The Control’s Role in Machining Complex Parts

This company that produces medical implants finds value in the CNC for its turn-mill equipment that helps speed setups and simplify programming when producing intricate parts complete.


Choosing the Right Machine for Turned and Milled Medical Parts

The medical market is known for exceptionally tight tolerances and difficult materials, which means that selecting the proper machine is necessary to ensure a job is profitable.

Where Micro-Laser Machining Is the Focus

A company that was once a consulting firm has become a successful micro-laser machine shop producing complex parts and features that most traditional CNC shops cannot machine.

What’s Ahead for the U.S. Metalworking Economy?

Although previously robust, the U.S. metalworking economy has softened in recent months. However, the overall outlook remains strong. Even a possible 2023 recession does not appear to be an obstacle to continued growth over the next few years.

Overcoming Challenges of Medical Device Machining with Metalworking Fluids

Implementing coolant specifically designed for medical applications and following coolant maintenance protocols can help medical device manufacturers better manage obstacles encountered in that sector.
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Vision Metrology for Medical

Understanding best practices and the options available with vision measurement systems is particularly important when inspecting complex medical components having stringent traceability requirements.
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VIDEO: Swiss Shop’s Choice of Collets Facilitates Backworking

This Swiss shop discovered workholding collets that satisfy the needs of its very small, delicate and complex medical parts production on the subspindle, making once impossible processes not only doable but more efficient and esthetically pleasing. 

When a CNC Turn-Mill Doesn’t Turn

A shop in Big Sky Country uses a B-axis multitasking machine to produce complex, prismatic medical parts that require no turning complete from barstock.

Establishing an Effective Production Process for Femoral Balls

Grinding, honing and buffing can be performed on one machine to eliminate the need for these medical implant components to run across multiple pieces of equipment.  

Should You to Continue to Outsource Passivation?

Considering the growing acceptance of citric passivation, shops might find bringing this process in-house can lower manufacturing costs and speed delivery lead times.

The Value of Dual Thread Whirling Units for Bone Screws

Dual thread whirling units on a Swiss-type enable it to produce medical bone screws with two different thread leads in one setup, eliminating the need for time-consuming, single-point threading.

Medical Screw Solution Includes More than Cutting Tools

With companies producing so many medical screws, every second saved counts. A turnkey program can help manufacturers machine these parts as efficiently as possible.

Some Assembly IS Required

This Colorado manufacturer added a separate facility dedicated to customer assembly work and inventory management to produce subassemblies and completed products primarily for medical customers.

FAQs about PVD Coatings

Applying a PVD coating to cutting tools as well as medical devices can offer functional advantages for both applications.

Video Tech Brief: Dual Thread Whirling on a Swiss-Type CNC Lathe

The dual thread whirling units on Tsugami Swiss-type lathes can produce medical bone screws with two different thread leads in one setup, eliminating the need for single-point threading.

Laser Technology "Turns" into a Turning Tool

This new technology uses a laser to act as a cutting tool to "turn" parts from solid barstock. This high-speed precision turning machine is especially useful for micromachining, enabling high accuracy for small, complex parts that are often delicate and difficult to machine when implementing conventional turning processes.

Advancements in Thread Whirling Tooling Technology

Many understand the advantages of thread whirling on a CNC Swiss-type. However, new tooling technology for this thread-machining process can further improve cycle times and reduce cost per part.

The Story Behind a Machining Background Photo

The photo I added to my LinkedIn page shows the application of nifty CNC technology enabling a turn-mill to machine a complex medical device complete. It certainly seemed appropriate.