed technology of hot forming of aluminum sheet enables the forming of complex part shapes.

As an alternative lightweight material, aluminum becomes increasingly attractive to the automotive industry due to its high strength at low specific weight. High-strength aluminum alloys offer great weight-saving potential for car bodies. The newly developed technology of hot forming of aluminum sheet enables the forming of complex part shapes.

High-strength aluminum alloys present special challenges for the forming process with regard to formability. By cold forming, only geometrically simple parts can be produced from these alloys. A wide variety of aluminum alloys are already processed using Schuler equipment. As a systems supplier, Schuler also provides the necessary dies and process expertise.

With the aid of specially designed forming dies, Schuler has now succeeded in demonstrating the potential of hot forming technology by producing a range of reference parts. The combination of temperature control and forming technology to achieve the desired part characteristics is of crucial importance here.

Schuler has been supplying complete systems for the serial production of hot stamped car body parts made of steel (press hardening) since the beginning of the 1990s. The company is now adapting the technology to meet the special requirements of high-strength aluminum alloys.

There is already strong interest in the industry for this new technology,” says Johannes Linden, Head of the division Systems at Schuler. “After establishing our expertise in the hot forming of aluminum, it is now our declared aim to also become a systems supplier in this field and deliver everything – from press to automation, die and process know-how – from a single source.”