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December 12, 2012 - Volume 06 Issue 12
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Image - Happy Holidays! Happy Holidays!
The staff at Modern Applications News would like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy New Year! As we look back on 2012, we are encouraged to report that manufacturing has been at the forefront of a slowly improving economy. With an inspiring IMTS still fresh in our minds, we can hope for even brighter days ahead. But first, we wanted to take one final look back at some of the more interesting happenings in the past year.

For this "Best of 2012" issue, we have compiled two "Top 12 in '12" lists -- the Most Interesting Features and Most Interesting New Products, as judged by our readers. We hope you enjoy these stories and catch some helpful information you may have missed the first time around. We want to thank you for your loyalty to our publication and again, we'd like to wish you a successful and prosperous 2013!


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  "Top 12 in 12" Most Read Feature Articles
Image - Small Alabama Machine Shop Re-Tools Its Milling Operation and Cuts Cycle Time 10 to 1 While Saving About $50,000 a Year Small Alabama Machine Shop Re-Tools Its Milling Operation and Cuts Cycle Time 10 to 1 While Saving About $50,000 a Year
Vertical corkscrew milling thick steel from the solid may seem like a radical idea, but R&R Machine has used it to cut holemaking times from days to hours.
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Image - Connecticut Shop Uses "One and Done" Method to Cut Cycle Time By Nearly 75% on Some Complex Parts Connecticut Shop Uses "One and Done" Method to Cut Cycle Time By Nearly 75% on Some Complex Parts
When it comes to manufacturing aircraft parts, PDQ lives up to its name, thanks to Eurotech's 6 axis mill/turn machines.
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Image - "Magic Material" Provides an Invisible Barrier to Ward Off Metal Corrosion "Magic Material" Provides an Invisible Barrier to Ward Off Metal Corrosion
Researchers have discovered a material that you probably hold in your hand every day could be a solution to preventing corrosion on metal. Early tests show corrosion resistance 100 times better than untreated metal.
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Image - Northern Minnesota Company Earns Some Green While Going Green with Waterjet Cutting Technology Northern Minnesota Company Earns Some Green While Going Green with Waterjet Cutting Technology
Precision Waterjet Concepts prides itself on its environmentally sustainable business practices, even heating its building with hot water generated by its waterjet systems.
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Image - Rigid, Workhorse Grinders Enable Minnesota Shop to Produce Better Parts at Lower Costs Rigid, Workhorse Grinders Enable Minnesota Shop to Produce Better Parts at Lower Costs
Grinders' flexibility also allows Minnesota Grinding to accept a wide variety of jobs across many industries. "If it uses grit and takes off material, we’re probably in it," says operations manager Harlen Gibbs.
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Image - MIT Researchers Develop Smart Hand Router to Rival Big CNC Machines MIT Researchers Develop Smart Hand Router to Rival Big CNC Machines
A system for the handheld device enables it to precisely follow a digital plan with minimal guidance from a user.
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Image - Three Brothers Hit the Mark with Choice of Dynamic Software for Their Small, High Tech Shop Three Brothers Hit the Mark with Choice of Dynamic Software for Their Small, High Tech Shop
Family-run shop credits a long term partnership with a CNC software developer as one of the main reasons for its more than 40 years of continuing success.
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Image - CAM Software Makes Classic Racing Engines Go Faster CAM Software Makes Classic Racing Engines Go Faster
A leading engine manufacturer for classic motorcycles says 4-axis machining driven by Edgecam toolpaths helps him produce faster engines and win more races.
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Image - Workshops for Warriors: Getting America Back to Work One Veteran at a Time Workshops for Warriors: Getting America Back to Work One Veteran at a Time
Recent grants help fund a program that is training veterans to meet America's manufacturing needs. "I refuse to get to the point where we must ask China to build our warships," says the program founder.
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Image - CNC Simulator Provides Training, Testing and Development Options Without Interrupting Production CNC Simulator Provides Training, Testing and Development Options Without Interrupting Production

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Image - Revolutionary 5-Axis/5-Face Machining Center Offers Milling, Drilling, and Tapping On Even the Most Intricate Shapes Revolutionary 5-Axis/5-Face Machining Center Offers Milling, Drilling, and Tapping On Even the Most Intricate Shapes

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Image - Tensioned-Film Reflectors the Key to Industrial Heliostats; Replacing Fossil Fuels and Electricity Now a Possibility Tensioned-Film Reflectors the Key to Industrial Heliostats; Replacing Fossil Fuels and Electricity Now a Possibility

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  "Top 12 in 12" Most Read Product Spotlights
Image - New ER Collet Converts Your 5-Axis CNC Into a Lathe New ER Collet Converts Your 5-Axis CNC Into a Lathe
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Image - New Low-Cost CNC Designed for Entry Level Milling and Turning Machines New Low-Cost CNC Designed for Entry Level Milling and Turning Machines
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Image - New Spectrum Turning Inserts Ideal for Small Batch Production New Spectrum Turning Inserts Ideal for Small Batch Production
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Image - Portable Inkjet Marker Replaces Those Antiquated Stencils, Stamps, and Roll Coders Portable Inkjet Marker Replaces Those Antiquated Stencils, Stamps, and Roll Coders
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Image - New Vertical Machining Centers Ideal Blend of Speed, Torque, and Horsepower for Today's Job Shop New Vertical Machining Centers Ideal Blend of Speed, Torque, and Horsepower for Today's Job Shop
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Image - New Line of High Performance, Versatile End Mills Capable of Roughing and Cutting Operations New Line of High Performance, Versatile End Mills Capable of Roughing and Cutting Operations
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Image - New Standard Configuration Live Centers Handle 90% of Previously-Considered Custom Requirements New Standard Configuration Live Centers Handle 90% of Previously-Considered Custom Requirements
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Image - Next Generation MTM Capabilities and New Smart Features Simplify Programming of Complex Machines Next Generation MTM Capabilities and New Smart Features Simplify Programming of Complex Machines
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Image - Lubricant Penetrates to One-Millionth Inch to Loosen Frozen Metal Parts Lubricant Penetrates to One-Millionth Inch to Loosen Frozen Metal Parts
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Image - New Line of Okuma Lathe Tooling and New, Modular Clamping and Machining System to Debut at IMTS 2012 New Line of Okuma Lathe Tooling and New, Modular Clamping and Machining System to Debut at IMTS 2012
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Image - New Articulating Head 5 Axis CNC Machine Tool Cut the Time to Make a Racing Part from 20 Hours to 2 New Articulating Head 5 Axis CNC Machine Tool Cut the Time to Make a Racing Part from 20 Hours to 2
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Image - New Ultra Precision Saw Arbors Offer Run-Out Less Than .0001" New Ultra Precision Saw Arbors Offer Run-Out Less Than .0001"
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