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From Media to Manufacturing

Video producers with no previous knowledge of CNC discover the power and possibilities of modern machine tool technology. Their example says something about where manufacturing talent might come from, and also about the importance of manufacturing a...


The Costs and Benefits of Horizontal Machining

The shift from vertical to horizontal machining was even more expensive than this shop anticipated. It was also more valuable. Most of the shop’s machining centers are HMCs now—here’s why.


A Novel Modular Clamping System

This clamping system minimizes setup times, enable a machine to access five sides of a part and provides highly repeatable positioning for bulky components.


QFS Keeps Its Customers Moving With Integrated CAD/CAM

Quickly updating tool paths to remachine die surfaces enables this shop to provide short runs of prototype formed sheet metal parts. This fast response to engineering changes and design adjustments helps its customers adhere to tightly scheduled veh...


Setting the Stage for Sizeable Composites Work

By adding a five-axis waterjet/milling machine, its biggest autoclave and a more expansive lay-up room, Royal Engineered Composites is positioning itself to win larger-scale aerospace work it sees on the horizon.


Medical Machining is in the Genes

Sometimes it’s difficult to stay away. This company is an example of a precision machining family that simply can’t stop doing what it does.


Expanded Possibilities for Cryogenic Machining

The technology for liquid nitrogen cooling is now available for machining applications in various industries on any brand of machine tool.


The Challenges of Machining Glass-Filled Plastics

Plastics reinforced with glass present more machining variables to manage than conventional metals. This shop has developed a process to overcome those challenges and has become more adroit at short-run work along the way.


New Okuma Plant Relies on Automation, Production Control

The company says the DS1 facility in Japan is capable of 2 times the production capacity and 1/2 the lead time of the previous site.


A Smooth Transition to Five-Axis Machining

A mold manufacturer that specializes in precision, thin-walled container molds chose an integrated approach to establishing an effective five-axis “3 + 2” machining process.


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