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NASA Welds | First A320neo Flies | Pentagon Purchasing Reforms







October 2014








NASA Announces Largest Spacecraft Welding Tool
The 170-foot-tall, 78-foot-wide welding toolkit will build the core stage of the Space Launch System. The $7B SLS is the USA’s rocket for ‘deep-space’ missions to asteroids and possibly Mars.



Jet Edge 5-Axis Waterjet Cuts Taper-Free 3D Parts


Jet Edge's EDGE X-5 5-axis waterjet system with Aquavision Di Controller cuts complex taper-free and 3D parts from virtually any material. Featuring Jet Edge's innovative Permalign EDGE cutting head technology, the EDGE X-5 dramatically increases your waterjet cutting capabilities by allowing you to produce chamfers, weld bevels and sophisticated 3D parts such as impeller blades - all with a taper-free finish.  Jet Edge, Inc: or call 1-800-538-3343.
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A320neo Successfully Completes First Flight
In a flight lasting over two hours from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport France, Airbus demonstrates progress in the important single aisle plane. Sales could reach 15,000 eventually.





Live Webinar: How to Reduce Drill Programming Time


The drilling process can be tedious, repetitive and error prone. But, it doesn't have to be. Join this free live webinar and learn how to reduce drill programming time by up to 90%.

Our presenter, John Barnes from Cimatron, will inform attendees on process improvements, which includes:


  Advanced Drilling Tools & Techniques
  Automated NC Drilling 3x-5x
  Automated Gun Drill Programming & Output
  How Feature Recognition can vary among CAM systems
  Automatic vs Automated Drilling
  Use of Stock & Holder Protection while drilling
Live Webinar starts Wednesday, October 22 at 2:05 pm ET. Click here to learn more and register.
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New Fives Group Five-Axis Profilers Target Aerospace


Machines aim at higher productivity in aluminum and titanium cutting for aerospace machining.  



Get Leaner With Bluebeam® Revu®


From design to fabrication, Bluebeam® Revu® provides manufacturing firms with 2D and 3D PDF-based workflow solutions that improve project communication and productivity. Bluebeam Revu combines the power of CAD to PDF conversion technology with easy-to-use markup tools to streamline communication and reduce paper usage and costs. Learn how Bluebeam Revu speeds up the design review process and increases manufacturing efficiency. Download a 30-day trial of Bluebeam Revu at
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Pentagon Tries Again to Improve Acquisition


The US Defense Department’s Better Buying Power initiative tries for third time to improve efficiency in procurement and acquisition. Key motivation is better innovation and technical rewards.






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Lockheed Martin Space Systems Buys Electron Beam Additive System
The company will use a Sciaky turnkey electron beam additive manufacturing system, combining CAD, electron beam manufacturing and layer-additive processing. (Printing 3D Today)
General Aviation Industry Developing Diesel-Engine Craft
The Wichita Eagle reports that various general aviation manufacturers are looking into the possibilities of diesel engines as “the next big thing for general aviation airplanes.”
Tap Into the Incredible Network of SME with the Premier Online Search Tool and Directory


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Alcoa, Boeing Sign $1B Contract
The Quad City Times reports that the multi-year contract, valued at more than $1 billion, makes Alcoa the sole supplier to Boeing for wing skins on its metallic structure aircraft.
Construction to Start for Louisiana Helicopter Assembly Facility
Lafayette Regional Airport center will assemble Bell 505 JetRanger X commercial helicopters. (Aerospace Manufacturing and Design))



Complimentary Invitation to International TOSM & Smart Mobility Business Meetings 2014 in Turin, Italy


The Italian Trade Agency (I.T.A.) is inviting qualified companies a complimentary opportunity to attend the International TOSM & Smart Mobility Business Meetings on November 12 &13, 2014, in Turin Italy, within Smart Mobility World, the European reference event for the mobility of the XXI century. The event offers a B2B agenda with Italian and International Buyers, characteristics and technologies concerning the Intelligent Transport System (ITS), Smart Mobility, and Solutions for local public transport and regional railways, green vehicles, telematics and infrastructures, and technologies for parking. Qualified companies will have their travel expenses covered by us. Visit our website for details. Deadline for interested US companies is October 17, 2014.
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