September 28, 2015
Liquid water flows on mars!
Next Intent wins Supplier Trust and Recognition Award
Next Intent has been presented with the Supplier Trust and Recognition Award from NASA / Jet Propulsion Labs (JPL) on August 6th, 2015 at 1:00 pm. Mr. Duy Nguyen from NASA/JPL presented the award at Next Intent in San Luis Obispo, CA. Next Intent manufactures close tolerance components and sub-assemblies for many of NASA/JPL missions. Next Intent has delivered parts to the aerospace, aviation, medical and defense sector since 1996, and has been recognized for their achievements in the past by JPL for their involvement on two successful Mars Rover missions. Next Intent manufactured the wheels and many of the chassis & suspension components for the 2003 Mars Exploration Rover mission (Spirit & Opportunity). They also manufactured many complex components for the 2011 Mars Science Laboratory (Curiosity) including the drill used to bore into martian rock to collect soil and rock samples. Next Intent has been involved with many other NASA missions including Grail, CloudSat, GLAST, GOES, IRIS, James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), LADEE, NuSTAR and WISE. Rodney & Cayse Babcock, owners of this San Luis Obispo based company, said they are honored to receive this award on behalf of the entire team at Next Intent. “It’s all about teamwork at our company. We have a talented group of individuals that work well together to achieve great things”, stated Rodney Babcock, President/CEO of Next Intent.
Happy New Year from Next Intent.
We wish to thank all of our customers, suppliers and employees for the great year we had in 2015. We begin our 19th year of operation in 2015! All the best to everyone!
Next Intent featured in May issue of Modern Machine Shop magazine.
Pete Zelinski from Modern Machine Shop magazine wrote a great article about Next Intent.
Check out their website: www.mmsonline.com. The article shows how Next Intent is using our Zoller tool presetter for lower our setup times, and improving confidence in each tool we use to “Build Really Cool Stuff”. Also highlighted is the Haimer shrink fit system, and our OKK VC-X350 5 Axis machining center.
Next Intent Invests in New 5-Axis CNC Machining Center
With the increasing volume of customer work that requires 5-axis machining, Next Intent has invested in a new OKK VC-X350 machining center to augment their existing 4 & 5-axis equipment. The additional capacity enables Next Intent to provide quicker turnaround and hold close tolerances for high precision work. “The complexity of parts produced by Next Intent increasingly requires 5-axis machining which enables five sides of an intricate design to be machined in one operation and can be crucial for meeting close tolerance specifications,” stated Rodney Babcock, President of Next Intent. “The OKK VC-X350 5 axis machining center is a new addition to the OKK product line and provides the flexibility and features we need to meet the delivery demands of our customers. We already have the business to keep this new machine working a full shift. We have the highest regard for the quality and reliability built into all of our OKK machine tools.”
Check out our video: moving machine tools to make room for OKK VC-X350 shown below.
Mars Exploration Rover “Opportunity” breaks 40 year old record.
PASADENA, Calif. — While Apollo 17 astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt visited Earth’s moon for three days in December 1972, they drove their mission’s Lunar Roving Vehicle 19.3 nautical miles (22.210 statute miles or 35.744 kilometers). That was the farthest total distance for any NASA vehicle driving on a world other than Earth until yesterday.
The team operating NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity received confirmation in a transmission from Mars today that the rover drove 263 feet (80 meters) on Thursday, bringing Opportunity’s total odometry since landing on Mars in January 2004 to 22.220 statute miles (35.760 kilometers).
Next Intent is proud to be part of this history. Next Intent built the wheels on Opportunity, along with a large portion of the chassis and suspension system. “This is a real world testament to great engineering and collaboration between NASA/JPL and their supply chain” stated Rodney Babcock, President of Next Intent.
New OKK VC-X350 5 Axis vertical mill.
We are super excited about our newest machine tool. This super accurate machine features a Fanuc 31i-A5 control, among the best in our industry. The 30hp, 12,000 rpm spindle is coupled with a 60 tool magazine. Scale feedback on A axis and C axis. Renishaw probe system is built in to the machine for super accurate probing of parts, and tool length measurement. The new OKK weighs in at 18,000 lbs. Thanks very much to TMG (The Machine Group) for getting the machine setup quickly and providing top notch training. Dale Bruce, Sr. Machinist at Next Intent will be championing the new OKK VC-X350.
Zoller Tool Presetter & Measuring:
Next Intent has taken delivery of a new Zoller Tool Presetter and Measuring machine. The high precision spindle, CCD Camera and Heidenhain glass scales insure that all our tools are set perfectly prior to loading into mills. This machine will improve overall setup and changeover times for our milling department. Tool length and diameter measurement within a few microns.
ZOLLER Smile/Pilot 3.0
Haimer Power Clamp Shrink Fit System
Next Intent has invested in the Haimer Power Clamp Shrink Fit System. This inductive coil design heats up the toolholder in 10-15 seconds. The end mill or tool is placed in the toolholder, which is then cooled by the Haimer system, shrinking around the tool. This method holds the tool perfectly, with a Total Indicator Movement of only .00012″ at 3x diameter. All of the Haimer tool holders are pre-balanced to G2.5 at 25k rpm. The entire system improves cutting in both roughing and finishing passes. The balanced tool-holders also extend the life of spindle bearings on our machine tools.
