Hardman Bros. have received (and tested) their latest piece of machinery, a 3D printer that will hasten the design and testing process. The uPrint SE Plus has a printing or build size of 203 x 203 x 152 mm (8 x 8 x 6 in.) and uses fused deposition modelling (FDM) technology to build models in thermoplastic. The 3D Printer will streamline the research and development process with the capability to print straight from a CAD drawing.
The printer will allow our research and development team to test prototypes more efficiently by cutting out the lengthy and costly machining process. 3D printing will allow Hardman Bros. to develop prototype ideas faster & cheaper than ever before. Being able to 3D print a concept the same day it was designed shortens the development process from what might have been weeks to a matter of days. Another major advantage is the ability to quickly and easily test a prototype for fitment and just as quickly make any adjustments necessary. This will allow Hardman Bros to continue to excel and push the boundaries in an ever advancing industry.
On 19th July 2011 - Hardman Bros. commissioned the new VT1150 High Performance Vertical CNC Lathe with live tooling. This state of the art machine uses the advanced Fanuc controller with full conversational & 'G' code programing with the addition of Glass Scale Feedback.
The machine has the capacity to turn a maximum diameter of 1150mm and maximum height of 950mm with the added option of milling (Live Tooling). Live Tooling has the advantage of reducing the number of processes and saves setup times by combining turning & milling in the one operation.
This new vertical lathe complements Hardman Bros. existing machines which include the Niles Gear Grinder with a capacity of 800mm diameter and 600mm face width and the Sunderland Gear planner with maximum gear cutting diameter of 1500mm and 300mm face width. The VT1150 will suit a wide range of industries from mining, agriculture, construction and heavy industry.
In May, Hardman Bros., together with R & I Instrument & Gear Co., exhibited at Australia's premier engineering expo, AUSTECH. Held at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in the Southbank region of Melbourne, it provided a valuable opportunity to meet with existing and new customers to showcase our capabilities and products.
There was a high level of interest in all of the parts, equipment and product demonstrations on the stand. Despite the feedback that numbers were down on past years we found there was no shortage of interest and enthusiasm from both existing and potentially new customers, and also student groups seeking assistance to solve various machining and component challenges.
Two of the big attractions were our ‘6 Speed Sequential Trans Axle’ manufactured by Hardman Bros. and a Helicopter Search Light built by R & I.
Interest in our stand was increased by our promotional ‘STAR TRANSAXLES’ blimp flying around inside the shed. This provided some heart stopping but funny moments as it was guided by various inexperienced ‘pilots’ as it was tracked by a searchlight. Also on display was Ken Horner’s historic Twin Racing Motorcycle based off a design by Phil Irving of Vincent Motorcycles fame and aptly named ‘Irving Vincent’.
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