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Third Dimension

For a fabrication shop, versatility is key for taking on as many jobs as possible. The more often a shop can say “yes” to potential jobs, the more successful they will be. The easiest way to achieve greater versatility is by expanding capabilities. Shops that focus primarily on flat 2D work, for example, can add an articulated cutting head and/or rotary axis to...

New chapter

Metal asteroids? Most are made from rock or ice but in recent months, NASA approved the next fabrication and testing phase of its spacecraft and subassemblies for its mission to explore Asteroid Psyche, an asteroid scientists believe to be metal. It originates from a planet possibly as large as Mars. It is voyages such as these that innovate technology that then flows down into everyday...

A Nepalese Gristmill, a Waterjet and Fort Lewis College

Waterjetting isn’t new to stone fabrication, though it is still not the norm. Due to being quick, accurate and safe, waterjets are starting to be featured more in stone shops working in the custom architectural and design fields. From granite to Dekton, abrasive waterjet is perfect for cutting chip-free countertops, intricate medallions, beveled edges, straight cuts and geometric arcs. Common...

Generative Design and the Conventional Machine Shop

The term generative design has been popping up in the manufacturing world of late. Its promise is to create many design permutations to let engineers choose an optimum one that meets sometimes conflicting requirements.

The problem is that many of the designs that result from using generative algorithms are complex, even organic looking, with complex curves and webs. This has led to a...

Barriers to Industry 4.0 Are Falling Fast

For years, manufacturers of all sizes and across every industrial segment have heard about Industry 4.0. The definition changes depending on the speaker or publication, but the essential idea remains the same. Now that manufacturing has become almost entirely digitized and interconnected as part of what we might call “Industry 3.0,” shops and their suppliers have begun to leverage digital data...

Feel The Force

"Last year, OMAX celebrated its 25th anniversary. The anniversary celebrated a history of customer-focused innovation and new products, such as the ProtoMAX and GlobalMAX, as well as reinvigorating our commitment to maintaining thought leadership in the machine tool market," Mike Ruppenthal, OMAX's General Manager, told ISMR. "Since Dr. John Olsen developed and patented a motion control...

Making Waterjet Precision Possible

An abrasive waterjet machine demonstrates its fullest advantages when it cuts complex geometries in a variety of materials. The software package that drives the machine makes the biggest contribution to waterjet utility and overall cost control. Waterjet machines initially used G code, but they exhibit special physics and geometric con-siderations that traditional cutting methods can’t handle...

Bridging the Data Gap

Machine tools compound data management with further inherent challenges. Machine tools commonly stay in service for 20+ years, but data storage and processing power remain in rapid growth cycles. How often do we still see paper maintenance logs? The lag in mass adoption of data management tools in the industrial sector often creates complications through “data islands,” where siloed...

Never obsolete

Growing demand in the aerospace and automotive markets is prompting the development of a plethora of exotic materials. Like automakers, airframe builders and their supply base have been pursuing ways to increase energy efficiency, reduce fuel consumption and prevent further deterioration to the environment. Lightweighting structures reduces an aircraft’s mass and requires less lift force and...

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