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Sodick Ushers in an Era of Change Across EDM, Milling and Additive

At IMTS 2018, Sodick is showcasing an era of change with new offerings in its EDM, milling and additive technologies.

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With a new North American headquarters, a new satellite office in Connecticut dedicated to aerospace, new hiring as well as new product offerings, Sodick Inc. has recently accelerated the pace of change within the company. While both Sodick Inc. (the U.S. division) and the Sodick Group (its publicly-traded entity) have long prided themselves on offering an EDM machine suited to every customer—including the VL600QH, a new high-column economy wire EDM that specifically targets postproduction for additive manufacturing—Sodick is seeking to expand its offerings in both its milling and additive technologies.

These efforts are on full display in its booth, where visitors can see Sodick’s latest hybrid metal 3D printer, the OPM350L. A larger-capacity version of the OPM250L that debuted at IMTS two years ago, the 350L direct metal laser sintering powder-bed printer combines a 500-watt ytterbium laser with a 45,000-rpm linear motor spindle, which can perform milling operations during pauses in the printing process that allow access to internal features that otherwise would be inaccessible when the part is finished. The OPM350L also includes parallel mode technology, a recent addition that optimizes the machine’s 500-watt laser path by allowing it to target four points simultaneously within a build. Available as a recommended option with the 350L is Sodick’s new materials recovery system (MRS). This system automatically delivers powder into the 350L’s’s material feeder for use in the additive manufacturing process. As excess powder is delivered to the powder receptacle, the MRS unit conveys this material back for sieving and return to the material feeder. By continually recycling powder, Sodick says that the MRS unit allows the 350L to run continuously for up to a week using just 30 kg of material.

But Sodick’s ongoing commitment to additive manufacturing via the OPM line doesn’t mean the company is any less committed to its core business. Debuting at IMTS this year are two EDM models: the ALN800G wire EDM, which the company says is the world’s largest drop-tank EDM model, and the VL6000QH wire EDM, a high-column economy EDM specifically targeted at the additive industry.

Sodick has also changed the way these machines and other products are displayed at its booth this year. The company has organized its booth with discrete sections targeting specific industries, including aerospace, carbide machining and additive manufacturing. In its aerospace display section, Sodick is debuting the prototype of its new multi-axis hole drill, which, according to Evan Syverson, additive business development manager, includes high-precision features at a price that will not break the bank. “This all-linear-motor hole drill is based on extensive research into the needs of American aerospace manufacturers,” he says, “in keeping with the customer-first focus that now defines Sodick’s direction as a company.”

Syverson adds that these changes are subtly reflected in Sodick’s new logo, which is displayed prominently throughout its booth. The angled structures mirror the logo itself, adding some cohesiveness to the experience throughout the booth.

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The Biden Administration Releases its Trade Policy Agenda

Meanwhile, another cabinet secretary with a big role to play in economic policy is confirmed.

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Meanwhile, another cabinet secretary with a big role to play in economic policy is confirmed.

On Monday the Biden administration’s Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) released the 2021 Trade Policy Agenda and 2020 Annual Report, a product mandated by the Trade Act of 1974. In it, USTR lays out the current standing of trade agreements with dozens of countries; reviews recent trade enforcement activities, and lists its priorities on topics like labor rights, intellectual property protection, digital trade, trade of manufactured goods, and agricultural trade. There’s also a chapter that reviews U.S. participant activity at the World Trade Organization.

The whole thing is like 300 pages long, with no action scenes, like the big truck chase from 1980’s The Road Warrior, which is a great movie, possibly the greatest, full stop. Anyway, the accompanying fact sheet – which is basically a rewording of the report’s introduction – is a little more digestible.

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This is an important document because, boiled down, it’s a big values statement. What’s included in it reflects political priorities, and the way that arguments are made in it reflect corresponding policy positions. For example, Todd Tucker of the Roosevelt Institute noted this on Twitter:

the whole thread is worth a read

President Biden has vowed to be a pro-worker president, and the rhetoric is showing up in his administration’s trade policy papers.


Putting all of this rhetoric into action will depend on the people he puts in charge to do it. That includes Gina Raimondo, the governor of Rhode Island who today was confirmed as the U.S. Secretary of Commerce in a 84-15 Senate vote. Raimondo worked in venture capital before getting elected to public office in 2010, and has earned support from manufacturers in her state for her work on stuff like small-business R&D grants and apprenticeship programs.

As the new Commerce secretary, Raimondo will inherit issues like the maintenance of a technology export ban list on which Trump’s Commerce Department placed Chinese companies like Huawei and Hikvision. And the Washington Post notes she also “must resolve questions about the future of Trump administration regulations restricting U.S. companies’ reliance on Chinese suppliers of telecommunications hardware and software.” This will tie in directly with the Biden administration’s stated goals of building domestic manufacturing supply chains for industries it’s deemed critical, like semiconductor chip fabrication.

She’s also going to be responsible for the maintenance of the broad steel import tariffs that were raised in 2018. The Biden administration has said it’s reviewing them. The Alliance for American Manufacturing thinks they should not be lowered unilaterally, damaging an industry on shaky footing in a pandemic economy.

Secretary Raimondo at the Commerce Department will have a large role to play in the economic recovery the administration hopes to accomplish with its Build Back Better plan. Another important figure is Katherine Tai, who’s expected to be confirmed as the USTR in a vote on Wednesday. Read more about her here.

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