Feature Photo above: Example of Isotropic Micro-Finishing of Precision Parts
PHOTO CREDIT: Mark Riley, BV Products, Melbourne, Australia

SME Member: Share Your Story (Sample)

NOTE:  Similar introductory summaries of SME members from across the country can be seen on the SME member forum at:  http://connect.sme.org/home

YOUR INFORMATION:  (to submit your story go to:  http://www.sme.org/member-story/

Above: Presenting at an SME Expo and Conference in Springfield, MA

First Name *    Dave
Last Name * Davidson
Job Title  Advisor
Company  SME Technical Community Network
Phone * 509 230 6821
Email *  dryfinish@gmail.com
eb-Blog:  https://dryfinish.wordpress.com

What is ONE word that can describe your membership experience? *

X  Connections

How has being an SME member impacted your personal life and/or professional career?

The networking, mentoring and connectivity that SME afforded me had a profound effect on my subsequent career.  Although my SME profile indicates that I have been a member since 2004, I have actually been a member and involved in SME activities since the 1980’s.  At that time I was involved in a family business that manufactured wooden shoe pegs that at the time were a popular material for tumble polishing plastic items such as eyeglass frames, dental acrylics, buttons, jewelry and the like.  This family business was over 100 years old at the time and used steam era machinery to produce its product. [SEE: http://www.slideshare.net/dryfinish/kearsarge-history-2011rev  ] The company lacked understanding of the technology and I became a member of SME’s Burr, Edge and Surface Technology (BEST) division.  Involvement with this group led to my acquaintance with John Kittredge, LaRoux Gillespie, Larry Rhoades, Bernard Hignett, Sam Thompson and others, some of whom were to become SME mentors and who coached me into contributing written technical material on mass finishing processes.  [SEE: http://www.slideshare.net/dryfinish/sme-mr-85-hardwood-media-dry-process-applucations  and   http://www.slideshare.net/dryfinish/almost-buffed  ]  With the help of these SME mentors I established a working process laboratory from which I developed a new line of abrasive and polishing products and also developed new mass finishing processes for barrel, vibratory and centrifugal finishing systems to find the solution to customer finishing problems.  Later additional SME mentors such as Jack Clark and Rodney Grover helped me with work connected to the product launch of Dr. Michael Massarsky’s Turbo-Abrasive Machining technology in North America [SEE:  http://www.slideshare.net/dryfinish/october-2013-f2-deburring-1  ]  and as a consultant and advisor to industry on high energy edge and surface finishing processes  [SEE:  http://www.slideshare.net/dryfinish/november-2012-f4-deburring-1-final  ]

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ABOVE: Slide deck from SME Conference presentation at EASTEC in Sprinfield, MA.

How long have you been in manufacturing and how did you first get involved in the industry?

I have been involved in manufacturing since 1975, worked my way up as a millwright and production manager.  Among my early duties was operating an 1878 Portland Marine and Locomotive stationary steam engine that was the power plant for the shoe peg manufacturing plant that belonged to the family business.  As time went by I became more actively engaged in process and product development activities.  See below some examples of surface finish research experiments and projects I worked on.

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If you’re a new member, how did you hear about SME?

 I am not a new member, I am an old member.  I became an SME member because a mentor figure, Sam Thompson all but dragged me down to the SME booth at an SME trade show in Hartford CT back in 1983 and made me sign my name to an SME application.

Have more to share about your manufacturing experience or the industry?

 SME was an early adopter of mass finishing technology education programming.  Through its BEST Division {Burr, Edge and Surface Technology) it sponsored conferences and symposiums and published technical papers and articles on the subject.  However this an area of industry that is still often neglected by the mainstream manufacturing community, and most engineers graduating from school have little understanding of its importance and how critical it can be to overall part and component functionality and performance.

See also below, the factory floor video produced by SME-Spokane (Chapter 248) on precision centrifugal finishing of machined and other parts…

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Slide Deck from SME Webinar on Isotropic Surface Finishing

Further reading:  Internet resources

(1)  “Isotropic Mass Finishing for Surface Integrity and Part Performance”,  Article From: Products Finishing, Jack Clark, from Surface Analytics, LLC and David Davidson, from SME Deburr/Finish Technical Group, Posted on: 1/1/2015, [Barrel, vibratory, centrifugal and spindle finish can improve part performance and service life.]  http://www.pfonline.com/articles/isotropic-mass-finishing-for-surface-integrity-and-part-performance

(2)  “Turbo-Charged Abrasive Machining Offers Uniformity, Consistency”  Article From: Products Finishing, by: Dr. Michael Massarsky, President from Turbo-Finish Corporation, and David A. Davidson, from SME Deburr/Finish Technical Group.  Posted on: 6/1/2012.  [Method can deburr, produce edge contour effects rapidly]  http://www.pfonline.com/articles/turbo-charged-abrasive-machining-offers-uniformity-consistency

(3)  “Turbo-Abrasive Machining and Finishing”. MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING – Aerospace Supplement, by: Dr. Michael Massarsky, President from Turbo-Finish Corporation, and David A. Davidson, from SME Deburr/Finish Technical Group. [Method first developed for the aerospace industry can improve surface integrity and part performance]  http://www.slideshare.net/dryfinish/turboabrasive-machining-me-aerospace-supplement-reprint

(4)  “The Role of Surface Finish in Improving Part Performnce”, MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING, by Jack Clark, Surface Analytics.com and David A. Davidson, from SME Deburr/Finish Technical Group.

(5)  “Free Abrasives Flow for Automated Finishing”, MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING, , by: Dr. Michael Massarsky, President from Turbo-Finish Corporation, and David A. Davidson, from SME Deburr/Finish Technical Group. [Exciting new methods of surface finishing that go beyond deburring to specific isotropic surface finishes that can increase service life]  http://www.slideshare.net/dryfinish/october-2013-f2-deburring-1

(6) Turbo-Abrasive Machining Demonstration Video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYxqCxMIHNo

(7) SME Spokane, WA Factory Floor video, Centrifugal Finishing in the Precision Machine Shop: Demonstration)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUdKjaysTYM


AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY –  David A. Davidson, [dryfinish@gmail.com]

Mr. Davidson is a deburring/surface finishing specialist and consultant.  He has contributed technical articles to Metal Finishing and other technical and trade publications and is the author of the Mass Finishing section in the current Metal Finishing Guidebook and Directory.  He has also written and lectured extensively for the Society  of Manufacturing Engineers, Society of Plastics Engineers, American Electroplaters and Surface Finishers Association and the Mass Finishing Job Shops Association.  Mr. Davidson’s specialty is finishing process and finishing product development.


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