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Published: 1/17/2013

The Big Step Up
A small shop added two new machines, each of which is more advanced than any of the previous machine tools the company has used. One of the co-owners committed to the work of bringing both of these machines fully into service. Here is the shop’s exp...

Published: 1/17/2013

Consistent Tool Engagement in Five Axes
This tool path applies the consistent-tool-engagement-angle strategy that previously has been only available for two- and three-axis operations to four- and five-axis simultaneous movements.

Published: 8/17/2012

Lean from the Beginning
How would you design a new plant if you could begin today? Rolls-Royce Crosspointe is a major manufacturing site that was planned from the outset with the expectation that continuous improvement would always be part of its culture.

Published: 2/10/2012

Targeted Five-Axis Machining
Focusing on a particular part size range allows this shop to use a versatile type of five-axis machine tool. Five-axis machining now makes up 40 percent of the shop’s business.

Published: 12/16/2011

Which Five-Axis Machine for Mold Makers?  
This Chicago-area mold shop compares tilting-spindle and tilting-table five-axis machines.

Published: 9/15/2011

Otherworldly Precision
A contract shop produces critical parts for the Curiosity rover that will soon depart for Mars.

Published: 8/26/2011

Transforming Industrial Robots into Precision Machine Tools
Robots fitted with an adaptive control system get real-time course corrections throughout the machining cycle.

Published: 7/19/2011

Doosan Makes a Power Play
The South Korean builder is directing its focus toward rigid machine platforms capable of heavy cuts in tough materials.

Published: 7/19/2011

Making the Most of Rotary Axes
Shops new to advanced rotary machining are sometimes held back by fundamental misunderstandings.

Published: 4/26/2011

Beyond Milling or Grinding
Ultrasonic machining opens new possibilities for NASA engineers using previously unmachinable materials.