Les partenaires du projet #bepog se rencontrent pour parler impression 3D

Des imprimantes 3D ont été installées dans les écoles secondaires des quatre cantons de l’Arc jurassien. Utilisateurs, professeurs, partenaires du projet « Imprimante 3D dans les écoles » et intéressés se sont réunis afin mieux faire connaissance entre les différents acteurs et échanger autour de l’impression 3D et de la formation de la relève dans les métiers techniques.

Imprimante 3D au Fablab

Découvrir la technique de manière ludique
Cette rencontre s’est déroulée au coeur même de la He-Arc à Neuchâtel. Plusieurs intervenants, tous parties prenantes du projet, ont ainsi pu discuter des technologies additives et de l’importance de maitriser ces nouveaux concepts dès l’école obligatoire déjà. Le professeur à l’école secondaire du Locle, Jean-Michel Luthi, utilisateur avec ses élèves, relève l’intérêt des étudiants et leur curiosité à utiliser ces nouvelles machines. Il explique notamment «Le développement et les possibilités de réalisations infinies motive les jeunes, les champs d’applications sont tellement vastes que chacun y trouve son intérêt et ses propres applications ».

Une vingtaine d’écoles équipées… pour commencer !
Depuis 2016, une vingtaine d’écoles des cantons de Neuchâtel, Berne, Jura et Vaud possèdent leur propre imprimante. Celles-ci sont mises en place dans le cadre du projet #bepog et financées par des entreprises partenaires conscientes de l’importance de la relève dans les métiers techniques. Une formation spécifique est dispensée par le Fablab de Neuchâtel sur l’utilisation de la machine et d’un logiciel de modélisation. Elle est destinée aux enseignants et adaptée à leurs besoins.

#bepog : des actions pour faire découvrir les métiers techniques aux jeunes de l’Arc jurassien
L’industrie Suisse enregistre un manque d’effectifs qualifiés de plus en plus important, notamment dû aux départs à la retraites et au manque d’intérêt que portent les jeunes aux métiers techniques. Le projet #bepog porté par FAJI SA sous l’égide d’arcjurassien.ch vise à répondre à cette problématique constatée par les autorités politiques des cantons de Neuchâtel, Jura, Berne et Vaud. L’initiative « imprimante 3D dans les écoles » est une des mesures concrètes de ce projet qui ambitionne de revaloriser les métiers techniques envers les jeunes, leurs parents, les enseignants et plus globalement dans le grand public.

Imprimantes 3D : un projet d’envergure
A ce jour une vingtaine d’imprimantes ont été installées et les objectifs des initiateurs du projet est de doubler ce nombre dans l’année à venir. « Bien entendu nous ne forçons personne à installer une machine. Nous espérons que les imprimantes déjà installées et les enseignants déjà formés donnent envie aux autres. En ce qui concerne les partenaires, nous sommes toujours à la recherche d’entreprises intéressées à la relève et d’accord de s’engager financièrement » explique Pierre-Yves Kohler, responsable de la mise en place du projet #bepog sur l’Arc jurassien. Il conclut : « Je tiens à remercier tout particulièrement les entreprises et les institutions qui soutiennent déjà le projet, sans elles nous n’aurions rien pu faire ».

www.bepog.ch

AMB team strengthened

The AMB project team is starting the trade fair year 2018 with a new line-up: After the departure of Sabrina Sledzinski, Florian Schmitz is moving to AMB with immediate effect. As Project Manager, Schmitz will in future be responsible for the area of machine tools for the international exhibition for metal working. He completes the trade fair team with Romy Arnold, Project Manager for precision tools and peripherals, and Nadine Trester, Project Coordinator for AMB.

The AMB Project Management team is again complete and is getting fit for the AMB year 2018. From left to right: Nadine Trester, Project Coordinator; Florian Schmitz, Project Manager; Romy Arnold, Project Manager.

From 2009 to 2012, Schmitz completed his DHBW studies of trade fair and congress management at Messe Stuttgart. In the following years, he worked as a Project Coordinator for the Lasys and TV TecStyle Vision trade fairs. Since 2014, together with Florian Niethammer, he has been in joint charge of project management for Moulding Expo, the international trade fair for tool, pattern and mould making. In future, Schmitz will be in charge of machine tools for both Moulding Expo and AMB.

