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Published: 9/30/2009

Triple Tap Life
A maker of vehicle components finds that a treatment process for taps produces dramatically longer tool life.

Published: 9/23/2009

Cutting Spiral Bevel Gears On A Five-Axis Machining Center
To produce high-precision ring gears in low- to mid-volumes, an emerging option is the use of five-axis machining centers. Mitsui Seiki CNC vertical and horizontal machining centers are being used in this application.

Published: 1/16/2009

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. 

Published: 12/30/2008

Why Measure Cutting Tools: Toyota’s Answer - Product quality and process reliability Case Study
 Case study submitted by Walter Grinders.

Published: 10/8/2008

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...

Published: 9/18/2008

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.

Published: 9/17/2008

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...

Published: 8/20/2008

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...

Published: 8/20/2008

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.

Published: 8/5/2008

Achieving Metal-Like Tolerances In Composite Parts
On-machining probing compensates for uncertainty in machining operations in composites

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