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SouthMach Manufacturing and Electronics Exhibition

22 - 23 May 2019

Wednesday 22nd 9am-6pm
Thursday 23rd 9am-4pm

Horncastle Arena Christchurch

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Work Safe New Zealand
University of Canterbury
NZ Manufacturer
Maintenance Engineering Societ
Engineering News
DEMM engineering & manufacturi
Warehouse stationary

On Demand Appearance Models Help Companies and Customers Win

Quick delivery of accurate, high quality appearance models advances design outcomes for better products, faster

Anyone in product development can confirm: progress is not always linear. Going from an idea to a reality takes careful consideration, implementation and verification, often with rounds of redesign and refinement in between. And while we rely on the function of a product, we engage with the form, making each aspect meaningful to the overall user experience.

A great example is an electric razor. Regardless of manufacturer, this product is made and purchased to trim hair, yet other distinctive features impact specific success with customers. Ergonomics, for one; how it will look on a bathroom counter, for another. Designing with the customer in mind therefore necessitates appearance modeling to assess and address the look and feel of a product before launching into the next phase of production.

The uses and purposes of appearance models can vary greatly throughout the product development process, from non-functional appearance models for assessment to functional appearance models that mimic the final product in look and feel. An appearance model can offer insight and add value at every stage. Early prototype appearance models create an opportunity to evaluate and evolve designs, whereas compelling functional appearance models at later stages can be used to solicit consumer feedback or help secure investors or buyers. In large equipment manufacturing and construction, scaled appearance models play a vital communications role to ensure upfront alignment among stakeholders, inspire discussion, and bring dimension to concept drawings.

To offset the cost and energy that accompanies delivering appearance models in product development, 3D Systems On Demand Manufacturing offers a range of appearance model services. 3D Systems’ manufacturing experts work collaboratively with brands and individuals to dial in on a project’s specific requirements and deliver precise articles or article tooling at any stage of development. In addition to its broad portfolio of 3D printing technologies, 3D Systems On Demand Manufacturing offers CNC milling, vacuum casting, color developing, mechatronics and engineering services to deliver appearance models across a wide range of sizes, finishes and materials.

3D Systems is also equipped to help customers who have completed the development phase and are ready to begin engineering for production. Continuing to work with 3D Systems’ On Demand Manufacturing often proves advantageous in terms of time and cost, as 3D Systems’ engineers are already familiar with the upcoming product and related engineering requirements. Calling on their experience and expertise, 3D Systems On Demand Manufacturing can help its customers transition from appearance models to delivering technical parts and soft tooling for full manufacturing services.

3D Systems’ appearance modeling services include:

  • Non-functional volume appearance models for study
  • Non-functional look and feel appearance models
  • Functional appearance models with features like hinges, lighting, displays and other mechatronics
  • Low volume production parts
  • Soft tooling of parts for early production

In a recent project with Seatools, a global subsea solutions provider, 3D Systems helped deliver a batch of seven hand painted 3D printed appearance models for a trade show display at a major industry conference. According to the company, these models not only helped attract more people to Seatools’ display, but they helped start more conversations with potential customers to make connections for new business. Read the full case study to learn how 3D Systems On Demand Manufacturing helped deliver this success.

3D Systems On Demand Manufacturing combines technology and craftsmanship under one roof to help its customers achieve accurate, high quality parts quickly and reliably. Additional On Demand Manufacturing services include fast-turn and advanced prototyping as well as low volume production including CNC, urethane casting and injection tooling.

To get a quote for your new project or for expert advice, all our team on +61 3 9819 4422 or email today,

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KALLISTA takes Design to New Heights with Direct Metal Printing

DS client KALLISTA wins prestigious design award for metal 3D printed faucet

Direct Metal Printing (DMP) provided by 3D Systems On Demand Manufacturing enables first-of-its-kind luxury faucet for KALLISTA – their award winning design will be available commercially during 2018.

To get a quote for your new project or for expert advice, all our team on +61 3 9819 4422 or email us today.

