Five ways CNC machine tools and their operators move the modern world

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 laser-like focus.This article written by Mark Smith for Redshift, powered by Autodesk, explains.

Take, for example, Swissomation’s Christian Welch, who makes tiny parts for which one of the biggest challenges is simply to separate them from the similarly sized chaff. Or consider Titan Gilroy, a former boxer turned CNC-machining entrepreneur, whose steely focus on building a new workforce could qualify as a personal crusade.

At the heart of these paragons of CNC machine tooling lies a dedication to quality, to realising 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. 6 Social-Media Tips for Manufacturing Companies From a “10-Year Overnight Success”

Self-taught machinist John Saunders—the brains behind Saunders Machine Works and its prodigious social-media presence—knows a thing or two about connecting with folks on the Internet. With millions of YouTube views and huge numbers of followers on Facebook and Instagram, Saunders has mastered the art of social media, which he says isn’t as difficult as you might think. By following his simple steps—including developing a healthy level of patience—manufacturers can use social media to find new customers and talent. Read the article.

2. Tools of the Trade: The DMS 5-Axis Enclosed Router

Created by Diversified Machine Systems of Colorado Springs, Colorado, the 5-Axis Enclosed Router makes precision parts possible for the aerospace and automotive (and many more) industries. It does this by focusing on stability, speed, and accuracy—essential traits for businesses whose products must adhere to strict safety and performance standards.

3. The Real Life of a Precision Machinist: Swissomation’s Christian Welch Talks Tiny

Making minuscule parts for aerospace and electronics takes specialised CNC equipment—but it doesn’t end there, says Swissomation’s Christian Welch. Achieving success in precision CNC machine tooling, Welch points out, takes much more: knowledge on dealing with tool breakage, expert handling of tiny parts post-manufacture, and ultra-efficient operations in order to compete with cheaper overseas shops. Read the article.

4. 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 centres and other machines are built in Oxnard, California, using lean production techniques aimed at keeping prices reasonable.

5. Lessons Learned: Titan Gilroy’s Plan to Reclaim American Manufacturing

Former boxer Titan Gilroy, the entrepreneur behind Titan America MFG, has a plan: revitalise 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.

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