Pay-per-use AM subscription

Following the installation of a HP Jet Fusion 3D 4200, Wales-based industrial design consultancy Design Reality is utilising HP’s subscription-based pricing for its 3D printing materials to pay for what it prints, as it prints, with a clear view of running costs.

The concept is said to be the industry’s first pay-per-use subscription model. Design Reality’s team can monitor usage and costs via a digital dashboard, providing critical insight on print job usage and associated costs. This guaranteed price-per-build enables Design Reality to quote the cost of a part with confidence and consistency.
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Seamless pipe production

A leading Russian tube producer has chosen Fives for the supply of finishing equipment to process seamless tubes.

Fives will design and supply: two Bronx six-roll cold pipe straighteners; a Bronx 10-roll hot pipe straightener; Taylor-Wilson end facers; Two Taylor-Wilson double head hydrotesters; and two Taylor-Wilson double head drifters. The equipment will be designed to process over 500,000 tons per year of seamless tubular products of 73-273 mm in diameter, mainly designated to oil and gas applications according to international API and Russian GOST standards. Production start-up is scheduled for 2021.
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Mapal opens second site in Mexico

Mapal Frhenosa, a 120-employee joint venture by the Mapal Group, is stepping up its activities in Mexico.

The company has built a second site in Santiago de Querétaro, giving it an operation right at the heart of the country for the first time. An opening ceremony was attended by numerous representatives from the worlds of business and politics. The new factory gives Mapal Frhenosa considerably more production capacity for reconditioning tools, as well as eventually creating 100 new jobs. Approximately €2.3m has been invested in constructing the new facility.
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Scanners win Red Dots

Creaform’s recently launched HandyScan Black and Go!Scan Spark have won Red Dot Awards for product design.

Marco St-Pierre, Creaform’s vice president – innovation and technologies, says: “These are Creaform’s fourth and fifth Red Dot Awards in the past few years, which attests to how much we believe in the crucial role that design and ergonomics play in the overall user experience.” Each year, over 5000 entries to the Red Dot Awards are received from more than 50 countries. Entrants are judged on several criteria, including degree of innovation, functionality, formal quality and ergonomics.
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MTC apprentice at WorldSkills

Jack McCarthy, an apprentice trained at the Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre (AMTC) in Coventry is to represent the UK at the WorldSkills 2019 finals in Russia.

McCarthy, who was one of the first cohort of apprentices to be trained at the AMTC – part of the Manufacturing Technology Centre – will compete at the WorldSkills competition in Kazan in August, having successfully competed at WorldSkills UK to win his place. Aged 20, he began his apprenticeship at the AMTC in 2014, completing it last year. McCarthy now works for DMG Mori, and will compete in Russia in the CNC turning category.
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