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Thales Alenia Space and 3D Systems Prove Viability of Direct Metal Printing

3D Systems’ On Demand Manufacturing team delivers critical 3D printed metal satellite parts that are 25% lighter and ready in half the time of traditional production techniques.

In his best-selling 2000 book, Malcolm Gladwell defines a tipping point as “the moment of critical mass, the threshold, the boiling point.”

By that definition, direct metal printing (DMP) is standing on the precipice, as it moves rapidly from prototyping to production for mission-critical, risk-averse applications in defense and aerospace, where nothing is left to chance.

An example of this mainstream acceptance is a long-term partnership between 3D Systems and Thales Alenia Space to leverage DMP for aerospace components.

Thales Alenia Space, based in Toulouse, France, is one of the leading aerospace suppliers in the world, with revenues topping 2 billion Euros in 2014. The company has 7,500 employees in eight countries, specializing in space telecommunications, navigation, Earth observation, exploration and orbital infrastructures.

Read the full case study here.

To get a quote for your new project or for expert advice, all our team

on +61 3 9819 4422 or email today,

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Seatools Exhibits Quality with Appearance Models from 3D Systems On Demand Manufacturing

3D Systems On Demand Manufacturing delivers durable and high quality detail 3D printed appearance model display

No matter how many leagues under the sea your underwater problem is, Seatools exists to design, build and test custom equipment to solve subsea challenges. Based in the Netherlands, Seatools is a global provider of bespoke subsea solutions for companies ranging from offshore oil and gas to offshore renewables and aquaculture development. In light of its expansive and diverse scope, Seatools faced a distinct challenge in quickly and effectively communicating its range of custom offerings at the highly attended Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston,

With the help of 3D Systems’ On Demand Manufacturing services, Seatools devised a unique subsea landscape to display seven distinct 3D printed appearance models of its various custom underwater technologies. Offering expansive prototyping and manufacturing services to support the entire product development lifecycle, 3D Systems’ On Demand Manufacturing experts deliver quick, high quality parts ranging from fast turn and advanced prototypes to appearance models and low volume production.

Read the full case study here.

To get a quote for your new project or for expert advice, all our team on +61 3 9819 4422 or email today,

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Starting from 3.5mm wide, Termitrab complete is the world’s narrowest surge protection solution for all applications in measurement and control technology. The new product range provides you with a complete system kit, featuring a status indicator and optional remote signalling.

A wide variety of signals are transmitted using measurement and control technology. This requires an increasingly large packing density. The new Termitrab complete product range provides surge protection starting at an overall width of 3.5mm. This represents a space saving of up to 50% in comparison with 7mm installations. This means that the protective devices can protect up to 572 signals against surge voltages on just one metre of DIN rail. This is made possible by the innovative Push-in connection technology and the use of particularly flat components.

The protective devices with an overall width of 6mm also offer an unprecedented range of circuit versions and product features. Termitrab complete increases the availability of your system and substantially reduces required space.

Termitrab complete provides visual and electrical signalling right at the protective device. The integrated disconnect feature, ensures that the surge protection solution behaves safely in the event of an overload. It signals the status on each individual protective device mechanically and visually without auxiliary power. Optional transmit and receiver signalling modules monitor the status of up to 40 neighbouring surge protective devices by means of a photoelectric beam. Installation is simplified as a result: no additional wiring or programming is required for the protection modules. The remote signalling sets have Push-in or screw connection. In the event of a thermal overload, the remote signalling modules notify the control room, for example, of the status in the form of a group message via a floating contact. The advantage in this is that you are always notified of the status of your surge protection system and can quickly replace overloaded protective devices.

Termitrab can be field tested, provide local signalling, and optional remote signalling and can be selected according to your specific requirements thanks to the tailor-made product range. The surge protective devices are available with push-in connection technology as well as screw connection. Versions are also available with innovative knife disconnection and for Ex applications. Choose from simple, ultra-narrow protective devices, products with testable protective plugs, signalling, optional remote signaling modules and more. Termitrab complete offers over 100 products with different circuit and voltage versions. Various connection technologies and product features round off the portfolio. This variety provides you with a solution for almost all signal technology applications.

