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Published: 9/26/2019

Smaller, Faster VMC Reduces Cycle Times
Journeyman Machine’s larger 50-taper machines were too slow for milling smaller parts with tapped holes, but a 40-taper KVR 4020A vertical machining center from Kent USA reduced cycle time by 30%.

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: 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: 12/15/2018

News of Note: December 2018
ORNL appoints new leadership, Ingersoll remains with current owners, DMG MORI expands and other industry news. 

Published: 10/8/2018

The Little Shop That Could (with the Help of a Tapping Arm)
A pneumatic tapping arm enabled a small job shop to complete a challenging job in a week that would have taken other shops months to finish.  

Published: 9/30/2018

Five-Axis CNC Machining with an Angled Rotary Table
The D200Z CNC five-axis VMC uses an angled rotary table designed to improve rigidity and clearance for high-speed machining.

Published: 9/20/2018

The Benefits of Being a One-Brand Shop
This shop finds advantages in having CNC machines from a single builder, but the general strategy has benefits that can be applied to any startup shop.

Published: 8/15/2018

With Retention Knobs, Shop Sets Sight on Aerospace Machining
Mitch and Brian Olson didn’t know much about CNC machining when they started their machine shop, but they learned that if they wanted to pursue high-accuracy aerospace work, they would need to overcome a flaw inherent in V-flange tooling.

Published: 8/13/2018

Manufacturing News of Note: August 2018
Shop tours during IMTS, a pre-show tool grinding contest and other industry news.