Can This Metal 3D Printing System Make Production Additive Manufacturing Common in Machine Shops?

By: Peter Zelinski

A new metal AM system for batches of end-use parts was designed to permit productivity and machine pricing comparable to a CNC machine tool.

Cutting Tools

How Machine Tool Dynamics Could Become a U.S. Supply Chain Strategy

By: Brent Donaldson

A collaborative agreement being overseen by the U.S. Department of Energy involves a deceptively simple test — a test that could radically increase throughput of the United States’ existing base of CNC machine tools.

Cutting Tools

How to Choose the Best Drill Type for Your Next Job

Five questions to ask when deciding between solid carbide drills or replaceable insert.

CNC & Mach Controls

3 Ways to Improve CNC Utilization Without Sacrificing Safety

By: Mike Lynch

Operator safety is the most important consideration when improving CNC machine utilization. 

Shop Management Software

How Job Shops Can Generate Accurate Estimates in Minutes

New geometry-driven quoting technology lets job shops generate estimates in as little as 15 minutes. It enables them to respond faster to RFQs, drastically reduces time wasted on jobs they don’t get, and lets them focus on more profitable work.

Adjusting Supply Chains in U.S. Manufacturing

As the novel coronavirus presents challenges for manufacturers and new opportunities for suppliers, manufacturers should not miss the chance to strengthen their supply chains.

Holemaking Tools

Cutting Data, Indexable Inserts Optimize Fine Boring

By: Evan Doran

By using digital technology and optimized indexable inserts from Big Kaiser, Schmauser Müller Metalltechnik has increased its process reliability and efficiency in fine boring applications as well as improved tool life.


Additive Manufacturing Standards

By: Timothy W. Simpson

There are gaps in published additive manufacturing standards. Here are some resources and standards to help make sense of the growing technology.


Machining a Complex Part in a One-Man Shop

By: Julia Hider

Feature recognition and efficient workholding let this shop cost-effectively produce an intricate part that was bigger than the machine tool's travels.

Turning Machines

Modulated CNC Turning: How a Reversal in the Tool Path Can Deliver Greater Cutting Speed

By: Peter Zelinski

UNCC researchers introduce modulation into the tool path. Chip breaking was the goal, but higher metal removal rate is an intriguing secondary effect.

Vertical Machining Centers

Online Conference Provides Hands-On Experience With Machines

By: Eli Plaskett

Mazak’s All-Axes Live teleconference provides shop owners with the opportunity to have as close to a hands-on experience as social distancing will allow.

Parts Cleaning Conference Webinar Series Begins Oct. 7

By: Lori Beckman

The 2020 Parts Cleaning Conference educates the industry with a webinar series, offering five presentations from leading manufacturing cleaning companies. Find out how to register.