Brent Donaldson Senior Editor

Brent Donaldson is senior editor for Additive Manufacturing Magazine and Modern Machine Shop, specializing in long-form feature articles related to machining and all-things-AM and industrial 3D printing

Before joining Gardner, Brent was editor-in-chief of Northern Kentucky University Magazine — at the same university from which he received his journalism degree in 2005. Brent previously served as associate editor for Cincinnati Magazine, and is the recipient of two Ohio Excellence in Journalism awards for feature news writing, Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists awards, and more than 40 individual awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education for writing and editorial.

Fun fact: Brent was the last journalist ever to interview Evel Knievel.

Automation

Midaco’s Automatic Pallet Changers Increase CNC Machine Efficiency

By: Brent Donaldson

IMTS Spark: New automatic pallet changers from Midaco aim to increase CNC machine efficiency and overall productivity by eliminating spindle downtime and easing demands on the operator’s time.
#imts

Oil & Gas

Nordfab Offers Sealed Duct System for Contaminant Collection

By: Brent Donaldson

IMTS Spark: Nordfab Ducting has introduced new sealing gasket as part of its QFS sealed duct system for oil mists, cutting fluids, vapors, and other wet contaminants collection.
#imts #metalworkingfluids

LNS America's Spray Cabin Isolates Contaminants While Cleaning Parts

By: Brent Donaldson

IMTS Spark: The Fox SC2 330 spray cabin from LNS is designed to safely use compressed air to blow off parts prior to their next operation while keeping the air and shop surfaces clean.
#imts #partscleaning

Grinding

Lessons from a COVID-19 Shutdown and Reopening

By: Brent Donaldson

Weldon Solutions, a manufacturer of CNC cylindrical grinders and robotic automation systems, had to close its doors for two months due to COVID-19. Now allowed to reopen, the company is taking stock of the lessons learned and a path forward during the pandemic.
#covid-19

Medical

An Unusual Machine for an Unusual Time: Mazak Helps AquiSense Fight COVID-19 with PearlSurface

By: Brent Donaldson

When a company that specializes in rendering viruses and pathogens harmless via UV light looked to produce a portable disinfection device, it turned to its neighbor Mazak to move from design into production.
#covid-19

Additive

CNC Machining as a Business Strategy for 3D Printing

By: Brent Donaldson

As the additive manufacturing company 3rd Dimension Industrial 3D Printing prepares for production, it has one critical advantage over the competition: a standalone CNC machine shop.

Lean Manufacturing Means Taking Nothing for Granted

By: Brent Donaldson

As foreign competition undercut Valtech Corp.'s business throughout the aughts, the company had a choice to make: Switch production to CNC machining for one of its products, or abandon the product line. Starting from scratch with older machine tools has helped the company scrutinize each step of its processes.
#leanmanufacturing

Automation

Autonomous Bin Picking for CNC Machining Applications

By: Brent Donaldson

With the launch of a new application kit for collaborative robots, Universal Robots is creating a new option for lights-out machining. But the company may have tapped into a solution for a deeper problem: attracting millennials to the manufacturing workforce.

Turn/Mill Machines

At Purdue University, Emergency Production of PPE and Ventilator Fittings

By: Brent Donaldson

After campus had largely shut down, several labs and departments at the venerated engineering school organized with local hospitals to manufacture critical parts needed to fight the coronavirus.
#covid-19

Turn/Mill Machines

Growing Closer: Machine Shops and 3D Printing for Production

By: Brent Donaldson

Machining a large 3D-printed part for aerospace composite tooling is fundamentally different than manufacturing the part traditionally. Baker Industries knows this first-hand.

Automotive

Does Asia's Low-Cost Manufacturing Option Still Make Sense?

By: Brent Donaldson

As U.S.-based companies try to stay ahead of COVID-19, global supply chains are under renewed scrutiny. Are uncertainties and delays caused by global crises worth the short-term cost savings?
#covid-19

EDM

Cool Tricks: How to Photograph Sinker EDM

By: Brent Donaldson

Sometimes it takes a little extra effort and ingenuity to solve a problem. In the case of the February 2020 cover of Modern Machine Shop, it took a lot of each — and a cheap plastic spaghetti container.