In the business division Industrial Solutions at Messe Stuttgart, six industrial trade fairs are currently being organised at the Stuttgart location: AMB, CastForge, elect!, Moulding Expo, Lasys and Vision. In the two previous years, in total 3,207 exhibitors and 125,660 specialist visitors were counted on a gross surface area of 204,990 m2. With AMB Iran and “Lasys meets”, Messe Stuttgart also organises internationally successful industrial trade fairs and events abroad.

About AMB
Around 90,000 international trade visitors and 1,500 exhibitors are expected to attend AMB 2018 in Stuttgart from 18 to 22 September. On a gross exhibition area of more than 120,000 square metres, the exhibitors will showcase innovations and further developments for metal-cutting and metal-removing process machine tools, precision tools, measuring systems and quality assurance, robots, workpiece and tool handling, industrial software & engineering, components, assemblies and accessories. AMB 2018 is backed by the promotional supporters, i.e. the VDMA Precision Tools Association, the VDMA Software and Digitalisation Association, and the German Machine Tool Builders’ Association (VDW).

www.messe-stuttgart.de

ADDIT3D WILL HOLD ITS THIRD EDITION WITH A WIDER RANGE OF EQUIPMENT AND MACHINERY

3D printing equipment and machinery will be one of the main attractions at ADDIT3D, International Exhibition of Additive and 3D Manufacturing, which will hold its third edition from 28th May to 1st June 2018 in parallel with BIEMH. Its coinciding in time and space with the largest platform devoted to Industry 4.0 in Spain will give the event a wider range of equipment and finished components.

The event also takes place within a favourable context, with significant increases in the sale of additive manufacturing equipment and companies offering solutions, as well as a foreseeable stabilisation in prices of both equipment and raw materials.

Since the first edition of ADDIT3D, the “systems and machinery” category has been the most interesting sector according to the visitor’s surveys, with a score of 20%, followed by “industrial applications”, “3D scanning services”, “software”, “raw materials”, “metrology” and “services”. All aforementioned sectors will be represented at the event’s exhibition area, which will once more offer tailor-made solutions to strategic sectors, such as the automotive, aeronautics, moulds, industrial tooling, machine-tool, energy, railways, packing and packaging, defence and medical-surgical sectors.

The campaign to attract exhibitors, which began in November, has kicked off significantly well. In June 2017, ADDIT3D brought together 90 exhibiting firms, which made an average of 225 commercial contacts with potential clients. The conference programme, coordinated by ADDIMAT, will address the sector’s major challenges, offering cutting-edge solutions to improve the product value chain. Representatives of leading companies will pass on their experience of the new applications that are already successful in this field, with provisions of exceeding €16 billion in 2020.

Thanks to its combination of exhibition and conferences, ADDIT3D has become a benchmark to exchange information and technology, develop international promotion strategies and hence discover new business opportunities. ADDIT3D is organised by ADDIMAT, Spanish Association for Additive and 3D Manufacturing Technologies, and Bilbao Exhibition Centre.

www.bilbaoexhibitioncentre.com

Latest InvoMilling CAD/CAM Software Changes Gear Cutting with New Advanced Features

Cutting tool and tooling system specialist Sandvik Coromant has extended the functionality of its InvoMilling software. The latest version of this user-friendly CAD/CAM solution for fast and simple NC programming offers more possibilities when manufacturing gears on universal five-axis machining centers. As of late 2017, the software will also enable customers to produce straight bevel gears and herringbone gears.

InvoMilling exploits machine tool kinetics for the effective and flexible manufacturing of high-quality gears and splines in quality level 6 or better, according to DIN 3962.

After entering the required gear data, the intuitive CAD/CAM software defines the optimum machining strategies and generates a CNC program that allows the production of different gear profiles using just a few standard precision tools. The software also offers excellent graphics as well as features to create and simulate milling paths.

As well as options for herringbone, double helical (with and without gap), and straight bevel gears, an additional new function available in the latest version of InvoMilling is flank correction. This applies to tip relief and crowning in both the flank and profile directions as well as helix and pressure angle corrections.

Numerous improvements have also been made to the tools. For instance, adapted tools have been introduced to the tool library.