Haimer Power Clamp Shrink Fit System
Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing Training:
Eight (8) employees from Next Intent completed a 3 day course in Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing. The course was organized by Dan Pittaway from Next Intent, and held at Trust Automation in San Luis Obispo, CA. The instructor, Mike Sanford from Technical Documentation Consultants of Arizona was excellent. His many years of experience as an engineer brought lots of real world experience to the class. The following employees from Next Intent completed the training: Rodney Babcock, Chris Baker, Matt Redman, Frank Vettel, Brian Buell, Dale Bruce, Galen Moyer, John Wildharber. Trust Automation had about 10 employees, and the balance of the class was made up from other local companies in San Luis Obispo county. Our thanks go out to Trust Automation (www.trustautomation.com) for hosting the class, and Dan Pittaway from Next Intent for his organizational efforts.
Next Intent Manufactured Drill Collects Mars Rock Powder
Biggest Curiosity Rover Accomplishment since Landing
Showing their expertise in close tolerance and sophisticated CNC machine component design and manufacturing, the drill constructed for the NASA/JPL Mars Science Laboratory by Next Intent has successfully drilled and collected a powder sample from a rock on Mars. NASA/JPL hopes that the rock chosen and the sample collected may reveal evidence of a past wet environment on Mars.
The AMS Group Makes Second Trip to Mars
NASA JPL Curiosity Rover to Navigate Rought Terrain
Having proven their skills on the Mars Exploration Rovers (MERs) Spirit and Opportunity in 2003, The AMS Group was again chosen by NASA JPL to provide sophisticated wheels and other components for the new Mars Science Laboratory and Curiosity Rover. Curiosity achieved a successful landing on the red planet this past Sunday for sample gathering and analysis over the next two years. The AMS Group is a strategic alliance between Next Intent, Tapemation and CL Hann Industries.
The AMS Group Delivers Optical Components for Discovery Channel Telescope
Baffle System Design Optimized for Manufacturability and Performance
The AMS Group is excited to announce that components provided to Lowell Observatory for the new Discovery Channel Telescope have performed well during installation and first light testing. Using the strengths of the three AMS Group team members, baseline designs were modified and enhanced for manufacturability and performance. The AMS Group is a strategic alliance between Next Intent, Tapemation and CL Hann Industries. Read the full release. See Pictures of the project.
Next Intent takes delivery of a 2012 Hwacheon HiTech 700 CNC lathe.
This heavy duty lathe features an 18 diameter chuck x 78″ turning length. Max. turning diameter is 27″. It has an 1800 rpm spindle, 12 tool turret and 50 hp motor. Box way construction for high rigidity and heavy duty cutting. We have been using this machine tool for full time since installation and it is really doing a good job. Thank you to Selway Machine Tool company!
imX Interactive Manufacturing Show in Las Vegas, NV.
Rodney and Cayse Babcock attended the imX show in Las Vegas from Sept. 12-14. This show was a unique event to mix interactive learning with experiencing the latest in technical innovation. The show was sponsored by SME (Society for Manufacturing Engineers), and AMTDA (American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association), along with key machine tool suppliers and cutting tool companies. The attendees were invited by the exhibitors. This limits the number of people attending, and improved the interactive experience. We were able to get all the latest information on cutting tools and machine tools without wading through crowds of people. Excellent event!
Next Intent AS9100:2004 Certification
Next Intent is now certified by NSF International Strategic Registrations for Design & Development. Thank very much to Paul Tamulonis and the entire Next Intent team for their hard work on this certification.
Click here for the Certification: AS9100-2004 cert 24 Aug 2011
Next Intent ISO 9001:2008 Certification
Next Intent is now certified by NSF International Strategic Registrations for Design & Development. Thank very much to Paul Tamulonis and John Wildharber for their hard work on this certification.
Click here for the new ISO 9001:2008 Certification: NSF ISO_9001_2008 Certificate no exclusions
Wenzel is a German, family owned manufacturer of CMM’s. They have delivered over 5,000 Coordinate Measuring Machines worldwide. They are highly accurate machines, with all major axes constructed of granite for identical thermal reaction and long term stability. The new LH series CMM is accurate within 1.9 Microns, and includes the Renishaw PH10M Automatic Indexable Probe Head, and the SP25 Scanning Probe Kit.
Check out their website: http://www.wenzelcmm.com/domain/wenzelcmm/
This additional CMM will add to Next Intent’s capabilities and increase the throughput of our world class Quality Assurance Dept.
Brown & Sharpe Optiv CMM.
OPTIV is a multi-sensor measuring system where the primary sensor is video. Optiv systems combine the power of vision, laser and touch probe inspection in one versatile system. Ideal for measurement of wire EDM flexures and small parts. Optiv is working great. Thank you to Hexagon Metrology for the great training.
Another OKK! Next Intent also added another OKK VP400, acquired through The Machine Group (http://www.tmgwest.com/). This is our 3rd OKK VP400. Thanks very much to Mark Luoni for finding this machine for Next Intent. Next Intent now has 6 OKK Vertical Machining Centers, all with 4th axis capability and thru spindle coolant. Super accurate, super rigid, super reliable.
Volumill added to GibbsCam. VoluMill™ within GibbsCAM offers expanded milling solutions for cutting methods that maximize material removal rates by building toolpaths that optimally control tool cutting factors. The process automatically takes into account the best option for milling pockets, including the speed of a tool plunging into the material and material removal rates. Variation in tool load is smoothed, allowing the machine to use much higher speeds and feeds.
Rodney L. Babcock
San Luis Obispo, CA, March 15, 2013 –With the volume of customer work that requires 5-axis machining Next Intent has invested $350,000 in a new OKK VC-X350 machining center to augment the existing Haas VM-3 equipment. The additional capacity will enable Next Intent to provide quicker turnaround and hold close tolerances for high precision work.
“The complexity of parts produced by Next Intent increasingly requires 5-axis machining which enables five sides of an intricate design to be machined in one operation and can be crucial for meeting close tolerance specifications,” stated Rodney Babcock, President of Next Intent.