Chris Koepfer has been involved in metalworking for 30 years. His first 14 were in the machine tool group at Cincinnati Milacron where he honed his technical writing skills in turning, machining and grinding before joining Modern Machine Shop in 1992 as an associate editor. In 2001, he helped found MMS’ sister publication Production Machining, which speaks to the precision machined parts segment of the industry. Chris is graduate of Xavier University in Cincinnati, as are three of his four children, and an XU basketball fan—which can be as daunting as working in metalworking, he says.
Ohio Governor John Kasich is seen at the Atlantic hosted "Building the Future: Manufacturing's Software Revolution" event on February 19, 2014 in Norwood, Ohio. The governor addresses the audience in the Siemens' motors manufacturing facility.
Students there will now have access to the same Siemens’ product lifecycle management (PLM) software used throughout the global manufacturing industry to design, develop and manufacture some of the most sophisticated products in a variety of industries, including automotive, aerospace, biotechnology, machinery, ship building and high-tech electronics.
The software will be used in Cincinnati State’s Center for Innovative Technologies to help support its mechanical engineering and industrial design technologies' programs. Access to current CAD software gives students real-world experience that will make them more valuable to potential employers, something we all can support.
After its successful debut in North America with more than 300 conference participants, TRAM (Trends in Advanced Machining, Manufacturing and Materials) will once again return to Chicago and IMTS this September.
Presented by the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, the Association for Manufacturing Technology, Modern Machine Shop and High Performance Composites, the conference program focuses on upcoming trends and advancements in manufacturing technology within the aerospace industry.
The event sponsor, The Boeing Company, recently announced that Greg Hyslop will be the keynote speaker of the event on Wednesday morning. Greg is the V.P. and general manager of Boeing Research & Technology, the advanced central research and development unit of The Boeing Company.
In addition to Mr. Hyslop, TRAM will also feature Ricardo Traven, Boeing’s chief test pilot for the F/A-18, as well as Peter Hoffman, V.P. of Intellectual Property Management.
Adrian Allen, commercial director of the AMRC and technical director of the TRAM event, says, “We are honored and privileged to have secured such prestigious members of the Boeing team as our Keynote presenters for TRAM. They will offer our attendees insight into the aerospace industry that they wouldn’t be able to get anywhere else, and we are eager to bring them their perspectives.”
Attendees of the TRAM conference will also have free access to the IMTS exhibit hall and be invited to participate in a networking reception on Wednesday evening.
Complete TRAM registration and event details can be found here.
Yes, for a century, German-based Index Corporation has been manufacturing high end machine tools for the precision turned parts industry, worldwide. To celebrate this milestone, the company is hosting an open house at its U.S. headquarters in Noblesville, Ind., near Indianapolis.
The scheduled dates are April 8-11 starting at 10 a.m. each day. Machines from the company’s line of single-spindle, Swiss-type and multi-spindles (a total of 12 machines under power) will be demonstrated for visitors as well as programming and process demonstrations.
Carl Bass, president and CEO of Autodesk (center) with (left to right) Glenn McMinn, president, Delcam North America; Clive Martell, chief executive, Delcam; Steve Hobbs, development director, Delcam; and Bart Simpson, commercial director, Delcam.
After a long ramp up, CAD software manufacturer, Autodesk, announced February 6 that it has completed acquisition of CAM software leader, Delcam. This deal has been in the works for several months.
Autodesk serves customers in the manufacturing, architecture, building, construction, and media and entertainment industries. “The acquisition of Delcam is an important step in Autodesk’s continued expansion into manufacturing and fabrication and beyond our roots in design,” says Buzz Kross, senior V.P. for design, lifestyle and simulation products at Autodesk.
Delcam, through its CAM product brands, including Featurecam, Partmaker and Powermill, are familiar to the metalworking industry and widely applied in a variety of precision machined parts shops. The addition of a CAD component such as Autodesk will enhance automation of the design and programming functionality of these shops.
The 2014 R2 version of FeatureCAM supports the programming and simulation of right-angle heads.
Right-angle heads allow internal pockets to be milled and internal holes to be drilled that would be inaccessible, and so impossible to produce, using a conventional head. They are now available as an option on an increasing range of machines, including a variety of mill-turn equipment.
Delcam’s FeatureCAM 2014 R2 is its latest software release from the company and is designed to provide support for milling and drilling with right-angle heads and programming of multiple roughing operations using the company’s Vortex area-clearance strategy. Other enhancements include better control of Z-level roughing, and improvements to Wire EDM and chamfering.
The new version is, according to the company, the first release that has the ability to program and simulate both milling and drilling with right-angle heads. These new strategies will allow users to take advantage of the flexibility of machines with this option.
For full details, including video demonstrations of the new functionality, and to download an evaluation version, go to Delcam's website.