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Against the Odds at MTM

Edited by Senior Editor Michael Anderson from information provided by Seco Tools


The odds are often stacked against May Technology & Manufacturing Inc. (MTM) when it comes to its aerospace work. For starters, the Kansas City, MO, shop operates in an intense high-mix/low-volume production environment, which affords little, if any, time for job setups and test runs. Full Article

SWE Honors Frances Hurwitz with 2014 Achievement Award

Press Release - Society of Women Engineers (SWE)


The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is proud to announce it bestowed its 2014 Achievement Award on Frances Hurwitz, senior materials research engineer at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.The Achievement Award, SWE's highest honor, is awarded to a woman at the pinnacle of her career who has made an outstanding contribution to her field. Full Article

IMTS 2014: Modig Machine Tool—The Most Respected Machine Tool Builders You've Never Heard Of

Senior Editor Michael Anderson


They’re quietly walking through the aisles of IMTS 2014, taking a few meetings and looking at the technology—but if you passed them, you wouldn’t know who they are. They’re David Modig, the third-generation president of Modig Machine Tool Sweden, and David Waldron, president of the newly established Modig Machine Tool US. Full Article

Automated Assembly on the Moon

George N. Bullen, President and CEO, Smart Blades Inc.


A number of years ago I was asked to participate in a study at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratories (JPL) in Pasadena, CA, to determine the best approach to build an inhabited vehicle for Mars exploration. At the time, President George W. Bush had approved a plan to return to the moon and proceed onto Mars as an extension of Project Constellation. Full Article

In Aerospace Boring, It's all about the Tool

Jack Burley, VP, Sales and Engineering, BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling Inc.


Aerospace is unique among industries in its thirst for component accuracy. Flight-critical parts are expensive to begin with, then must be machined to ‘blemish-free’ precision. Unlike any other industry, anything that goes into the air has to be on spec, as the smallest imperfection in machining can adversely affect flight safety. Full Article

From Taboo to Trusted Method: EDM Machining in Aerospace

Doug Maywald, Applications Engineer, MC Machinery Systems Inc.


Due to stringent regulations set by the FAA, the aerospace industry as a whole requires parts to be cut to the tightest tolerances. Until two decades ago, using an EDM to cut many aerospace parts was not a viable option because most EDM machines were unable to cut with the required level of precision. Full Article

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