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Bugatti Develops and Builds Functional Components for High-Performance Vehicles with the SLM® Additive Manufacturing Technology from SLM Solutions
Metal additive manufacturing technology is accelerating industrial development in the automotive sector, as shown by the repeated success of the Bugatti sports car brand in achieving consistent function integration and significant performance optimization of components. Multiple metal 3D printed functional components from Bugatti have been previously featured in the press, and all were produced on machines developed and manufactured by SLM Solutions.   (more)
Slugging it Out: Four Arguments Against Bar Feeders
Let’s pretend you just ordered a KLR-series 2-axis horizontal turning center from Kent CNC. Congratulations, but how are you going to keep it fed? One of the biggest decisions anyone can make upon ordering a new CNC lathe—whether it’s ours or someone else’s—is what kind of bar feeder to use, or whether one is even necessary. A strong argument can be made for skipping it.   (more)
Feeding’s Faster: Three Reasons to Avoid Slugging
In the previous blog post, I offered four good reasons to save yourself some hard-earned cash and skip the bar feeder on your next lathe purchase. These include floor space, material waste, spindle speed limitations, bar preparation, and the not-insignificant cost of the bar feeder (I guess that’s five reasons).  (more)
Master Fluid Solutions®, Committed to Providing the Most Advanced Metalworking Fluid Solutions to the Globe, Announces their New Precision Machining Center
Master Fluid Solutions continues its investment in innovation and future development with the creation of their new Precision Machining Center. The center will quicken and significantly improve their product development process as well as enhance their unique customer training methods.  (more)
Orbex Builds World’s Largest Single-Piece Rocket Engine 3D Printed on the SLM®800 Selective Laser Melting Machine
Orbex has introduced the world’s largest metal rocket engine 3D printed in a single piece on the SLM®800. Founded in 2015, the UK-based spaceflight company develops small satellite launch vehicles and introduced Prime, their revolutionary and environmentally-friendly rocket at the grand opening of their new headquarters in Forres, Scotland. The novel Orbex launcher not only uses 100% renewable fuel to cut carbon emissions by 90% and a novel zero-shock staging and payload separation resulting in zero orbital debris, but was also design-optimized for selective laser melting, helping to create a structure 30% lighter and 20% more efficient than any other launch vehicle in its category.  (more)
Drill and Burr Program for MRO
Since its founding in 1952, the Precision Twist Drill brand of cutting tools has represented both reliability and quality to its broad user base. This standard continues with a selection of HSS drills and carbide rotary burrs designed specifically to meet the needs of the Maintenance & Repair professional. Branded as PRECISIONLIGHT, this program of drills and burrs will provide affordable reliability together with a level of service and support consistent with that of the balance of the Dormer Pramet broad product offering.  (more)
Top 7 Mistakes Manufactures Could Avoid When Choosing A Mist Collection Systems!
"Discover These 7 Mist Collection Mistakes To Avoid When Choosing A New Or Upgraded System!"  (more)
Beckwood and KOMT Deliver Automated Press for Spirit AeroSystems Joule Form™ Manufacturing Process
Beckwood Press Company recently engineered, manufactured, and delivered the first ever press with automated die change to Spirit AeroSystems for use in Spirit’s Joule Form™ manufacturing process. Using the automated press system from Beckwood, Spirit will be able to efficiently form lightweight titanium parts by directing energy only where it is needed, ultimately decreasing machined-part costs.  (more)
Get a Grip: Five Ways to Improve Lathe Workholding, Part II
As mentioned in the previous blog post, 3-jaw chucks rank among the most important lathe accessories for anyone who turns parts for a living. In fact, even calling them accessories is a bit of a misnomer, because without a chuck, nothing gets produced. Making them work as intended for your application, however, requires you to perform a reasonable amount of preventive maintenance (covered in the last post) along with following a few best practices like these.  (more)
Get to the Point: Four Tips for Single-Point Threading
Single-point threading is among the more challenging of all turning operations. Cutting pressures are high, tool life often poor, and the line between a good part and one bound for the scrap bin is thinner than most machinists like. This is especially true on a manual machine. Whether tool room lathe or engine lathe, engaging the half-nut at precisely the right time requires excellent reflexes and nerves of steel, as just one small mistake can spell disaster. Worse, the timing must be perfect perhaps a dozen times in a row for a typical thread.  (more)
Get a Grip: Five Ways to Improve Lathe Workholding, Part I
Of all the accessories found on any engine lathe or tool room lathe, the 3-jaw chuck is easily the most important; unfortunately, it’s also quite often the least appreciated. Without a well-maintained chuck, one with sufficient clamping pressure and jaws that have been bored properly, parts go flying. Here are some tips to make sure this unpleasant and dangerous event never happens to you. Read More:  (more)
3 Chip Management Tips for CNC Machine Operators

