Senior Editor Michael Anderson
They’re quietly walking through the aisles of IMTS 2014, taking a few meetings and looking at the technology—but if you passed them, you wouldn’t know who they are. They’re David Modig, the third-generation president of Modig Machine Tool Sweden, and David Waldron, president of the newly established Modig Machine Tool US. Full Article
George N. Bullen, President and CEO, Smart Blades Inc.
A number of years ago I was asked to participate in a study at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratories (JPL) in Pasadena, CA, to determine the best approach to build an inhabited vehicle for Mars exploration. At the time, President George W. Bush had approved a plan to return to the moon and proceed onto Mars as an extension of Project Constellation. Full Article
Jack Burley, VP, Sales and Engineering, BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling Inc.
Aerospace is unique among industries in its thirst for component accuracy. Flight-critical parts are expensive to begin with, then must be machined to ‘blemish-free’ precision. Unlike any other industry, anything that goes into the air has to be on spec, as the smallest imperfection in machining can adversely affect flight safety. Full Article
Doug Maywald, Applications Engineer, MC Machinery Systems Inc.
Due to stringent regulations set by the FAA, the aerospace industry as a whole requires parts to be cut to the tightest tolerances. Until two decades ago, using an EDM to cut many aerospace parts was not a viable option because most EDM machines were unable to cut with the required level of precision. Full Article
Mark Huston, VP, Global Engineered Solutions, Kennametal Inc.
The US Federal Aviation Administration’s most recent forecast (FAA Aerospace Forecast Fiscal Years 2013–2033) notes that “over the long term, we see a competitive and profitable aviation industry.” Fundamentally, as economies stabilize and strengthen, so will aviation manufacturing. Full Article