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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2017 / ORLANDO, FLORIDA CAM X 2017 6 SHOWDAILY Weber Manufacturing Expands, Adds Large CNC Machine By Sara Black CompositesWorld Weber Manufacturing Technologies Inc. (Midland, ON, Canada) has recently installed a new high-speed 5-axis machining center, a 2017 DMU 340 P Unimould by DMG Mori (Bielefeld, Germany), the first of its kind in Ontario and just the third such machine in North America. Weber president Chris Edwards says the DMU 340 is the focal point of an $8 million capital investment plan: "It helps us deliver outstanding accuracy and superior speed to market to our automotive, aerospace and home and building product customers." e DMU 340 is a key part of a significant capital investment that was spurred on by an $800,000 South Western Ontario Development Fund grant. e DMU 340's 3.4m diameter table can handle metal blocks that weigh up to 44,000 lb, and the machine, which can both cut and measure, completes the cutting from the top down in one setting, elimi- nating the need to reposition and reset the piece during production. "What takes 48 hours with a 3-axis machine is completed in 24 hours with the DMU340," explains Edwards. Increased speed also comes with improved accuracy, he adds: "Older models simply can't perform like the new machine which builds to an incredibly fine detail." Weber has already secured two Chinese customers, and is currently working on a tool for a Chinese-made car. Weber's four-year growth plan will see the addition of several other critical machines including a universal medium duty 5-axis gantry machine, a second nickel vapor deposition reactor to double the company's nickel shell and powder produc- tion capacity, and a 2,000-ton production press, among other equipment. Weber demonstrating heating, cooling capabilities of its molds Weber Manufacturing Technologies Inc. (Midland, ON, Canada), exhibiting in booth H52, is showing a nickel vapor deposition (NVD) mold for a Class A automotive body panel, demonstrating the tool's rapid heating and cooling capabilities. Weber is partnering with mold temperature control specialist Regloplas Corp. (St. Joseph, Michigan) and showing the mold ramping quickly up to 200°F and back to room temperature, at 5-6°F/ min. The mold features removable steel inserts to demonstrate the ability to mold undercuts or part return edges. The demonstration is being performed on an as-requested basis. of boat structures that previously were not possible. Even in the last 20 years, compos- ites have enabled new yacht designs that allow the speeds of America's Cup competitors to exceed 48 knots. e key, he said, has been in the development of the carbon fiber dagger- boards, the four L-shaped structures on which the yachts glide through the water. "ese daggerboards have a lot of conflicting design parameters," he said, noting the need for thin, light- weight, highly engineered and stiff struc- tures. Jordan said the next America's Cup race, in 2021, promises to evolve current yacht and daggerboard designs even further, allowing unprecedented speeds. James Antonic, president and CEO of Composite Building Structures Ltd. (CBS), explained his company's efforts to bring compos- ites to high-volume, low-cost residential construction in devel- oping countries. Antonic noted how the advent of the assembly line informed his engineering career, and how that extends to the prod- ucts CBS makes today. e CBS strategy, he said, is to use six varieties of pultruded glass fiber structures to create various walls and wall systems that are manufactured on standardized jigs in assembly line fashion. All assembly is done with by hand with battery powered tools, which enables easy portability and helps boost local job growth. is enbles affordable, durable, quality homes to be manufactured in just hours, with minimal waste. "is allows us to build a structure to meet variations in local housing designs, with just six variations in pultrusions," he said. Kerry Manning, aerostructures engi- neer at Colorado-based Boom Aerospace, introduced the audience to Boom's efforts to develop a next-generation supersonic commercial jetliner. e 55-passenger jet, which is still in development, is being designed to travel at up 1400 mph, or about 2.5 times faster than current commercial aircraft. e goal, said Manning, is to enable more time for work, business and family by reducing the time humans spend in the air. Composites are an important part of Boom's efforts, and are being applied on all struc- tures of the aircraft. In particular, Manning said, Boom is concerned about fuselage heating during supersonic flight, when some parts of the aircraft can exceed 120°C. Manning said Boom is relying primarily on a TenCate carbon fiber/epoxy out-of-au- toclave prepreg material, selected for its high-temperature capabilities and for the fact that it is already qualified for aerospace use. Boom just announced a strategic part- nership with Japan Airlines (JAL), including a JAL investment of $10 million in Boom. KEYNOTES , continued from page 1 e CBS strategy is to use six varieties of pultruded glass fiber structures to create various walls and wall systems that are manufactured on standardized jigs in assembly line fashion.

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