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Published: 6/7/2019

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 i...

Published: 6/1/2019

Center of Excellence Is New Twist on Old Manufacturing Department Structure
The new Spirit AeroSystems facility for five-axis machining allows a small team to oversee a significant amount of machining capability. Is this the way of the future as machining systems become more automated?

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.

Published: 5/14/2019

In Lights-Out Machining, Part Loading Is Not the Problem — Here is How This Shop Handles Unloading
Correct unloading of the parts affects part quality as well as the capacity of the unattended machining system. Here is more of the experience from our “168” shop.

Published: 5/9/2019

May 2019 Product Spotlight: Machining Centers
This month’s Modern Equipment Review Spotlight focuses on machining centers of varying capacities and configurations.

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: 4/2/2019

Horizontal Machining Plus Automation Prove to Be a Rewarding Investment
After watching a machinist take four hours to set up a part on a VMC, Dan Olsen of Mach Machine knew he had a problem. The solution seemed clear: horizontal machining. The automation system wasn’t expected; but the novelty was well worth it be...

Published: 2/22/2019

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.

Published: 2/4/2019

Metal AM in a Machine Shop? Ask the Marines
A hybrid system combining metal 3D printing with machining gives the Marine Corps perhaps its most effective resource yet for obtaining needed hardware in the field. It also offers an extreme version of the experience a machine shop might have in ad...

Published: 1/24/2019

High-End Watchmaker Eliminates Offshoring with Five-Axis Machining Center
Instead of shipping small components from overseas, a watchmaker was able to accommodate increased demand by purchasing a used five-axis machining center.