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December 10, 2014 - Volume 08 Issue 12
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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 2014, we are encouraged to report that the metalworking industry remains at the forefront of an improving economy. With the recent IMTS success and the report that U.S. manufacturing technology orders are up nearly 4% for the year, the outlook for 2015 is bright.

The same can be said for us here at Nelson Publishing. Our eNewsletters -- Modern Applications News (MAN), Tooling & Production (T&P), and the Manufacturing Center Product Spotlight have again experienced exponential growth over this past year. Our lists of subscribers and advertising partners continue to expand at a rapid rate. We are grateful. While we are excited by the thought of even more growth in the days ahead, we never mind pausing to take a quick look back. Why not? MAN's proud history dates back to 1967 while T&P dates back to 1934. Amazingly, the publication will be celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2015!

In that spirit, we have put together this "Best of 2014" issue. We have compiled two lists -- the Most Read Features and Most Read Product Spotlights, as judged by our readers. We hope you enjoy these stories and catch some helpful information you may have missed the first time around. Again, we want to thank you for your loyalty to our publications and we'd like to wish you a successful and prosperous 2015!


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Image - New Smart Honing Technology Makes a 60 Millionths Tolerance Look Generous New Smart Honing Technology Makes a 60 Millionths Tolerance Look Generous
"We don't believe it!" -- that's how experienced machinists reacted to their first encounter with a machine tool that had produced nine bores per part with only 0.000020" (0.5 µm) variation, all day long, with essentially no operator attention. That's 2.21 Cpk process capability. It's game changing technology in a shop like Waltz Brothers Inc., a precision grinding and machining operation where these parts -- flight-critical hydraulic pumps -- are produced by the hundreds every year.
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Image - World's First Metal 3D-Printed Bicycle Frame World's First Metal 3D-Printed Bicycle Frame
Renishaw, the UK's only manufacturer of metal-based additive manufacturing machines, has collaborated with a leading British bicycle company to create the world's first 3D-printed metal bike frame. The new titanium alloy frame, about 33% lighter than the original, was manufactured in sections and bonded together.
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Image - 3D-Printed Metals May Transform Army Logistics, Weapons 3D-Printed Metals May Transform Army Logistics, Weapons
A Soldier at a forward operating base needs a part for a weapon trigger assembly. Spare parts are not in storage. He goes online, opens the computer-aided design, or CAD file for the trigger assembly, and hits "PRINT." Impossible?
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Image - Indiana Shop Looks Past the Obvious to Find a Better Way to Machine a Part Indiana Shop Looks Past the Obvious to Find a Better Way to Machine a Part
Allied Specialty Precision has taken an innovative approach to a gear machining application and in the process reduced the tooling cost per part from $20 to $2.56.
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Image - Supersonic Car Relies On CNC Software to Help Its Bid to Travel 1,000 mph Supersonic Car Relies On CNC Software to Help Its Bid to Travel 1,000 mph
An essential part of the assembly holding the rocket motor in place when the Bloodhound supersonic car travels at over 1,000 mph during its bid to break the World Land Speed Record in 2016, has been made using Edgecam CNC software.
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Image - New Abrasive Technology Delivers Automated Deburring and Surface Finishing in Single Operation New Abrasive Technology Delivers Automated Deburring and Surface Finishing in Single Operation
By automating deburring operations instead of handling it as part of a secondary process offline, CNC part and component manufacturers are reducing labor costs and speeding high-volume parts finishing. Now, with a new advance in abrasive technology, machining center operators are able to add surface finishing simultaneously in the same operation to speed things even further.
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Image - Family-Run Shop Teams Up With Machine Builder to Create "One & Done" Operation Family-Run Shop Teams Up With Machine Builder to Create "One & Done" Operation
BHI Corporation's owners say that Eurotech’s Trofeo turn/mill center has given them one set-up and a lot more travel. The machine helped them reduce a 70 minute run time on a high production part down to 6 minutes.
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Image - Workbench Software Provides Manufacturer "Desperately Needed" Information on Setups Workbench Software Provides Manufacturer "Desperately Needed" Information on Setups
Morrison Products, Dallas, Texas, began using Factivity's data collection software in 2012 to improve its set-up time efficiency and, so far, the implementation has been a complete success. "While I can't yet say how much money it is saving us, the software is definitely allowing us to make key, actionable decisions on setups," says Manager Rob McPhail.
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Image - Laser Cutting Shop Finds New Way to Keep Its Cool Under Pressure of a Sudden Shutdown Laser Cutting Shop Finds New Way to Keep Its Cool Under Pressure of a Sudden Shutdown
The story is all too familiar. Your best customer places an important order for a part that is needed as soon as possible. You give the company a firm delivery date and don't foresee any problem getting the job done on time. The raw materials are there and the job is set up and running fine when suddenly, disaster strikes! Half-way through the production run, the machine grinds to a screeching halt and refuses to budge. That's exactly what happened to Lasercraft Inc. of Fairfield, OH, manufacturers of precision laser-cut metal parts.
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Image - Machine Shop's Business Surges Simply By Tapping Into Solid Values Machine Shop's Business Surges Simply By Tapping Into Solid Values
G&G Machine, a precision CNC and weld shop in Wisconsin, applies core values, lean philosophy, and a new tap line to realize a major savings in time and tool inventory.
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  Product Spotlight
Image - New Grinder Machines a 4-Cylinder Crankshaft in Less Than 2 Minutes New Grinder Machines a 4-Cylinder Crankshaft in Less Than 2 Minutes
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Image - Next Generation Toolpath Technology Offers Hi-Res Animation, Improved Graphics, and Much More Next Generation Toolpath Technology Offers Hi-Res Animation, Improved Graphics, and Much More
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Image - Brand New CAM Engine Simulates Virtually Any Machine -- Even Machines That Haven't Been Invented Yet Brand New CAM Engine Simulates Virtually Any Machine -- Even Machines That Haven't Been Invented Yet
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Image - 5-Axis Waterjet Cuts Sophisticated 3D Parts from Virtually Any Material 5-Axis Waterjet Cuts Sophisticated 3D Parts from Virtually Any Material
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Image - New CNC Lathe Utilizes Two Tools Working Simultaneously to Provide Flexibility and High Removal Rates New CNC Lathe Utilizes Two Tools Working Simultaneously to Provide Flexibility and High Removal Rates
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Image - New Metalworking Fluid Provides Superior Tool Life While Eco-Efficient Coolant Technology Reduces Waste By 90% New Metalworking Fluid Provides Superior Tool Life While Eco-Efficient Coolant Technology Reduces Waste By 90%
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