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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.

Source: https://www.mmsonline.com/blog/post/sodick-ushers-in-an-era-of-change-across-edm-milling-and-additive

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Future of manufacturing

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I’d like to ask everyones help in imaging what US manufacturing will become. In my area (Houston) oil and gas manufacturing is huge. I think O&G employs almost 20% of the entire metro area! But it’s clear that the global desire for oil is on the decline which means there will be a vacuum within the manufacturing sector. In addition the sentiment of the country seems to be wanting to move away from plastics and other products with a negative environmental impact.

How do we shift US manufacturing moveing away from O&G and the numerous industries that surround it in a way that supports both business owners and working class employees?

Source: https://old.reddit.com/r/manufacturing/comments/jztwpg/future_of_manufacturing/

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Low Tech Pewter Casting In The Kitchen

Last month we shared an incredibly impressive example of how you can do some pewter casting with a laser cutter. Since pewter melts at a relatively low temperature, materials like MDF can withstand the heat wel enough to be a decent mold. However, that tutorial really needed a laser to […]

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Last month we shared an incredibly impressive example of how you can do some pewter casting with a laser cutter. Since pewter melts at a relatively low temperature, materials like MDF can withstand the heat wel enough to be a decent mold. However, that tutorial really needed a laser to create the details and 3d effects.

On twitter, Dave Sanderson showed a great example of how things don’t need to be so complicated.

in his example you can see how cutting simple shapes in wood, and layering them will let you create 3d shapes out of the molten metal. Looking at his elephant you can see that you could realistically do this by hand if you wanted, or with a jigsaw, no fancy laser cutter required.

As you can see by looking through the media on his twitter account, Dave simply broke down the elephant into basic shapes in roughly 5 layers, then cut them from wood with a nice lined up hole for some bolts going through the whole stack. He bolted them all together and poured in the pewter and voila! A 3d sculpture from 2d simple cuts.

Source: https://makezine.com/2020/11/23/low-tech-pewter-casting-in-the-kitchen/

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Fed: October 2020 industrial production rises 1.1%

The Federal Reserve reported October 2020 industrial production rose 1.1%. Sign up today for Gunpowder, MetalMiner’s free, biweekly e-newsletter featuring news, analysis and more. October 2020…

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The Federal Reserve reported October 2020 industrial production rose 1.1%.

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October 2020 industrial production rises

Per the Fed, October 2020 industrial production rose but remained 5.6% lower than the pre-pandemic level in February.

However, the Fed also noted the industrial production index has recovered most of the 16.5% decline posted from February to April.

Manufacturing gains

As the U.S. continues to battle the pandemic and its impacts across the board, manufacturing showed positive signs in October.

Manufacturing output ticked up 1.0% last month after a 0.1% increase in September.

Nonetheless, the sector still has a ways to go. Manufacturing output in October remained 5.0% below its February level.

Manufacturing capacity utilization rose 0.7 percentage point to 71.7%, up 11.6 percentage points from April. However, the rate remained 6.5 points below the long-run average (1972-2019).

“The index for durable manufacturing stepped up 0.9 percent, as small drops in the indexes for furniture and related products, fabricated metal products, and motor vehicles and parts were outweighed by gains elsewhere, especially for aerospace and miscellaneous transportation equipment and for miscellaneous manufacturing,” the Fed reported.

Meanwhile, the index for nondurables ticked up by 1.2%.

Mining output slips

Meanwhile, mining output in October fell 0.6%, the Fed reported.

Furthermore, oil and gas extraction fell in October after rising in September.

On the other hand, the utilization rate for mining dropped to 77.9%. The long-run average for minig is 87.2%.

Employment gains

Meanwhile, on the job market, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported manufacturing sector jobs rose by 38,000 in October.

Even so, manufacturing employment remained down by a whopping 621,000 jobs compared with February.

In the metals sectors, the fabricated metals sector saw employment rise by 7,000. Meanwhile, the primary metals sector added 6,000 jobs.

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