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Weekly Update 09/03/2008

Sept. 5, 2008
September 4, 2008 NEWSLETTER SPONSOR CAD/CAM Software Designed to deliver the best precision time-saving in an easy-to-use way, Mastercam can help you make the most of your shop. Find out ...
September 4, 2008 NEWSLETTER SPONSOR
CAD/CAM Software Designed to deliver the best precision time-saving in an easy-to-use way, Mastercam can help you make the most of your shop. Find out why shops around the globe continue to make Mastercam the world's most widely-used CAD/CAM software.
Machine Tools as WMDs
A recent article in the New York Times pointed out how dangerous machine tools can be, and how they can be used advancing the production of weapons of mass destruction for terrorists. Read the full story here

Cut CMM Programming Time 90 Percent
Creating a program to have a Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) inspect a complex part is a time-consuming activity that can take hours and sometimes days to complete. Read the full story here

Automated High-Speed Milling and EDM
Equipped with a fully integrated industrial robot, GF AgieCharmilles' Automation Cell features workpiece loading and unloading. The fully integrated cell combines 5-axis highspeed milling and 5-axis wire EDM machines to maximize flexibility and increase efficiency in applications such as medical manufacturing. Read the full story here Launches Global Partner Channel, the global online marketplace for the manufacturing community, has launched a partner program that is designed to expand the resources available to visitors to its Internet site.
Manufacturing Podcast Available
Fedtech Inc., a job shop based in St. Paul, Minn., that specializes in waterjet and laser cutting among other services, has developed an educational manufacturing podcast about manufacturing. Read the full story here

Featured Advertiser
Direct-Drive High-Speed Rotary Indexer is ideal for drill & tap and laser processing. Hardinge's zero backlash technology offers speeds up to 4,500 degrees/sec, accuracy of ±3 arc-sec and repeatability of ±2 arc-sec! Model DD100 has an A2-4, 5C spindle to accept collets, step chucks, expanding collets and jaw chucks for part gripping flexibility. Engineered to run 24/7 with consistent part quality over a long life. 800-843-8801 Details:
Hot Products
LUXXOR® VIDEO SYSTEM CONNECTS TO ANY HAWKEYE® BORESCOPE Gradient Lens Corporation has introduced a complete video system that operates with any Hawkeye Precision Borescope, rigid or flexible. The Luxxor Video System includes a Sony XC-555 Video Camera, a Luxxor 24 Light Source, Luxxor Light Guide, Luxxor Video Coupler Lens, USB Image Capture Interface, and the Hawkeye SuperKit storage case. The complete system sells for under $4000.
GSC Drill Bit Sharpeners and End Mill Sharpeners designed for machinists! No need to sorted, pack, and ship drill bits to outside sharpening services. This affordable Drill Sharpener produces results comparable to reconditioning vendors. Capacity: 5/64" to 1/2"; 9/32" to 55/64"; Angle set up Okay; Saves your time!
AM Webcasts

Now Available On Demand

5 Key Strategies For Reduced Cost and Increased Profitability Striving to reduce costs and increase profitability while remaining competitive is no easy task. Epicor Manufacturing talks about ways to plan, schedule, execute and monitor your manufacturing operations – from raw materials to final product – to develop your highest level of flexibility and agility, and to make your operations more competitive. Watch Now!Sponsored by: EPICOR
Benchmarking at IMTSAmerican Machinist conducted its third annual Benchmark Survey of American Machine Shops between February and April of this year. American Machinist, reviews the results of this third annual survey, and talks about what the data means and how shops can use the data to make plans for this year's IMTS. Watch Now!Tool Shop Optimization: Concurrent Engineering for Today's Machine Shop Applying concurrent engineering processes to design and manufacturing can help toolmakers increase productivity and shorten product delivery times—improving responsiveness to customers and your company's bottom-line results.Watch Now!Sponsored by: Cimatron Group
AM Workshop
The only workshop that focuses on the business side of running a machine shop. The 2008 Machine Shop Workshop is an intensive 2-day event featuring peer presentations, best-practices and an emphasis on solving your real-world problems. Your registration includes:
  • Tickets to the "Best Machine Shops" award banquet
  • A free copy of the new "Benchmarks for Machine Shops" handbook
  • Plus breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets.
By registering now, you'll also save $100! Sign Me Up!
American Machinist Launches New Internet Forum The American Machinist Forum is a place to share thoughts, ideas and best practices for machine shops. The focus is on making machine shops competitive, efficient and flexible enough to compete in a global environment. You'll find discussion about manpower, use of automation and technology, creative uses of machine tools and a whole lot more. So sign up now and jump in. Click Here
AM Machine Tool Theater
New Machine Tool TheaterAmerican Machinist announces launch of Machine Tool Theater. Watch videos about machining and machining equipment. You'll see faster, more precise machines; cutting tools to process virtually any material; finishing technologies; automation systems; quality instruments and manufacturing software. You'll see how to reduce cycle times and increase productivity. Watch Videos Now
Digital Edition
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