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An Introduction to Modern Machine Shop's Top Shops Program

By: Matt Danford

Presented by Gardner Intelligence, an annual benchmarking program helps CNC machining businesses specifically evaluate and improve performance.

Data-Driven Manufacturing

Talk About 5G Is No Idle Chatter

By: Matt Danford

Near-real-time machining vibration compensation is just one advantage of the latest networking technology.
#datamatters

Shop Management Software

Inside the Sinker EDM Process, One Spark at a Time

By: Brent Donaldson

Successful sinker EDM operations rely on understanding the relationship between each individual spark, the electrode and the workpiece. 

Workholding

Workholding Considerations for Five-Axis Machining

By: Emily Probst

Five-axis workholding isn’t just about applying technology; it’s also about applying a different mindset.

Additive

New Educational Series from Additive Manufacturing Media

By: Jenny Rush

Additive Manufacturing Media is releasing AM InDepth, a series on 3D manufacturing, as a part of IMTS Spark. 

Machining Centers

Solid Construction and Fourth Axis Are Highlights of Shop’s Newest VMC

By: Emily Probst

A vertical machining center with a fourth axis from Kent USA enables Mega Industries LLC to serve national laboratories quickly and accurately.
#casestudy

Additive

Video: 3D Printed Tool Illustrates the Impact of Additive Manufacturing on Machining

By: Peter Zelinski

Is AM an aid to machining? A competitor? It’s both. The Cool Parts Show looks at a milling tool design made possible by 3D printing.

Additive

Video: Topology Optimization in Action

By: Stephanie Hendrixson

What is topology optimization, and how does it work? See the process for lightweighting a legacy part step-by-step using this design strategy in the video in this blog post. 

Additive

The Harsh Realities of Additive Manufacturing

By: Timothy W. Simpson

Now is the time to start talking about what is really holding additive manufacturing back.
#additiveinsights

Machining Centers

Five-Axis Conversational Programming from a Solid Model

By: Derek Korn

This CNC feature imports a 3D solid model from which operators can perform conversational-type programming even for five-sided machining applications.

Additive Manufacturing Media Kicks Off Season Three of "The Cool Parts Show"

By: Jenny Rush

This hit web series continues with more episodes about industrial 3D printing. 

Video: Starting Your Own Machine Shop — the Rewards and Challenges

By: Peter Zelinski

The owner of Dan’s Custom Machining on the decision to go full-time with his machining business, advice for future shop owners, and whether buying machine tools is fun.