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Liberty Hall Acquires Aerospace Machining Supplier for Aerostructures Operations

Liberty Hall Capital Partners, a private equity firm, has announced the acquisition of Precise Machining and Manufacturing, a precision contract machining supplier for the aerospace and defense industry. Precise will become the main component of Accurus Aerospace Corp., an aerostructures supplier founded by Liberty Hall, which focuses on aerospace and defense industry investments. Precise has...

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Yasda Releases Vertical Jig Boring-Milling Center

Yasda is introducing a vertical multi-machining center designed with enhanced thermal stability for precision boring and milling in tight tolerance applications. The Yasda YBM 640V3 three-axis CNC vertical jig boring-milling machine is built for high-accuracy mold and die machining with a rigid design and high-speed tooling capabilities. The 640V3 has a vibration damping rib set under a bridge...

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Choices for 3D Print Materials

While many designers and engineers use 3D printing because of its affordability, speed and ease-of-use, there's another important factor that doesn't garner as much attention: the freedom of materials it allows. With 3D printing, you have a much larger palette of materials to work with than traditional manufacturing. You can opt for durable materials like metal or plastic, or more delicate...

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Will MQL Adoption by Ford Help Drive the Process in the U.S.?

As part of a continuing effort to further green its operations, Ford Motor Co. plans to reduce the water used to lubricate machinery at six of its manufacturing plants by implementing minimum quantity lubrication (MQL). "Reducing the environmental footprint of our plants is a critical part of Ford's overall sustainability commitment," said Andrew Hobbs, director of Ford's environmental...

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Cleaning Stainless Steel Welds and Restoring Pre-Weld Properties

Job shops that weld stainless steel as part of their work contend with "heat tints," the scorched lines that discolor welded seams. Removing these is a labor-intensive job that requires a lot of scrubbing and buffing. Ensitech Inc., an Australian company that recently established U.S. operations in Aurora, Ill., figures to solve this challenge with a rapid, labor-saving alternative. It has...

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MTConnect Announces Date and Location of Next Conference

The MTConnect Institute announced that the next [MC]2 MTConnect conference will be held April 8 to 10 in Orlando, Fla. The third annual conference will see industry professionals gather to discuss the state of MTConnect, the open, royalty-free machine connectivity standard that networks machine tools via the Internet. MTConnect is promoted for its compatibility with a wide range of machine tool...

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Colorado College to Lease Facility for Expanded Machining Program

A Colorado community college moved closer to launching a new machining program as state officials approved the institution's plan to sign a five-year lease on a machining facility. The lease will provide Front Range Community College (FRCC) in Boulder County a 11,230-sq-ft facility to house machine tools, two classrooms, shop space, storage space, and college administrative and reception...

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MakerBot Aims to Put 3D Printers in Every School

MakerBot, the desktop 3D printer manufacturer recently acquired by Stratasys, wants to put a 3D printer in every school in the United States. MakerBot has teamed with Donors Choose to help teachers aquire MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printers for their classrooms through crowdfunding. Individuals and corporations can make tax-deductible donations to the MakerBot Academy 3D Printing package on...

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GE Aviation Breaks Ground on North Carolina Facility

GE Aviation broke ground on a new composites manufacturing facility in Asheville, N.C., where it will produce engine components from advanced ceramic matrix composite (CMC) materials. The groundbreaking for the 170,000 sq-ft facility was attended by Sanjay Correa, vice president of GE's CMC Program; Mike Kauggman, senior executive of composites manufacturing; North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory; and...

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Jet Edge Unveils Three New Cutting Systems at FABTECH 2013

Waterjet cutting systems manufacturer Jet Edge unveiled three new systems designed for farm and small machine shops at FABTECH 2013 in Chicago. The Farm-Jet and Tach-Ket waterjet cutting systems are aimed at the farm machine shop looking to use pre-existing equipment to improve cutting capability. The Farm-Jet is a 55,000 psi waterjet cutter that uses a power take-off (PTO) direct-drive...

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