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Mazak Tube Gear 150 Cuts Tubes and Pipes at High Speed

Mazak has unveiled a new 2D laser cutting system designed for high-speed tube and pipe cutting. The Tube Gear 150 laser cutting system, available in a 2.5 kw or 4 kW resonator, is geared towards highly efficient, high-speed tube and pipe cutting operations that require extreme precision. The system uses a three-chuck design, which muffles vibration during high-speed cutting, for increased...

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Budget Metal 3D Printer in the Works

[embed]http://vimeo.com/78961565[/embed] Common desktop 3D printers are usually fuse deposition modeling (FDM) printers, in which layer melted plastic is fed via a spool to create a shape in a work envelope. Other varieties of additive manufacturing (AM) printers use lasers to combine materials, and can use various media like metal sand particles to create products. However, printers that can...

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German Company Restructuring Machining Operations in Europe

The KraussMaffei Group is closing a machining plant in Treuchtlingen, Germany, and moving operations south to cut costs and better position components produced by the company. The plant manufactures components for small and mid-sized injection molding machines and extruders. Operations will be moved to the KraussMaffei headquarters factory in Munich, and a newer plant in Sucany, Slovakia, which...

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High School Student to Machine Parts for NASA

A high school student in Manchester, Md., has taken on the challenge of machining parts for NASA. Brooks Daniels, who takes a course at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center, volunteered to participate in the High School Students United with NASA to Create Hardware (HUNCH) program. Students enrolled in the Manufacturing and Machine Technologies course at the center are eligible...

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At FABTECH, Economist Sees Growth but Challenges

The U.S. economy is growing and stocks are at record levels. While many people complain about the economy, the fact is "things are getting better," said Alan Beaulieu, president of ITR Economics, a global consultant specializing in economic trends and forecasts. "This is a good recovery." Growth for manufacturers will continue this year and through the first half of 2014, Beaulieu said yesterday...

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GE Revisits an Old Technique for Rejuvenating Degraded Parts

Engineers at General Electric have begun experimenting with an additive manufacturing technique that could be used to repair hard to fix parts. The technique is named "Cold Spray" and it uses a nozzle to eject metallic powders onto a surface at high velocities. As a surface is exposed to greater amounts of spray and the metal powder accumulates, shaped surfaces begin to rise from the object....

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New CNC Turning Centers Use 3D Controls

DMG Mori Seiki has introduced two new CNC turning centers that can utilize one of three types of 3D control technologies. Called the CTX 450 ecoline and CTX 650 ecoline, they are the first jointly developed lathes since the companies merged in April 2010. Despite being entry-level m odels, they have a rigid design for dynamic, highly accurate metalcutting. The machines come with a choice of...

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AMT Viewpoint: Forecast Is Mixed, but Manufacturing Still Looks Optimistic

At last month's Global Forecasting & Marketing Conference in Cincinnati, Alan Beaulieu of ITR Economics advised manufacturing technology providers to dig in their heels in preparation for a tough 2014, but Eli Lustgarten from Longbow Research said to expect a potentially banner year for manufacturing technology. While outlooks on next year are divided, AMT - The Association For Manufacturing...

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Union Rejects Boeing 777X Deal

Boeing machinists working on the company's 777x jetliner in Washington state voted Wednesday to reject a proposed labor contract that would last through 2024. Sixty-seven percent of the members of the International Association of Machinists (IAM) voted against the proposal, primarily because the deal eliminated workers' pension plans and raised health care costs. IAM District 751 Directing...

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Robot Rings Closing Nasdaq Bell to Usher in Robot and Automation Index

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzZjK77X3ck[/embed] Robo-Stox, an index of robot and automation companies on the Nasdaq, marked its debut this week with a Universal Robots arm ringing the closing bell. Robo-Stox, a robotics and automation investments developer, tracks the industry via the Robo-Stox Global Robotics and Automation Index, an investment benchmark for robotics and automation...

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