In a perfect CNC world, the first part is always a good one. There’s no need for extra blanks or barstock. Setup times are only as long as is needed to swap out a few tools and load a new program. There’s never a crash, never the need to reprogram an inefficient bit of code. The operator just pushes the green button and out pops a finished workpiece minutes or hours later.
One of the great benefits of solid round cutting tools is the ability to resharpen them after heavy use. Done right it’s like having a cat with nine lives: Dull…then like new. Dull again…and like new again. And since the cost to recondition solid tools is generally lower than the cost to replace them, there’s an economic benefit. The question then becomes what’s the best way to achieve the greatest possible benefit?
Managing chips and cutting fluids is an age-old problem in machining. Fast forward to today’s technology that allows chips to be extracted and processed for their scrap value and fluids to be cleaned faster and reclaimed for further use or disposed of more efficiently than ever before.
Service Mold + Aerospace Inc. is not your typical mold shop. While the shop’s core competence remainsthe design, engineering and building of injection, compression, low-pressure, blow molding, glass-encapsulation and forming molds for the automotive industry, it has emerged as a contract build-to-spec supplier of parts for that industry as well as for aerospace and medical customers in North America and Europe.
I have been talking with a lot of folks about the future of manufacturing. They use terms like Industry 4.0, 3D printing, digital twin and mass customization to describe this glorious future. Hearing this so often, it might be easy to get cynical and dismiss it.
ByBruce Morey - Senior Technical Editor, SME Media
Manufacturing Engineering: PARC, a Xerox company, is involved in developing new concepts for digital design and manufacturing. Describe how new representations and algorithms are helping to design, analyze and plan the manufacture of highly complex structures via new technologies.
Base 11 is a nonprofit workforce accelerator committed to solving the growing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) talent crisis, which is fueled by the underrepresentation of women and ethnic minorities. Base 11 believes that by solving this problem, we can also help to establish a sustainable, inclusive middle class.
ByChristine Byrd - Communications Director, Base 11
On June 22-23, SME hosted a Smart Manufacturing Working Group meeting at Texas A&M University (College Station, TX) followed by an international workshop on Smart Manufacturing for the Factory of the Future.
BySatish T.S. Bukkapatnam, PhD, FSME - Rockwell International, Professor, Texas A&M University
Every manufactured part has a story—including how something is made, how much it costs, how much it can be sold for and if you make it again. A good manufacturing story will be filled with precise detail and accuracy, and will guide your future processes based on a truthful history.
ByNick Knight - Senior Director of Customer Services, Global Shop Solutions
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