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Stephanie Monsanty

Stephanie Monsanty worked as a summer intern in 2012 and joined the Modern Machine Shop team as assistant editor later that fall. She edits product and industry news for the print magazine as well as MMS Online. Stephanie completed her M.A. in professional writing at the University of Cincinnati in 2013, and also holds a B.A. in English literature and history from the University of Mount Union.

Posted by: Stephanie Monsanty 7. March 2014

Product Spotlight Slideshow: Machining Centers

The March spotlight highlights machining centers from builders including Makino, Mazak, Doosan
and Chiron (pictured above).

The Modern Equipment Review Spotlight section in our March issue delves into the world of machining centers, including machines ranging from compact VMCs to the large five-axis T1 machine from Makino (top image, above). Click through the slideshow for more on this month’s featured products or visit the Machining Centers & Milling Machines Zone for additional content.  

Posted by: Stephanie Monsanty 20. February 2014

Laying Composites Fiber—Digitally

NCSIMUL Machine 9.1 takes into consideration the 3D form of fiber ribbon
to simulate building up a workpiece. 

Spring Technologies’ NCSIMUL Machine software is typically thought of as a means to simulate the path of a CNC cutting tool—used to remove material from a workpiece in conventional machining. However, the most recent release of this program is capable of simulating the addition of material. NCSIMUL Machine version 9.1 includes a “Composite” option that dynamically simulates laying fiber ribbon with NC machines. The option can alert users to composites-specific problems such as deviation caused by steering angle errors or the twisting of taut fibers. Learn more on the company’s website

Of course, machining composites is more in our readership’s wheelhouse. Here are four articles that address the challenges machining those tough materials:

1. Setting the Stage for Sizeable Composites Work
2. Composites Machining for the F-35
3. Getting New Business with Big Machines
4. An Alternate Micromachining Process for Composites

Posted by: Stephanie Monsanty 13. February 2014

Student Summit Returns for IMTS 2014

Students gather in the Student Skills Center at IMTS 2012 to participate in the Student Summit. The 2012 event attracted more than 9,300 students and educators from 17 states; organizers expect an even larger group in 2014.  

Taking place at Chicago’s McCormick Place this September, the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) will welcome students, educators and parents to a special summit intended to promote manufacturing careers to young people. The Smartforce Student Summit (a rebranded version of 2012’s NIMS Student Summit) will include keynote addresses, technology demonstrations and interactive exhibits where students can experience manufacturing first-hand. For instance, 2012 attendees were able to practice their welding skills at a virtual welding station provided by Lincoln Electric, or climb inside the capsule used to rescue miners trapped in the Chilean mining accident in 2010.

In addition to checking out the cool technology, students can also meet some of the people behind it. During the Summit, the Student Skills Center will be staffed by MTAmbassadors, 20-something manufacturing professionals who will be available to talk to students and answer questions about careers in the industry. (See this blog post from October to watch a message from a group of these ambassadors.)

The free summit will take place September 8 to 12 in the Student Skills Center from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, and is open to middle school, high school and college students and their educators, administrators and parents. Visit here for program details, registration and additional information.

Posted by: Stephanie Monsanty 29. January 2014

Product Spotlight Slideshow: Grinding

Our February product spotlight features grinding equipment from Gleason, 3M Abrasives, C & B Machinery and Kalamazoo Industries (pictured above), among others. 
 

The Modern Equipment Review Spotlight section in our February issue highlights a variety of grinding equipment, ranging from belt grinders to cylindrical grinding machines to grinding wheels. View the slideshow here to see the grinding products we highlighted, and see the print issue or our online products coverage for more detail. 

Posted by: Stephanie Monsanty 22. January 2014

A “Shortcut” for Bladed Components

Industries like aerospace and automotive depend on bladed components such as impellers and blisks, but these workpieces can be complex and time-consuming to program and machine. Gibbs and Associates’ MultiBlade options for GibbsCAM provide a simplified user interface optimized for working with bladed workpieces within the GibbsCAM environment.

Two levels are available, depending on the type of work or level of specialization required. Level 1 covers workpieces with single splitters, and Level 2 can be added to support multiple splitters, sub-splitters, blade fillet machining and other advanced features.

Watch the video above, produced by Gibbs and Associates, for an overview of the MultiBlade functionality in GibbsCAM.

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