|Are you using 3D printing
yet? If you think this technology is not suitable for
machine builders, then you might be missing a trick.
When I visited the RPS and 3DPRINTUK stands at the
recent Engineering Materials Live event, both companies
told me they had customers in this industry.
Consider, for example, a sensor mounting bracket.
Currently you might buy these as standard components
(for around £0.50 - £2.00) or have them machined from
solid or fabricated from sheet metal (both of which will
cost considerably more). But if you had a 3D printer,
you could probably build the part for less than 20
pence, with no need to raise a purchase order or await
supplies its own 3D printers as well as machines from
other companies. It says that one of its machine
building customers bought a 3D printer and found it paid
for itself in just one month! On the other hand, if you
don't want to purchase a 3D printer, 3DPRINTUK
already serves a number of machine builders who need
production parts 3D printed. Other suppliers of 3D
printers and 3D printing services are available as well,
While the above companies are both involved primarily in
3D printing with plastics, scroll down to read about
Trumpf's new additive manufacturing machine that builds
VTEM Motion Terminal could revolutionise automation
Festo says its new motion terminal brings pneumatics
into the Industry 4.0 era with software apps that
replace 50+ conventional components. More?
Safebook 5: updated and expanded guidance
This latest edition of Rockwell Automation's
comprehensive machinery safety book is updated and has
a new section for products, technologies and tools. More?
machine guard handle with integral safety switch
Elesa's new RH-FG16 tubular handle incorporates a
choice of controls including safety, reset and
emergency stop pushbuttons. More?
printer for large-scale production of complex metal
New from Trumpf, the TruPrint 3000 3D printer suits
large-scale production of complex metal parts up to
300mm in diameter and 400mm high. More?
reveals the future of machine interaction at PPMA
At the recent PPMA show Omron demonstrated its new
OKAO facial recognition and gesture control technology
for machine access and control. More?
EVENTS AND COURSES
Europe and TUS Expo
Put the dates in your diary, RoboBusiness Europe and
the TUS Expo take place in Rotterdam from 13 to 15
February 2018. More?
Imaging Vision Technology Forum 2017
Next month's two-day forum features hands-on training,
seminars, live demonstrations and an 'Integrator Zone'
with real-world applications. More?
is exclusive UK and Ireland sales partner for
Mclennan is now supplying Phytron's comprehensive
range of specialist and extreme environment stepper
motor, drive and motion systems. More?
with robots - how to get started
Universal Robots presents a simple six-step approach
to help manufacturing companies implement their first
robotic automation. More?
rotary encoders with DIP switch programmability
Sick's latest encoders and measuring wheel encoders
are more versatile than standard incremental encoders
and cost less than fully programmable devices. More?
steel locks and hinges for stainless steel
EMKA has an extensive range of stainless steel
enclosure hardware for applications where good
corrosion resistance is necessary. More?
to optimise performance of food and beverage
This article from the BFPA considers some key areas of
discussion within the food and beverage industry and
ways to optimise machine performance. More?
economical control of automation and safety
ECO Safe terminal blocks from Phoenix Contact perform
individual safety monitoring and control functions
without the need for a dedicated controller. More?
industrial camera with GigE or USB 3.1 Type-C port
IDS is launching a new generation of its uEye SE
industrial camera family with screw-on GigE and USB
3.1 Type-C connections and many other options. More?
stampings designed and manufactured by Lee Spring
Whatever your requirements for custom stampings in
almost any material, Lee Spring can work with you on
the design and then undertake manufacture. More?
Bros apprentice shortlisted for prestigious EEF
Rae Goman, a talented apprentice working for Procter
Bros Ltd, has been shortlisted for the EEF Future
Manufacturing Awards 2017. More?
|Machinery safety for new 3D printer -
managing risks from lasers
Read how Pilz provided consultancy and CE
marking support services to Sintratec when the
company was developing a new laser-based 3D
Giving and receiving
This week the Pointy-Haired Boss gets a straight
answer from Dilbert, Dogbert gives PR advice, and
Wally shares something with the CEO. More?