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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...

Published: 2/10/2011

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

Published: 12/22/2010

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.

Published: 12/21/2010

High Accuracy From Direct-Drive Rotary Technology
Consider direct-drive, high-accuracy rotary tables when applying fourth-axis machining capability on the shop floor.

Published: 11/12/2010

One Way to Machine Long Titanium Parts
This horizontal machining center design not only addresses the need for larger machining capacity for long aerospace components, but it also offers impressive material removal rates for tough titanium alloys.

Published: 8/3/2010

Composites Machining for the F-35
Lockheed Martin’s precision machining of composite skin sections for the F-35 provides part of the reason why this plane saves money for U.S. taxpayers. That machining makes the plane compelling in ways that have led other countries to take up some ...

Published: 8/2/2010

Find Your Speed Outside of Machining
This short-lead-time mold shop achieves its most significant time savings by looking outside the machining cycle. However, one of those elements outside the cycle—palletized setup—ultimately led to cycle time savings via five-axis machining.

Published: 7/19/2010

Are Bar Fed Machining Centers the Next Big Thing?
Advanced mill-turn machines with bar fed material handling can overcome several inherent weaknesses of production machining on vertical machining centers.