yes, I plan to go, I don't know what day - probably spend 4 hours or so
rushing through it to get an idea of what's going on (and maybe find some
hints on how to make those old car hood hinges) - also ENCO is there and in
the past they've offered free shipping for anything bought at the show - a
couple of years ago I bought a surface plate on sale - that was a great
bargain, particularly with free shipping.
there were several chinese suppliers, an Indian supplier or two, so if you
wanted cheap stuff there was some. Aloris was there, HAAS, SPI, Mitutoyo,
all the usual suspects. A nice selection of 3-D printers (they are getting
almost affordable), a very cool $2500 setup that can scan/form a point cloud
and then mill a small object (price includes a scanner and a small mill),
Flow was showing their HP cutting technology - no longer cutting out
motorcycles, several really nice EDM machines, a great demo of ceramic
inserts and ultra high SFM. But Enco and MSC were absent, as was H Hip,
and a few of the other low end suppliers. Several companies offering Laser
Radar measuring systems (very cool), and so on. Westec isn't the best place
to get bargains, though Travers was handing out 15% discount coupons and US
tool had some heavy discounts too - Westec is where you go to figure out
what you want and what you want but will never have. Oh, and there was a
way cool, and affordable USB microscope by Big C technology - very cool.
and I don't ever remember seeing Bridgeport there even in prior years,
though it might have been.
has a kit to build your
own for maybe $800.-. It can produce something about the size of a coffee
cup. Also there's reprap.org's open-source machine that can reproduce about
half of its own components.
I was there Wed, from about 11am-4pm...saw a few folks Ive done
business with, chatted with some friends, backtracked to some displays
that had caught my attention the 1st time around...had lunch...
Ive been going to Westec since 1995..this was the smallest show Ive
Some nice stuff, with damned few people who actually plan on buying
any of it.
"Pax Americana is a philosophy. Hardly an empire.
Making sure other people play nice and dont kill each other (and us)
off in job lots is hardly empire building, particularly when you give
them self determination under "play nice" rules.
Think of it as having your older brother knock the shit out of you
for torturing the cat." Gunner