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Published: 6/1/2017

Making Mountains out of Mold Steel—Literally
When graphite molds wouldn’t cut it for a manufacturer of hand-blown drinking glasses, this shop machined more durable stainless steel molds to create the famous mountainous shapes that emerge from the bottom of its customer’s nifty drin...

Published: 5/1/2017

Understanding the Machine Tool Industry’s Ups and Downs
In recent years, China’s patterns of consumption have had an exaggerated effect on global cycles.

Published: 3/1/2017

Additive Manufacturing Belongs in a Machine Shop
A fourth-generation family machine shop integrates metal additive manufacturing as another production operation.

Published: 12/1/2016

The 2016 Capital Spending Survey
The machine tool market bottomed in the summer of 2016, but will continue to rebound in 2017 as shops invest in technology for unattended operation.

Published: 11/1/2016

Slideshow: Trends and Technology at IMTS 2016
The size and scope of a show like IMTS makes it impossible to cover everything of interest, but here's a taste of the technology and trends we were taking note of this year.

Published: 10/3/2016

Chances for Hybrid Manufacturing in Oilfield Applications
A contract manufacturer is finding uses for a hybrid additive manufacturing and five-axis milling machine for oilfield drills, valves and other end-use components.

Published: 9/1/2016

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.

Published: 9/1/2016

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.

Published: 7/1/2016

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.

Published: 6/1/2016

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.