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Published: 7/10/2019

News of Note: July 2019

New options for training young folks, NTMA offers blockchain services, a new partnership promoting additive manufacturing in aerospace work, and other industry news.

Published: 7/4/2019

7 CNC Parameters You Should Know

Parameters tell the CNC every little detail about the specific machine tool being used, and how all CNC features and functions are to be utilized.

Published: 6/12/2019

5 Things New CNC Operators Must Know

These subjects are the building blocks of training newcomers on a specific CNC machine tool.

Published: 4/26/2019

Using AI to Predict CNC Machine Spindle Issues Before They Are Issues

A machine tool builder is using artificial intelligence technology to predict when a spindle problem might occur, so shops can better prepare for and schedule necessary maintenance.  

Published: 4/9/2019

Outsourcing Optimizes Control Panel Construction

Given the multiple challenges associated with in-house panel building such as quality design, expertise, support and technology, outsourcing quickly becoming a viable option.

Published: 4/8/2019

Automating Small NC Programming Tasks Pays Off Big Over Time

What started as a few Java macros the programmer whipped up to make life easier has grown to a shop-wide file management system integrated into other software, such as Vericut. 

Published: 4/7/2019

Offline CNC Makes Precision Productive

Relieving the control of its calculation burden helps meet demand for increased volumes, faster deliveries and greater varieties of complex, mirror-finish components machined with diamond tools. 

Published: 3/29/2019

5 CNC Apps Simplify Machine Shop Routines

Whether purchased online or made to order, custom control functions help a contract machining startup save time and avoid mistakes.

Published: 3/6/2019

Retrofitting and Updating Keep Milling Machine CNCs on the Cutting Edge

After struggling to achieve higher feed rates and accuracy for complex milling of large compression molds, Century Tool and Gage Co. retrofitted Fidia CNC control systems onto existing machining centers.

Published: 3/5/2019

Checking Cutting Tool Offset Values

A setup program can be used to test for overtravel issues before a workpiece is run, eliminating program verification delays.

Siemens Answers with the Most Innovative CNC Solutions for Machine Tool Technology