In March, Hurco Manufacturing is accelerating assembly checks, Nikon launches new software, machines are learning material design, and AMUG Awards Two Scholarships. Continue reading our news round-up to learn more about what’s happening in the industry this month.
Accelerating assembly checks
The ultimate accuracy and reliability of a machine tool depends on a small degree of alignment checking during the building process. For machine tools produced in high volumes, the efficiency of the alignment checking process is paramount.
Seeking an alternative to traditional error measurement techniques, Hurco Manufacturing Ltd. in Taichung City, Taiwan, chose the XK10 alignment laser system to increase precision and throughput. The XK10 can be applied to linear rails to ensure they are straight, square, flat, parallel, and level, as well as to spindles and chucks to assess the direction and coaxially of rotary machines.
For the inside scoop on the XK10 check out the full article here.
Nikon Launches New Version of Software
Operators of Nikon Metrology’s NEXIV range of CNC video measuring machines have for many years been able to harness the power of the manufacturer’s AutoMeasure programming and reporting software, which includes the ability to compare inspection results automatically against CAD models.
In the latest version of the software, AutoMeasure version 13, two features have been added that allow even novice operators to extract the best performance from the systems. They reduce operational costs and raise productivity, leading to a competitive advantage for a manufacturing company or inspection bureau.
Check out sme.org for more information on this new software.
Machine learning for material design
A new approach can train a machine learning model to predict the properties of a material using only data obtained through simple measurements, saving time and money compared with methods currently used.
The approach was designed by researchers at Japan’s National Institute for Materials Science, Asahi Kasei Corp., Mitsubishi Chemical Corp., Mitsui Chemicals Inc., and Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd. This new approach can predict difficult-to-measure experimental data, such as tensile modulus, using easy-to-measure experimental data like X-ray diffraction. This further helps design new materials or repurpose already known ones.
For more information click here.
AMUG Awards Two Scholarships
The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) announced the recipients of its scholarships. Frank Marquette, Professor of Practice at Troy University, has been awarded the Randy Stevens Scholarship for educators in additive manufacturing. Akila Udage, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in architectural science with research focusing on additive manufacturing for lighting at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has been awarded the Guy E. Bourdeau Scholarship for students in additive manufacturing.
As scholarship recipients, Marquette and Udage will attend the AMUG Conference, where they will engage with additive manufacturing users. They will take the stage to present their work on Monday, April 4, 2022. The AMUG Conference will be held in Chicago, April 3-7.
For more information on the conference and scholarship winners click here.