The latest innovations from the USA
Keeping informed on the latest manufacturing technology developments is high on the agenda at Hyde Engineering, with that in mind Mark and Sally headed on a two-stop trip to the USA.
The first port of call being the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago. Billed as the largest and longest-running industry trade show in the Western Hemisphere, they were taken aback by the sheer scale of the exhibition.
Highlights included the enthusiasm for additive manufacturing seen at the show and the range and number of machines and tools on display, with manufacturers having virtually their full portfolio of products on stands, available for viewing and trialling.
The final destination was Dover, Ohio, where the duo was invited to tour the recently expanded Allied Machine and Engineering manufacturing headquarters.
The hospitality was second only to the slick operation witnessed by the pair, as they were shown around the advanced and efficiency geared facility, inspiring ideas for the future at Hyde.
Additive In Action
We had an unusual request a few months ago to 3D print a clock housing for a Mini restoration. The customer had tried other materials and providers which failed (the last one melted in the sunshine!).
Using our Markforged X7 and our Onyx (Nylon 6 CF) material we found the perfect solution offering the rigidity and weight saving needed without compromising on quality or cost.
Meet The Team - Sally, Additive Manufacturing
Onsite, full rate production has started on the DMU 50 machining centre for a new defence project, along with a CI project to reduce non-value-added operations on existing and new jobs.
Additive manufacturing has received a number of reverse engineering enquiries for obsolete items along with implementation talks commencing on a new online quoting platform for 3D printing.
Offsite, previously attended events have led to follow up meetings for potential new customers.