Custom Manufacturing

Versatility and Productivity Demands Inspire Cutting Tool Makers to Push Design Boundaries

Machining technology has advanced to the point where any shop, no matter how large or small, can acquire equipment, components and controls that permit it to do almost any type of metalworking. And technology available now can even be retrofitted to machines, bringing sophisticated controls and equipment and the use of enhanced cutting tools. Some producers of cutting tools in fact argue that...

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Interview: Micro-Machining from the Ground Up with Sarah Boisvert of Potomac Photonics

"My first CLEO -- Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics -- was in 1986," Sarah Boisvert, consultant for Potomac Photonics, told me over the phone recently. "There were probably 10,000 technical attendees [...] and I think maybe five women. It got better over the years, but still, in hardcore lasers, and certainly in industrial lasers and laser manufacturing, there aren't all that many women. So...

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Roanwell Dives Deep With New Acquisition

Contract manufacturer Roanwell Corp. announced it has purchased the operations of Bees Manufacturing, a contract manufacturer of alloys and plastic precision machined components for deep sea marine, medical and industrial markets. Bees's operations will be merged under Roanwell's Absolute Manufacturing Division, and the Bees name will be discontinued. Bees's operations will add to Absolute...

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VIDEO: Toyota Supports Hiring Our Heroes

As we've noted in the past, veterans transitioning to civilian life face many difficulties, chief of which is finding employment. Although many of our soldiers are trained, and trained well, at manufacturing and machining processes in the military, their certifications often don't transfer to state and federal employment regulations, meaning welders, metal cutters and engineers don't pursue...

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Industry Groups Decry Federal Government's Lack of China Action

During the election campaign, Republican candidate Governor Mitt Romney often mentioned his intention to brand China as a currency manipulator on his first day in office. Although Governor Romney lost the election, many are still hoping the federal government makes such a move. In an announcement yesterday, The Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) and the National Tooling & Machining...

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UK Researchers Develop Plastic Composite for 3-D Printing

Scientists at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom have created a plastic composite that could pave the way for 3-D printing of personal electronics, the university's news service reports. Engineers led by Dr. Simon Leigh of the School of Engineering developed "carbomorph," an inexpensive conductive plastic composite that can be printed with embedded objects, such as electronic tracks...

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Industry Organizations Urge Congressional Tax Reform as Fiscal Cliff Looms

The Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) this week joined 40 small-business organizations in signing an open letter to congressional leaders advocating major tax reform for businesses. The letter highlights sole proprietorships, limited partnerships and subchapter S-corporations, pass-through entities that channel profits and losses to stockholders, all of which will be negatively...

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AeroDef Announces Keynote Speakers for Aerospace Conference

AeroDef Manufacturing Conference and Exhibition, heading to Long Beach, Calif., in March 2013, has just announced keynote speakers for the aerospace and defense manufacturing industry convention. On Tues., March 19, Jens Gralfs, vice president of assembly and installation for Airbus Operations, will speak about his work in leading the engineering team in Hamburg, Germany, in research and...

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Durable Goods Orders Fell Flat in October

The number of new orders for manufactured durable goods in October remained relatively unchanged compared to the previous month, according to the advanced report released by the U.S. Department of Commerce. New orders for manufactured durable goods in October totaled $216.9 billion, a 1.7 percent increase following a 9.2 increase in orders for September. Excluding transportation, new orders...

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Engineering & Design

Stainless Steel Motors Are the Best Option for Pump Drives in Sanitary Environments

Users of pumps in the food industry and other sanitary environments have choices when it comes to selection of electric motors for their driven equipment. Stainless steel motors, although commanding a premium initial purchase price, have lower total cost of ownership, but many motor buyers still might not realize it. Since their inception over 100 years ago, the two main types of motors in use...

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