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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.

Published: 3/21/2011

Design the Parts Around the Process
To guarantee that components for a new helicopter could be readily produced, the company looked at the capabilities of available machine tools in the market first, and then finalized the design of the components accordingly. It created a Precision C...