Water/wastewater and the process industry expect a high degree of availability. In this respect, automated processes with modern signal applications are basic components whose proper function must always be ensured. With individualised solutions, state-of-the art surge protection makes a significant contribution to meeting this demand. In process technology for example, transient over-voltages are often directly coupled into the copper lines (eg when lightning strikes in the vicinity). They cause defects in electronic signalling systems in process technology systems. This can lead to a costly system shutdown. Termitrab complete offers solutions for protecting your system from damage due to surge voltages. This ensures that your system is in stable condition over the long term. It also offers a wide variety of auxiliary functions that increase maintenance convenience in large process systems. Integrated disconnect knives let users disconnect the control system from the field cable. This makes maintenance work and measurements easy. The product range contains products that may be installed in Ex areas up to Ex zone 1 with IECEX and ATEX approval.


Kiwi Engineer? Win $21,040 in cash and prizes

There’s still the best part of a month to get your entry into The Great Kiwi Engineering Challenge. You’re professional engineers, you can wow us with a great feat of engineering with just two days’ work and some creative juices if you wanted to…we know, we’ve seen what you can produce.

ENTRIES CLOSE  April 20th, 5pm via email.

All you have to do is:

  1. Design a Kiwi
  2. Engineer the Kiwi* (see rules below)
  3. Email with a video or photos of your entry.

That’s it. One prize… winner takes all, and you and/or your engineering business could be crowned CHAMPION of The Great Kiwi Engineering Competition. A great prize valued at $21,040 (RRP) listed below will then be yours.

YOU CAN ENTER AS A TEAM or INDIVIDUAL…. All you need to be is a professional engineer for a registered company with an engineering workshop. Materials and dimensions are all below (*NB: the student category has been postponed until 2020 – therefore we have opened the overall category up to students studying a facet of engineering as well).

GET CRACKING! Show us Kiwis how creative we can be by making a creative Kiwi.

$6000 cash (courtesy of Engineering News and XPO)
$5000 gift certificate from Machinery House (courtesy of Machinery House)
$4795 Outside Oven (courtesy of The Outside)
$3550 Two-page profile in Engineering News (courtesy of Engineering News)
$1695 Cigweld ESAB TransMIG 175i welder (courtesy of Cigweld)
Total cash and prizes value: RRP$21,040 for the lucky winner!

As we said, get cracking and get your entries in…. see conditions for who, when, what, and how below.


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Welcome To A New Dimension Of Welding And A New Best Friend

It’s often said that a dog is a man’s best friend, but when it comes to professional welding, your welding helmet is way out in front.

Given the thousands of hours that you will be spending working with your welding helmet, it only makes sense that the welding helmet you choose should be of the ultimate quality and provide the highest safety protection standards available. You put in the hard yards welding, week in, week out looking to the future and the next generations.

Can you imagine retirement with fading eyesight due to improper/inferior eye protection? As the original inventor of the auto darkening helmet Optrel offers a full range of innovative, cutting edge designed specifically to provide the best protections and solutions to welders needs worldwide.

All over the world, welders have asked and Optrel has listened and provided solutions. Optrel innovations protect customers in many different industries such as automotive, shipbuilding, oil and gas, chemical/petrochemical, metal fabrication, energy fabrication, construction and engineering, maintenance, art, d-i-y and leisure activities.

Optrel’s brand new Panoramaxx helmet is the most innovative and ergonomic helmet available on the market to date, and represents a ‘step change’ in the level of comfort, visibility and function for the welding industry. The Panoramaxx helmets unique lens design offers a massive expansion of the field of view for the welder, up to six times that of most other helmets on the market. This is achieved by a unique and patented design allowing the lens to be positioned in close proximity to the eyes. This large increase in visibility is achieved while also increasing comfort levels and decreasing the weight to extremely low levels using cutting edge materials and technology. The light state of 2.5, which is a world first combined with the expansive viewing area makes it feel like looking out a large window at an expansive landscape.

Contact Optrel now for a free demonstration and to experience the difference. Welders asked, Optrel listened.

