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Published: 5/19/2020

For 3D Printed Implant Maker, CNC Machining Is Capacity Constraint
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.

Published: 4/25/2020

A Job Shop Approach to Automation
Through patient research and smart investing, this job shop has slowly grown its capabilities and is moving toward lights-out manufacturing for prototype work.

Published: 4/3/2020

Sometimes the Trickiest Part of CNC Machining Is Holding the Part
Finding a way to fixture contoured marine propellers proved to be this shop’s biggest challenge in developing an effective automated machining cell.

Published: 1/13/2020

Five-Axis Conversational Programming from a Solid Model
A new CNC feature imports a 3D solid model from which operators can perform conversational-type programming even for five-sided machining applications.

Published: 12/27/2019

Developing a Five-Axis Solution for Machining Superalloy Aerospace Parts
Growing involvement in producing multi-blade aerospace parts made of superalloys presented Pietro Rosa with some machining challenges. Starrag’s LX 021 five-axis VMC helped the shop achieve tight tolerances and integrated production.

Published: 12/16/2019

Why Was CNC Machining on Display at the Biggest Show for Additive Manufacturing?
Machining is a complement to AM as a means of finishing metal 3D printed parts. The increasing adoption of AM for production means more need for postprocessing, particularly machining.

Published: 5/5/2019

Running Unattended at Night Lets Machine Shop Serve New Customers During Day
Precision Tool Technologies found capacity for diversification not by adding machines, people or space, but by freeing up time. Running unattended—running so it can machine through all 168 hours in the week—has enabled this shop to use h...

Published: 11/11/2019

November 2019 Product Spotlight: 5-Axis Machining
This month’s Modern Equipment Review Spotlight focuses on five-axis machining technologies. 

Published: 9/6/2019

Increasing Employee Output Through Automation: Here is What We Found in 7 Recent Shop Visits
Modern Machine Shop editors routinely visit machining facilities to report on shops that are succeeding. Here is what our editors found on seven recent shop visits, all related to using labor more efficiently.

Published: 5/23/2019

3 Mindset Changes for Lights-Out CNC Machining
Expanding capacity into the unattended hours calls for counterintuitive new ways of thinking about the work.