Posted by: Chris Felix 17. August 2016

Additive Manufacturing Conference Announces Technical Program


The Additive Manufacturing Conference (AMC) 2016, presented by Additive Manufacturing Magazine, has announced the complete line-up of technical sessions. The two-day event will offer attendees unique ways to connect with leading suppliers, end-users and researchers of industrial applications of additive manufacturing technologies.

Taking place alongside the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), September 13-14th, 2016, the AMC program includes 20 technical sessions examining design, material, machinery and applications technology used in metal additive manufacturing. Registration to the AMC also includes access to the more than 2,000 exhibiting companies at IMTS. Specific AM Conference topics include lightweighting, robotic additive manufacturing, combining additive and traditional manufacturing, software, automation and much more.

The AMC is dedicated to exploring the ways that additive technologies can be implemented in an industrial setting, offering technical insights on additive manufacturing technologies past and present, as well as the future impact and potential applications of emerging technologies. In addition to the technical sessions, attendees will have access to the more than 20 sponsors who will be showcased in the exhibit/networking room, where continued conversations can be conducted in a more relaxed setting.

 “The conference is designed to demonstrate the benefits and obstacles to expanding the use of additive processes in production facilities,” says Allison Miller, Event Manager. “IMTS, with its stature as the largest metalworking event in North America, offers the perfect setting to explore the processes, equipment and materials used for making production parts and tooling.”

Registration is open for Additive Manufacturing Conference 2016. Full event details are available at

Posted by: Lori Beckman 16. August 2016

Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS Engages the Future of Manufacturing

Held at every IMTS, the Smartforce Student Summit is a place where students and educators in STEM gather to experience career opportunities and new technologies in manufacturing.

The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2016 (IMTS 2016) features the tenth edition of the Smartforce Student Summit, a place where students and educators in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) gather to experience career opportunities and new technologies as well as machining challenges in manufacturing. The Student Summit is held every day during the show, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the North Building, Hall C. Not only are students in middle school, high school and college welcome; this year, elementary school students are invited to attend as well.

With the chance to see and touch the technologies that make up today’s advanced manufacturing industry, students can discover how they might transform their ideas into reality by understanding the tools, technology and opportunities available to them. Challenge activities, industry exhibitors and the new Smartforce Career Launch Pad (a career fair) are all available this year to students who register for the Student Summit.

“Our focus is for each student to have a quality experience at the Summit,” says Greg Jones, V.P. - Smartforce development at AMT – The Association for Manufacturing Technology. “We are working with our exhibit partners on specific challenges that will better engage the students before they attend the Summit and after they leave IMTS.”

With a theme focused on aerospace, students will engage in all aspects of the manufacturing process. To help students understand the tools and technologies available to them, there will be several hands-on challenges at the event: Art to Part, Weld It!, and Build It!

Networking is also a major benefit of the Summit. Students have the opportunity to communicate with IMTS exhibitors who will set up small booths at the Summit to engage the students.

Students can also meet recruiters from technical schools, community colleges and engineering schools. They will be there to answer questions and help students make decisions about which post-secondary school they might attend after high school graduation.

For students who are already attending a technical school, community college or engineering school and who are nearing workforce readiness, the Student Summit now offers a career fair called Smartforce Career Launch Pad, so they can engage with employers at IMTS looking for interns, apprentices and employees.

During IMTS 2014, the number of Student Summit attendees exceeded 17,000 and these students came from 450 schools. Students primarily came from the Chicago area, however, students who attend community colleges or engineering schools came from 34 states.

“This year, we believe the number will grow,” Mr. Jones says. “The national conversation around STEM has raised awareness about career opportunities in manufacturing, and the Summit should continue to benefit from changing perceptions.”

Emphasizing the importance of STEM careers and sparking young students’ interests in this field has never been more relevant, as machine shops across the country are experiencing hardships in finding skilled workers. Students need to see that there are exciting opportunities available to them in this career that pay well, have room for advancement and don’t require going into debt for years in order to learn the necessary skills. The Smartforce Student Summit is playing an important role in educating students about these great opportunities.



Posted by: Russ Willcutt 15. August 2016

Getting the Lead Out

Eural Gnutti developed the alloy Eural 6026 in accordance with European ecological standards, which limit lead content to 0.40 percent.

When strength and light weight are required in a finished part, aluminum is often the best choice for the base material. However, with impending restrictions on lead (Pb) content to satisfy European ecological norms, aluminum users are concerned with losing machinability and being forced to return to 6061 alloys with long, disturbed (stirred to separate the particles) chips. Such a transition would mean low productivity, high consumption of tools and harder chips to work with.

The challenge has been to give the aluminum industry the chance to become the only metal industry, among free cutting applications, that is 100 percent environmentally friendly without compromise and is also good for high productivity in anodizing, forging and welding processes.

In 2004, Eural Gnutti—which describes itself as the largest manufacturer of cold finished rods and bars in Europe—invented their own alloy, Eural 6026. In accordance with European ecological standards which limit lead content to 0.40 percent, Eural 6026 has been made with a lead content of between 0 and 0.40 percent.

Not only was Eural 6026 designed to match ecological standards, but the alloy also responds well to anodizing, resists corrosion, can be welded and forms excellent chips in any working condition, including drilling, free cutting, plunge cutting and plunge milling.

Since the recent tendency has been to eliminate lead in aluminum alloys, for the last two years Eural Gnutti R&D has studied a variation of their existing Eural 6026 alloy, which reduces the lead content to zero without the addition of tin. This year, the company succeeded in this challenge and released the Eural 6026 lead-free alloy, which is tin free as well. Learn more about lead-free alloys by reading this article from a past issue of PM.

Eural 6026 was designed to match ecological standards, but the alloy also responds well to anodizing, resists corrosion, can be welded and forms excellent chips in any working condition.

Posted by: Chris Koepfer 12. August 2016

Programming is Key for Vertical Multitasking

Bumotec’s S-191V is among the smallest VMT machines on the market. It is ideal for multitasking applications in the watch-making and medical industries.

Machining a workpiece in the vertical plane has long been an efficient way to load/unload and take advantage of gravity. Applying various forms of machining processes to what was traditionally a turning process has opened up significant advantages to this workpiece orientation.

Milling, drilling, turning and boring are now available to shops looking to perform multitasking operations on what is basically a vertical turning lathe. This article looks at applying multitasking machines in efficient and productive ways. Moreover, it looks at how to best program the multiple operations in a sequence that optimizes production. Programming systems have come a long way to help automate programming of complex workpieces and the sequence of operations that multitasking machine tools are capable of performing. Click here to read the story. 


Posted by: Chris Felix 10. August 2016

View PM’s August 2016 Digital Edition

PM's August Digital Edition is now available.

Production Machining’s August Digital Edition is now available. This issue features emphasis topics of Workholding and Cutting Tools. This special issue also brings readers an inside look at the upcoming IMTS 2016 in September.

This month’s cover story takes a look at a shop that implemented a new workholding system that helped to overcome issues of inconsistent quality on Swiss-type applications. For our other feature we examine challenges of deep hole drilling and how to address them.

This issue also features an extended Products section that highlights many of the products that will be on display at IMTS 2016. Other editorial coverage includes a look at grinding wheels that are designed for greater efficiency by achieving higher levels of stock removal per pass. Our Case in Point goes into a shop that is using a multitasking center with chip management system for production of high quality parts in a short lead time.  

Take a look inside PM’s August Digital Edition today.

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