Flight Schedule Paris Air Show. Screenshot: Paris Air Show.
As you know we’re at the Paris Air Show this week (June 17 to 23 · Hall 4, booth B17). Here in Le Bourget it’s all about flying and aerospace technology. I have just spotted an interesting service from the organization team: The Official Flight Schedule for the Paris Air Show. So if you don’t want to miss some spectacular flight demostrations check out the schedule online here.
Speaking of flying. Here is my colleague Thomas Bader doing some nice stunts with his Pitts. So when Thomas speaks about grinding complex aerospace components on our Multigrind® grinding centres he sure knows what he is talking about.
Looking forward to see you here at the Paris Air Show or, if you can’t make it, in Trossingen in our show room.
A couple of years ago we used a picture of the Hubble Space Telescope in one of our ads for our grinding machine Multigrind ® CB. Now here is a wonderful picture that Hubble has recorded with it’s wide field camera in 2009. What you can see is a so-called Butterfly Nebula with a wingspan of more than 3 light-years and a surface temperature of 250,000 degrees Celsius. NGC, the correct name for this outer space beauty, is about 4,000 light-years away from us.
Of course you don’t have to travel that far to see us at the PARIS AIR SHOW (June 17 to 23). You’ll find us in hall 4, booth B17 and we’ll show you some quite attractive grinding solutions for the aerospace industry and some beautiful components.
Whoever said engineers and technicians don’t have a romantic side, she or he is wrong. Here is Commander Chris Hadfield, a qualified mechanical engineer, on board the International Space Station performing David Bowie’s Space Odditiy. Great!
Coolest Nerdl! Bob Ferdowsi Flight Director at Nasa interviewed by Emily Shao. Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
You have probably heard about the ”Mohawk Guy“ who works at NASA as a Flight Director. His name is Bobak Ferdowsi and he did nothing less spectacular than landing the Mars rover curiosity on Mars last year August 5. And since that day Bobak has become extremely popular. American journalists voted him ”sexiest NERD of NASA“, he has more than 50000 followers on Twitter and the nice thing about him, if we understand the Magazin Jetzt.de correctly, is, that he is cool, friendly, open and he can explain his work:
”In this TED Youth 2012 Talk, Bobak Ferdowsi, the mohawked member of that team, outlines various aspects of a Mars landing, including the Seven Minutes of Terror.“ (Source: TEDEd)
Haas Software pros Jens Schneider and Thomas Wacker grinding. In the back you see the Ilmentritschel waiting to be activated.
As we all know, nerds (that is, software and IT experts) supposedly enjoy spending all their time alone in the dark, not unlike deep-sea anglerfish, who hang out at depths of at least 300 meters below the sea. The above photo clearly debunks this myth – at least when it comes to the software experts at Haas. As you can see, Jens Schneider and Thomas Wacker enjoy working in the bright lights of our production hall. Here, they’re using a new module of our grinding software Multigrind® Horizon to make tiny, delicate turbine blades out of Inconel.
And if those smiles are anything to go by, it’s working really well. I’ve been told that the module’s effectiveness is due in no small part to NURBS (non-uniform rational B-splines). NURBS are mathematical formulas, which, put simply, can be used to display selected surfaces with relatively few check points. Thanks to NURBS, our new grinding software can process free-form surfaces (like those required for turbine blades) directly using data from 3D CAD systems. These kind of surfaces can be ground to the exact micrometer, like the boys are doing here on the Multigrind®CA.
Application engineer David Moses (Haas USA) with Jens Schneider and Thomas Wacker on our CA grinding machine.
Ilmentritschel from Haas, the integrated belt grinder unit.
It not only looks great, it also delivers nice, homogeneous surfaces – the “Ilmentritschel”is a belt grinder unit only available from Haas. And of course, it’s controlled using our grinding software. Especially our most demanding customers from the medical engineering and aerospace industries are fans of the “Ilmentritschel”.