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Millennial Multitasking Made Easy

CNC control software is being designed with features to better fit the tendencies of younger operators.


A Foundation for Minimum Quantity Lubrication

Nakamura-Tome's Smart X operating system is designed to make younger operators feel more comfortable with the machine control.


How a CAD/CAM Consultant can Help

This article from CNC Software (developer of Mastercam software) gives a good picture of why and when some shops turn to an independent software specialist for CAD/CAM services such as CNC programming of difficult or complex parts.


Control Capabilities Often Go Unused

The value of some control capabilities don’t become apparent until they are seen in use. Heidenhain supports its CNC users with a new Chicago-area training facility.


Real-Time Tool Monitoring

Machine operators have long dreamt of a process monitoring system that detects tool wear, and potentially catastrophic conditions and automatically compensates for changes in tool geometry after resharpening. Now that dream is a reality.


Detecting Chips in a Milling Spindle

Chips in a milling spindle can subtly deform a tool assembly until the cutting tool is out of alignment. Grob's chip-in-spindle detection system detect stresses that may indicate chip interference.


Shop Applies App to Adopt CNC Technology Faster

A custom machine-operating and automatic program-generating app has helped racing parts maker Moser Engineering quickly reap the benefits of CNC machining even though nobody there had any prior experience with it.


Getting in Touch with Optimal EDM Results

Makino’s Hyper i control for wire EDM uses touchscreen navigation in its user interface, which helps a basic user to match the productivity and capability of an experienced operator.


The Foundry's Way Forward

An established supplier of short-run castings just opened and staffed a new, fully equipped, in-house CNC machine shop. Taking ownership of machining will improve the company’s range of services to customers as well as its quality control.


Tool Monitoring for Multitasking Machines

Continuously checking the condition of cutting tools and responding appropriately to wear or other changes is especially critical on machines designed to complete parts in a single setup or run several operation simultaneously.


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