The true colour optics opens an entirely new visual dimension, allowing welders to see the full colour spectrum and realistic colour renditions in all environments. Professional welder worldwide are posting rave reviews after experiencing the brightness, clarity and expansive vision. Optrel’s Vegaview 2.5 helmet also offers the 2.5 super light shade in open state, improving the welders view by up to 400% versus other helmets with an open light state of 4.0.

The new E684 welding helmet from Optrel continues the innovation, and closes the gap between man and machine, so that both can perform at their best and maximise speed and efficiency. The revolutionary “Autopilot” function included on the E684 is based on a newly developed sensor concept, which measures the brightness of the welding arc and automatically adjusts the shade level.

Now welders can concentrate fully on their work without interrupting the welding process, even when the welding parameters change. The result is outstanding productivity without compromising quality and concentration. The e684 is the only fully automated welding helmet with protection level 5 to 13 on the market and it pushes conventional auto darkening welding helmets into the realm of semi-automated protection gear. In addition, the e684 boasts further innovations that make it a must-have for any professional welder.

The Optrel premium PAPR systems, which have been designed from the ground up for welders, are optimised to work in conjunction with the whole range of Optrel helmets. The long working times, unique safety alerts and on board visual indicators ensures that the welder has the ultimate protection, yet can work with total freedom and minimum of additional weight.

In conclusion, for sure, all ‘auto darkening’ helmets change from a light state to a dark state when they sense an arc, but that is where the similarity ends. And in some cases, the difference is very scary. By investing less than a week’s wage in an Optrel helmet, you can prove the massive comfort gains, increased protection levels and efficiencies that 100’s of thousands of discerning welders worldwide are enjoying.

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UC Engineers Develop In-Situ Damage Detection For Building Steel

Dr Giuseppe Loporcaro

An award-winning, pioneering technique for assessing earthquake damage to steel in buildings or bridges will allow engineers to give faster, more reliable information to engineers, with tangible flow-on results for insurers and building owners.

After the major Christchurch earthquakes, many steel-reinforced concrete buildings were deemed irreparable and demolished due to lack of information about the extent of damage to building materials. Often, disagreements between building owners and insurers continued for extended periods.

New University of Canterbury (UC) research may help to resolve these issues. Architectural Engineering lecturer Dr Giuseppe Loporcaro and Mechanical Engineering Professor Milo Kral’s research into a new technique for assessing damage to steel rebars (the steel reinforcing rods contained within concrete slabs of substantial buildings) has been awarded $20,000 in UC’s annual Tech Jumpstart competition.

Dr Loporcaro says earthquakes are unavoidable natural events, but when they occur in urbanised areas they can cause excessive damage. If this damage is not detected immediately, it extends the recovery phase.

Steel rebars are built to stretch during severe shaking, enabling the concrete they are housed in to crack while the rebars remain intact. This work determines how much the rebar has already stretched and how much capacity it still has before breaking if further shaking occurs.

Their method enables engineers to test the rebars on site rather than in a lab – a lengthier and more costly process. The other advantage of their method is more reliable results.

“Disruptions cost time and money, as well as impacting the entire community,” Dr Loporcaro says.

“The in-situ damage detection method aims to speed the assessment phase, and consequently reduce the impact on the community in terms of disruption, down-time and costs for repair and/or demolition.

“It will also allow information to reach owners and insurance companies more quickly, so issues can be resolved in better time.”

The researchers will use the award to take their innovative research towards commercial reality.

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The first industrial revolution started with the development steam engine. It took place from the 1760’s until the 1840’s and included going from hand production to machines, new chemical manufacturing and iron processes, increase of the usage of steam power, the development of machine tools and the rise of factory systems.

The next steps were Industry 2.0 with the introduction of the production line, technological electrification, mass production and the start of globalisation.

Industry 3.0 brought us the internet, digital manufacturing and the moves towards automation and robots.

With Industry 4.0, the next step of the industrial revolution is now knocking on our doors. But what is the hype all about?

Smart Factory, Cyber physical Systems, Internet of Things… what is all of that and what does it mean for you? Forbes magazine provides an overview in its article ( from the 20. June 2016 ‘What Everyone Must Know About Industry 4.0’ but as for a quick snapshot Industry 4.0 must include a few critical components. 

