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Southern Manufacturing exhibitor Innova Design and Build claims that it can match the benefits of rapid prototyping, yet still be able to supply parts manufactured from the final production material.

The company achieves this rapid turnaround using multi-axis CNC to machine from the solid, using five-axis programs created from a 3D CAD model, similar to those employed in conventional rapid prototyping set-ups.

The net result is a process time comparable with rapid prototyping, yet delivering a machined part that offers greater strength, better surface finish and more accurate dimensional control, according to Innova.

Using this approach, parts have been manufactured for aerospace, electronics and marine applications in most materials including composites.

At Southern Manufacturing 2011, the company will also highlight its experience in the design of electronic enclosures starting from back-of-the-envelope designs and taking them through to functional end products, allowing progression from prototype to low- and medium-volume production.

Southern Manufacturing and Electronics Show

The Southern Manufacturing & Electronics Show is the South’s top industrial business event. The show concentrates virtually every aspect of manufacturing and industrial activity into a single, easily accessible venue. This makes it possible for visitors to experience an extraordinary range of suppliers and technologies in a single visit. Entry and car parking is free, and FIVE is easily accessible by road or public transport.

Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2011 takes place on February 16th and 17th, at FIVE, Farnborough – right next to Farnborough Airport. Another 750 square meters of exhibition space has been added to the venue for 2011 and the number of companies taking part is expected to exceed 600, making it the largest event ever staged.  

In addition to the huge variety of hardware on display, the show hosts an extremely popular free technical seminar programme. Running over both days and in two theatres, the seminars cover a wide range of topics that are highly relevant to anyone involved in engineering-related business. Sessions will include designing for commercial success, team management, CE marking, the latest developments in additive manufacture, Lean/Six Sigma and many others. Full details can be found on the show website.

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