A Brief Explanation of Electrical Discharge Machining

July 3rd, 2019

Electrical Discharge Machining is a high precision machining process that uses electricity to cut metals. In fact, the metal being cut is never touched by a tool at all. Instead, a high-frequency electrical discharge basically disintegrates the metal to make a cut. EDM involves molecular process that can be difficult to envision, so to help… Read more »

Generative Design: An Innovative Approach to Manufacturing

March 7th, 2019

Engineers and designers for companies like General Electric, Airbus and General Motors are using a new tool called generative design to explore thousands of design iterations with geometries that are automatically generated within their software. Although generative design is most applicable to additive manufacturing processes (aka 3D printing), developers are quickly integrating the technique traditional… Read more »

Tips on Adjusting CNC Position Panels

May 2nd, 2017

Have you ever tried to print a document two-sided on a printer that doesn’t do it automatically? You need to manually turn the paper or flip the paper, and when you do, it usually doesn’t work out right the first time. The same can happen when you’re machining on a two-sided item, which is why… Read more »

Ridiculously Unique CNC Projects

April 3rd, 2017

Whether you have a CNC machine at a workshop within your home or you are in the business of CNC, you should know the incredible things that these machines can do outside of what we typically use them for. Although some of the unique projects people create might not ever serve a true “purpose,” it’s… Read more »

European CNC Market Expected to Expand

March 6th, 2017

CNC in computer machining refers to “computer numerical control” which is basically the ability of a computer to manipulate and control machinery. CNC machinery is able to carve a variety of items out of metals, woods, and so forth. CNC technology has been around for many years and has continued to grow despite developing technology…. Read more »

Students Encouraged to Use CNC Machines

October 6th, 2016

High school students in Foley, Minnesota, have the opportunity to take a sheet metal machining class where CNC machines are used daily. Students that have taken this class have been highly recommending the class to one another, raising the number of students wanting to take it. The class became a “hot topic” among students and… Read more »

What Materials Work Best for CNC Machines

September 30th, 2016

Many materials can be used with CNC machines, giving you plenty of options to create whatever you’d like with your CNC machine. From aluminum to copper and from plastic to wood, options are practically endless as far as what materials can be used. Some people even work with steel and wax, depending on what they’re… Read more »

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CNC Technologies to Look For at IMTS 2016

June 20th, 2016

The 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show is just a few months away, and with registration now open more and more information is flooding in about who – and what – will be exhibited in Chicago this September. Some of the highlights include: NUM NUM plans to demonstrate what they are calling, “an exciting new development… Read more »

Three Great Up-and-Coming Machining Innovations

June 7th, 2016

Manufacturing businesses and machine shops often use a combination of newer technologies and older but proven tools. Many times, newer tools are actually improvements on older models that have already proven their value to the industry. The industry continues to innovate, however, and bring new tools and technologies to market. Here are three great up-and-coming machining… Read more »

Section 179: Incentives for Investing in Your Business

February 29th, 2016

Congress stilled the winds that blew Section 179 limits up and down during the past few years by enacting the newly minted Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act in December 2015. Deep within the 233 pages of legislation are provisions related to the extension and modification of bonus depreciation and Section 179 expensing. But why… Read more »