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 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.

Posted by: Stephanie Monsanty 16. January 2014

Visit the Robots & Automation Zone

The zone focuses on industrial automation equipment such as this FANUC robotic arm used at Stabiltec. Read the story here

We recently launched a brand-new zone on MMS Online focused entirely on robotics and industrial automation. For videos, articles, products and more on how to leverage these technologies for your business, visit the zone.

Posted by: Stephanie Monsanty 2. January 2014

Product Spotlight Slideshow: Robots & Automation

Products from suppliers such as FANUC, Universal Robots, Fastems and TM Robotics (pictured) are featured in our January product spotlight. 


The Modern Equipment Review Spotlight in our January issue focuses on industrial robots and automation. View the slideshow to see photos and learn more about the robotics and automation products we highlighted in print. 

Posted by: Stephanie Monsanty 19. December 2013

A 3D Printer in Every School

Teachers across the United States can register with
to request funding for a MakerBot Academy package, which includes a Replicator 2 desktop 3D printer and spools of PLA filament. 

During the State of the Union address back in February, President Obama made the following statement:

"3D printing has the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost everything. We must ensure that the next Industrial Revolution in manufacturing will happen in America. We can get that done."

The remark inspired additive equipment supplier MakerBot with a mission: to put a 3D printer in every school in the United States. MakerBot has since partnered with America Makes and Autodesk to make this happen through, a crowdfunding website for educators. Teachers post requests for classroom materials on the site and explain their need, and donors can make contributions toward the purchases.

More than 400 requests have already been made for MakerBot’s Academy bundle, which includes a MakerBot Replicator 2 desktop 3D printer, three spools of MakerBot PLA filament, and a full year of service and protection. To view the requests—and help fund the project—go to and search for MakerBot. You can search for teachers near you, or just donate to a request that appeals to you. 

Posted by: Stephanie Monsanty 13. December 2013

A Robot Designed to Teach Humans

Esab's Swift Arc robotic welding system consists of a Kuka robot and controller with an Esab Aristo welding source, mounted on roller casters and fully enclosed.

Many companies cite a lack of skilled workers as a reason for implementing robotics and other automation, but what if robots could help train humans? That’s the idea behind Esab’s Swift Arc mobile learning system. The robotic welding cell is designed to demonstrate, develop and teach proper welding techniques as well as robot programming skills.

The fully enclosed robotic welding system features Esab’s Aristo U5000i power source alongside a Kuka KR6 900 robot and controller. Heavy-duty roller casters provide mobility for on-site training. The safety system and operator control panel enable users to practice troubleshooting and programming techniques while gaining the hands-on experience necessary to operate robotic systems on the shop floor. Click here to read more about the system. 

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