Production Engineering, Tooling & Machinery

Getting a Grip on Clamping With Additive Manufacturing

The onset of miniaturisation is becoming more prominent in industry and the respective machining applications and production processes. This pattern is naturally seeing the necessity for clamping chucks to become smaller, more precise and more powerful. As these requirements cannot be met with conventional manufacturing, MAPAL is a cutting tool manufacturer leading the way by using additive manufacturing by selective laser melting to produce chucks and tool holders.

3D printing: The future of aircraft

3D printing, or additive manufacturing, is not a new concept. First conceived in the late 1980s, it’s only in recent years that it has taken flight. Additive manufacturing is used in daily life, but developments are making it more accessible for other industries to use the technology, including aviation. Here, Benjamin Stafford, materials science expert at materials search engine Matmatch, explores the future relationship of aviation and additive manufacturing.

Be brave

It’s a brave new world. Industrial automation and robotics are wiping out jobs across the board, swathes of people are roaming the streets unemployed and food is being rationed by an artificial intelligence, which decides how much to give them based on its perceived view of their value to society. Or at least that’s what popular culture and national news media would have us believe.

That’s why it was refreshing to see a more realistic view of the impact of automation presented in a recent episode of Dr Who.

ROS gets a grip

With its additively manufactured gripper fingers, SCHUNK has opened a new chapter of online sales in the field of  mechanical and plant engineering. Automotive supplier ROS from Coburg uses the clever 3D design tool SCHUNK eGRIP for diverse robot handling in assembly systems.

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