CNC & Machine Controls

Can You Pull Data From a Solid Model to Perform Five-Axis Conversational Programming?

A CNC feature imports a 3D solid model from which operators can perform conversational-type, five-axis programming.


How to Get More Efficient Production from Swiss-Type and Multitasking Machines

SolidCAM for multi-axis Swiss type and multitasking machines provides a very efficient CAM programming process, generating optimal and safe Mill-Turn programs, with dramatically improved milling tool life.
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Who Are the DFM Consultants? You Are.

Modern shops are bolstering their engineering staff to better offer design for manufacturability advice to their customers. Here, one industry expert suggests ways to develop a common language between manufacturing and engineering.

Automation & Robots

Program a Robot with your Machine’s CNC

A new function in popular controls enables shops to program machine-tending robots using familiar CNC G codes.


CAD/CAM’s Role in How Machine Shop Benefits from its First Swiss-Type

This manufacturer of high-end RC cars leverages the capabilities of its CAD/CAM software to get the most out of its first Swiss-type lathe even when job batch sizes are relatively low.

Bar Feeders

Adaptive Machining: The Last Puzzle Piece for Automated Production?

Automatically monitoring and adjusting cutting parameters inside a machine while checking for tool wear is just as important to establishing a reliable lights-out machining process as having a robot outside the machine.

Shop Management Software

Use ERP to Capture Tribal Knowledge?

When McCormick Industries adopted a new enterprise resource planning software for better data visibility and accessibility, it found that the software also enabled it to cull the expertise of its experienced shopfloor employees.

5 Tips for Multichannel Programming

Programming for multitasking machines can be complex. Knowing several key points for making the process less challenging can save a programmer time as well as lessen confusion and the risk of error.

Generating More Efficient Milling Tool Paths for Multitasking Machines

This toolpath generator can reduce cycle time and extend tool life while helping achieve better surface finishes for milling operations on multi-axis Swiss-types and turn-mills.

Precision Machining Technology Review March 2022: Software

Production Machining’s Software showcase includes Siemens Digital Industries, Open Mind Technologies, iTSpeeX, FANUC, Paperless Parts, Wintriss Controls Group and TDM Systems.



Helpful, Free CAD Model for Those Who Machine DOM Tubing

This machine shop 3D prints a plastic plug that it inserts into the end of tubing to prevent chips and coolant from entering the lathe's bar feeder. It offers a free CAD model of it for other shops machining that material.

CNC & Machine Controls

Let’s Talk About Less Machining Chatter

For some turning work, unwanted harmonics can cause chatter and poor surface finishes. A new CNC software capability can automatically compensate for this.


Making Parts on a Swiss/Laser Machine

Adding laser cutting to Swiss-type machining is helping this shop do more work for its customers in the medical industry. 

Shop Management Software

A Shop Snapshot(s) in Time

Shamrock Precision has made significant strides to diversify its customer base and implement various process improvements, applying a crawl, walk, run approach to adding new technology such as ERP and automation.

Shop Management Software

Filling the Tall Order of Inventory Management

Rable Machine continues to refine the inventory management services the shop offers its top customers. It has found that providing these services — something other shops can’t or won’t do — makes it more of a partner with those customers, rather just a vendor.


Manufacturing Automation Beyond Robots at PMTS

A variety of automated machining and manufacturing processes — including, but not limited to, robotics — that can enable shops to become more efficient were on display at the recent Precision Machining Technology Show.
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Precision Machining Eastec Technology Preview September 2021

Production Machining highlights some of the latest precision machining advances and technology updates that will be showcased at Eastec 2021, Oct. 19-21 in West Springfield, Massachusetts.

A Fitting Machining Process

Diversified Fittings has turned to twin-turret/twin-spindle equipment and machine monitoring to become more efficient producing hydraulic fittings and adaptors.

Video Demonstration: The Value of a Search Engine for 3D Models

Technology that uses artificial intelligence to create the “physical DNA” of 3D models enables easy model comparison to speed new product design and manufacturing. View this demonstration explaining how it works and how machine shops can benefit.