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Aerospace

Aerospace Machine Shop Opts for CAM Simulation Over Dry Runs

NCSIMUL Machine software has taken Marton Precision’s G-code program verification from a 16 hour manual process to a mere two hours. 

Composites Specialist Makes CNC Chops Count

Machining capability drives evolution from race car builder to aerospace and defense contractor.

Turn/Mill

Meet Colossus: An Inside Look at One of the Largest Five-Axis Machining Centers in the U.S.

My behind-the-scenes tour on the shop floor of Baker Industries began and ended with its Emco Mecof PowerMill, one of the biggest five-axis machining centers in the United States. The tour also shed light on the company’s highly aggressive approach to new equipment purchases.

Five-Axis

For Large-Part Machining, Five-Axis Capabilities Prove Essential to Staying Competitive

Metalcraft of Mayville’s old milling machine for large parts failed just when the company began seeing increased pressure to take on projects requiring more flexibility and capabilities. Two five-axis HMCs from Toyoda helped the company stay in step with the trend. 

VMCs

When Machining Long Parts, Machine Shop Climate Matters

Machining long titanium tufting needle bars required a milling machine with a super-long X-axis travel. But the real challenge was thermal compensation in the Georgia heat.

Turning Machines

What Is Single-Lobe Peeling?

A manufacturer of large turn-mill machines has developed a bar-peeling process to complete large, progressive cavity pump rotors in one setup.

VMCs

A Vertical Bridge Mill Provides Big Opportunities

Seeing your company as a boring-mill shop is a problem when only 20 percent of your jobs are actually boring-mill related. It’s also a problem to have the space and potential to produce large parts when you only win 6 to 14 percent of the large-part jobs you quote.

VMCs

Large-Parts Manufacturer Wins Big with Vertical Bridge Mill

Napoleon Machine required new equipment to compete in large-parts machining. Toyoda’s LB63324M vertical bridge mill with right-angle head increased quoted job wins from 6 to 52 percent. 

HMCs

What’s Behind Door Number Three?

While most shops are producing shorter aerospace parts on five-axis machines or larger parts on gantry-type equipment, this shop found its niche somewhere in the middle thanks to an advanced profiling machining system from Mazak.

HMCs

Precision Profiler Opens Chances for Larger Aerospace Parts

Fort Walton Machining could only process smaller aerospace parts without investing in large, expensive-to-operate equipment. Mazak's Vortex 160 horizontal profiler increased the shop's part size capabilities.

Turn/Mill

Soraluce Tech Days Highlights Multitasking, Automation and Productivity

The machine tool builder launched new innovations at an event hosted at its Limburg, Germany, Center of Excellence earlier this month.

Five-Axis

Why Was This Machine Chosen for Composites?

General Tool adds a metalcutting machining center with the expectation that this machine is likely to perform a significant amount of machining of CFRP.

Turn/Mill

Big Multifunction Machines for Big Castings

Turn-mill technology enables this company to minimize lead times and handling for its large machined castings.

CAD/CAM

Bloodhound Fin Support Machined with Vortex

Machining strategy contributes to 40 percent cycle time saving on large five-axis aluminum part.

Five-Axis

Large Machines and Capacity in Renovated Pfronten Facility

DMG MORI hosted its 20th open house earlier this month in Pfronten, Germany. The event featured 76 machine tool exhibits, including four world premieres, and nearly 8,800 attendees had the opportunity to tour the recently renovated and expanded facility to see its latest machine tool technologies. Here are some observations from the event:

Oil & Gas

TMX Delivers 8,000-Pound Chuck

Custom 71-inch workholding is going to be used on a welding positioner for cladding large valves for the oil and gas industry.

Oil & Gas

Shops Serving Oilfield Customers Appreciate Retrofits

Buying new is nice, but there are reasons why retrofits make sense for shops serving the oilfield industry.

Oil & Gas

A Modular Clamping System for Bulky Parts

Here’s one fixturing alternative for clamping large workpieces such as mold and fracking components.

Five-Axis

Profiler Expected to Exceed 100 Cubic Inches per Minute in Titanium

Five-axis, five-spindle machine aims at reduced cost per piece for production of large aircraft components.

Five-Axis

A Novel Modular Clamping System

This clamping system minimizes setup times, enable a machine to access five sides of a part and provides highly repeatable positioning for bulky components.

Aerospace

Laser Encoder Feedback for 40-Meter Wing Parts

Large machine travels, long machining cycles and changing aircraft manufacturing precision demands necessitated a non-contact approach to machine-tool position feedback.

Holemaking

Video: Horizontal Boring Mill Turns 23-Foot-Diameter Part

This shop leverages large-scale multitasking machines. Learn why, and see one of its horizontal boring mills turning a terribly big mining industry part.

Machining Centers

Multitasking's "Big" Advantage

As demonstrated at this Cincinnati-area shop, machines that both mill and turn shine brightest when workpieces are massive.

Aerospace

Taking Titanium Seriously

Does titanium justify a machine that is engineered for this metal?