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ESCO Introduces Two New Cutting Tools

ESCO Tool has announced two new additions to its Millhog line of cutting tools. Earlier this month, ESCO introduced the Terminator Millhog Welding Prep Tool, an inside diameter (ID) clamping welding end prep tool for alloy pipes. The prep tool is designed for pipe from 8-5/8 inches ID to 36 inches OD, on which it can perform complex end preps such as bevel, face and bore procedures without the...

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Take a Look: Running Your Mouth, Running Your Tools

    Chinese artist Guo Cheng has just unveiled Mouth Factory, a new system for running mechanical tools with your mouth. The artist, a recent graduate of the Royal College of Art in London, has developed a sci-fi-looking headset complete with an oral attachment so that the user can operate a mechanical tool by masticating. The project isn't utilitarian, but Guo has expressed...

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Speeding Up EDM Drilling and Finishing through Machinery Advances

Among the new equipment to be displayed at the biennial IMTS, Sept. 10-15, in Chicago will be two EDM machines from Makino that have been engineered for high productivity, economy and flexibility. One is a wire machine called U3, which is designed for fast, accurate finishing. It is a general-purpose machine suitable for production-based manufacturing, as well as die/mold applications. The other,...

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Global 3-D Printing Market to Grow to Nearly $3 Billion by 2018

The global 3-D printing market is estimated to reach $2.99 billion by 2018, according to a new global strategic business report from Global Industry Analysts (GIA). The report analyzes trends in 3-D printing products, services and end-use markets, in addition to profiling 70 prominent 3-D printing companies such as 3D Systems, Bits from Bytes, envisionTEC, EOS, Hewlett-Packard Development and...

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In-Brief: Presenters to Give Talks, Exhibitors to Reveal Products at IMTS

We are less than two months away from IMTS, at McCormick Place in Chicago, which runs September 10-15. In the run-up to the biggest manufacturing show in North America, on Mondays we'll be sharing announcements about interesting presenters and talks that you won't want to miss. "Brett Hopkins, business development manager for Delcam, will present Advances in Robotic Systems Facilitate Removal of...

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PCC Aggressively Pursues Acquisitions to Bolster Aerostructures Business; ADI Installs MAG's "Super Profilers"

Precision Castpart Corp. (PCC) has acquired the machining operations and McSwain Manufacturing business of Heroux-Devtek. Some of those machining operations include Progressive Machine, part of Heroux-Devtek's aerostructures operations. McSwain focuses on turning, milling and drilling operations for gas turbine and mining applications. According to American Machinist, PCC is pursuing an...

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Offbeat: Maker Camp Targets Teens, "Warp Speed" 3-D Carving and DIY Prison Break

It's Friday, which means another round of the amusing and informative.   Makers Start at a Young Age MAKE Magazine, a quarterly journal that focuses on DIY project hobbyists, is currently sponsoring a monthlong Maker Camp aimed at teens. But kids don't have to pack dry socks and sing Kumbaya, becauser Maker Camp is an entirely virtual experience. Every weekday morning, MAKE publishes a...

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Global NC Software Market Jumped Robustly in 2011

The worldwide numerical control software and related services market grew by 10 percent in 2011, according to the "2012 NC Market Analysis Report" by Ann Arbor, Mich.-based consultancy CIMdata. According to the industry-respected report, now in its 21st consecutive year of publication, end-user payments for machining software grew from $1.33 billion in 2010 to $1.47 billion last year. CIMdata...

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Riten Announces New Regional Reps

Riten Industries has announced new representation in the U.S. Southeast and Midwest. The Whittemore Co. will be responsible for marketing Riten products in Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Minnesota, the Dakotas and the Michigan upper peninsula. Whittemore has offices in Fond du Lac and Hudson, Wisc., and Des Moines, Iowa, and focuses on representing workholding products, cutting...

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