Incorporating AFSD Into Hybrid Manufacturing Processes

Tony Schmitz

Additive friction stir deposition (AFSD) is a new, solid-state additive manufacturing process that provides an alternative to beam-based AM processes.

Turning Machines

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The VTX machine series features programmatic indexing of the Y-axis, enabling for extended height to accommodate taller parts.


Lean Approach to Automated Machine Tending Delivers Quicker Paths to Success

Almost any shop can automate at least some of its production, even in low-volume, high-mix applications. The key to getting started is finding the simplest solutions that fit your requirements. It helps to work with an automation partner that understands your needs.


Nikon Metrology Systems Provide Non-Destructive Inspection

The VOXLS 30 C 225, 30 C 320 and 30 C 450 models are designed for automated operations across the production sector.

Automatic Sizing Adjustments for High-Volume Lathe Work

Keeping operators from having to manually make sizing adjustments will free them up to do other things for as long as each finishing tool will last, regardless of how many sizing adjustments it requires.


Kaast Grinding Machine Handles Large Workpieces

The R-Grind HD cylindrical grinders are able to accommodate workpieces up to 31" × 156" and/or 4,400 lbs.


Monaghan Solid Carbide Drills Optimize Holemaking Performance

MK Tools’ Speed Drill S2 and S4 series are said to be ideal for high-volume production runs to one-off machine shop projects.


Digital Comparators are More Than Just Readout Devices

Modern digital comparators often combine the performance of touchscreen phones, LVDTs, digital amplifiers and even small PCs into the size of a standard dial indicator.

Productive Machines SaaS Solution Prevents Machining Chatter

The Essential Optimization app makes machining operations more efficient by mitigating chatter vibration- and cutting force-related problems.


Ringspann Clamping System Features Universal Seating Body

The BKDW clamp series covers a clamping range of 11.9 to 132 mm and offers flange mandrels with maximum actuating forces between 2,300 and 3,840 N, which can transmit torques of 11 to 25 Nm.

Milling Tools

Ceratizit Product Update Enhances Cutting Tool Solutions

The company has updated its MaxiMill 273-08 face mill, WPC – Change Drill, as well as the HyPower Rough and HyPower Access 4.5-degree hydraulic chucks.

Turning Machines

Edge Technology Sliding-Headstock Lathe Boosts RPM

The FMB Turbo 3-38 for sliding-headstock CNC lathes provides superior bar pushing and stock support in the transition zone between the bar feeder and lathe spindle.


Weiler Abrasives Appoints New CFO

Mary Beth Martino will be responsible for the global financial activities of the company and its subsidiaries.


Flexxbotics Software Enables Robot-Driven Manufacturing

Flexxbotics’ workcell digitalization delivers robot-driven manufacturing at scale with autonomous process control for advanced machining operations.


Unisig Enhances Parts Inventory Management System

The company has added two new SSI Schafer Logimat vertical lift modules to keep parts organized and optimize inventory tracking.

Turning Tools

Walter Turning Grades Reduce Machining Times

The WKP01G and WPP05G grades are ideal for continuous cutting and occasional interrupted cuts in high-tensile materials.

5 Benefits of Having a Manageable Backlog

Shops must effectively deal with workloads and not let the backlog grow too large in order to keep customers satisfied.


Fairlane Workholding Components Enable Modular Positioning

Fairlane Products Inc.’s Swivots workholding components swivel, pivot and tilt to compensate for angles and irregularities of the workpiece.


Sandvik Coromant Drill Provides High Hole Integrity

CoroDrill 860 solid carbide drill is optimized for drilling in nickel-based, HRSA materials.

An Open Letter to Kids About Machines and the World of Making Things

This is an open letter to middle- and high-school students about choices they’ll soon face. It is also an introduction to Career and Technical Education (CTE), the world of CNC machining, and a reminder that there are options outside of the traditional four-year college path.


GWS Tool Group Announces Independent Division, New Leadership

With Sean Holt as its new president, GWS will become a distinct division within the Sandvik Machining Solutions network.