There’s one basic rule of shop floor economics that everyone should know: if the machines aren’t making chips, the business is losing money. But the shape of those chips and their removal from the work area is every bit as important as producing them in the first place.

For instance, the bird’s nest of long, stringy chips so common when machining aluminum, stainless steel, and superalloys is not only dangerous to the machine operator, but is a great way to break cutting tools and destroy workpieces when it inevitably becomes wedged in the wrong place at the wrong time. And few machining sounds are more cringe-worthy than the crunch…crunch…crunch of chips being recut, quite possibly signaling a chipped and soon-to-be-broken cutting tool.

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Beckwood Engineers 75-Ton Hot Forming Press for Cutting Dynamics
Beckwood Press Company has partnered with aerospace parts supplier, Cutting Dynamics, to design and manufacture a 75-ton hydraulic press used to hot form titanium structural components.  (more)
Cylindrical Grinding’s Alive and Well

Cylindrical grinding is one of the oldest of all machining technologies. Though credit for its invention remains a bit fuzzy, most attribute development of the first production grinding machine to Charles Norton (ironically, not the same Norton of grinding wheel fame), who worked at Brown and Sharpe and was charged by company founder Joseph Brown with working the kinks out of the “universal grinding machine” he’d been struggling with for some time.

Since that time, cylindrical grinding has evolved into the go-to method for producing extremely precise round components such as shafts, mandrels, bearing journals, and core pins, as well as creating formed shapes and contours on a wide variety of turned parts.

With all the talk these days of hard turning, however, never mind the availability of ever more complex, capable, and above all highly accurate CNC lathes, it’s easy to wonder if cylindrical grinding is going the way of cam-actuated screw machines and high-speed steel tool bits.

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Is a 2-Axis CNC Lathe Enough?
Whether they visited IMTS or not, anyone who turns parts for a living knows there’s an entire new breed of machine tool coming down the pipe, one that’s making shops everywhere take a hard look at their turning operations. They’re known as mill-turn lathes, and sometimes multitasking machines—whatever you call them, these ultra-complex, twin-spindle, dual-turret, automatic tool-changing, do-everything CNC lathes are surely the most-efficient way to produce a wide variety of complex machined parts. Kent-CNC-Sub-spindle-Horizontal-Turning-Centers 
Sometimes, however, a simpler solution is called for: the basic two-axis CNC lathe.  (more)
Beckwood to Showcase Three Aerospace Forming Press Technologies at FABTECH® 2018
Due to increasing demand within the aerospace industry for more efficient ways to produce stronger, lighter parts, Beckwood will showcase hot forming, superplastic forming, and sheet hydroforming press capabilities at FABTECH 2018.  
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Master Fluid Solutions Announces TRIM® MicroSol® 455 to Energize Your Cast Iron Machining
TRIM®MicroSol®455 low-foam semisynthetic, microemulsion coolant is optimized for high-volume cast iron, ferrous, and some aluminum and nonferrous metalworking operations.  (more)
I’ll Take the Combo – Dual Spindle Machining Center

Have a few dozen hydraulic manifolds to make? The KHV-400 allows you to machine the ports on each side using the horizontal spindle, and without relocating the part, machine the top face and intersecting holes with the vertical spindle. The same approach can be used on a variety of everyday workpieces, including mounting brackets, electronics enclosures, engine components, and more.

