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Precitech Machining Center Can Micro-Machine Freeform Surfaces

Precitech's new micro-machining 5-axis system can produce a broad range of surface geometries, focusing on freeform applications. The Freeform L 5-Axis Ultra Precision Machining System is designed with a movable spindle, allowing the workpiece a greater coverage area for toolings as well as the ability to avoid tooling movements during typical operation. The diamond turn, micro-mill, micro-grind,...

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Researchers Determine Predictive Model for Machining Brittle Materials

Singaporean researchers have discovered a process to predict the behavior of brittle metals during different cutting methods and achieve smoother results. Xinquan Zhang lead a team from A*STAR's Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology in collaboration with researchers at the National University of Singapore in investigating the use of vibration-assisted machining (VAM) to determine the...

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Machining Centers Represent $3.6 Billion Market

Machining centers represent a $3.6 billion market in 2014 projected spending, according to a report released by Gardner Business Media. Horizontal machining centers (HMC) with 400-800 mm pallets represent the bulk of the market at $908.8 million, followed closely by HMC with pallets greater than 800 mm. The rest of the market is rounded out by vertical machining centers (VMC) of greater than 20...

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Tool Reconditioning Saves Money, Lengthens Tool Life

Hand tool reconditioning can greatly aid bottom-line acquisition considerations in the long run, according to a new white paper from the Manufacturing Group. Hand tools are the minority in most job shops, but can play as important a role in proper production requirements, writes Jim Norton, president of Custom Products & Services, in the paper. Further, hand tools can be prohibitively...

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Ford to Increase Dry Machining Worldwide

Ford is expanding its dry machining efforts, reducing the quantity of oil and water used in its machining operations worldwide. Dry-machining, or minimum quantity lubrication (MQL), is a process of applying lubrication on a need basis that has grown in popularity worldwide due to its cost-cutting effects and less harmful environmental impact. High waste standards in Europe have driven companies...

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AMT Viewpoint: Global Markets Show Promise Heading Into Fourth Quarter

AMT -- The Association For Manufacturing Technology's July U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) report, released in early September, triggered dozens of calls to the organization. Most were about the aberration in the data due to a change in participants. Those were easy to address. More difficult to answer were the questions about the 23.6 percent drop in orders in July 2013 versus July...

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Hurco Produces Machinist Web Series

[embed]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGUO-5H0he8[/embed] Hurco North America, Sandvik Coromant, and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) have partnered to produce a web video series focusing on machinists. "CycleStart," which focuses on a S3 Industries machinist named Scott, who demonstrates machining skills and technology in a natural setting. The series debuted at the Canadian...

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GE and Sigma Labs (SGLB) Are "Adding the Next Layer to Additive Manufacturing"

I love researching, investing in, and writing about 3D printing stocks that are undiscovered compared to companies like Stratasys Ltd., 3D Systems Inc., and The ExOne Corporation. The reason for this is simple: I believe the greatest potential for share price appreciation lies in finding and investing in 3D printing companies that aren't widely known by investors yet.  This is especially true...

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ThomasNet Jobs Board Allows Candidates to Post Resumes

Looking for a new job can be stressful and maddening. Which sites to use? Where are the optimal job postings? How can I find jobs in my area? And companies seeking to fill out their workforce are faced with similar problems. Where to post the classified ad? How to find the best resumes? Who has the right skills for the job? Machining Journal parent company ThomasNet has developed a Jobs board to...

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AeroCon 2013: Additive Manufacturing Draws a Crowd

One exhibit at AeroCon 2013 that consistently drew a crowd: a small desktop 3D printer. The Cube, 3D Systems' plug-and-play fuse deposition modeling (FDM) printer, silently produced small plastic designs and wowed onlookers.  The printer is distributed by Novacopy, a company that attracted media attention earlier this year, when one of its 3D printers helped design and print a new...

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