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Anca, Inc., a machine tool builder, recently celebrated with a ribbon cutting at their Wixom Facility. The company expanded their facility by 50%, adding a dedicated customer focus and training center, and doubling its machine demonstration area. The event is captured in the video below.
Anca, Inc., president, Russell Riddiford hosted representatives from the company's Melbourne, Austrailia headquarters, as well as many other visitors, including some local dignitaries.
*Schonscheck, Inc., also a Wixom company, was contracted for the expansion.
Ford Wixom Plant Property Sold
The former Ford Wixom Plant property has been sold to a new owner, Industrial Commercial Properties (ICP) of Solon, OH. ICP owns/has redeveloped other former automotive properties in multiple states, including here in Oakland County. They have indicated a desire to bring outstanding commercial and industrial uses forward for the property and we look forward to working together with ICP to transform this long vacant industrial space in Wixom.
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First Commercial Sale of New Metal 3D Printer Goes to Wixom's Becker CAD-CAM-CAST
Posted to http://markets.businessinsider.com November 10, 2017
BUFFALO, N.Y. , Nov. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Vader Systems(VADER), an innovator in liquid metal 3D printing, announced the first commercial sale of its signature Mk1 3D printer to BECKER CAD-CAM-CAST (Becker), a tier one supplier of engineered aluminum automotive components.
VADER'S patented MagnetoJet technology melts metal wire and uses electromagnetic propulsion to produce on-demand, precision droplets of molten aluminum; the process allows parts to be formed at unprecedented rates and with reduced operational costs in comparison to powder bed processes. This highly cost-effective technology will make additive manufacturing affordable for an expanded market. VADER'S liquid metal process also provides safer operation and simplified material sourcing.
Because VADER'S MagnetoJet technology uses standard aluminum wire, the Mk1 delivers a ten-fold decrease in material costs; MagnetoJet also produces a dense part without the need for lengthy post-processing. Vader currently prints with 4043 aluminum, while 6061 and 7075 aluminum alloys, copper, and bronze are under development.
Zachary Vader, Chief Innovation Officer and Co-founder of Vader Systems, is also the inventor of MagnetoJet. He explains, "An important part of my vision in developing this technology was to impact the automotive industry. I'm thrilled that a company of Becker's caliber has recognized this potential and is choosing to integrate the Mk1 into their manufacturing process."
Scott Vader, VADER'S President and Co-founder, adds, "We are excited that our liquid metal 3D printing process will be used to enhance the exceptional value Becker already delivers to its customers, and we look forward to a long and productive collaboration with the Becker team."
According to Becker's CEO Michael Becker, "VADER'S printing technology is a game changer for cost-effective, low-volume production of aluminum components. It aligns with our goal to deliver shorter lead times and higher performance for our customers." Becker will begin to integrate the Mk1 system into its manufacturing process at the company's new Wixom, Michigan, plant in the first quarter of 2018, with plans to add a second system at their Germany headquarters in late 2018.
VADER'S team will share more about their MagnetoJet technology at both the Becker (3.0-A44) and Siemens booths (3.0-E68) at the FormnextTradeshow inFrankfurt, Germany, from November 14-17. Formnext's international exhibition showcases next generation manufacturing technologies.
About Vader Systems
Vader Systems, founded in Buffalo, New York, builds 3D metal printing machines for manufacturers and researchers. The company's ground-breaking and scalable MagnetoJet technology uses the electromagnetic jetting of standard alloys to produce dense metal parts quickly and at low cost for a wide array of market sectors. Learn more at www.vadersystems.com.
About BECKER CAD-CAM-CAST, Inc.
BECKER CAD-CAM-CAST (Becker) has core competencies in engineering, casting and additive manufacturing of aluminum automotive components that range from conventional powertrains to elite applications in the motorsport and automotive markets, including the Porsche 918. Learn more at http://www.beckerccc.com/.
SOURCE Vader Systems, LLC