The machine comes standard with 10,000-rpm cooled spindles, dual tool changers, loads of working space, and twice the productivity. And if you’re wondering about programming what is essentially two machine tools in one, Kent Machine Tool has made switching between vertical and horizontal programming easy with an innovative merge function. Check it out—for many shops, the KHV-400 will settle the vertical vs. horizontal argument once and for all.

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From Manual to CNC Knee Mills

Mistakes are less likely with a CNC. There’s no chance of cranking the handle one turn too far or forgetting to zero out the DRO after picking up an edge. There’s no need for a calculator or trigonometry tables when laying out a bolt hole pattern—just plug in a couple values and get drilling. That nerve-wracking pocket you worked on for two hours last week is child’s play on a CNC knee mill. Part quality’s better, tool life increases, and the pile of parts sitting on the bench at the end of each shift will be much higher when a knee mill has CNC capabilities.Kent-USA-3VKF-with-MillPwr-G2

One look at the computer screen mounted to the side of the thing, though, and you might be tempted to avoid all that programming stuff and stick with your trusty DRO. But CNC knee mills are surprisingly easy to operate—the Acu-Rite MillPwr G2 control available on all Kent USA CNC knee mills, for example, is both user friendly and powerful, with simplified navigation screens, offline programming functions, Ethernet and USB ports, and a 3D-graphics display that will never leaving you guessing about a part feature.

