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USMTO: Manufacturing Technology Orders Rise in September

Manufacturing technology orders in the U.S. totaled $397.57 million in September, according to the U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) report published by AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. The total was up 5.8 percent from August, but down 31.1 percent compared to the $577.17 million reported for September 2012. The year-to-date total of more than $3.5 billion for...

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CTMR: Cutting Tool Shipments Fell in September

U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $156 million in September, according to the Cutting Tool Market Report (CTMR) released jointly by the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute and AMT -- The Association for Manufacturing Technology. This total was down 3.8 percent from August's total, and down 3.1 percent from September 2012. Additionally, the year-to-date total of $1.5 billion is down 6.7 percent from a...

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REPORT: Laser Processing Market to Rise to $3.77 Billion by 2018

The value of the laser processing market, including laser cutting, drilling, marking and engraving, will be worth $3.77 billion by 2018, according to a new industry report. The laser processing market is set to rise 9.71 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR), from $2.08 billion in 2012 to $3.77 billion, during the next five years due to technological advances and lower costs, according to...

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Ultra-Precision Grinding System Boasts Tight-Tolerance Lens Standards

Moore Nanotechnology Systems, a supplier of ultra-precision machine tool systems, has released a new aspheric grinding system for machining tight-tolerance lens and mould production. The Moore Nanotech 100UPG grinding system, unveiled last month at SPIE Optifab, is available to grind aspheric lenses from material like tungsten carbide, silicon carbide, or glass, with surface finishes of 5.0...

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How Are Machine Tools Driving Reshoring?

At the turn of the century, many companies looking for production cost savings turned their eyes to China, eager to take advantage of the low wages, plentiful workforce, and cheap cost of mass production. In the intervening years, many companies have learned the additional costs of doing business in China, and have opted to return some or all of their production efforts to the United States....

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Tool Condition Is Vital for Effective Composites Machining

As more manufacturers add composites to product designs, machining these materials into new parts or for repair becomes tricky and costly. Composites, despite their light weight compared with metal and rigidity, are highly abrasive and can render machine tools unusable after a limited number of cuts - sometimes even during an initial pass. Several years ago, in fact, one OEM reported having to...

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Ajax Introduces New CNC Solutions

Ajax Machine Tools has announced a series of new product offerings, including a new 5-axis machining center and budget lathe ranges. The V700i 5X is a precision machining center with generous tool magazine, machining bed, and computer control features. The 200 mm (7.87 in) rotary table supports workpieces up to 80 kg (176.37 lbs). The V700i has an enhanced coolant system to avoid thermal impact,...

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ExOne Announces New Production Service Center in Las Vegas

Additive manufacturing equipment designer and contract manufacturer ExOne has announced the opening of a new production service center (PSC) in Las Vegas, bringing the total figure to seven PSCs around the globe. The 17,240 sq-ft facility is located near the Southern California hub of aerospace, automotive, and energy industries. The facility will begin operation in December. ExOne has been...

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FANUC Releases CNC-Enabled Automobile Architecture

FANUC has released an automation center for automobile architecture that is robot-integrated and CNC programmable. The new system relies on EtherNet/IP field bus connectivity to provide interconnectivity with Rockwell Automation's programmable automation controller (PAC) environments. This connectivity is innate to FANUC's Series 3xi-B CNC, and makes the system compatible with a broad range of...

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German Team to Develop Laser Machining of Carbon-Fiber Plastics

A team of German manufacturers has partnered to develop new, safer, more accurate methods of laser machining carbon-fiber parts. Carbon-fiber-reinforced plastics (CFRP) are notoriously difficult to machine because of their high strength and stiffness, though the material is lightweight and durable and suitable for a broad range of applications. Traditional machining techniques wear tools rapidly,...

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