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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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Another Bipartisan Buy America Bill Surfaces on Capitol Hill

Tammy Baldwin and Mike Braun in the Senate, John Garamendi in the House are sponsoring the Made in America Act.

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Tammy Baldwin and Mike Braun in the Senate, John Garamendi in the House are sponsoring the Made in America Act.

We’ve got some good news for people who like proposed bipartisan legislation that would expand coverage for the domestic procurement rules that govern federal spending on infrastructure!

Sen. Tammy Baldwin – from Wisconsin, a Democrat – and Sen. Mike Braun – from Indiana, a Republican – have reintroduced the Made in America Act, which would identify “federal programs that fund infrastructure projects not currently subject to Buy America standards” and ensure “that materials used in these federal programs are domestically produced.” The bill would also require that the U.S. Department of Commerce, while setting the standards on which construction materials will be considered American-made, to ensure that their manufacturing processes support American jobs.

It has a sponsor in the House, too – Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA) – who is a longtime advocate for domestic manufacturing.

Garamendi has a long record of supporting legislation that would help generate more domestic manufacturing activity and the jobs that go with it, and this isn’t the first time this year that Baldwin and Braun have found themselves cosponsoring legislation like this. They were among a group of senators in January with their names on a bill that would tighten waiver requirements for projects subjected to Buy America rules.

Regarding today’s Made in America Act? It’s good legislation that will create more manufacturing jobs in the United States, which is why the Alliance for American Manufacturing has officially endorsed it.

You can find the Senate bill’s text here.

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Anything I can do about my late order?

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Firstly, I know it’s a long shot. The manufacturer is in Sailkot, Pakistan. There are no contracts in place and the only type of documents I’ve received from this manufacturer are invoices. It’s a mistake I will never make again but I stupidly assumed that I could trust this guy after making a successful order with him in the past but it was a much smaller order.

I made an order for clothing roughly around 6 to 7 months ago and everything was going smoothly for around 1 to 2 months before he started taking days to reply and being very vague with his replies.

I know the clothes are being made because I will get the odd bad quality picture to show work is being done but the excuses this man has come out with is unbelievable. In this space of time some of his excuses have ranged from having family issues which have resulted in a divorce, having covid twice and even a middle man who was transporting my clothing from one vendor to another, just disappearing and stealing all of my clothes.

The ETA given at the start of the order was 7 to 10 days. After 7 months I’m nearly pulling my hair and feel completely helpless whilst my business fades away. There is a Chamber Of Commerce in Sailkot, Pakistan which is seems to be some form of authority over Manufacturers in that city. I’ve been in touch with them about my situation and they are willing to help but the manufacturer doesn’t seem fazed by this and actually told me I can get in touch with them but it’s not going to speed up my order.

I can’t go through the bank either because I paid through an app called Azimo.

Is there anything else I can do or am I just completely stuck here?

Thanks in advance.

Edit: I’m in England.

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Anything I can do about my late order?

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Firstly, I know it's a long shot. The manufacturer is in Sailkot, Pakistan. There are no contracts in place and the only type of documents I've received from this manufacturer are invoices. It's a mistake I will never make again but I stupidly assumed that I could trust this guy after making a successful order with him in the past but it was a much smaller order.

I made an order for clothing roughly around 6 to 7 months ago and everything was going smoothly for around 1 to 2 months before he started taking days to reply and being very vague with his replies.

I know the clothes are being made because I will get the odd bad quality picture to show work is being done but the excuses this man has come out with is unbelievable. In this space of time some of his excuses have ranged from having family issues which have resulted in a divorce, having covid twice and even a middle man who was transporting my clothing from one vendor to another, just disappearing and stealing all of my clothes.

The ETA given at the start of the order was 7 to 10 days. After 7 months I'm nearly pulling my hair and feel completely helpless whilst my business fades away. There is a Chamber Of Commerce in Sailkot, Pakistan which is seems to be some form of authority over Manufacturers in that city. I've been in touch with them about my situation and they are willing to help but the manufacturer doesn't seem fazed by this and actually told me I can get in touch with them but it's not going to speed up my order.

I can't go through the bank either because I paid through an app called Azimo.

Is there anything else I can do or am I just completely stuck here?

Thanks in advance.

Edit: I'm in England.

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