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3D Scanning: Reproducing One-Of-A-Kind Prototypes
A laser scanning system helps this shop capture the free-form surfaces on a hand-sculpted original. The resulting digitized models are the basis for CAM applications such as programming a CNC machining center.
A New Spin On Vertical Grinding
Simultaneous, dual-wheel vertical grinding offers advantages for finishing bearing surfaces and other critical features on shafts. Having two opposing grinding wheels in contact with the workpiece at the same time neutralizes axial forces and shorte...
New Honing Options For Hypereutectic Aluminum Cylinder Bores
Hypereutectic aluminum is saturated with silicon particles that must be exposed during honing. A two-stage process first hones a cylinder’s wall to a mirror-like finish and then relieves aluminum around the silicon particles.
How to Hone an Atypical Aluminum Alloy
Hypereutectic aluminum used for engine blocks contains silicon particles that must be exposed during cylinder honing. This can be done using a cushioning, elastomer honing tool that allows individual abrasive particles to “bounce” over the silicon p...
Hydraulic Workholding Devices Allow Total-Perimeter Machining
Having access to the entire perimeter of a part minimizes set ups because shops can machine five sides of the part in one fixturing. This enables shops to reduce the total number of manufacturing operations, the number of times parts must be handled...
From Virtual To Reality
This article tells how a shop used infomation available on the Web to solve a tough production problem on its shop floor.
Bringing Anodizing In-House
What’s it going to cost? How much space do I need? What environmental hassles will I encounter? How steep is the learning curve? Exactly what is anodizing? Here are answers to preliminary questions shops have about bringing anodizing in-house.
Turning Is Optional
The part requires only milling and drilling, but it is still run on a lathe. Except for the cutoff tool, all of the turret positions on this lathe hold rotating tools. In other words, turning is not essential for using a lathe effectively. This appl...
A 'HOLE' New Ballgame With Multi-Spindle Honing Systems
Automating the honing process is key to high-volume precision bore production with sub-micron accuracy.
Challenges In Cutting CGI
Compacted graphite iron is increasingly used for diesel and racing engine components. The choice of cutting tool can dictate how effective shops are able to machine this challenging material.