Three Key Points for the Future of the Metalworking Industry

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Manufacturing Engineering talked to leaders at five companies to get their input on the future of manufacturing. We pulled our top three points for you to enjoy!

  • “The growth of Industry 4.0, or the Internet of Things (IoT), is a key trend and willhave a profound influence on tooling and workholding…” Jack Burley, vice president of sales and engineering, BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling, Inc.

    Jack Burley
  • “The companies that have prepared themselves and haveadopted highly productive machining practices will benefit the most over the next five years, regardless of the parts of the world in which they manufacture their products or do business.” Brendt Holden, president, Haimer USA, LLC.

    Brendt Holden
  • “The industry will also realize huge benefits through investment in automation as well as on the redistribution of human resources from the traditional machine operator to skilled programmers, cell designers, robotic experts and database management personnel.” Bill Obras, vice president of sales and marketing, Rego-Fix Tool Corp.
    Bill Obras

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Inside a Plasma Cutter

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Now that we’ve learned all about plasma, it’s time to learn how the fourth state of matter cuts through metal like butter.

First, a pressurized gas is sent through a small channel with a negatively charged electrode. When the power is turned on, and the tip of the nozzle touches metal, a circuit is formed and a powerful spark is generated. This spark heats the gas until it becomes plasma, moving at 20,000 feet per second, which melts metal to molten slag.

Check out some of our plasma cutters in action below!

Thank you to How It Works for their help on this article.

3D Printing Helps Save Baby’s Life

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Surgeons at Boston Children’s Hospital conducted a brain surgery on an infant suffering from acute encephalocele with the help of 3D Printing capabilities. When the infant was brought in they found that parts of his brain that were protruding through his skull were responsible for cognitive functions, so they concluded that they couldn’t remove it completely, but could reinsert it.

The Boston Children’s Hospital surgeons looked to 3D printing in order to better execute the dangerous operation. They printed a model of the baby’s skull using visual data from brain scans and were then able to practice the procedure on the plastic replica before even going into the operating room. This allowed the staff the much-needed preparation and was able to decide how much of the 100 cubic centimeters externalized brain could be reinserted to the cranium.

The six-hour surgery proved to be a success, as seven months later the infant appears healthy. His parents add that they will “just have to take it step by step.”

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Selecting a Plasma Cutting Machine for your Personal Workshop

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Looking to purchase a plasma cutting machine for your personal workshop? This blog post goes over the technology itself, why a personal plasma machine is perfect for your workshop and which machines are best for you. Lets take a look.

Plasma cutting is a process that uses a high velocity jet of ionized gas that’s delivered from a constricting orifice. The high velocity ionized gas (the plasma) conducts electricity from the torch of the plasma cutter to the work piece. This heats the work piece and melts the material. The high velocity stream of ionized gas blows the molten metal away, severing the material and ultimately makes the precise cut. Now after reading that, don’t you want one in your personal workshop?!

A plasma cutting machine is perfect for cutting steel and non-ferrous materials that are less than one inch thick. And, for most projects you will be working on in your personal workshop, you won’t be needing to cut anything much thicker than that.  And before you go out and pick up the first plasma cutting machine you see, answer these few quick questions to insure you’re purchasing the machine that is right for you and the work you do:

1. What’s the thickness of the metal you most frequently cut?
– If you’re only going to be cutting metal with a thickness of a quarter inch, than there’s no need to get a high powered machine. Make sure the amperage that your machine is taking is compatible with your power-source. If you are overworking your machine or your power source, you are going to end up with lower quality cuts.

2. Did you check for those pesky hidden costs?
– Plasma cutting machines have multiple parts that need to be replaced from time to time, dependent on frequency of use and duration of use. Make sure you read the fine print and look for a machine that has the highest quality factory parts that won’t ware out on you after a few uses.

For more information and for great plasma cutting machines, click here.

Original Article written by: James Anderton
www.engineering.com