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Video: Milling For Prototypes

Learn how Designcraft applies CNC machining for prototyping.


Aluminum Molds In Three Weeks Or Less

While aluminum molds are commonly used to create prototypes or to serve as stopgap bridge tooling, they are starting to receive greater attention for production work. This shop’s approach to creating aluminum molds in one day to three weeks is the s...


Straight to Sand

Through direct CNC machining of molds and cores, this supplier of cast and machined parts skips the pattern-making step that would otherwise be fundamental to casting. The result is weeks of lead-time savings for complex parts that are needed in a h...


Improving Milling Accuracy

VIDEO. How you use the machining center is just as important as the quality of the machine itself. This tutorial covers machining center leveling, alignment and temperature—as well as toolchange and setup procedures.


Turning On A Machining Center

VIDEO. Part of Renishaw’s automated production process, this turning operation uses tools affixed to the machining center’s table while the workpiece is mounted in the spindle.


Video: Automatic Part Verification Through Reference Comparison

The machining center in this automated production process inspects its own work and updates its own positioning. Probing a known, traceable reference makes this possible.


Video: Laser Tool Probing For Productivity And Accuracy

The ability to measure tool offsets while the tool is spinning can improve both the accuracy and performance of the process in various ways.


Video: Linear Motor Micromachining Center

Video shows the smooth, quiet, rapid motion characteristic of effective micromilling.


50-Micron Milled Channels

Video captured with a microscope shows that a full-scale machining center is capable of micro-size milling work.


Micro-Turned and Micro-Milled Workpiece

Video captured with a microscope shows micromachined part.


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