Julia Hider Associate Editor

Julia Hider graduated from Ohio State University in 2014 with a B.A. in journalism, after which she became an author, freelance writer and content specialist. She joined Gardner Business Media as an assistant editor with Modern Machine Shop in 2017. In 2018, she joined Production Machining as an associate editor, where she wrote about the precision machining and was involved in the PMPA’s NextGen committee. She returned to Modern Machine Shop in 2020, and joined Additive Manufacturing in 2021, splitting her time between the two brands. 

Coatings Show Promise in Improving Machinability of Gummy Metals

By: Julia Hider

Research has shown that coating soft, gummy metals with certain media can locally embrittle the material, providing a range of machining benefits.
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Video: Shifting into Shop Ownership

By: Julia Hider

Mike Budde, owner of Budde Precision Machining, shares his experience with buying a machine shop and what he’s learned in his two years of shop ownership.
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Automation

Prototyping is the Path from Tooling to Production Work

By: Julia Hider

As a new owner takes over a tooling shop, he must balance the company’s foundation with his goal of expanding the shop’s capacity to also take on production work.

Automation

Avoiding a Failed Automation Integration

By: Julia Hider

New features that simplify robot use have blurred the lines between tasks that shops can automate independently from those that will require the support of an integrator. Here’s what shops should keep in mind to avoid a costly failed integration.

Data-Driven Manufacturing

Moving Monitoring Closer to the Cut

By: Julia Hider

A sensory toolholder can provide more accurate vibration data on the metalcutting process, helping to extend tool life and improve surface finish.

Horizontal Machining Centers

New Horizons with a New Horizontal Machining Center

By: Julia Hider

A sudden surge in orders for a part used in COVID diagnostic equipment forced CBM Industries to quickly adapt to its first horizontal machining center, including the challenges of fixturing and lights-out machining.

Workholding

Choosing Workholding to Meet Machining Challenges

By: Julia Hider

When it comes to workholding, shops can choose from options that can provide flexibility, help increase throughput and enable five-axis machining.  

EDM

Cutting AM Parts from Build Plate Turns Wire EDM Upside Down

By: Julia Hider

GF Machining Solutions found it had to modify nearly every aspect of a wire EDM machine to efficiently handle the challenges of removing 3D printed parts from build plates. Here is a look at a machine tool developed entirely for the needs of metal additive manufacturing.

Data-Driven Manufacturing

On IMTS spark, Software Programs Increase Efficiency in All Areas of a Machine Shop

By: Julia Hider

Software systems that streamline processes, optimize toolpaths and enhance data collection are helping shops improve efficiency from the front office to the shop floor. Here are a few manufacturing software products to be found within IMTS spark.

Cutting Tools

Cutting Tool Technology Aids Lights-Out Machining Applications

By: Julia Hider

These features can help improve cutting tool stability, standardize cutting performance and extend tool life, enabling shops to confidently run unattended shifts.  

Automation

Trained in a Day, Automated Inspector Performs Faster than Humans

By: Julia Hider

Using recent technological innovations in robotics, optics, edge computing and artificial intelligence, MusashiAI has developed an automated visual inspection system that could free a significant portion of the automotive workforce to perform easier, more interesting tasks. 

CAD/CAM

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.