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Beckwood to Manufacture 1,000-Ton Compression Molding Press for the U.S. Army
Beckwood Press Company will manufacture a 1,000 ton compression molding press for the U.S. Army's Natick Soldier Research, Development & Engineering Center. The 36"x36" forming area, heated platens, Active Leveling Control, and Quick Die Change System will be instrumental in the NSRDEC's R&D efforts.  (more)
Erica Denton is Master Fluid Solutions’ Director – Global Supply Chain
Master Fluid Solutions announces Erica A. Denton has joined as Director – Global Supply Chain. Denton will drive strategic initiatives through the complete Supply Chain from order to delivery.  (more)
Master Fluid Solutions Appoints Z. Ahmed Tahir as Global Vice President of Strategy and Marketing
Master Fluid Solutions, continues its drive towards sustainably serving customers in high technology industries with the appointment of Z. Ahmed Tahir as its Global VP of Strategy and Marketing.   (more)
Master Fluid Solutions Receives Three New Bombardier Manufacturing Facility Approvals
Master Fluid Solutions has received three new Bombardier Manufacturing facility approvals for Master Fluid Solutions in the United Kingdom, China, and India.  (more)
Triform to Manufacture Fluid Cell Sheet Hydroforming Press for Aerospace Supplier H&R Parts Company
Beckwood Press Company has been awarded a contract by H&R Parts Company to manufacture a Triform model 24-5BD fluid cell sheet hydroforming press. With a 24”-diameter forming area and 5,000 PSI, the new Triform will support H&R’s aluminum aerospace part production.
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Concept Machine to Host SteakFest 2018
Concept Machine, a leading Wisconsin machine tool distributor will be hosting their biennial Open House & SteakFest on May 15 &16, 2018 from 10:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.  The open house will be held at 407 Austin Circle - Delafield, WI 53018.  (more)
New Certified Manufacturing Technology Sales Engineers, CMTSE - 2016
CMTSE exam questions are developed by the Certification Committee, which includes machine tool distributors, builders, sales engineers, customers and allied industry representatives. The exam is a knowledge-based, online exam consisting of 150 multiple-choice questions. Candidates have three hours to complete the examination. Find out more about becoming a CMTSE.  (more)
New Certified Manufacturing Technology Sales Engineers, CMTSE - 2018
CMTSE exam questions are developed by the Certification Committee, which includes machine tool distributors, builders, sales engineers, customers and allied industry representatives. The exam is a knowledge-based, online exam consisting of 150 multiple-choice questions. Candidates have three hours to complete the examination. Find out more about becoming a CMTSE.  (more)
Re-Certified Manufacturing Technology Sales Engineers - 2017
The CMTSE credential signifies a commitment to continuous professional development. To maintain their designation, Certified Manufacturing Technology Sales Engineers undergo a recertification process, which occurs every three years from the date of passing the exam.  (more)
New Certified Manufacturing Technology Sales Engineers, CMTSE - June 2017
CMTSE exam questions are developed by the Certification Committee, which includes machine tool distributors, builders, sales engineers, customers and allied industry representatives. The exam is a knowledge-based, online exam consisting of 150 multiple-choice questions. Candidates have three hours to complete the examination. Find out more about becoming a CMTSE.  (more)
Industry News - May 2017
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AMT recognizes and congratulates our renewed CMTSEs
More than 70 Certified Manufacturing Technology Sales Engineers have documented a combination of on-the-job and continuing education experiences (through at least 27 professional development points) in the recertification score card and have renewed their CMTSE credential for another three years.  (more)
Former AMT international marketing director Rick Kuba dies
Richard W. “Rick” Kuba, 84, of Easton, Md., passed away March 13, 2017. From 1986 to 1998, he worked at AMT as the international marketing director and was responsible for implementing AMT’s first office abroad in Zurich, Switzerland, to service emerging central and eastern European countries.  (more)
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Taking care of business by taking care of yourself
As we all know, working in the machine tool industry is very demanding. Many of us too often have the tendency to push ourselves to work longer and harder than we should. This is especially concerning for, how do I say it nicely, “seasoned” veterans like me. Similar to a machine tool, we need to make sure we are operating within our “well-being” parameters. Overloading creates opportunities for unplanned consequences.  (more)
Less dance, more marriage: The customer-salesperson bond
In today’s fast-paced business world, it is important to have a strong bond between the customer and the company. This can be best done by the salesperson. Everyone else in the company has many other responsibilities, but for the salesperson the customer is their main responsibility.  (more)
Change or die: The future belongs to the innovators
“You can’t escape death, taxes … and change,” said MFG Meeting 2017 Speaker Kirk Rogers, Technology Leader of GE's Center for Additive Technology Advancement. Change and innovation were two of the predominant messages presented over the three-day MFG meeting held in sunny Amelia Island, Fla.    (more)
Industry News - April 2017
News from AMT members  (more)
New Certified Manufacturing Technology Sales Engineers, CMTSE - 2017
CMTSE exam questions are developed by the Certification Committee, which includes machine tool distributors, builders, sales engineers, customers and allied industry representatives. The exam is a knowledge-based, online exam consisting of 150 multiple-choice questions. Candidates have three hours to complete the examination. Find out more about becoming a CMTSE.  (more)
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Automatic Feed Company Announces New Leadership Team
Automatic Feed Company, a world-class designer and manufacturer of coil handling and press feeding automation solutions, has announced a series of promotions and appointments. Each of the newly appointed executives are highly qualified, previous employees of Automatic Feed.  (more)
New Certified Manufacturing Technology Sales Engineers, CMTSE - November 2016
CMTSE exam questions are developed by the Certification Committee, which includes machine tool distributors, builders, sales engineers, customers and allied industry representatives. The exam is a knowledge-based, online exam consisting of 150 multiple-choice questions. Candidates have three hours to complete the examination. Find out more about becoming a CMTSE.  (more)
New Certified Manufacturing Technology Sales Engineers, CMTSE - June 2016
Congratulations to the new Certified Manufacturing Technology Sales Engineers, CMTSE.  These new CMTSEs demonstrated their knowledge in machine tool design, CNC technology & machine control, cutting tool technology, metalworking technology, machine tool accuracy, capital investment justification, the selling process, responding to customer needs, territory management, and business/commercial practices.  (more)
New Certified Manufacturing Technology Sales Engineers, CMTSE - March 2016
Congratulations to the new Certified Manufacturing Technology Sales Engineers, CMTSE.  These new CMTSEs demonstrated their knowledge in machine tool design, CNC technology & machine control, cutting tool technology, metalworking technology, machine tool accuracy, capital investment justification, the selling process, responding to customer needs, territory management, and business/commercial practices.  (more)
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AMT Chairman's Address - Annual Meeting at The MFG Meeting 2016
AMT Chairman of the Board addresses the membership at the AMT Annual Meeting at The MFG Meeting 2016 in Palm Desert, Calif.   (more)