Data collection, networking and machine design options are driving notable improvements and cost savings.
To get a sense of just how serious HP (www8.hp.com/us/en/printers/3d-printers.html) is about actually doing high-volume manufacturing with its new Jet Fusion 5200 3D printing system, know that when introducing the unit, which literally uses what can be considered print heads that provide a building speed on a machine of up to 309 in3/hr, Ramon Pastor, general manager and global head of Plastics Solutions at HP 3D Printing & Digital Manufacturing, talks about having a machine that has “industrial level overall equipment effectiveness,” the sort of thing that one might hear regarding a machining center, and points out that because HP is a mass manufacturer it understands such things as the process capability index (Cpk), so the company has devised process control software for the 5200 Series that includes a machine-learning algorithm, which means that the printer will get closer and closer to its target value. “We are delivering a Cpk of 1.3,” Pastor says, adding, “We ask our vendors for 1.3.”
There are three machines in the series, the 5200, 5210 and 5210 Pro, which is a capability walk toward more functionality and capability.
“We are building a new market, a digital manufacturing market,” Pastor says, so to that end they are assiduously working with other companies, be they users (e.g., Jaguar Land Rover, whose Ben Wilson, additive manufacturing manager, said, “Our work with HP to advance our knowledge and in-house capability in 3D printing has been an important step toward production of quality parts to support current and aftermarket customers.
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Helping manufacturers hike quality by more closely tracking parts
Harbour Results Inc. estimates decline in N.A. OEM tooling spend for 2020
Carmakers, who spent $8.7 billion on production tooling in North America this year, are likely to cut their investment to $6.8 billion in 2020 and $7.1 billion in 2021, predicts Harbour Results Inc.
Fritz Studer AG has been producing grinding machines since 1912. During that time the Swiss firm has produced more than 24,000 of them. So when it redesigned two of its universal grinders—the S31 and the S33—it went at the task so as to increase the capabilities and productivity of both.
Brad Keselowski, who drives for Team Penske in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, is taking what he’s learned about the importance of advanced technology on the track to manufacturing.
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Aluminum alloy AA 7075 is almost as strong as steel but weighs only a third as much—a dream material to use for lightweighting, you might think.