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Additive Manufacturing Conference Announces Complete Schedule

This Oct. 10-12, 2017, the Additive Manufacturing Conference (AMC) 2017, presented by Additive Manufacturing magazine, will take place in Knoxville, Tennessee. This three-day event includes technical sessions examining design, material, machinery and applications technology used in metal additive manufacturing. Specific topics include robotic 3D printing, process control, hybrid CNC machines, laser deposition technology, large format printing and more.

Technical presenters include OEM thought leaders, additive manufacturing job shops, machinery suppliers and research outfits. These OEMs, product developers, contract manufacturers and researchers are also bringing real-world examples of 3D printing in production. The technologies discussed can be seen in action via tours of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (ORNL MDF), Local Motors Microfactory and metal additive service bureau, Volunteer Aerospace.

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Aerospace Industry is Growing

According to our parent company’s senior economist, Michael Guckes, the global aviation market represents a significant source of future growth for the machine tool market. “It will be important for machine tool firms to build international relationships that will allow them to capture market share and growth in those regions of the world that are experiencing double-digit demand for air transportation. If aircraft manufacturers such as Boeing, Airbus and others are going to run their facilities at ever higher levels of capacity for the next five or more years, it will be important for their component suppliers to have strong operational and logistical capabilities to support these demanding aircraft delivery schedules.”

He says machine tool providers will also need to be prepared to meet the growing and highly demanding needs of their customers at all levels of the aerospace manufacturing supply chain—having new equipment ready for sale and to be able to quickly support existing equipment maintenance and repair needs.

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Business Facebook Profile Tips

I have found that social media is still somewhat of a mystery for many of you. Therefore, I thought it would be beneficial to run a Last Word column about good Facebook practices. Margie Clayman, director of B-to-B client services for Clayman & Associates in Marietta, Ohio, submitted the article that lists mistakes manufacturers make on their Facebook profiles and how to remedy them.

Margie is young, so she must know more about this than I do, and maybe you, too. Moreover, her grounding in B-to-B makes her comments applicable to what you do. Read her column, “Avoid These Facebook Profile Management Mistakes” here

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Strategies for 5-Axis Machining

The Grob Group, a manufacturer of universal machining centers, is partnering with Open Mind, a developer of CAM/CAD systems, to offer a two-day technology seminar covering strategies for five-axis machining, including production solutions for aerospace and other industries. The seminar will take place August 1-2, 2017 at Grob’s U.S. headquarters and manufacturing facility in Bluffton, Ohio.

For any shop producing complex parts, cost, time and efficient material removal are among the most important criteria for machining operations that must meet extremely tough quality requirements. During the seminar, experts from both companies will demonstrate ways for companies to make their production facilities more efficient. Presentations will include Industry 4.0 connected machining, as well as the interplay between the latest Grob machining centers and the HyperMill CAM solution.

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By: Bart Bishop 18. July 2017

Top Shops Conference Announces Schedule

Top Shops Conference Announces Schedule

Described as “by top shops, for top shops,” the Modern Machine Shop 2017 Conference, held Sept. 5-7, in Indianapolis, Indiana, will feature several past and present Top Shops honorees and function as a forum for networking and peer-to-peer exchange. General sessions, panel discussions and breakout presentations with speakers from across the industry make up the agenda. There will be an exhibit room, networking events and offsite facility tours, including a tour of Major Tool & Machine.

Highlights of the show for attendees with a technology focus include the machine technology breakout sessions on Wednesday, Sept. 6 and Thursday, Sept. 7. Find the full agenda here

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