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General Sheet Metal Breaks Ground for New Plant

Thursday, August 27, 2015
 
Metal fabricator General Sheet Metal Works, Inc., South Bend, IN, has broken ground for a 180,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing and office facility in South Bend. Over the next three years, the company plans to invest more than $25 million in the facility and equipment, and add more than 25 jobs by 2016. The new facility also will serve as a resource to the community for school outreach programs, training programs, internships and local business-development functions, according to CEO John Axelberg.
In its 94th year of continuous operation by the Axelberg family, General Sheet Metal Works offers prototype-through-production services via a range of fabricating processes. For more, visit www.generalsheetmetalworks.com.

New Magazine Covers 3D-Metal-Printing Technology

Thursday, August 27, 2015
 
The Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), in partnership with MecklerMedia , has announced the launch of 3D Metal Printing magazine. With its first issue slated for spring 2016, 3D Metal Printing will target designers, engineers, executives and others working in the aerospace, automotive, tooling, medical and other industries where applications for metal additive manufacturing promise to rapidly expand.
“The pace of change in this industry is unbelievably rapid,” says Andrew Flando, publisher of 3D Metal Printing and vice president of publishing and expositions at PMA. “Manufacturers continue to find ways to use 3D metal printing to create complex parts in a way that increases efficiency and allows them to quickly deliver new products to market.”
“The use of additive-manufacturing services grew by 40 percent in 2014,” adds Alan Meckler, chairman and CEO of MecklerMedia, quoting recent industry surveys. MecklerMedia produces the Inside 3D Printing tradeshow and conference--the largest professional 3D printing and additive manufacturing event worldwide.
“We know that the use of 3D metal printing to manufacture end-use parts will increase dramatically during the next three years,” continues Meckler. “That’s why we’re excited to partner with PMA to launch this new publication.”
Meckler’s point is reinforced by a new market survey released by Stratasys, finding that by 2018 additive manufacturing of end-use parts is predicted to increase by 38 percent.
“Metals are the fastest-growing segment of 3D printing,” adds Flando, “with printer sales growing by 48 percent and material sales growing by 32 percent in 2014. And, the adoption of 3D metal printing is expected to nearly double by 2018.
“This new publication will be a critical resource,” continues Flando, “to help designers, engineers and others working in manufacturing stay up to date on the latest 3D metal-printing technology.”
For more information contact Andrew Flando, aflando@pma.org; or Brad Kuvin, editor, 3D Metal Printing, bkuvin@pma.org.

Perforators Association Upgrades Online Knowledge Center

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
 
The Industrial Perforators Association (IPA), based in Milwaukee, WI, has updated the look and functionality of its online Knowledge Center, accessible through www.iperf.org. The goal: provide an enhanced user experience to designers, engineers, builders, architects and others seeking perforating solutions, expertise and education.
IPA’s Knowledge Center serves as a central resource of education and information on how to apply, specify, buy, design and build with perforated metal. It integrates user-experience best practices to provide visitors with tips, techniques and product information.
“The IPA serves as a bridge to share expertise with engineers and designers to demonstrate the applications and advantages of using industrial perforated materials,” says Keith Zinn, IPA president. “Through our Knowledge Center, we are able to provide a wealth of technical resources, studies and benchmarking standards to help members and nonmembers with all of their industrial perforated-materials needs.”
Through the site, visitors have access to downloadable information on perforated metal patterns and guides by vertical industry, articles written by IPA members in industry publications, case histories and links to view the latest IPA e-mail newsletters.

 

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