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Editor: Jonathan Severn
4th October 2017

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 delivery. RPS 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, of course.

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 metal parts.


foFesto 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?

rlMachinery 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?

eaTubular 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?

tf3D printer for large-scale production of complex metal parts
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?

onOmron 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?


reRoboBusiness 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?

srStemmer 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?


mnMclennan is exclusive UK and Ireland sales partner for Phytron
Mclennan is now supplying Phytron's comprehensive range of specialist and extreme environment stepper motor, drive and motion systems. More?

urAutomating with robots - how to get started
Universal Robots presents a simple six-step approach to help manufacturing companies implement their first robotic automation. More?

skNew 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?

eaStainless steel locks and hinges for stainless steel enclosures
EMKA has an extensive range of stainless steel enclosure hardware for applications where good corrosion resistance is necessary. More?

baHow to optimise performance of food and beverage machinery
This article from the BFPA considers some key areas of discussion within the food and beverage industry and ways to optimise machine performance. More?

pxSimple, 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?

isVersatile 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?

lsCustom 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?

prProcter Bros apprentice shortlisted for prestigious EEF award
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 printer. More?


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?

Jonathan Severn

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