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.
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.
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.
Purchasing one, then two more, multitasking machining centers has transformed the way Concours Mold Inc. builds molds.
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.
That is the suggestion of a survey finding. Facilities we associate with metalworking are using additive manufacturing for production of plastic parts.