These articles sample possibilities for additive manufacturing of large metal parts.
One of the largest vertical turning and milling centers in the country will be installed in this Cincinnati-area job shop. Although installing the foundation for this huge machine was a massive undertaking, the company is building on other “foundations” as well.
A contract manufacturer specializing in ongoing production programs describes the investments involved in winning this work.
The key to success (and the primary challenge) for any job shop is minimizing turnaround time for non-repeating work. This Indiana shop shares some of its strategies for reducing lead times for the various large-scale jobs it encounters.
Grob Systems has developed a method of checking and compensating for possible distortions to a machine’s structure caused by the weight of a massive workpiece when it is machined in five axes.
Buying new is nice, but there are reasons why retrofits make sense for shops serving the oilfield industry.
Here’s one fixturing alternative for clamping large workpieces such as mold and fracking components.
Five-axis, five-spindle machine aims at reduced cost per piece for production of large aircraft components.
This clamping system minimizes setup times, enable a machine to access five sides of a part and provides highly repeatable positioning for bulky components.