CNC Guide (Part 2): How Changing Features Can Mitigate Manufacturability


Part 2 highlights common practices that focus on manufacturability and cost when designing and creating parts. A part’s features sometimes make it more difficult to manufacture, or can increase cost and time. Understanding what affects the difficulty, time consumed, and/or cost of a part that needs to be machined is important. The following presents tips […]


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CNC Guide (Part 1): Best Design Practices for Custom Machined Parts


What exactly is computer-numerical-controlled (CNC) machining? It’s a means to make parts by removing material via high-speed, precision robotic machines that use an array of cutting tools to create the final design. CNC machines commonly used to create the geometric shapes required by customers are vertical milling machines, horizontal milling machines, and lathes. To successfully […]


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Getting a Grip on Rotating Round Tools


Toolholding for rotating round tools—end mills, drills, and taps—continues to evolve with innovative designs aimed at guaranteeing precision, security, and repeatability. As a result, suppliers of toolholding technology have made supporting the precision, security, and repeatability of shrink-fit, mechanical, and hydraulic toolholding the highest priority. You don’t have to look any further than the recent […]


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US Machine Tool Demand Continues to Grow


New orders still rising through late summer, as manufacturing technology rides multiple indicators of expansion for seventh consecutive month of recover U.S. manufacturers ordered $380.16 million worth of new machine tools during August, 15.7% more than in July and 14.3% more than in August 2016. According to AMT – the Assn. for Manufacturing Technology, the […]


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US Cutting Tool Volumes Rising with Manufacturing Levels


Double-digit increases show growing demand from machine shops, manufacturers U.S. machine shops and other manufacturers consumed $191.93 million worth of cutting tools during May, increasing 14.2% from the April consumption level and rising 15.5% over total consumption for May 2016. May represents the fourth month of rising consumption out of five months of 2017. For the current […]


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Midyear US Cutting Tool Consumption Up 5.8%


Index to manufacturing activity declined from May but rose 6.0% versus the June 2016 total. U.S. manufacturers, including machine shops, consumed $186.57 million worth of cutting tools during June, a decline of 2.8% from the May consumption level and yet 6.0% higher than the June 2016 level. Cutting tool consumption is offered as a reliable index to […]


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Latest Machine Tool Orders Show Manufacturing Still Expanding


New orders for machine tools totaled $319.7 million, prompting AMT to observe, the “July rate of increase is a notable acceleration in growth relative to the 10% increase in June orders posted over the previous year.”   New orders for machine tools totaled $319.7 million during July according to the Assn. for Manufacturing Technology, proof […]


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5 Ways to Extend CNC Spindle Life


Early attention to performance issues and insisting on painstaking rebuild/remanufacturing procedures can help machine tool operators keep their spindles on the job.  This article has been contributed by Superior Spindle Service, LLC For most manufacturers, the productivity of their CNC equipment can be measured in fractions of seconds, including not only the cutting or grinding […]


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Midyear Data Shows US Machine Tool Orders Accelerating


Domestic manufacturers ordered $373.19 million worth of new metal-cutting machine tools during during June, 7.0% higher than the May total and 12% higher than the June 2016 total. Through the first six months of 2017, total U.S. machine tool orders stand at $2.04 billion, which is 7.1% higher than the January-June 2016 new-order volume. New […]


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U.S. Manufacturers’ Confidence at 20-Year High


Manufacturing Business Outlook by Quarter, 2015–2017 — The NAM Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey found 93.3% of manufacturers are somewhat or very positive about their own company’s outlook, up from 56.6% at Q1 2016 and 77.8 percent in Q4 2016. The National Assn. of Manufacturers reported that the results of its quarterly NAM Manufacturers’ Outlook survey show […]


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