Eli Plaskett Associate Editor

Eli Plaskett joined the Modern Machine Shop team in the fall of 2017. He is a native of Youngstown, Ohio and graduated from Ohio University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and English. After college, he wrote freelance and traveled the country before moving to Cincinnati, Ohio.

He is currently an Associate Editor at Modern Machine Shop and Content Writer and Designer at Gardner Business Media, the magazine’s parent company. He writes and edits blog posts and feature-length stories for the magazine as well as for its sister publications.

Check out some of his articles:

How Metal Burnishing Can Significantly Improve Product Life

5 Tips for Making the Switch to Micromachining

Standing Aid Reduces Chronic Leg and Back Pain

Grinding

New Grinding Machine Utilizes Unique Kinematics

By: Eli Plaskett

A novel grinding machine uses three rotary tables stacked off-center to provide full control over the grinding wheel’s X and Z axis, as well as its angular position, creating an unusual solution to grinding.

Machining Centers

Choosing a Five-Axis Machine Tool With Automation in Mind

By: Eli Plaskett

While much focus is placed on the machinery that moves parts, the features most important for automating five-axis machining are arguably found in the machine tool itself.

Turning Tools

4 Questions To Ask When Moving to Live Tooling

By: Eli Plaskett

Live tooling is often seen as a niche solution, but there are a number of different processes that are improved by introducing live tooling.

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.

Vertical Machining Centers

Hard Milling Replaces Hand Grinding in Finishing Die Components

By: Eli Plaskett

A focus on repeatability, geometric capabilities and speed led this manufacturer of fine-blanking machines and components to embrace hard milling as its go-to finishing process, eliminating hand grinding.
#highspeedmachining

Medical

High-Energy Barrel Finishers Efficiently Deburr Complex Parts

By: Eli Plaskett

Mass Finishing Inc. has developed high-energy barrel finishers that automate the process of deburring complex parts, saving time and eliminating the need to deburr parts by hand.

Machining Centers

A Job Shop Approach to Automation

By: Eli Plaskett

Through patient research and smart investing, this job shop has slowly grown its capabilities and is moving toward lights-out manufacturing for prototype work.

Medical

Shop Starts Work on Custom Drill for Ventilators Before Purchase Order Came

By: Eli Plaskett

When this Indiana toolmaker saw an order for cutting tools to make ventilators for coronavirus patients, his workers started grinding before the customer officially hired them.
#covid-19

Turn/Mill Machines

Rotary Broaching: Making Hard Materials Look Easy

By: Eli Plaskett

Rotary broaches manufactured with a proprietary hardening process can cut material as hard as 50 HRC with minimal tool wear, improving the production process for medical screws and other components.

Engineers and Manufacturers Invited to Take Part in Girl Day

By: Eli Plaskett

DiscoverE encourages manufacturers to take part in Girl Day, a day for introducing school-aged girls to engineering careers through hands-on activities.
#workforcedevelopment

What Makes a Top Shop Profitable?

By: Eli Plaskett

The data from Gardner Intelligence's Top Shops survey can show us how technology and management tools relate to earnings and profit in machine shops. Register for this webinar to learn about some of the specific findings from the survey.
#topshops

EDM

Additive Advances Highlighted at Grand Opening

By: Eli Plaskett

GF Machining Solutions put its technology on display for its North American customers, highlighting advances in EDM spark monitoring and support for additive manufacturing technology.