What happens when an advanced-tech startup company works with top tier manufacturers of machine parts and controls? You get metal parts much bigger than a breadbox and an opportunity to stretch your imagination. A patented process developed by +Mfg,LLC headquartered in Greater Cincinnati holds promise for a real paradigm shift in metal additive manufacturing. Along with its development partners Parker Hannifin and Miller Electric Mfg., the company entertained enthusiastic visitors at the Automate 2015 exhibition in Chicago last week.
The company’s machine, now known to early adapters as +1000K, performs a process called Arc Metal Deposition (AMD). The why-didn’t-I-think-of-that concept behind the technology is easy to understand. The +Mfg team simply combined computer driven additive manufacturing processes with a state of art power supply, and super-sized it. The show display led to impassioned discussions of new production capabilities that might be imagined. That’s why the word “IMAGINE” is so prominently emblazoned on the face of the machine when it is operating.
So, can you imagine producing a new automotive engine block in days; a desk-sized stamping die in a week; or an injection mold for a 500 ton press in less than a month? Traditional manufacturing methods of producing metal parts have been around since the Iron Age. “The benefits of additive manufacturing, particularly our AMD process, over casting, forging, and cutting parts out of billet is a gamechanger” was one of the comments made by Paul Saleba, the company spokesperson in his presentation during the Startup Competition at the show.
Jim Blackwood and Tom Kruer, Co-founders of +Mfg were also fielding questions about their +1000K, from all stripes of automation industry personnel and decision makers at the show. They discussed the implications on industry resulting from faster, cleaner, safer, less expensive, easier to operate, and environment friendly of one-off or mass-produced parts composed of combinations of various metals in one seamless operation. The partners are now shifting their attention to moving out of pilot production and into delivering machines to customers; and the sparks are flying!
About Parker Hannifin
With annual sales exceeding $13 billion in fiscal year 2014, Parker Hannifin is the world’s leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, providing precision-engineered solutions for a wide variety of mobile, industrial and aerospace markets. The company employs approximately 57,500 people in 50 countries around the world.
About Miller Electric Mfg.
Miller Electric Mfg. Co., with headquarters in Appleton, Wisconsin, is a leading manufacturer of arc welding and cutting equipment designed for manufacturing, fabrication, construction, aviation, motorsports, education, agriculture and marine applications. The company also features a line of welding helmets and safety gear.
For more information, contact:
Paul Saleba at: 859-630.5444 and visit the company website: www.plus-mfg.com