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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

Opportunities 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.

Published: 3/1/2016

Fending Off Spindle Failure
In addition to offering seminars on spindle preventative maintenance, GTI Spindle Technology also has a portable vibration analysis unit that can be operated via a tablet app.

Published: 11/2/2015

What to Consider When Adding Angle Heads
Angle heads can enable a three-axis machine tool to be more versatile. That said, this shop explains that there’s more to getting started using them than simply loading them into a machine’s spindle.

Published: 8/1/2015

Easing the Entry into Additive Manufacturing
With funding from America Makes, Optomec and MachMotion worked together to develop a retrofit additive manufacturing system for machining centers.