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Derek Loebsack.

February 10, 2017

by Mary Scianna

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Techni waterjet machine.

February 10, 2017

by Mary Scianna

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Founders of Additive Metal Manufacturing from left: Norman Holesh, Nigel Southway and David Slimowitz. Their vision is to make advanced additive manufacturing technologies accessible to Canadian manufacturers and help strengthen the Canadian manufacturing industry.

February 10, 2017

by Andrew Brooks

Additive manufacturing is still relatively new, but will it usher in a new Industrial Revolution?

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A  Lincoln Electric additive manufacturing system from its Wolf Robotics division.

February 10, 2017

New robotics-enabled technology promises to break some major additive barriers

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A lot of future product development will use additive with substractive manufacturing. Additive manufacturing can pose a challenge when it comes to finished machining.

February 10, 2017

by Andrew Brooks

A low-risk, low-cost way to explore the possibilities of additive manufacturing

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Not all drills are created equal, notes Fein's Randy McDonald. The quality of drill chucks can have a big impact on accuracy in holemaking. If your drill isn't held securely, it will cause the bit to wobble and go off centre. Images: Fein Power Tool Co.

February 9, 2017

by Mary Scianna

Steps to ensure holemaking quality and accuracy

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Fred Jones, left, with Derek Loebsack. The two have worked together in the waterjet industry for 18 years.

February 9, 2017

by Mary Scianna

A no-nonsense approach to business spurs growth for Ontario waterjet fabricator

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CN Rail

February 9, 2017

CN plans to spend $2.5 billion in 2017 to improve its core infrastructure, which includes replacement of 2.2 million rail ties, installation of more than 966 km (600 miles) of new rail, and work in bridges, branch line upgrades and other general track maintenance.

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Amada's 9 kW LCG 3015 AJ fiber laser with automated material handling system. Material handling is just one of many considerations when investing in higher speed lasers and integrating them into a fabrication shop.  Image: Amada

February 9, 2017

by Nestor Gula

Handling downstream operations with today’s faster lasers

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Marc-André Aubé joins Walter Surface Technologies as the new president and COO

February 8, 2017

Marc-André Aubé is the new president and COO of Walter Surface Technologies, based in Pointe-Claire, QC.

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Robin Stuhler is a sales engineer with TRUMPF.

February 8, 2017

by Robin Stuhler

Countering increasing market pressure with interconnected solutions

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Hypertherm Powermax45 XP plasma cutter

February 7, 2017

Hypertherm is holding its "Spark Something Great" education grant program again in 2017. The contest is open to Canadian and US schools and 10 North American winners will receive Hypertherm's new Powermax45 XP plasma cutting and gouging system and the company's Plasma Cutting Technology: Theory and Practice curriculum kit.

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Nd:YAG laser welding

January 23, 2017

Choosing the best option for your application

By Geoff Shannon, Amada Miyachi America

Four lasers can be used for micro welding: pulsed neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd:YAG), continuous wave (CW) fiber, quasi continuous wave (QCW) fiber, and nanosecond fiber. Each laser type offers unique features that work best for specific applications. Here is a comparison of the pulsed Nd:YAG laser with the three fiber laser options, and a discussion of why and when one might be chosen over the other. In some cases, several options may work; in that case, cost of ownership and serviceability can tip the scales.

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Arbec Tool and Machine Ltd

January 10, 2017

Newmak product portfolio

Two Windsor manufacturers are the latest recipients in a recent slew of funding announcements by the Federal government. Newmak of Canada Corp. in partnership with Arbec Tool and Machine Ltd., both based in Windsor, ON, have received funding of up to $3 million to support development of stronger engine blocks made of lightweight aluminum.

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Magna has developed a new ultralight door module that achieves 42.5 mass savings and can be used on approximately 70 per cent of the current light vehicle market

January 9, 2017

Magna International Inc., in cooperation with the US Department of Energy (DOE) and partners FCA US and Grupo Antolin, announced it has developed a new, ultralight door architecture that achieves the project objective of 42.5 per cent mass savings compared to an average current production door.

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Gas phase titanium crystals image from periodictable.com

December 30, 2016

Use of titanium, already a well-known material among the metal product manufacturing sector, is expected to boom by 2020 according to a new research report by Persistence Market Research. 

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HIWT Next Generation Welder Facility

December 27, 2016

Hobart Institue of Technology (HIWT) in Troy, OH, has opened the "Next Generatin Welder Learning Facility. The (16,000 sq ft) facility began to host classes in late October and is an important addition to the (13-acre) campus that has trained more than 100,000 welders.

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Kuka Robotics arch welding 2 R270 Sailer 004 RT8

December 21, 2016

KUKA Canada is once again offering its KUKA Canada College in 2017. Courses will be offered in January, February and March.

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TRUMPF opens tech site in Silicon Valley

December 19, 2016

TRUMPF has opened a new technology and laser centre in Santa Clara, CA. The company says its location in Silicon Valley puts the laboratory close to key customers and partners from sectors such as consumer electronics and e-mobility.

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November 25, 2016

If anyone had any doubts about where the metal fabrication industry is heading in the future, FABTECH 2016 held recently in Las Vegas, NV, put those doubts to rest.

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