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- Commentary by Tom Grasson
- Machine of the month
- Technology trends
- Hot products
- Late Breaking News
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American Machinist feature articles
Many manufacturers, especially those in the prototype and custom-car industries, incorporate special industrial-design software that lets them quickly and effortlessly progress from initial 2D design sketches, to 3D modeling and onto manufacturing. Read how one shop used such software to transform a car into a mobile home theater.
Machining Beautiful Music
Read how CNC equipment duplicates the quality and feel of Taylor Guitars' original handmade guitars and lets the company incorporate innovations impossible to accomplish by hand. One such innovation is the company's New Technology (NT) neck. Find out more.
Little cars are big business
One company started as a one-man operation making aftermarket parts for radio-controlled cars and has since become a leading producer for that market as well as working with aerospace, medical, and military customers. A few years ago, the shop's owner decided to ditch his relatively new (and not-quite-paid-for) conventional CNC mills and lathes and replace them with Swiss-style turning centers. Read why a manufacturer make would make such a radical change:
Machine of the month
Designed for accuracy and built for productivity
Charmilles' Robofil 2050TW dual-wire EDM works with two spools of wire. The machine accepts wire diameters ranging from 0.00078 to 0.013 in. and incorporates full automation of the wires' operational sequence. The machine handles workpiece dimensions up to 39.4 x 19.3 x 10.2 in. and a maximum workpiece weight of 1,100 lb. It also features measurement resolution of 0.000002 in. High-precision glass scales measure increments down to 0.05 micron and, according to the company, thermo-stabilization of the entire machine eliminates inaccuracy caused by thermal instability. Read more.
New Innovative Technology from Bishop-Wisecarver: DualVee ® Wheels with Integral Bushings and Studded Shafts
Bishop-Wisecarver announces Integral studs and bushings that eliminate tolerance stack-up and improve durability and stability. Wheels with Integral bushings and studded shafts provide higher load capabilities and reduce installation time. Offered in 52100 carbon bearing steel and 440C stainless steel, shielded or sealed; Studded wheels available in sizes 0 – 4; bushed wheels available in sizes 2 – 4. Multiple components consolidated into one part number allows for simple procurement. Contact our expert Application Engineers for more information on how this new, innovative technology will improve performance and reduce inventory and costs.
Swiss show off extreme turning precision
Shop ensures a clean environment for medical work
Machine tool consumption continues to climb
The New Tsugami BA26L high-precision CNC automatic lathe is the ultimate small parts CNC turning machine for production rates that rival automatic cam-type machines. Check it out
Banner's revolutionary PICO-GUARD Fiber Optic Safety System achieves highest Category 4 safety rating with a single switch point. Check it out
Charmilles continues to push the boundaries of EDM capabilities with the recent release of the Robofil 2050TW. Find out more
AM's first webcast
American Machinist's first webcast, "Best Practices: Improving customer satisfaction and decreasing costs through graphical scheduling" will be held July 14. Sponsored by JobPack, it will show how one manufacturer uses the company's graphical production-scheduling technology to improve profitability and satisfaction among its clients. To register, Click Here
Sheffield Measurement acquires Starrett CMM business
Hexagon Metrology North America's Sheffield Measurement Inc. has acquired the Coordinate Measuring Machine division of The L.S. Starrett Co. The deal is limited to Starrett's CMM products only. For more information
Processor receives offer
Affiliates of private-investment firm Apollo Management LP will acquire metals processor and distributor Metals USA. Under the agreement, Metals USA shareholders will receive $22 cash for each share they hold. Metals USA says the transaction is being financed through a combination of equity contributed by Apollo and debt financing. For more information. For more information
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American Machinist Webcast
Improving customer satisfaction and decreasing costs through graphical scheduling.
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International Surface Engineering Congress & Exhibition, St. Paul, ASM Thermal Spray Society, AMP, NACE Inter. -- The Corrosion Society, and AESF, (800) 336-5152, (440) 338-5151,
2005 American Waterjet Conference, Houston, Waterjet Technology Conference, (314) 241-1445
Conference of Metallurgists 2005 and Metals 2005 Tradeshow, Calgary, Albe., Metallurgical Society of Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum
Advanced Metallographic Techniques, Lake Bluff, Ill., ASM International, (440) 338-5151
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