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TDM Sytems - Online digital tool service 20/04/2017

Cloud-hosted toolholder/tool 3D models for CAM system use are already available from services such as Machining Cloud and Tools United, but tool management expert TDM Systems has thrown its hat into the ring, as Andrew Allcock details   Read More

Energy cell: Danish wind power subcontractor's unique production approach 09/03/2017

A unique approach to subcontracting from Denmark is supported by CGTech’s Vericut machining simulation software  Read More

This month 25 years ago: March 1992 02/03/2017

Machinery Awards, a familiar name; PC-based CNC, we’re still waiting; big export order for UK machine tool builder; the launch of a UK-developed-and-made CNC system; in-depth training update, plus more  Read More

Southern comfort: Southern Manufacturing exhibition preview 20/02/2017

After years of suffering the best attempts by winter weather to dismantle Southern Manufacturing’s coated fabric tent pavilion at Farnborough, including high winds and large quantities of water too, the organisers have pushed the event back a few weeks, to the end of March, in hopes of finding a clement interval  Read More

CAM in the cloud? 06/12/2016

Cloud-hosted CAM. Is it on its way? The latest CAM market survey released by CIMdata seemed to suggest that things might be moving along. Andrew Allcock asked two of its experts to explain in further detail. They don’t anticipate a rush, he finds  Read More

Smarter software: Autodesk’s new combined manufacturing software portfolio 05/12/2016

Autodesk unveiled its manufacturing software portfolio at Chicago’s IMTS exhibition in September. Andrew Allcock examines this in more detail and reveals what the company’s Mark Forth has to say in explaining its significance further  Read More

MACH 2018 – same place, new location, better facilities 02/12/2016

With post-MACH 2016 discussions and orders still playing out, exhibition organiser the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) has already moved on to organising MACH 2018 (9-13 April at the NEC - and is highlighting what’s different. There’s plenty, as Andrew Allcock heard  Read More

Accuracy in a box: third-party CMM recalibration 18/11/2016

Inbuilt 3D error maps are commonly employed to correct for repeatable errors in coordinate measuring machines (CMMs). CMM recalibration often requires that these maps be updated, but they are typically only accessible by the supplying OEM. A new ‘open’ solution has arrived, as Andrew Allcock explains  Read More

Are we post post? Three CAM software packages that change the role of the post-processor 15/11/2016

Three recently-launched CAM software packages speed up the production of NC programs by automating the process, or mixing up traditionally distinct elements of CAM, post-processing and G-code simulation. Will Dalrymple reports   Read More

Medical engineering case file: accelerating machining times with CADCAM 17/10/2016

Allied Automation says that pushing CADCAM package Alphacam’s Waveform strategy (01233 506100) to the limit has reduced rough machining cycles by half.   Read More

Energy case file: getting with the program 10/08/2016

In Derby, Manthorpe Engineering specialises in the machining of difficult-to-manufacture, performance-critical components, from small prismatics to rings and casings up to 3.4 m in diameter. It fabricates, machines, tests and assembles high integrity components from a range of materials, including exotic alloys for power generation customers, among others.  Read More

Energy case file: Soft(ware) skills 09/08/2016

Durham-based Altec Engineering Group, a supplier to oil and gas markets, has invested more than £1.5 million in CNC machine tools alone recently, including two large Mazak 5-axis machines (01905 755755), a Studer CNC universal grinder and a seat of hyperMILL CAM software from Open Mind Technologies (01869 290003).  Read More

Case file: Vericut post simulation eases program prove-out at RE Thompson 01/07/2016

Andover-based precision manufacturer RE Thompson has invested in a second factory, filled with six machine tools. All NC programs for both facilities are checked for errors by Vericut from CGTech (01273 773538), with which the company has been working since 1991.  Read More

Case file: CADCAM software helps aerostructure supplier cut parts and organise production 30/06/2016

Did you know that routines for drilling holes are supported by a standard feature, macros, in hyperMILL CADCAM software from Open Mind Technologies?  Read More

Case file: food conveyor tooling 28/06/2016

A long-term contract to manufacture conveyor tooling for food production (filling of glass jars) was the spur for Engineering Solutions & Supply to make some new investments.   Read More

Winter wonderland 31/03/2016

A year has passed since the majority acquisition by Japan’s DMG Mori Company Ltd of German business DMG Mori AG, during which the pair continue to drive forward on quality and productivity fronts, reports Will Dalrymple  Read More

Cloud cover 23/03/2016

Cloud-connected tooling data has been with us for about three years. Machinery reviewed developments as they appeared, but looks again at this area as yet another initiative is announced. Andrew Allcock journeys through the landscape, making sense of it all  Read More

Change maker 08/02/2016

The Autodesk University (AU) event of last November/December, held in one of Las Vegas’ over-the-top hotels, The Venetian, was high on practical advice for users through hundreds of small sessions and high on energy for all via visionary mass session presentations – 10,000 individuals attended AU.  Read More

Expansive vision 08/02/2016

Andrew Allcock attended the annual Las Vegas Autodesk University event, a gathering of some 10,000, taking in software users, Autodesk staff plus journalists. The full breadth of the company was made clear, as were its central themes, messages and vision   Read More

Controlled good looks 20/11/2015

CNC performance is mostly taken for granted, much as is the case with PCs. All the development action is in the interface, as EMO ably highlighted, with some on-machine simulation innovations also breaking cover. Andrew Allcock and Will Dalrymple provide this overview  Read More

Programming and planning 11/11/2015

Changes are afoot at specialist aerospace subcontractor Phoenix CNC Engineering, following its acquisition last year by Universal Engineering  Read More

Tips and tricks - 5-axis CAM programming 17/09/2015

Andrew Allcock talked to Delcam PowerMILL expert Craig Chester about 5-axis programming, extracting some key information related to PowerMILL 2016 and 5-axis machining generally for those new to the complexity that such programming involves  Read More

Risk-free machining 08/09/2015

VERICUT simulation software from CGTech provides the confidence Keller Technology needs to machine high value parts, without the requirement for manual program prove-out or the risk associated with less robust alternatives  Read More

In control 01/06/2015

Following on from new machine interfaces (see feature 'A brave new face'), we take a more detailed look at developments in the controls behind them. New machine controls are not just faster, they incorporate software that improves milling performance elsewhere, reports Will Dalrymple  Read More

A brave new face 27/05/2015

A new kind of machine tool control is emerging. With a look and feel borrowed from smartphones, it aims to offer a simplified interface, particularly for the next generation of machinists. Will Dalrymple reports  Read More

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