“With the new software functionalities and tool optimizations, we are offering our customers additional options for gear cutting in small and medium batch sizes—making the process even more flexible, fast, and efficient,” said Jochen Sapparth, product manager InvoMilling CAD/CAM at Sandvik Coromant. “At the same time, we are expanding the range of applications that can be performed using five-axis machining centers.”

www.sandvik.com

Laser blanking lines exceed expectations

Laser blanking lines don’t require dies, but can’t match the productivity of conventional blanking lines: This commonly held assumption has now been proven false based on real production data collected by a Schuler customer.

Over the course of the first year in production, Schuler’s newly developed systems outperformed the contractually agreed upon yields by 20 to 100 percent, depending on the specific part produced. This means that, in some cases, output was double the contracted amount.

A single shift was all it took to produce over 8,500 outer body blanks, and there is still room to increase that figure furthermore. It’s enough to supply a Schuler servo press line with a production capacity of 18 strokes per minute. Particularly where sensitive surfaces like those found on aluminum blanks are involved, the laser blanking line provides nearly the same output as a conventional die-based press blanking line.

 Cutting edges with increased quality and less burr

Another benefit is that since the blanking shape can be changed at the push of a button, customers save money by eliminating the costs of purchasing, storing, maintaining and repairing expensive dies and the work required to equip their machines. The laser blanking technique also provides higher-quality blank edges. Aside from these advantages, the first year of production showed a significant reduction of contamination caused by detached burrs (flitter) accumulating in the forming die.

A number of laser blanking lines featuring DynamicFlow Technology are already in use in the automotive industry. Customers have been impressed by the ability to save material (thanks in part to flexible nesting), and by the fact that costly building foundation work is no longer necessary. One high-end OEM recently placed an order for another line from Schuler.

www.schulergroup.com/Laserblanking

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the Schuler Group – www.schulergroup.com

Schuler is the technology and global market leader in the field of forming technology. The company provides presses, automation solutions, tools, process expertise and service for the entire metalworking industry and lightweight automobile construction. Its customers include automobile manufacturers and automotive suppliers, as well as companies from the forging, household appliance, packaging, energy and electronics industries. Schuler is a leader in coin minting presses and implements system solutions for the aerospace, rail transport and large-dimension pipe manufacturing sectors. In the 2016 fiscal year, Schuler generated sales of 1.174 billion euros. After acquiring toolmaker AWEBA and a majority stake in Chinese press manufacturer Yadon, Schuler has a presence in 40 countries with around 6,600 employees. Schuler is majority-owned by the Austrian ANDRITZ Group.

Zum fünften Mal in Folge: MAPAL bleibt Preferred Supplier der Bosch Gruppe

Seit Jahrzehnten arbeiten die Bosch Gruppe und die MAPAL Dr. Kress KG eng zusammen. MAPAL liefert Werkzeuge und Spannfutter für die Bearbeitung zahlreicher Bauteile weltweit an die verschiedenen Standorte von Bosch in Nordamerika, Asien und Europa. Um dem hohen Stellenwert gerecht zu werden, den Bosch bei MAPAL einnimmt, kümmert sich seit mehreren Jahren ein Key Account Manager intensiv um alle Belange des Kunden.

Umso größer war die Freude beim Präzisionswerkzeughersteller, als die Bosch Gruppe MAPAL – bereits zum fünften Mal in Folge – den Status des „Preferred Supplier“ im Bereich Tools verlieh. „Die Auszeichnung als Preferred Supplier bestätigt uns in unserer Arbeit. Bosch ist für uns ein sehr wichtiger Kunde. Wir sind stolz, dass unsere Werkzeuge bei verschiedenen Projekten Anwendung finden und überzeugen“, sagt Dr. Jochen Kress, Mitglied der MAPAL Geschäftsleitung.

MAPAL bleibt dem bevorzugten Lieferantenkreis für künftige Projekte zugehörig. Denn mit der Auszeichnung bescheinigt Bosch MAPAL eine überdurchschnittlich kompetente und leistungsfähige Zusammenarbeit. Mit dem Preferred Supplier Award würdigt Bosch die besonders guten Leistungen bei der Herstellung und Lieferung von Produkten und Dienstleistungen.

Christian Hasslinger, Senior-Manager Bosch Zentraleinkauf, überreichte die Urkunde am 18. Dezember an MAPAL. Hasslinger dankte dem Präzisionswerkzeughersteller im Namen von Bosch für die erbrachten Leistungen, die Kooperationsbereitschaft und das hervorragende Prozessverständnis.

www.mapal.com