Shop Management Software

Your Competitors Can Do What You Do

By: Brent Donaldson

With the barrier to entry for machine shops so low, competitive advantage is not necessarily tied to the ability to machine parts. Increasingly, it is a shop’s ability to document and streamline digital processes that sets it apart from competition.

Cutting Tools

4 Questions To Ask When Moving to Live Tooling

By: Eli Plaskett

Live tooling is often seen as a niche solution, but there are a number of different processes that are improved by introducing live tooling.


The Value of Design for Additive Manufacturing (DFAM)

By: Timothy W. Simpson

Design is the “value multiplier” when it comes to additive manufacturing.

CNC & Mach Controls

CGTech's OptiPath and Force Modules Prove Complementary

By: Evan Doran

The OptiPath and Force modules of CGTech’s Vericut software have improved programming and cycle times at Ultra Machining Company.


U.S. Air Force Rapid Sustainment Office Concludes First Ever Advanced Manufacturing Olympics

Nearly $1M in prizes awarded to winners of five manufacturing-related competitions. MMS editor-in-chief Peter Zelinski co-hosted the Air Force’s week-long event.


Autodesk Fusion 360 adds PowerMill Technology and More

Autodesk’s Fusion 360 receives a major functionality upgrade with the addition of PowerMill, PowerShape and PowerInspect technology – offering more technology and better value.

Make a List of Disruptive Events That You've Overcome

By: Thomas G. Marini

Running a machine shop has many ups and downs but extraordinary events like COVID-19 form memories that you can reference down the line. 


Fabricator's Toolroom Becomes Captive CNC Machine Shop

By: Matt Danford

Toolroom problem-solving yields high-production profit when a sheet metal fabricating business accepts a difficult machining contract.


Inside Oak Ridge’s 3D-Printed Machine Tool Moonshot

By: Brent Donaldson

The widespread outsourcing of large machine castings led a collaborative team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to tackle the machine tool supply chain. The first step? 3D print the largest cast component.

Cutting Tools

IMTS spark: Trends in Cutting Tool Adoption and Technology

Horn USA head of product management John Kollenbroich joins MMS’s Peter Zelinski to discuss cutting tool application trends. Join them Nov. 18 at 11:00 am EST. (Add to your MySpark Planner.)

CNC & Mach Controls

5 Tips for Selecting the Optimal Spindle Range

By: Mike Lynch

Learn how to select the appropriate spindle range and ensure that your CNC machining center or turning center is running an optimized cycle. 

Data-Driven Manufacturing

Datanomix Fusion Maximizes J&W Swiss Machine's Efficiency

By: Evan Doran

Datanomix’s Fusion software led J&W Swiss Machine to a 13% increase in cycle-time conformance and a 1.5 day improvement on its on-time delivery.