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Whether you read Modern Machine Shop’s June print issue, clicked through the digital edition or scrolled through the multimedia presentation that includes a wealth of stories, videos and animations, you’ll notice one thing tying the various media together: in-depth coverage of advanced machining technology.

Over the past 90 years, our bread-and-butter, everyday content has focused on the technology, innovation and though-leadership that has changed and shaped our industry, keeping machine shops modern. We wrote about the belting systems shops used in the 1930s,  roller bearings in the 1940s, the dawn of automated control in the 1950s, numerical control’s proliferation in the 1960s, the CAD/CAM concept becoming a buzzword in the 1970s, computer machine tools shifting machine shop operations in the 1980s, high-speed machining in the 1990s, increasing connectivity in the 2000s, and the digital advances of the 2010s.

Combined with the latest five-axis machine tool technology, dramatic reductions in both programming and machining time are possible for almost any shop.

CAM systems such as Autodesk’s PowerMill, Mastercam and Open Mind Technology’s hyperMILL, are evolving to make the application of five-axis machining easier, safer and more productive.

I have been writing for Modern Machine Shop for 14 years. That represents just over 15 percent of the magazine’s rich 90-year history.

Some past editors (along with current editors Mark and Pete) can claim larger percentages than me. However, it seems that the brand has changed, expanded and improved moreso during this time span than in any other in the past. The efforts and investments listed below have been carried out on behalf of our readers, our advertisers and the industry in general. I’m happy to have been part of the MMS team that brought these to bear:

Amerimold 2018 featured a range of technology from nearly all aspects of the injection mold manufacturing process, with some exhibitors showcasing these capabilities with live demonstrations.

Mold machining products on display included CAD/CAM software for mold design and machine tool programming, five-axis machine tools designed to improve accuracy, tool presetters that can save save time by determining tool offsets offline, cutting tools to enable higher metal removal rates, collaborative robots to automate production tasks, workholding designed to provide machine tools with unobstructed access to workpieces, and EDM equipment that can deliver quality surface finishes. Scroll through the photos and captions above for highlights from the show.  

We have been looking back through the years to celebrate nine decades of Modern Machine Shop … and now we come to this decade, the 2010s, and the current year, 2018.

It is too soon to know what part of our experience will catch the future’s attention. But one of the features of this decade is the way it began: still reeling from the one preceding it. The Great Recession left shops struggling to return to their previous levels of success, and the 2010s began with many of them still on that upward climb. Then, at a certain point during this decade, a threshold was crossed: Manufacturers regained their previous levels and kept going.

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