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Published: 2/23/2011

Special High-Temp Alloys Spark Interest in EDM
Today’s wire EDM technology preserves the surface integrity of proprietary titanium alloys and other high-temperature materials, so aerospace and medical applications using this process are booming.

Published: 2/2/2011

Wire Rethreader Hits The Mark
The rethreading system on a wire electrical discharge machine helps a U.S. manufacturer keep up with production requirements for a critical pistol component.

Published: 1/25/2011

EDM Energy Conservation Without the Effort
Most machine tool energy conservation systems simply track power consumption, placing the burden of actually reducing energy use on manufacturers. GF AgieCharmilles aims to change that with the EconoWatt II, an automated system for wire EDM.

Published: 1/21/2011

What Shapes a Shop
Marshall Manufacturing melds CNC machining and 3D bending to create intricate medical components from small-diameter barstock and tubing. Customer needs spurred the shop to carve out what has become a successful medical-manufacturing niche.

Published: 10/8/2010

Tips for Controlling Oxidation and Pitting on a Wire EDM
Additives, machine settings, workpiece materials and current technology are factors in avoiding common problems with unwanted rust and surface defects.

Published: 4/29/2010

What is the Best Process for Machining a Small, Precise Hole in Aluminum?
This small hole is actually large enough that any of three different processes might be used.

Published: 12/17/2009

The Hidden Cost Of EDM Wire Consumption
 Excessive wire consumption on a wire electrical discharge machine is costly. Technology that allows slower unspooling speeds without compromising results appears to be the answer.

Published: 7/10/2009

The Most Valuable Resource For Succeeding At Lean
What is the most valuable resource? The answer is probably obvious: the people. This shop started to succeed at lean manufacturing once every employee got involved.

Published: 2/13/2009

Vision System Brings On-Machine Measurement To Ram EDM
Vision technology tailored to ram EDM allows shops to measure a part as it remains fixtured on a spark-erosion machine.

Published: 2/2/2009

Micropulse Technology Comes To Fast-Hole EDM
Holes in turbine blades are critical because the internal cooling airflow provided by these holes prevents the parts from overheating during operation. One of the most promising technologies for making these holes is fast-hole electrical discharge m...