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When Reshoring Really Happens

Bob’s Design Engineering illustrates how a shop that used to be organized for short-run work transformed its process for ongoing production.


More Demanding Than Production

The challenges of prototyping have dramatically increased. This company reinvented itself to specialize in the tight-leadtime process development that prototyping now entails.


Managing Machining’s Thermal Effects

Thermal growth is an inherent factor in any machining process. Here's how one company constructs its machines to adapt to changing thermal conditions.


Beyond Secondaries: Vertical Machining Center Enhances OEM's Capability

Like many turning based shops, Clippard Instrument Laboratory first applied vertical machining centers to perform secondary operations on its screw machined parts. That view has changed for the better.


Small, But Mighty

Machining center designed for small spaces.


Keeping Watch on Small Parts

From watch parts to exotic medical applications, this shop takes on the world of micromachining.


A Big-Picture View of Micromachining

 Matrix Tooling makes injection molds for components that have features you cannot see.


How Micromachining Patience Speeds Prototype Production

A molder of tiny, silicone components for the medical industry explains how a patient, conservative approach to micromachining enables it to deliver prototypes faster.


What Makes for an Effective, Production-Oriented VMC?

Extended VMC cycle times due to modest spindle performance and slow non-cutting functions can increase costs for high-volume applications. However, new VMC offerings can minimize cycle times while maximizing competitiveness for production work.


Otherworldly Precision

A contract shop produces critical parts for the Curiosity rover that will soon depart for Mars.


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