Peter Zelinski Editor-in-Chief

Peter Zelinski has been a writer and editor for Modern Machine Shop since 1997. His monthly column, “The Z Axis,” has been part of the magazine since 2000, and he became editor-in-chief in 2016 — only the sixth person to fill that role since the magazine’s debut in 1928. One of the aspects of Pete’s work he enjoys the most is visiting machining facilities to learn about the manufacturing technology, systems and strategies they have adopted, and the successes they’ve realized as a result. Pete is also an authority on the advance of 3D printing into industrial production, and in 2012 he helped to launch Additive Manufacturing magazine. Serving as the editor-in-chief of this publication as well, he regularly speaks at the Additive Manufacturing Conference, he is the co-host of an award-winning video series on additive manufacturing, The Cool Parts Show, and in 2020 he was co-host of the U.S. Air Force’s Advanced Manufacturing Olympics. Pete earned his degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Cincinnati, and he first learned about machining by running and programming machine tools in a metalworking laboratory within what is now GE Aviation.

Turning Tools

Q&A: Trends in Cutting Tool Application

By: Peter Zelinski

Cutting tool technology is advancing and shops’ needs are changing as well. A leading cutting tool supplier offers this view.

Shop Management Software

3 Reasons Machine Shops are Paying Attention to ERP

By: Peter Zelinski

Awareness of people and the value of their efforts accounts for part of the reason why we are seeing enterprise resource planning being taken more seriously.
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20 Years of “The Z Axis”

By: Peter Zelinski

Peter Zelinski notes the 20-year anniversary of his monthly column for Modern Machine Shop, offering reflections on writing this column for machining leaders and professionals over the span of two decades.
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Machining Suppliers of the Future Will Be Both Bigger and Smaller

By: Peter Zelinski

When we look for Top Shops in the years to come, what will we find? Through acquisition they’ll scale up and with technology they’ll scale down.
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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.

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.

Five-Axis Machining Centers

Mazak Leaders Share Observations of Machine Tool Market During Uncertain Year

By: Peter Zelinski

Cybersecurity, hybrid machines, automation and the state of the market among the topics addressed. Virtual event with product launches to be held August 11.

Vertical Machining Centers

5 Hard Lessons from a 28-Year-Old Startup Machine Shop Owner

By: Peter Zelinski

Good fortune and years of long working hours have both figured into the success of this young shop, which became its founder’s sole employment starting last year. The shop owner shares his story.
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Hope Is an Asset: Here Are Machine Shops Following Clear Visions for the Future

By: Peter Zelinski

A simple strategy offering a clear aim to hope for is particularly valuable during a disruptive time. Recently posted articles offer examples of shops following clear ideas for the way ahead.
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Video: Succession Planning, Stewardship and Generation Change in Machine Shops

By: Peter Zelinski

Leaders of Indiana Precision Grinding describe lessons learned related to succession planning and how the upcoming generation found its commitment to the business.
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Die/Mold

Die Makers Adapt to Challenges All Machine Shops Face

By: Peter Zelinski

Die shops offer examples of adapting to the skills shortage and excelling at difficult machining. Plus, why reshoring should begin with die tooling.
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Five-Axis Machining Centers

Video: Hurco Machining Center Adapted Into N95 Mask Production System

By: Peter Zelinski

CNC machines can do more than we think. They are automation platforms for insourcing.