SPRING MAKE 2019

In April, PFERD had the opportunity to be part of a one-of-a-kind event hosted by Lincoln Electric called “Spring Make”. Celebrating its third year, Spring Make is the only conference held specifically for Makers, marrying skill building and brand building into one exciting event. Makers have the opportunity to connect with brands that are interested in or have already invested in influencer, ambassador and spokesperson programs.

What is a “Maker”? There is no single definition, but at its root, it’s someone who creates for practical use as well as building for fun and shares his or her ideas, projects, and knowledge with anyone anywhere in the world as part of a larger community.

Adam Savage probably said it best: “Humans do two things that make us unique from all other animals; we use tools, and we tell stories. And when you make something, you’re doing both at once.”

By all accounts, this 3-day event was a huge success. With over 130 Makers from as far away as Denmark, the conference gave them an opportunity to sharpen their skills, network with other Makers and promote their own brands. There was an obvious bond formed between this group of individuals, and all participants got a real sense that they are part of a community.

Being one of a select group of suppliers at this event, PFERD had the opportunity to personally meet with some of the superstars of the Maker community, such as Zach Haberholz, Jimmy DiResta, Laura Kampf, Paul Jackman, Paul Pinto, and Chris Zeppieri. The PFERD team thoroughly enjoyed having one-on-one conversations with these talented individuals to not only talk about the latest innovations and solutions PFERD has to help them with their metalworking projects, but to also engage with them on a more personal level.

As the sole abrasives sponsor for the event, PFERD provided a wide variety of products for the Makers to use while working on projects during the conference. In addition, PFERD facilitated a “Hands-On” area headed up by Technical Sales Manager John Thompson, along with other PFERD technical experts to answer questions and provide technical tips and techniques to guide them through any of their metal prep to finishing needs.

Some products which attendees found especially helpful in their projects included PFERD’s new diamond coated brush for scale removal, the COMBICLICK® quick-mounting disc system, and our interleaved POLIVLIES® CO-COOL flap discs for metal removal and finishing. Unused consumables from the event were donated to the Ohio Boys Town organization, a local youth support program.

Spring Make showcased this group’s diversity in skill levels of all ranges, genders, and backgrounds. PFERD was proud to participate in this unique event and was thoroughly impressed with the creativity of this group of Makers.

Improve Productivity with PFERD’s Specially Designed Carbide Burs

PFERD’s High-Performance line of carbide burs offers what an ordinary bur can’t. Designed for specific applications on specific materials, these burs deliver optimum performance and value.

These burs offer the advantages of reduced overall cost with reduced consumption, and maximum material removal, which all contribute to their superior cost-to-performance ratio.  

Many of the burs in this line are uniquely designed for outstanding performance on some of the most commonly machined metals:

  • STEEL Cut for Steel and Cast Steel: Delivers maximum performance with smooth but aggressive operating action. High stock removal leads to significant time savings while lower thermal loads protect the work piece.
  • INOX Cut for Stainless Steel: Innovative tooth geometry enables outstanding stock removal and longer tool life to achieve high-grade quality finishes when processing Austenitic and Duplex Stainless. Yields up to 100% increase in stock removal and generates less heat preventing material discoloration.
  • CAST Cut for Cast Iron: Provides very good chip removal, up to 100% when compared with conventional cross cut burs, with significantly increased aggressiveness. Less vibration and noise leads to smooth milling operation.  
  • ALU/NF Cut for Aluminum and Non-Ferrous metals: ideally suited for coarse machining, these burs generate high stock removal in material such as aluminum, aluminum alloys, copper, bronze, and brass.

Application specific burs that deliver unique benefits in the areas of increased productivity are also included in the high performance program:

  • EDGE cut for Edge Profiling: A complete system that is ideal for edge beveling, radiusing, and chamfering that saves time in process piping, plumbing, and pump design applications.
  • MICRO cut for high surface finish : Ideal for both hand-held and automated machining tasks, this unique solutions combines good stock removal and a very fine surface finish, reducing labor time in secondary finishing applications.

Our goal at PFERD is to offer “single-source” solutions for hand finishing, grinding, cutting, and specialty applications. With this High-Performance line of carbide burs, we offer material-specific burs that result in increased productivity and user comfort.

You can witness more of our burs in action in on our YouTube channel

Contact us  to learn more about PFERD’s full range of products and services.

PFERD TOOL MOBILE: Centuries of Expertise, Delivered to Your Door

PFERD is always looking for innovative ways to help our clients. Whether it’s communicating safety procedures or optimizing common applications, we enjoy being able to problem-solve any of our clients’ needs. One way is through our small laboratory classes at the PFERDACADEMY in Milwaukee. Another is held outside the classroom and allows us to provide our clients with real world applications of our tools and services. We realized that all of our clients have different needs, so we wanted to give them an option for a more specialized experience. One where PFERD can showcase our products and demonstrate varying solutions needed to resolve your individual concerns. That is why we incorporated our Tool Mobile program. Continue reading