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. 

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.  

Additive

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.

Shop Management Software

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.

Turning 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. 

Workholding

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.

Holemaking 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.

Turning Machines

Growing a Job Shop into a Full-Service Manufacturer

By: Julia Hider

By maximizing employee satisfaction, adding fabrication and other services, and always keeping open machine capacity, Square Deal has grown from a seven-person job shop to a full-service manufacturer that employs hundreds.

Turning Machines

Index MS32-6's Flexible Tool-Slides Reduce Changeover Times

By: Julia Hider

IMTS Spark: Index’s next generation MS32-6 six-spindle automatic lathe brings the benefits of multi-spindle technology to a broader range of applications thanks to a flexible tool-slide platform that reduces changeover times.
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Grinding

New Applications for Electrochemical Grinding

By: Julia Hider

With advances in control, sensor and automation technology, electrochemical grinding is more accurate and productive than ever, opening up new applications for the traditionally niche process.