New Specs: Machining Centers from Trevisan USA

30. November 2018
new specs Trevisan

We recently made a broad update to specs on a variety of machining centers from Trevisan USA LLC, including:

  • DS900/300C, a 900-mm machine with a U-axis contour head and two tool pocket positions on a 300-mm stroke slide
  • DS900/300C RAM, featuring a 250-mm ram with 700 mm of W-axis stroke, along with the heavy milling and drilling abilities
  • DS1200/450C RAM, a 50-hp traveling-column HMC with U-axis contouring head for all turning operations

Find more machine models to browse and compare soon on Trevisan’s company showroom here on Techspex.

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Methods Machine Tools Commits to Medical Manufacturing with a New Tech Center

Posted by: Matt Danford 26. November 2018

This news originally appeared on MMS Online.

Methods ribbon cutting

Jerry Rex, second from right, was appointed President and CEO of Methods Machine Tools earlier this year, the company’s 60th anniversary. The Memphis facility is the company’s eighth sales and technology center in North America. 


The opening of a new technology center in Memphis, Tennessee, is not only the latest milestone in a big year for Methods Machine Tools, but also a concrete indication of strong demand for CNC machined medical components.

The company has long serviced medical component manufacturers in the southern United States from another location in Charlottesville, North Carolina. Nonetheless, President and CEO Jerry Rex, who presided over a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Memphis facility November 14, says it is worth being even closer to a strong base of prospective medical industry customers not only in Memphis, but also in neighboring Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and the Florida Panhandle.

As for the strength of the medical market and those who serve it, recent survey data from Gardner Intelligence (the research arm of Modern Machine Shop publisher Gardner Business Media) show that medical manufacturers have experienced strong growth in new orders, production and supplier deliveries. Overall, this data suggest that medical manufacturers are highly likely to close out 2018 in very good condition.   

Methods, of course, serves more than just medical manufacturers, and the company’s experience this year—its 60th anniversary—also evidences a strong manufacturing market in general. Headquartered in Sudbury, Massachusetts, the company has expanded its already expansive product line, which ranges from vertical and horizontal machining centers (VMCs and HMCs) to multi-axis turn-mills to EDMs. Thanks to new partnerships, the line now includes EDM drilling machines from Ocean Technologies; HMCs and boring mills from Niigata; and Swiss-type lathes from Tornos.



Attendees gather around this FANUC Robodrill fitted with a robotic arm for transferring parts from the integrated storage unit to the worktable. To accommodate varied, low- and mid-volume lots of parts, the system interfaces with the pallet rather than the workpiece, transferring it from the storage unit to a hydraulic clamping station on the Haeberle two-axis rotary table.


Perhaps just as importantly, and just as indicative of broader trends, the company particularly emphasizes the automation systems that surround and augment these machines. One notable example of integrated automation can be seen in the picture gallery above. This FANUC Robodrill VMC features not only a two-axis worktable from Haeberle, but also a workpiece storage magazine from the same manufacturer and a FANUC robotic arm to transition parts from magazine to machine. As such, the system is designed to drop into place as a compact, efficient means of automating five-axis machining of small to medium lot sizes. Representatives noted that Methods also stands ready to help with automation beyond machine tending, particularly tedious, time-consuming tasks like deburring.


Video: What Can Force Analysis Tell You About Your Machining Process?

Posted by: Peter Zelinski 16. November 2018

This piece originally appeared as a blog post on MMS Online.


I recently had the chance to work with TechSolve, the machining consulting firm based in Cincinnati, Ohio, on filming some really ugly machining passes.

The point was cutting force analysis. Watching poorly performing cuts while also seeing the corresponding cutting force profiles illustrates what force measurement can reveal about the process. In many cases, force monitoring is limited to the machine’s spindle-load monitor, but TechSolve can bring more than this. It can measure forces more specifically and directly using a three-component dynamometer.

Force analysis can be useful for diagnosing the challenges of an application involving a difficult workpiece material and/or an unstable process. To the knowledgeable observer, force profiles can reveal the problem areas in a process—the shortcomings to address to make the process consistent and reliable enough for unattended machining.

In this video of machining 4140 steel, watch the cuts and see the force profiles corresponding to (1) gradual tool failure, (2) cutting with a rake angle that is too highly positive for the process and (3) the development of a built-up edge.


Masters of CAM Website Lets Users Share Video, Images Showing How They Use Mastercam

14. November 2018

CNC Software Inc., developers of Mastercam, has launched Masters of CAM, a new website dedicated to its CAD/CAM users as a community. Masters of CAM is a content-driven platform for Mastercam users to post stories of their skills and accomplishments. It is designed to develop as a hub for anyone with an interest in manufacturing.

These “stories” consist of text, video, images and combinations thereof. Some posts, like this one from Charles Anthony of J.D. Hendley & Associates (Greenville, South Carolina), is titled “Simulation Prevents Heart Attacks” and contains “slides” of multiple videos and captions, with narration describing his use of Mastercam for a particular job. 

In addition to user-generated content, Masters of CAM includes Featured Stories produced by the company. These videos present people and organizations that have had inspiring experiences as Mastercam users. In the future, compelling stories submitted through Masters of CAM will be considered for development into additional Featured Stories content.

“2018 has been a monumental year for Mastercam,” says Marketing Manager Graham Hargreaves. “We’ve celebrated 35 years in business and our 250,000th installation, further solidifying Mastercam as the most widely used CAD/CAM software in the world. As we sit back and look at what has driven the success of our product through the years, we realized it’s one thing: our users. If it weren’t for our global community, we’d be nowhere.”

The company says it started Masters of CAM to give back to its community. “We want to give our users a chance to show off the amazing work they do with Mastercam. does just that. By showcasing their amazing work, the world can see how people using Mastercam are shaping the future of manufacturing,” Mr. Hargreaves continues.

Industry professionals, students and educators in the Mastercam community are encouraged to join Masters of CAM and share their experiences. