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Vertical Machining Cells Challenge Horizontal Dominance

When part volumes are high, and success is measured in pennies and seconds, moving away from horizontal machines requires creative thinking about robotics, cutting tools, workholding and more.


Equipped for Composites

What machine tool features make sense for composites? A shop machining critical aircraft parts in both metal and composites describes the key features of the machine it bought with an eye toward CFRP.


Integrating Additive Manufacturing without Inhibiting Machining

Mitsui Seiki has been experimenting with how to use metal cutting and metal deposition effectively with the same machine tool without having to compromise the advantages of either.


Micron-Tolerance Machining Means Never Looking Back

Different tools and machining strategies have driven this shop to seek new efficiencies beyond its most demanding work and most capable machining center.


Machining Critical Crane Components

By investing in a new horizontal machining center with a two-axis head and a six-station pallet pool, this crane OEM is making critical components for telescopic booms in one setup and running lights-out.


Shop Favors Different Flavor of Five-Axis Technology

Campbell Engineering benefits from a new twist on the tombstone workholding concept, which enables one of its HMCs to perform 3+2 machining to reduce scrap while supporting the higher-volume needs of its medical customers.


Constant-Chip-Load Machining Yields a Better Tool Path

With its in-house R&D program, this aerospace shop seeks to be a leader, not a follower, on the path to innovation in advanced manufacturing. Finding and embracing a better way to generate tool paths for highly efficient and economical metal removal...


How Steinway Machines Its Pianos

A custom-designed five-axis dual process CNC router allows a piano builder to machine a critical part more quickly, retaining the quality of tone for which it is known.


Fending Off Spindle Failure

In addition to offering seminars on spindle preventative maintenance, GTI Spindle Technology also has a portable vibration analysis unit that can be operated via a tablet app.


Taking It Slow Pays Off for Learning Five-Axis Machining

A deliberately incremental approach helped this shop flatten a significant learning curve for collaborating on the postprocessor, easing setups and using cutting tools effectively.


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