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Keeping Things In Focus

Machine-mounted video cameras are part of a system that help a shop owner get more work done while spending less time in the shop. He can monitor and control what’s happening on his machines remotely. He’s also developed strategies for reacting to e...


Alternate Tool Material For Hogging Large Workpieces

Shops often use either carbide or high speed steel cutting tools for hogging out the large workpieces common to the aerospace and moldmaking industries. While both materials have their advantages and disadvantages, cutting tool manufacturer Precisio...


The Case For Constant Velocity

Constant Velocity Technology uses high speed computer hardware and creative algorithms to enable machine tools to achieve fast, consistent feed rates across complicated 3D surfaces.


From Mold Making To Mold Manufacturing

Pro Mold had to change its entire shop culture to make the move to “net machining.” The experience made the company stronger.


Cutting To The Model

This mold shop's cutting tool strategies help it eliminate hand spotting altogether by machining complex molds directly to the CAD model.


CAM Software Is The Driving Force

Doug Noxell knew he had the right software for machining to zero, so he created a shop to add the rest of the capability.


The Hard-Milling Imperative

A job shop that specializes in hard milling shows why this technique is becoming indispensable for mold manufacturers. Hard milling allows mold components to be machined in the hardened state, thus skipping several expensive and time-consuming proce...


Magnetic Holding Pattern

In finding a way to allow magnetic milling chucks to hold parts that typically aren’t secured by the "invisible" workholding method, this shop happened upon a means to repeatedly position parts in any of its machine tools.


Incremental Automation Pays Dividends

While successful mold makers agree that automation is necessary to remain competitive, they often have different opinions about how to integrate automation. This mold maker does it in gradual phases, and in doing so, it drives shopfloor workers to r...


Who's Afraid To Cut To Zero?

Most U.S. mold shops still leave extra stock on the cores and cavities of the molds they machine. This practice is unnecessary and wasteful, say proponents of advanced machining technology.


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