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Published: 2/19/2015

Multi-Axis Workholding System Uses Three-Side Dovetail
The Get-A-Grip pedestal fixture for five-axis workholding uses a triangular clamping geometry for the matching workpiece and clamping dovetails.

Published: 1/8/2015

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.

Published: 11/25/2014

A Compact but Rigid VMC for Machining Titanium Blades
In recent years, machine tool builders have developed models specifically designed for the efficient machining of titanium and other hard metals.

Published: 10/21/2014

A Production Line Takes Shape
Although Pointe Precision built its reputation on low-volume, high-complexity aerospace and medical parts, its expansive high-volume production line may be its biggest success to date. Sound decision-making and attention to details at every step are...

Published: 9/26/2014

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.

Published: 9/23/2014

Adopting a 24/7 Mindset
This shop considered a number of factors before establishing an effective process to run an HMC cell around the clock for applications in aerospace, oilfield and other industries.

Published: 9/1/2014

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...

Published: 6/18/2014

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.

Published: 6/11/2014

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.

Published: 5/19/2014

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...