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Manufacturing Engineering: August 2021

The August 2021 edition of Manufacturing Engineering is available as a digital magazine. Links to individual articles are below.
Flow’s Dynamic Waterjet XD is fast, accurate, and flexible, according to the company.

Which Cut is Best, Water or Laser?

July 14, 2021
Laser cutting and waterjet cutting: two great technologies that go great together? Or best when they play solo? As ever, the answer is it depends—on what work a shop has coming in the door, what materials are being processed most often, operator skill levels and, ultimately, the available equipment budget.
Geoff Giordano
By Geoff Giordano Contributing Editor, SME Media
Cobot welders offer intuitive programming aids like smartphone interfaces and the ability to teach positions by physically dragging the welding head.

Making Welding Accessible to All

July 16, 2021
With the ongoing shortage of skilled workers and the pickup in the economy, suppliers of welding equipment are finding ways to making welding easier for those working in manufacturing. Automation is the leading technique among many.
Ed Sinkora
By Ed Sinkora Contributing Editor, SME Media
A bridge mill typically has a more ‘squarish’ footprint than a C-frame machine, along with a taller ‘cube,’ or machine height.

Bridge Mills: A Bridge to Success

July 20, 2021
While some people think bridge-style machining centers are only for very large parts, these rigid, highly accurate CNC machine tools come in a range of sizes and configurations are good for parts of all sizes.
Kip Hanson
By Kip Hanson Contributing Editor, SME Media
Ingersoll’s CBN TEDI mill is designed for machining grey cast irons, CGI cast irons and hard steels over HRC 40. The CBN cutting edges enable finishing with cutting speeds up to 4,900 sfm in cast iron and 1,600 sfm in hard steels.

Hard Facts About the Hardest Cutting Tools

July 22, 2021
Two things everyone knows about diamonds: they’re very hard and they’re very expensive. And so it is with polycrystalline diamond (PCD) as well as cubic boron nitride (CBN) cutting tools.
Michael Anderson
By Michael C. Anderson Contributing Lead Editor

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