XYZ’s Autumn Machine Tool Collection To Be Displayed in London Showroom

The new 3,000-ft² London showroom of XYZ Machine Tools Ltd. is to be the venue for the third in a series of upcoming open houses offered by the UK company in the next few weeks. The event, scheduled for November 23–24, will introduce a raft of new products to visitors from London, the Home Counties, and the South East. Following similar events at XYZ’s showrooms in Nuneaton, Warwickshire (October 11–12), and Blackburn, Lancashire (November 9–10), the London extravaganza, like its predecessors, will feature ex-demo machine tools available for sale at bargain prices.

Conveniently located off J26 of the M25, the showroom, on the new Waltham Point development 16 miles from the centre of London, is fully equipped for machine demonstrations. Among the attractions planned for the November open house are the BRM range of large-capacity CNC bridge mills; the manual/CNC ProTurn VL 555, XYZ’s largest-bore (104-mm) ProtoTrak-equipped lathe; the ProTurn 1630 SLX variable-speed lathe equipped with the ProtoTrak SLX control; the XL range of extra-large CNC lathes with up to 1,500 mm of swing and 10 m between centres; and the low-cost e range of milling, turning, and grinding machines.

Everyone is welcome, according to Nigel Atherton, XYZ’s managing director, “but a phone call or fax beforehand to preregister would certainly help with the catering.” More important, Atherton noted, with sales currently at record levels, prior notice of arrival will ensure that the machine the visitor most wants to see will be on display.

EuroMold Conference to Focus on Additive-Type Rapid Prototyping

DEMAT GmbH of Frankfurt, Germany, and Wohlers Associates Inc. of Fort Collins, Colorado, are offering another international conference in conjunction with the EuroMold trade fair. This year’s conference, entitled Future Industrial Applications of Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing,will take place Friday, December 2, in the Exhibition Centre Frankfurt.

The theme of the conference is a forward look at additive fabrication technologies in mainstream and emerging industries. Nine speakers will consider which methods and systems are proving most beneficial now and will discuss what the future seems to hold.

Additive processes in applications such as rapid prototyping are becoming increasingly popular in a growing range of industries, according to Wohlers Associates, an industry and market analysis firm. Pioneered in the automotive and aerospace industry around 15 years ago, the technology next was put to work in handheld electronic, power tools, footwear, sporting goods, and other applications. Lately, medical and dental device, architectural, jewelry, and microsystem firms have benefited from previously unthinkable applications of additive techniques.

“This conference, now in its seventh year, is one of the most important events at EuroMold,” said Diana Schnabel and Dr. Eberhard Döring, chief executives at DEMAT, which organizes EuroMold, in a joint statement. The Global Alliance of Rapid Prototyping Associations, a nonprofit organization cofounded by Wohlers in 1998, has endorsed the conference and is participating in it.

World-class speakers addressing a variety of topics involving additive fabrication techniques in rapid prototyping and rapid manufacturing will be Martin Augsburg of BMW Group (Germany), Andy Christensen of Medical Modeling LLC (USA), John Hammond of Airbus (UK), Charles Overy of LGM (USA), Dr. Stephen Schmitt of Dental Implant Technologies (USA), Roger Spielman of Solid Concepts (USA), Ms. Lena Thorsson of Particular AB (Sweden), Graham Tromans of Loughborough University (UK), and Terry Wohlers of Wohlers Associates.