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Mazak Hosts 27th Annual Precision Machining Competition


In support of the local Technology & Manufacturing Association (TMA), Mazak’s Midwest Technology Center hosted the 27th annual Precision Machining Competition, which honors excellence in precision machining skills among Illinois high school students. At the awards ceremony Thursday evening, May 10, TMA presented 52 students with first-, second- and third-place awards in six machining categories.

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Machining Competition Reaches Out to Young Talent

For 27 years, the TMA (Technology & Manufacturing Association) has held a precision machining competition to honor excellence in precision machining skills among Illinois high school students. While the competition has existed for almost 30 years, it’s never been more relevant than in today’s skill-starved manufacturing environment.

Stepping up to the plate this year was Mazak Corp., which hosted the event at the company’s Midwest Technical Center in Schaumberg, Illinois. More than 240 students from 20 local high schools, submitted more than 292 projects for this year’s contest. Students chose from 25 eligible projects of varying degrees of difficulty across three divisions. New to the event this year were three categories with three awards each covering design and programming for machine tools: CNC CAM Basic, CNC CAM Intermediate and CNC Design. Attendees also visited with more than 35 representatives from the local manufacturing industry who answered students’ questions and discussed the many opportunities in manufacturing careers.

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PM Adds Additive Manufacturing Zone


Recently Production Machining added new zones to its website. One of these is for Additive Manufacturing (AM), catch-all term that’s used to describe technologies that build 3D objects by adding materials in layers. This 3D printing can create functional, industrial components including prototypes, tooling and end-use production parts and is a good example of an evolving manufacturing industry landscape.

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Earlier this month, Big Kaiser Precision Tooling Inc. held its annual 3-day Breakfast & Learn event, presented at its headquarters in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. The company opened its showroom for visitors to see its lineup of tool presetters, tooling displays and zero-point workholding solutions, with engineers available to provide demos and to discuss solutions achieving higher performance in the shop.

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Medtech Show Offers Education, Networking and More


MD&M East, held June 12-14 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York, New York, connects attendees with thousands of engineers and executives, as well as hundreds of leading suppliers in the medtech industry. The show, now in its 34th year, offers exhibits that give attendees a look at the latest industry advancements, including new innovations that have not yet hit the market.

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