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Published: 2/24/2015

Micromachining Evolution
Challenge Machine continues to add high-speed equipment for the increasing amount of micromachining work it is performing. Here are some lessons it has learned along the way, using tools as small as 0.001 inch in diameter.

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: 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: 12/13/2013

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.

Published: 11/22/2013

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.

Published: 9/18/2013

The Value of a Portable Second-Op Machine
A portable second-op machine can make more effective use of labor while freeing primary machines to carry out the complicated work they were designed to perform.

Published: 7/17/2013

Smart Machining Centers
These days, precision machine shops are often looking to expand the range of work they can take on profitably. It is not enough, in many instances, to be exclusively a turning shop.

Published: 4/22/2013

Composites Technology at F-35 Suppliers Conference
A recent conference highlighted composites milling equipment as well as a new seven-axis fiber-placement machine specifically designed for the tricky material used to create critical F-35 components.

Published: 3/18/2013

Taking the Long View on Short Runs
Certain jobs require a processing strategy that strikes a balance between the needs of high-volume production and low-quantity toolroom work. Reorganizing material flows and investing in machining centers designed specifically for small lots helped...

Published: 2/25/2013

The In-House Initiative
OEMs experiencing outsourcing issues might consider this manufacturer’s approach to establishing an appropriate level of in-house machining capabilities.