CNC Machining and Manufacturing Students Find CAM Software Intuitive

By: Emily Probst

A Lincoln College of Technology machining instructor details the most useful features of Mastercam — his school’s software of choice.

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Modern Machine Shop is primarily devoted to the application of machining technology: the manufacture of discrete parts produced on machine tools. We concentrate on presenting machining equipment, processes and strategies that can help job shops, contract shops and captive operations become more effective and efficient.


Learn How Additive Manufacturing Will Change Production at AM In-Depth

By: Stephanie Hendrixson

3D printing will change how parts and products are manufactured. Get a front-row seat at this free educational series running through IMTS Spark.

Machine Shop Scale-Up Mirrors Past Success

By: Matt Danford

An aerospace manufacturer doubles down on a subset of work and a knack for turning shopfloor problem solving into marketable new products.


Metal Additive Manufacturing: Multitasking’s Latest Trend

By: Derek Korn

Why are an increasing number of machine tool builders adding additive manufacturing to their equipment’s already versatile machining capabilities? Because additive and subtractive are complementary. 

Turning Machines

High-Production Multitasking Becoming More Flexible

By: Derek Korn

Platforms such as multi-spindles and rotary transfer machines remain well-suited for high-volume production but are now more accommodating to smaller batch sizes.

Turn/Mill Machines

Turn-Mills: Being About the B-Axis

By: Derek Korn

With the addition of powerful B-axis milling spindles and automatic toolchangers, turn-mills combine the best of milling and turning worlds.

Turn/Mill Machines

Multitasking Machining Equipment: Now the New Normal

By: Derek Korn

Machine tools that can perform turning, milling and other operations on one platform offer process efficiencies that more and more shops are leveraging to their advantage.

Turn/Mill Machines

Swiss-Types Offer Advantages Beyond Watchmaking

By: Derek Korn

CNC sliding headstock lathes are becoming more popular among traditional machine shops for their multitasking capabilities, some offering B-axis milling spindles.


Taking an Automated Aerospace Approach

By: Derek Korn

A flexible manufacturing system helps an Indiana job shop run a high mix of aerospace work for long stretches of time and function more like a contract shop.

Cutting Tools

Eliminating Human Error with a Closed-Loop Boring Bar System

By: Julia Hider

Rigibore’s ActiveEdge boring bars and Zenith system automatically adjust based on in-process measurement data, reducing scrap and aiding in lights out machining.


Getting Ready for Additive Manufacturing

By: Timothy W. Simpson

Readiness needs to be assessed on multiple fronts as companies seek to industrialize additive manufacturing.