ASM Akron Meeting Notice
Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Meeting Sponsors: Akron Steel Treating / ALFE Heat Treating Cleveland Black Oxide / H&M Metal Processing / Solar Atmospheres of Western PA.

Reservations CONTACT: Dave Houser Email to:
or telephone 330-665-3753
by Monday, September 14, 2015 no later than 3:00 p.m.

Speaker: Michael F. Johnson
Sales Manager, Solar Atmospheres of Western PA

Topic: "Vacuum Furnaces Were Made for Additive Manufacturing"

Additive Manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, encompasses technologies that convert a digital model into three-dimensional parts by layering materials such as powders, sheet metals or wrought feed-stock. With this emerging technology that emphasizes on making near net / finished parts, it is only natural that additive manufacturers seek out vacuum furnaces be used for final condition heat treating.

The three AM processes covered will be:

Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS).
Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM).
Binder Jetting process (BJP).

Michael F. Johnson has over 22 years of experience involving a wide range of heat treating practices. During the past fifteen years at Solar, Michael has aided in the business development of both large and small vacuum furnace technology and vacuum heat treating of titanium and nickel based alloys. In 2001, Michael took on the position of quality manager, responsible for maintaining Solar's quality systems along with maintaining Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Nadcap accreditations.

At this location there are fourteen vacuum furnaces, including the world's largest vacuum furnace, which is 36' long with a weight capacity of 150,000lbs. This 60,000 square foot facility primarily services titanium and nickel based alloys that are used in the aerospace, medical, and power generation arenas. In 2008 Michael was promoted Sales Manager and was influential for the most recent purchase of a new 48' long x 84" diameter vacuum furnace specifically built to serve the power generation and aerospace arenas, this furnace will be on line in the spring of 2016. Michael has also been an ASM member for 17 years.

Location:New Era Café, 10 Massillon Rd. Akron, OH 44312, 330-784-0087
Networking: 5:30 p.m. Dinner: 6:30 p.m. Presentation: 7:30 p.m.
Cost:$25.00 members & spouses / $30.00 non members / $20.00 retirees / $10.00 Students
Due to increased operating expenses please note the increase in cost.
Buffet: Stuffed Pork Chops, Chicken Paprikas, Potatoes, Vegetables, Salad, Coffee, and Dessert.
Vegetarians: Request "vegetarian" with your reservation so that we can order your meal.

ASM Akron Teachers Camp Our 8th Teachers Camp held in July was another huge success and well attended by 15 educators at no cost to them. We thank our sponsors and look forward to next year’s Teachers Camp. Many thanks for the dedicated efforts of Dr. Bob Shemenski, FASM, his support team of volunteers and Teacher Camp sponsors.

We will no longer be mailing printed meeting notices. Most of you will agree that the cost factor is an issue and we do our best to keep our Chapter in good financial condition. Please contact Marion Gordon if you have a preferred or updated e-mail address so that we can keep you informed.

ASM Akron Chapter Meeting Dates
October 14-Sustaining Member Night
, New Era Restaurant
Note this is one week earlier so as not to conflict with the Heat Treaters Convention
November 18, 2015: TBA
No meeting
January 20, 2016: Joint meeting with ASME Akron, New Era Restaurant

Note Deborah Curtis, ASB Industries, Inc., will become the Secretary / Treasurer as of September 30, 2015.

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ASM Akron Annual Sponsors are now listed Here

In Appreciation We Thank our Sponsors