For a factory or system to be considered Industry 4.0, it must include:

  • Interoperability — machines, devices, sensors and people that connect and communicate with one another.

  • Information transparency — the systems create a virtual copy of the physical world through sensor data in order to contextualise information.

  • Technical assistance — both the ability of the systems to support humans in making decisions and solving problems and the ability to assist humans with tasks that are too difficult or unsafe for humans.

  • Decentralised decision-making — the ability of cyber-physical systems to make simple decisions on their own and become as autonomous as possible.

With every opportunity there are challenges and the Forbes magazine outlines them in its article. One of the challenges coming along is the lack of experience and manpower to create and implement these systems.

To support customers on this journey, Amada has taken the next step and joined the Industrial 4.0 movement. Amada V-Factory supports systems like the visualisation of factory production. Machine and job status, create or adjust schedules to guarantee in time delivery and match actual production are just some of the capabilities that V-Factory provides, and all available on your mobile device so the information is never more than a fingertip away.

Furthermore, with V-Factory your machines will be monitored with the aim to reduce down time or if necessary have scheduled down time. Things like parts shipping and onsite services can be organised before down time occurs.

The question, then, is not if Industry 4.0 is coming, but how quickly? As with big data and other business trends, early adopters will be rewarded for their courage jumping into this new technology, and those who avoid change risk becoming irrelevant and left behind.

For more information around Amada’s V-Factory, go and see AM PROM at EMEX 2018, where Am Prom will be presenting this, and more.

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Why A Highly-Skilled Workforce Is Critical For Success

Ensuring staff have the right skills now and in the future is vital for the sustainability, productivity and global competitiveness of New Zealand’s engineering industry.

Fiona Kingsford, chief executive of industry training organisation Competenz, says industrial changes, innovations and automation are changing the number and types of jobs in New Zealand and, more critically, the sort of knowledge and skills people in the industry need to develop.

“We know that unqualified and low-skilled positions are predicted to have the highest probability of replacement by computerisation or machines. It’s challenging to keep up with the changes, let alone anticipate the workforce requirements to respond.

“While employers may not be able to protect jobs from automation, we can collectively be responsible for protecting our people and preparing them for change through ongoing training and reskilling.”

Infometrics data shows that 23,553 people were employed in mechanical engineering sector in 2016, which is 1.8% higher than 2015. Of those, 4,904 were medium to high-skilled professionals, 18,445 were medium-skilled technicians and trades workers, and 205 were low-skilled labourers.

“Through our ongoing dialogue with businesses, there is concern within the mechanical engineering sector about the lack of team leaders and tradespeople who possess managerial skills,” Kingsford says. “This is highly-relevant to workforce development as research consistently highlights that there is a link between quality of management and the productivity of the business.”

Competenz works with more than 3,500 companies around New Zealand and more than 26,000 trainees and apprentices – 4,200 of those in the engineering sector.

“Working with so many engineering firms we gain valuable insight into the workforce challenges people are facing every day,” Kingsford says.

“Because we know the engineering industry really well, we can design workforce development solutions to help businesses realise both immediate and long-term gains.”


Recruit top talent at EMEX

Competenz is teaming up with the Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) to match employers with keen young jobseekers at EMEX.

Engineering and manufacturing companies looking for new recruits will be paired up with secondary school pupils and students who have undertaken trades training at MIT. After a series of six-minute, one-on-one interviews, the employers and students each decide if they want to find out more about each other, and job opportunities may arise.

“If you’re looking for new staff, this is a great opportunity to meet talented and motivated young people ready to start their career,” Kingsford says.

Twelve of the engineering qualifications Competenz offers are eligible for the government’s new Fees-Free policy. This means the costs usually paid by employers, apprentices and trainees in the first two years will be now be free for some people.


Talk to Competenz at EMEX

 Competenz staff will be at EMEX to discuss apprenticeships, training and workforce development solutions. See them at the Employment and Training Hub.

 If you’re an employer looking to meet jobseekers at EMEX, register your interest today at

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