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Which Five-Axis Machine for Mold Makers?  

This Chicago-area mold shop compares tilting-spindle and tilting-table five-axis machines.


Otherworldly Precision

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


Transforming Industrial Robots into Precision Machine Tools

Robots fitted with an adaptive control system get real-time course corrections throughout the machining cycle.


Doosan Makes a Power Play

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


Making the Most of Rotary Axes

Shops new to advanced rotary machining are sometimes held back by fundamental misunderstandings.


Beyond Milling or Grinding

Ultrasonic machining opens new possibilities for NASA engineers using previously unmachinable materials.


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...


How Cameras Improve Capacity

Web cameras provide an inexpensive way to bring remote processes together, and to improve timing and confidence in unattended machining.


Easily Upgrade Machines with Hexapods

If you are like me, you’ve never heard of a hexapod until recently (or now), but I put two and two together to figure out that it was a machining apparatus with six legs.


High Accuracy From Direct-Drive Rotary Technology

Consider direct-drive, high-accuracy rotary tables when applying fourth-axis machining capability on the shop floor.


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