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New Hybrid Unites Additive Manufacturing and Grinding
A machine performing surface and profile grinding, along with milling and laser metal deposition, is believed to be the world’s first hybrid grinder.
Getting Acquainted with Scott Fosdick
Scott is the new head of Market Region Americas for GF Machining Solutions, the brand that includes Agie Charmilles (EDM and laser texturing), Mikron (high-performance milling), System 3R (automation and tooling) and Leichti (five-axis milling machi...
Okuma Supports Aerospace Excellence
The new Aerospace Center of Excellence at Okuma America enables manufacturers to visit, test equipment, confer with experts and learn about CNC machines that are custom-designed for aerospace industry applications.
FAA Clears First Additive Manufactured Part for Flight in a GE Commercial Jet Engine
A cobalt-chrome temperature sensor housing is being retrofit to GE90 engines used by Boeing.
Video of Interesting Turbine Blade Workholding System
This clamping system is an automated steady rest with measuring capability that stabilizes the five-axis machining process of very long turbine blades.
Satellite to Use Additive-Manufactured Components Directly Exposed to Space
Support structures are produced through FDM in plastic material as strong as aluminum. Internal complexity is part of the reason for producing the parts through 3D printing.
The Case for Off-Site Innovation
Okuma says the point of its aerospace technology center is to provide a place for manufacturers to perform all the trial-and-error they need to perfect a new process. It’s also a place to find and consult with sources of up-to-date manufacturing tec...
Additive Manufacturing of Brackets Saves 1 Kilogram per Satellite
Because of complexity, material and quantity, spacecraft and satellite components are good candidates for additive production.
Build the Machine around the Workpiece
Rather than fitting a part into an existing machine, modular machining units enable building a custom machine particularly suited for that workpiece. This approach is best for large production runs of specialized parts.
Metal Additive Manufacturing for Parts up to 7 Feet Tall
Sample part in Inconel 625 challenges the size constraint usually associated with powder-based metal additive manufacturing.