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Manufacturing Engineering: January 2021

The January 2021 edition of Manufacturing Engineering is available as a digital magazine. Links to individual articles are below.
Machine tool builders are making complex five-axis setups easier, such as this one from DMG Mori.

Simplifying and Moving Beyond Five-Axis Machining

December 15, 2020
Five-axis machining, once a novel and somewhat forbidding technology, has become routine in many shops. Meanwhile, some organizations are still hesitant to use it, largely due to programming concerns.
Ed Sinkora
By Ed Sinkora Contributing Editor, SME Media
Machining high-temperature alloys calls for stable and powerful machines like the G420 turn mill.

Cutting Superalloy Challenges Down to Size

December 17, 2020
How people feel about heat-resistant superalloys depends on what they do with them. Those who use parts made of HRSAs are high on the materials because they retain their strength and hardness at high temperatures and also provide excellent corrosion resistance.
By SME Media Staff
Seco MDT Tooling controls chips in cut-off operations through the Jetstream Tooling internal coolant system, which directs coolant to the cutting edge.

Turning Inserts Face New Challenges

December 21, 2020
Originally marketed for their proficiency in heavy metal removal applications while delivering longer tool life and multi-point efficiency, turning inserts have grown more sophisticated in response to advances in materials, machines, methods, and even social factors.
By Frank Burke Contributing Writer, SME Media
This self-centering vise from SMW Autoblok has an extra-large clamping range and is available with basic and premium top-jaw versions.

The Modular Future for Workholding

December 28, 2020
For as long as people have been machining parts, they’ve been devising ever-more ingenious ways to grip them.
Kip Hanson
By Kip Hanson Contributing Editor, SME Media
Zac Findlay, manufacturing engineering manager (left) and Bailey Cupp, senior manufacturing engineer, Armstrong International, with the company’s Tsugami B0326-III Swiss-style CNC lathe.

First Time’s the Charm

January 6, 2021
All shops want to be more productive and reduce downtime. For some, this means an investment in a high-end CNC machine tool. Others give quick-change toolholders a try, or pursue an IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) machining strategy.
Kip Hanson
By Kip Hanson Contributing Editor, SME Media

Shop Solutions

Up Front

  • Expert Opinion

    Manufacturing After COVID-19

    January 7, 2021
    The U.S. manufacturing industry has made major adjustments to stay in business and keep production moving during the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only have manufacturers adapted to major disruptions in all major markets, they have also reconfigured their production systems to keep workers safe.
    By Alan Rooks - Editor in Chief, Manufacturing Engineering

SME Speaks

  • SME Speaks

    Driving a New Normal

    December 18, 2020
    2020 was certainly an unusual year—for SME, for our industry, and for the world. There is no question that these unusual times will carry over into 2021. Unusual does not necessarily mean bad; it just means different. Often hidden within those differences are opportunities.
    By Michael D. Packer, FSME - 2021 SME President

Advanced Manufacturing Now

  • Manufacturing Management

    Carbon Fiber Recycling Developing as an Industry

    December 14, 2020
    Anyone who’s worked with wind turbine blades or just seen one up close can attest to the massive size of these clean-energy workhorses. Ever thought about what happens to that costly, high-tech material once the blade reaches the end of its lifespan in 20 years or so?
    By Ilene Wolff - Contributing Editor, SME Media
  • Smart Manufacturing

    Gutenberg-Style Innovation for Manufacturing

    December 16, 2020
    Imagine you wrote a masterpiece of literary fiction or a detailed plan for financial success. You can’t wait to share your work with the world. But there’s a problem. In this universe, in this reality, computers have no way to share documents with each other.
    By Jonathan Wise - Vice President, Technology, CESMII

Additive Manufacturing Update

  • Additive Manufacturing & 3D Printing

    Fortify Mixes It Up

    December 22, 2020
    The key in other tooling applications is to find a space where our materials provide extra value beyond other printers.
    By Ben Arnold - Vice President, Business Development, Fortify Inc.

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