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Published: 11/6/2009

Video: Milling For Prototypes
Learn how Designcraft applies CNC machining for prototyping.

Published: 10/13/2009

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...

Published: 10/1/2009

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...

Published: 8/18/2009

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.

Published: 8/18/2009

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.

Published: 8/18/2009

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.

Published: 6/2/2009

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.

Published: 3/18/2009

Video: Linear Motor Micromachining Center
Video shows the smooth, quiet, rapid motion characteristic of effective micromilling.

Published: 3/9/2009

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

Published: 3/9/2009

Micro-Turned and Micro-Milled Workpiece
Video captured with a microscope shows micromachined part.