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10 Ways the Manufacturing Industry will Change in 2021

October 11th, 2020

2020 brought changes to the manufacturing industry that few, if any, foresaw; a global pandemic, a trade war, a pressing need for employees to work from home. Barring any ability to foresee the future, what can we assume about the changes 2021 will bring? In this article, we’ll look at ten ways the manufacturing industry… Read more »

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Machine Software and CNC: What It Is, What It Does, and How It Is Used

October 3rd, 2020

A common bit of advice, from experienced machinists to beginners, it to “budget as much for tooling as for your machine.” What is the “tooling” those machinists refer to? It’s the vises, holders, grips, cutters, tool heads, drawbars, and generally all of the pieces necessary to let your CNC machine do its job. A CNC… Read more »

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CNC Conversion Kits: Why And When They Are A Good Option

October 1st, 2020

Machine tools, like most equipment in the modern age, have both improved and gotten a bit smaller over the years. Modern lathes and mills have come a long way from the giant, room-sized machines of the Industrial Revolution. While you can still find room-sized machines in large factories and high-end production facilities, you’re also more… Read more »

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5 Ways Owning Your Own CNC Saves You Money

September 30th, 2020

Everyone wants to combine their hobby with their business, do what they love, and get paid for it. That is much easier said than done, however, especially when it comes to the competitive world of CNC machining. So if you’re asking yourself if you should buy a CNC machine to make some money, perhaps you… Read more »

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 »