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Published: 5/1/2017

The Key to Success with Flexible Machining Cells Is People
This aerospace component manufacturer is committed to flexible machining cells for producing complex parts for the latest commercial airliner programs. Its newest cell adds both capacity and capability—and takes the company to a new level of commitm...

Published: 1/1/2017

Mold Manufacturing Automation Leaves No Part Behind
The right mindset, the right five-axis technology and an intuitive approach to palletization help this mold shop extend automated control to the majority of its high-mix work.

Published: 12/1/2016

The 2016 Capital Spending Survey
The machine tool market bottomed in the summer of 2016, but will continue to rebound in 2017 as shops invest in technology for unattended operation.

Published: 9/1/2016

Equipped for Composites
What machine tool features make sense for composites? A shop machining critical aircraft parts in both metal and composites describes the key features of the machine it bought with an eye toward CFRP.

Published: 7/1/2016

Micron-Tolerance Machining Means Never Looking Back
Different tools and machining strategies have driven this shop to seek new efficiencies beyond its most demanding work and most capable machining center.

Published: 6/1/2016

Constant-Chip-Load Machining Yields a Better Tool Path
With its in-house R&D program, this aerospace shop seeks to be a leader, not a follower, on the path to innovation in advanced manufacturing. Finding and embracing a better way to generate tool paths for highly efficient and economical metal removal...

Published: 2/1/2016

Taking It Slow Pays Off for Learning Five-Axis Machining
A deliberately incremental approach helped this shop flatten a significant learning curve for collaborating on the postprocessor, easing setups and using cutting tools effectively.

Published: 2/1/2016

How to Increase Machining Efficiency through Machine Monitoring
A manufacturer that is distinctive for its attention to in-cycle machining productivity describes its efforts to obtain efficiency improvements outside of the machining cycle. The shop’s primary tool is a simple, daily, graphical recap that illustra...

Published: 12/1/2015

Technology for Turning on a Five-Axis Machine
A turning tool adapter that mounts to the MCT five-axis machine isolates the main spindle bearing from the shock of turning operations.

Published: 3/2/2015

The Tactical Merit of Five-Axis Machining
A job shop relying on homegrown talent to win aerospace and defense work expands its five-axis capabilities