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The S205/S206 LaserSwiss machines from Rem Sales combine CNC Swiss-style machining and laser machining, providing a customized, optimized, fully integrated laser with the Tsugami S205 or S206. Benefits include the ability to triple throughput by eliminating multiple setups and deburring operations, reduce labor by producing finished parts from automatically fed tubing and eliminate manufacturing constraints using a customized mix of machining methods to produce the desired features at the fastest times.

Hewlett-Packard Development Co. LP, Palo Alto, Calif., introduced its Blended Reality “ecosystem,” composed of the HP Multi Jet Fusion additive manufacturing system and the Sprout by HP computer operating system.

Israeli manufacturer Colibri Spindles Technology offers a new high-speed spindle driven by high-powered through-coolant, delivered so that it surrounds the tool/workpiece interface. The product, called Typhoon, fits into a machine’s automatic toolchanger and is placed in the machine’s main spindle like a regular tool. According to the company, this design reduces use of the main spindle, saves energy, provides efficient chip removal and prolongs tool life.

Microfluidics manufacturer FlowJEM, Toronto, offers a line of high-quality plastic microfluidic components fabricated in a range of materials. The goal, according to the company, is to meet demands for high-quality, low-cost products with a fast turnaround time.

The company’s patent-pending process produces imprint templates that are used to create embossed microfluidic devices in a variety of thermoplastics.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (MHI), Tokyo, has developed a laser micromachining system, the “Ablaser,” as the first product in its laser processing machine business. The adoption of a proprietary optical system enables high-speed drilling and other high-precision machining applications, according to the company. MHI plans to begin selling the system soon. The Ablaser utilizes a high-quality laser source that continuously irradiates an ultra-short pulse laser with a pulse duration below 10 picoseconds.

Tsugami/Rem Sales, the exclusive North American importer of Precision Tsugami machine tools, will host the Precision Machined Products Association's (PMPA) first East Coast Mini-Tech Conference at its Windsor, Conn., facility on Nov. 12, 2014. 

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Northern Sky Research reports that the market for Earth-observation satellites—including data, value-added services and information products—will grow to $5.1 billion by 2023, up from $2.1 billion in 2013. The market will benefit from more high-resolution data and increased demand from commercial and enterprise customers, reports the Wilmington, Del., research and consulting firm in its sixth report on the market.

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AM thumbnailIn its research for Wohlers Report 2014, Wohlers Associates Inc. found that revenues from the production of parts for final products represents 34.7 percent of the entire market for additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing—terms that are used interchangeably.

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Photoetching specialist Precision Micro, Birmingham, England, partnered with German manufacturer Evopro Systems Engineering AG to develop a machine to help remove production batches of photoetched components from processed metal sheets.

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Material surface analysis at the micro- and nano-scale could illuminate wear and fatigue early for aircraft and other metal parts. The system would be more efficient than an x-ray and less destructive than other methods used to determine fatigue.

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