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Weekly Update 03/06/2008

Weekly Update 03/06/2008

March 6, 2008


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.


Not a Happy New Year?
The conflicting reports on the strength of the U.S. economy, manufacturing output, and overall health of manufacturing seem to have come to a head, and the consensus is that 2008 doesn't look good. Read Full Story

Setting Up
Optimizing set-up times is a job that starts when the job is quoted. Once a job is up and running, the way it is set up and the time it takes to re-establish that setup might as well be set in concrete. Read Full Story

Shop Gets Aggressive with Feedrates
Fontal Controls, a Southern California metalcutting job shop, takes deeper cuts to rough out aluminum parts faster, and it cuts hard-steel parts - 47 Rc to 48 Rc - quicker and more efficiently since it has cranked up its machining feedrates. Read Full Story

Shop Shuttles Over to Productivity
After installing a waterjet cutting system with a shuttle table, Johnson Enterprises of New Brunswick, Canada, reaped what some may consider the benefits of "pioneer status." Read Full Story

Distech Machine Tool Tray Loader
Distech Systems ( has developed an automatic loading and unloading device that is designed for turning, grinding and sawing equipment. Read Full Story


American Machinist is conducting its third annual Benchmarking Survey, providing the industry with the largest body of performance benchmark data available on machine shop operations. Key findings from the study will be reported in the magazine and American throughout the year, and the results will enable managers, like you, to compare your facilities to industry norms and gain a competitive edge in today's challenging business environment. Read Full Story

Practical Machinist Metalworking Forum

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CAD Software Recommendations?
"It should be relatively easy to learn also, as I'm posting this question for other hobbyists who are not necessarily machinists." Read Full Story

The Story of Stuff
"I don't think most people really want to take the time to think about issues like these." Read Full Story

Jones Act-Ship Building
"I'm a grumpy old man, but, I realize you can't go back." Read Full Story

Digital Edition

AM Digital Edition Available
Now you can get the latest edition of American Machinist delivered directly to your PC. Read Full Story

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