VIDEO

An Alternative Method to Pay for New CNC Machines

Financing might be a more attractive option to using conventional bank loans or cash on hand to purchase new CNC capital equipment as one industry expert explains.
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CAD/CAM

A Seven-Axis Multitasking Machine Demands a CAM Software Upgrade

A new order led Forbidn Manufacturing to buy a multitasking machine, but to program it effectively required taking on Esprit CAM software. The combination produces the part in two hours instead of eight.
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3D Printing Plugs a Problem

Superior Metal Products had a problem with chips and coolant being shot back through tube material it was machining on a bar-fed CNC turning center. The solution to plug the back end of the tubes was a 3D printed device.

Millennials Talk About Managing Millennials

At a past Top Shops Workshop, three of the four Top Shops Honors Program winners that year were millennials. They described their approach to managing people of their generation and creating an enticing, accommodating workplace for them.
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Automation

5 Impressions of EMO 2019, from Automated to Autonomous Manufacturing

The robot show? Not quite that. But automation and the expectation of processes that can run unattended if needed are clearly core to manufacturing now.
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Die/Mold

Multitasking Machining Centers Double Throughput, Cut Costs

Purchasing one, then two more, multitasking machining centers has transformed the way Concours Mold Inc. builds molds.
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Measurement

Fast Part Inspection Enables Quick Turnaround

Renishaw probes, used both on and off the machine tool, helped Tridan Engineering turn a Rally car part in just 17 days. It previously would’ve taken months to complete and inspect.
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Additive Manufacturing

Can You 3D Print with Machining Chips?

Meld Manufacturing’s solid-state metal 3D printing process is compatible with a range of materials and formats, even chips from machining.

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.
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Additive Manufacturing

Are Machine Shops Doing More Plastic Parts Production Due to 3D Printing?

That is the suggestion of a survey finding. Facilities we associate with metalworking are using additive manufacturing for production of plastic parts.