Lalique

February 10, 2012

The world famous manufacturer of crystal glass art, Lalique, traditionally produced prototypes from modelling materials – and moulds from cast iron and tool steel – on a 3-axis machining centre at its Wingen-sur-Moder factory in the Alsace region of France.

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CA Models

February 10, 2012

Stirling-based CA Models uses a wide range of additive manufacturing equipment to fulfil its rapid prototyping service, but also needs subtractive metalcutting for producing larger parts and those made from materials that cannot be built layer by layer.

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Hemlock Engineering

January 24, 2012

A third 5-axis, vertical-spindle machining centre has been installed by subcontractor Hemlock Engineering, Nottingham, in response to a steady increase in work from a variety of sources.

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UK University

January 23, 2012

The faculty of engineering at a leading university in the UK carries out research projects for aerospace companies and the medical sector. Additionally, bespoke test rigs are manufactured for research conducted in various other faculties across the campus, and in other UK universities.

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Norjon Engineers

January 23, 2012

In 2012, subcontractor and mouldmaker Norjon Engineers more than doubled the size of its factory in Gosport to 14,000 sq ft, following a 60 per cent increase in turnover the previous year. Four years previously, owner and managing director, Kevin Fox, bought two 5-axis Hermle machining centres, both C 20 Us with 600 x 450 x 450 mm working volume, to produce aluminium and brass thermoforming moulds.

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Burcas

January 20, 2012

In August 2008, family-owned tooling manufacturer and subcontractor, Burcas, installed its first 5-axis machining centre to supplement 3-axis prismatic metalcutting and extensive multi-axis mill-turning at its Birmingham factory. An early job put on the trunnion-type, 5-axis Hermle C 40 U, supplied by UK agent, Geo Kingsbury, was a mild steel component for a well-known UK aero engine manufacturer.

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