Metalworking

The Metalworking technology area includes information about the metal removal process. Details on chipping processes such as milling, turning, and drilling can be found here, as can information on EDM and grinding operations.

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Horizontal machining centre creates large, heavy parts

February 24, 2017

Makino has introduced the a120nx horizontal machining centre, the largest machine in its nx series. This machine has X-, Y-, and Z-axis travels of 74.8, 63, and 66.9 in., respectively, and a pallet size of 39.4 by 39.4 in., which provides capacity for parts weighing up to 11,000 lbs. The machine...

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Vise holds part ends for final workpiece cutoff

February 22, 2017

Kurt Mfg. Co. has released the SideWinder™ vise, which mounts directly to the back of 6- or 8-in. Kurt vises. It provides vertical workholding without interfering with an existing host vise or the machine spindle. These vises expand the capabilities for 6- or 8-in. vises by adding vertical...

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Mitutoyo Canada Inc. announces new leadership appointments

February 16, 2017

For the past 10 years, Shigeyuki Sasaki has provided leadership as vice president, executive vice president and president of Mitutoyo America. Now as he enters his 40th year with Mitutoyo Corp., he moves to Germany to support Mitutoyo Europe’s operations. The company has appointed Peter Detmers...

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Gene Haas Foundation boosts SAIT student success

February 15, 2017

The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) recently received a U.S.$1million contribution from the Gene Haas Foundation in support of applied education in Alberta. This is the U.S.-based foundation’s largest gift to any Canadian post-secondary institution to date. These major funds will...

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Haimer USA announces new Canadian applications sales specialist

February 13, 2017

Haimer USA, Villa Park, Ill., has hired Matt Seessle as its dedicated Canadian applications sales specialist. This new role at Haimer North America includes sales and technical support throughout Canada. “Matt has a great deal of experience in the industry and a vast knowledge of the Canadian...

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5-axis HMC includes twin Z-axis drives

January 30, 2017

Heller’s FP 4000 5-axis horizontal machining centre includes twin drives in the Z axis of the machine. The machine has a work area of 800 by 800 by 1,045 mm (X/Y/Z).The 5-axis kinematics are provided by the tool in the X, Y, C, and/or A axis, and by two axes provided by the workpiece in Z and B....

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The Die/Mould Dilemma: Milling Graphite

January 26, 2017 | By Joe Thompson

Graphite typically is the standard electrode material for most electrical discharge machine (EDM) applications because they enable faster roughing cycle times and cost less than copper electrodes.

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Multitasking turning centre incorporates new control

January 25, 2017

Mazak has released the QTU-200MY turning centre, which has a main turning spindle, tool turret with rotary milling spindle, MAZATROL SmoothC control, and Y-axis off-centerline capabilities.The machine’s headstock incorporates the company’s built-in spindle/motor. The A2-6, 20-HP main turning...

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Vise combines features from previous models

January 23, 2017

Kurt Workholding has introduced the DX6™ CrossOver™ vise, which uses a number of features from the company’s AngLock® and pull-type designs from the D688 and 3600V vises, combined with a new four-bolt stationary jaw. This vise has a 9-in. jaw opening within the inside jaw position. It has a...

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CTMA names new president

January 20, 2017

The Canadian Tooling & Machining Association has elected Steve Watson as its new president. Watson is president of Century Tools & Machinery, Mississauga, Ont., a distributor of tooling and workholding components. He started working at Century Tools in 1995, after graduating from the University of...

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Turning photo from Sandvik Coromant.

In search of turning's sweet spot

January 19, 2017 | By Sue Roberts

Manipulating turning speed, feed, and depth of cut can result in higher metal removal rates. High-pressure coolant directed at the cutting zone and high-speed inserts help.

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ONA Electroerosion acquires 30 per cent of AAEDM

January 19, 2017

ONA, Durango, Spain, has acquired 30 per cent of AAEDM, Ann Arbor, Mich., to add microhole EDM technology to its portfolio of EDM machines.Founded in 2009, AAEDM designs and manufactures EDM machines for high-precision microhole machining. According to ONA, this acquisition complements its growth...

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Presto Lifts acquires ECOA Industrial Lift Products

January 17, 2017

Presto Lifts, Norton, Mass., has acquired ECOA Industrial Lift Products, Hialeah, Fla. “This is a near perfect extension for the Presto Lifts product range,” said Vice President Steve Albert. “In its 70-plus years of operation, Presto Lifts has developed a very complete range of lifting and...

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Soraluce unveils new generation of machine tools

January 16, 2017

Machine tool builder Soraluce introduced its new line of machine tools at its recent Technology Days event in Limburg, Germany.More than 800 customers attended as the company showcased its latest innovations and developments, under real machining conditions, including nine milling, boring, and...

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Gray Tools adds machining capacity

January 10, 2017

Hand tools manufacturer Gray Tools Canada, Brampton, Ont., has acquired a new vertical machining centre to strengthen its ability to produce its product domestically. The commissioning of the equipment was the final step in a nearly 18-month process that involved countless hours of study,...

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