Additive manufacturing is realizing its promise for scale production during the coronavirus period, but machining is an essential downstream capacity need that has to be expanded to keep up.
This month, we say goodbye to long-time Modern Machine Shop columnist Wayne Chaneski, who is retiring. Here is some of what he has helped me to see.
Gardner Business Media President Sees Meaning in General Media Attention to Manufacturing, Asks for StoriesBy: Peter Zelinski
Both the importance and the technological advance of manufacturing are becoming more widely seen. Modern Machine Shop’s publisher is helping with this visibility.
The current crisis is a reckoning. Right now, the challenge is saving livings. But once we are free to look ahead, let’s learn the lessons and prepare ourselves better for the next crisis that comes.
When should a machine shop consider production metal 3D printing? Part of the answer might be when that machine shop also does design. Cobra Aero is a small shop thriving with AM, because it’s also an OEM.
Running 11 five-axis machines simultaneously, a die maker reduced a five week lead time to just five days. Here’s how.
One Auto Parts Supplier's Shift to Ventilators: Now Making 1000s of Parts per Week on Die Delivered in DaysBy: Peter Zelinski
GM applying its supply chain expertise to enable successes such as aiding this ventilator maker to expand sourcing for 700 parts.
Off-the-shelf imaging technology is now so good it can pick up the distinct surface features of seemingly identical parts. This startup company’s technology leverages what cell phones and other imaging devices can now do, identifying parts by their own unique features so that no serial number is needed.
The machine tool monitoring that many CNC machining facilities are doing today could be a first step toward their use of machine learning. In this conversation, MMS’s “Data Matters” columnist Matt Danford speculates on the coming role of AI for refining machining processes.
Designatronics’ CEO says, “We can access a few million dollars more business” with each skilled machining employee who can perform complex setups and other sophisticated work from day one.
U.S. molders are now buying their tooling from U.S. mold builders. Precise Tooling Solutions illustrates this, and its owner makes the case for why the tariff matters.