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The Machine Tools & Metal Working Blog is the place for conversation and discussion about metal cutting, tools & fixturing, metal forming, grinding, industrial machine control and anything else related to the metalworking industry. Here, you'll find everything from application ideas, to news and industry trends, to hot topics and cutting edge innovations.

Extended Robot Arm for Greater Welding Reach

Posted March 24, 2017 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

A new robot arm with a 3.3 m reach promises greater joint access on large parts and weldments in automated welding applications. The offering from Wisconsin-based Miller Electric Mfg. Co. can be paired with Miller Auto-Continuum™ and TAWERS robotic MIG welding solutions.


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Sounding the Trumpet for CNC Machine Tools

Posted March 06, 2017 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

The David G. Monette Corp produces trumpets for some of the greatest performers in the world, such as jazz great Wynton Marsalis. But meeting the demands of world-class artists also means achieving extreme levels of machining precision and quality. Now, they rely on CNC machine tools for precision and speedy production.


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Wednesday Webinar on Laser Engraving: Real World Applications & Projects (and Q&A)

Posted July 19, 2016 3:04 PM by SavvyExacta
Pathfinder Tags: epilog laser laser engraving

Join laser engraving experts from Disney Research, Pikes Peak and Epilog Laser as they explore the possibilities of real world applications and projects. Watch projects being created live, interact with our panel and share creative ideas. See the future of laser engraving – and learn how you can get started.

When you want to customize any of your projects, laser engraving is the perfect option. See what other experts and makers have created with some really cool projects and listen to experts review and talk about some other great ideas for laser engraving. The webinar will feature videos of some really cool projects as well as a long Q&A discussion.

Some topics of discussion include:

  • How is laser engraving evolving?
  • What do you need to start engraving your products?
  • What tools do you need to get started?
  • What materials can be engraved?

What do you want to know about laser engraving? Join the demo and ask your questions. They might be answered live!


If you're interested in learning more about this topic, please join a panel discussion presented by Epilog Laser for a free webinar on laser engraving and the maker market.

Webinar Details:

July 20 -Wednesday (also available on-demand for 90 days after the live broadcast)

2:00 PM EDT - 3:00 PM EDT

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Abrasive Recycling Technology Can Help Reduce Waterjet Costs

Posted July 18, 2016 12:00 AM by SavvyExacta
Pathfinder Tags: abrasives waterjet cutting

An abrasive waterjet operation typically spends more money on the purchase of abrasive than it does on labor to actually run the table. But there are ways to reduce cost without impacting cut quality or speed.

When cutting at 60,000 psi or below, only a portion of the abrasive is pulverized. The majority actually manages to reach the bottom of the tank without any significant change to its shape, size, or overall characteristic. This abrasive can be reused without impacting cut quality. In fact, testing and microscopic analysis confirms up to 60% of used abrasive matches the specifications of brand new abrasive, making it possible to reduce abrasive consumption and the related costs of handling, disposal, and transportation.

What do you think? Does your organization reuse abrasive?


If you're interested in learning more about this topic, please join Hypertherm for a free webinar on optimizing abrasive management for waterjet operations.

Webinar Details:

July 21 -Thursday (also available on-demand for 90 days after the live broadcast)

2:00 PM EDT - 3:00 PM EDT

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The Business of Lasers and Making

Posted July 17, 2016 12:00 AM by Epilog Laser
Pathfinder Tags: epilog laser laser marking

Inventors. Hackers. Artists. DIY-ers. No matter what you call this emerging group of enthusiasts, they all have one thing in common: they make. From one-person basement operations to growing makerspaces and FabLabs, makers the world over are harnessing exciting technology and tools to bring their ideas to life.

Because of their versatility, precision, and speed, laser cutters have become one of the most highly-sought after tools in the maker community. This powerful technology allows users to produce physical items directly from digital design files, even if they don’t have a background in traditional manufacturing methods.

What can lasers do?

  • Cutting gears, gaskets, and other parts from all types of materials
  • Cutting components for 3D modeling
  • Prototyping
  • Branding
  • …and lots more.

But don’t take our word for it. Hear it from the makers themselves.

Join us for Laser Engraving and the Maker Market. We’ve gathered designers, makers, and other industry experts to present an interactive panel discussion showcasing exactly how lasers are being implemented and used in the maker movement.
Whether you’re an avid laser user or just getting started, this is an excellent opportunity to learn how you can use laser technology to turn your designs and ideas into real-world products.

Editor's Note: This is a sponsored blog post brought to you by Epilog Laser.

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