Welding System Perfect for Joining Dissimilar Materials

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Automation Alternatives recently introduced a fiber laser welding system called RubyLaser that is perfect for joining dissimilar materials. Its spot size is as small as 0.001 to 0.002 in. and fast weld speeds allow the system to deliver high power density. These characteristics make it perfect for welding together materials that are not identical.

Typical materials include stainless steel, titanium, aluminum, nitinol and more.

Read the full article on RubyLaser here.

Inspiring the Younger Generations to Work in Machining

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In May, the Mazak Midwest Technology Center hosted the 26th annual Precision Machining Competition to honor excellence in precision machining skills among Illinois high school students. Over 250 students from 19 local high schools submitted more than 300 parts for this year’s contest, which culminated with an awards ceremony on May 11.

Read the full press release from Mazak here.

Breakthrough in Micro-Sized, Liquid Metal Particles for Heat-Free Soldering

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Martin Thou, and his lab, have a philosophy that guides all of their exploration and innovation in the world of engineering and high-level science. Their philosophy is, “How do you do very high-level science or engineering with very little?” Another guiding principle is, “Whenever possible, nature should do pat of the work.” And, these exact philosophies and guiding ideas have played a major part in their new breakthrough, micro-sized metal particles that can be used for heat-free soldering.

Thou’s work is often in the realm of renewable energy, energy conservation, and reducing toxic emissions. With heat-free soldering, there is exponentially less energy being used, that was used to power the soldering machines.

Click HERE to read the full story from Science Daily.

Wausau School Referendum supported by Central Wisconsin Metals Manufacturers Alliance

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New technology, new automotive tech labs, new computers and more would be included in the referendum; and the Central Wisconsin Metals Manufacturers Alliance is in full support.

The president of Schuette Metals, John Peterson, says he’s in need of well trained students. He says, “We’ve determined that we have 600 jobs a year for the next three years just out of the 30 companies that we surveyed.” Skilled workers are needed to fulfill these positions, and interest in the skilled trades needs to being at a young age and continue through to the collegiate level. Because, those students who finish their technical college degree are more likely to work, and stay, in their home town state; and that’s a good thing. We want to keep our trained professionals here.

Peterson states, “This is a bigger problem than just one company tactically trying to fix it. This is a situation where, strategically, if we work together we get where we need to go. And I think that it’s evident with the fact that we’re able to help get the technical college capacity changed and it’s helping all of us.”

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Original Article from WSAU.com


3D Metal Printing For All

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Sciaky has been the leader in 3D metal printing since the birth of the technology in 2009. But, only DARPA, Boeing, Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Air Force have been able to utilize the technology. That is all going to change on September 1st, 2014.

The Electronic Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM) technology, also known as 3D printing allows manufacturers of metal parts and materials to produce specific parts with efficiency and accuracy. The technology utilizes a CAD program, a software to three dimensionalize an object, and then it “prints” the desired part. Layer by layer, this technology builds what you want to your exact specifications.

“Starting with a 3D model from a CAD program, Sciaky’s fully-articulated, moving electron beam gun deposits metal, layer by layer, until the part is complete,” Sciaky explains. “Depending on the part being manufactured, deposition rates can range up to 250 cubic inches per hour.”

This technology is no longer going to be utilized by the select few, these machines will be available for any large businesses who can afford it. And by no means going to be a cheap technology, but the efficiency and precision of this machine alone, is worth taking a look at.

Check out a video of the EBAM technology here.

Original Article by: Whitney Hipolite. Read the full article here.

Photo Courtesy: Sciaky