• Theme: Machine-Tools

    Ultrasonic machining—causing the cutting head of a machine tool to oscillate as well as rotate—is not new. It dates back to the middle of the last century and originally involved the use of an abrasive slurry in combination with the movement of the tool. Now, though, it is far more likely to resemble conventional...

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    Is a laser revolution underway? Whatever the answer, the winds of innovation were blowing last month at the Comau facility in northern Italy. The company unveiled Lhyte, a hybrid device combining a diode laser and a fiber laser. We were invited to attend the world premiere. Watch our video report to discover the new...

    Apps have embedded themselves seamlessly into our everyday lives. Now, they are becoming integral to the world of machining, too. With a simple download and the touch of a screen, machine tools can be controlled by apps and other intuitive interfaces. Smart CNC systems can now monitor and adjust productivity via a...

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    The German industrial mastodon has successfully made 3D printed power generation gas turbine blades using a metal-based powder consisting of high-performance polycrystalline nickel superalloy. The goal was 13,000 revolutions per minute at temperatures above 1250°C, for what is already being called a “breakthrough” by...

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    At the 2015 Euromold, DirectIndustry e-magazine met with 3D Ceram, a French company specializing in the 3D printing of ceramic objects. We subsequently discovered that ceramics could be made with lasers more rapidly than by the traditional process (find our article here). Two years later, CEO Richard Gaignon tells us...

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    Watch our special video report. Machining is catching up with the digital age. New apps for smartphones and tablets are now emerging. Some use Bluetooth technology to connect directly to a boring head, for example, to check tooling status. Others function as a hub for technical information, making it immediately...

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    Watch our special video report. Is the Taiwanese Touch the beginning of a new trend in the industry? Taiwan is the world’s 6th manufacturer and the 5th exporter of machine tools. Seventy-five percent of machine-tools made in Taiwan are exported. At IMTS, the International Manufacturing Technology Show that took place...

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    An increasing number of U.S. manufacturers are embracing the concept of smarter machining and the Industrial Internet of Things.   The IoT is fundamentally reshaping the industrial landscape, according to Beth Parkinson, director of market development at Rockwell Automation’s Connected Enterprise. Machine and equipment...

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    Using the MagnetoJet printing technology to convert solid metal wire to precise molten metal droplets, the Mk 1 is the first 3D printer that uses liquid metal. Can it change the 3D printing industry?   What if a 3D printer could produce parts and components from liquid metal? That’s exactly what is promised by the Mk 1...

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    Jinhui Zhaolong is a biodegradable plastics manufacturer based in the central Chinese province of Shanxi. At last April’s CHINAPLAS fair in Shanghai, the company showcased new biodegradable solutions. DirectIndustry e-magazine spoke with its president, Janice Li.   DirectIndustry e-magazine: China’s plastics industry...

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