Posted by: Peter Zelinski 21. September 2015

The Importance of Positive Culture

Photo taken at 3V Precision, Tacoma, Washington. This shop’s attention to employees includes daily shared breakfasts. Read more here.

One of subtlest but most significant developments I am seeing in manufacturing is a change in the culture of manufacturing businesses. A different understanding of, and appreciation for, the personal worth and individuality of production team members is something I’ve encountered in interactions with Baklund R&D and Staub Machine, as well as companies such as Defy that have come to manufacturing only recently and brought an outside culture with them.

If you are a shop owner or leader who thinks about company culture and how to shape it, please take some time to read one of my more recent articles about an example I found of a deliberately positive manufacturing environment. I went to 3V Precision to talk about Inconel, but it soon became clear that the mettle of this shop is as interesting as the metal.

The article makes the point that people are part of the process. Let me know what you think, and let me know if this article reminds you of any shops you know.

Posted by: Mark Albert 18. September 2015

As Seen at Westec

A rotary/swiveling table that can fully invert a workpiece caught my eye in Los Angeles this week.

A show that seems to be on the rebound, Westec offered a representative cross-section of today’s manufacturing technology. This short slideshow captures the diversity of exhibits. 

Posted by: Stephanie Hendrixson 17. September 2015

Re-Introducing Additive Manufacturing


Since 2012, Gardner Business Media (publisher of Modern Machine Shop) has also produced the Additive Manufacturing supplement. This digest-sized magazine has defined itself as a source of information on industrial additive manufacturing, with a specific focus on the application of AM technologies to produce functional prototypes and real-world, end-use parts. As use of additive in mainstream manufacturing facilities has grown, so too has the need for this type of information. That’s why we’re expanding our coverage of AM with a revamped website, a monthly e-newsletter, and a new, full-sized magazine.

If you’re already a subscriber, you’ll receive the first editions of the magazine and newsletter in October; copies of the print publication will also be distributed during the Additive Manufacturing Conference, October 20-21.

Not a subscriber yet? Sign up here to receive print or digital issues of the magazine plus the e-newsletter.

P.S. We’re also on social media! Connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date. 

Posted by: Derek Korn 16. September 2015

The Potential for Wider Use of Ceramic Inserts

When you think ceramic inserts you commonly envision high-speed machining of hard metals and super alloys. That said, Greenleaf has developed a new phase-toughened ceramic insert technology that could bridge the gap between conventional carbide and ceramic inserts for exotic materials, as well as more conventional metals such as mild and stainless steels. Learn more.

Posted by: Russ Willcutt 15. September 2015

Great Minds Think Alike

One of the best things about attending a tradeshow is having the opportunity to brainstorm with thought leaders involved in developing new technologies that support and complement manufacturing. If you’re headed to WESTEC 2015—Sept. 15-17 at the Los Angeles Convention Center—you’ll find just such an opportunity at the SME Technology Interchange, which is a collaboration between the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and NASA. It is intended “to drive economic growth by showcasing technology and process innovation, and connecting manufacturers with new solutions and expertise available from NASA,” the orginazation says.

Experts in business and technology will be available to discuss technologies developed by NASA including additive manufacturing, communication and guidance systems, advanced materials and nanotechnology. They will also provide insights into industry applications and best practices, as well as existing opportunities to build collaborative relationships. While there, be sure to visit Modern Machine Shop at booth 746.  

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