Precision is the name of the game for CNC machine tools, so it should be no surprise that the leading talents in the industry approach the future of making things with a laserlike focus.
At the heart of CNC machine tooling lies a dedication to quality, to realizing new designs and ways of working, and to using cutting-edge technology (such as the Diversified Machine Systems 5-Axis Enclosed Router and HAAS Automation CNC Mill) to build parts that fill the world with precision. Take a look at what’s happening in the realm of CNC machine tools.
1. Tools of the Trade: The DMS 5-Axis Enclosed Router
Created by Diversified Machine Systems of Colorado Springs, Colorado, the 5-Axis Enclosed Router is a CNC machine that makes precision parts possible for the aerospace and automotive industries (and many more). It does this by focusing on stability, speed, and accuracy—essential traits for businesses whose products must adhere to strict safety and performance standards.
2. Tools of the Trade: HAAS Mill
Designed by machinists for machinists, HAAS Automation’s vertical mills have become staples of tool manufacturing since the introduction of the VF-1 in 1988. Its latest vertical machining centers and other machines are built in Oxnard, California, using lean production techniques aimed at keeping prices reasonable.
3. Swissomation’s Christian Welch Talks Tiny
Making miniscule parts for aerospace and electronics takes specialized CNC equipment—but it doesn’t end there, says Christian Welch of Swissomation. Achieving success in precision CNC machine tooling, Welch points out, takes much more: knowledge on dealing with tool breakage, expert handling of tiny parts postmanufacture, and ultraefficient operations in order to compete with cheaper overseas shops.
4. Lessons Learned: Titan Gilroy’s Plan to Reclaim American Manufacturing
Former boxer Titan Gilroy, the entrepreneur behind Titan America MFG, has a plan: revitalize American manufacturing by recruiting young workers into CNC machining. Doing that, however, will require educational efforts—something he set up the Titans of CNC: Academy to accomplish. “We have a whole workforce that I truly believe is ready to go to work, but they don’t have the skills yet,” he says. “I’m creating a platform that’s free to train all of them the right way. That’s my way of saying, ‘Hey, let’s build this workforce.’” Read the article.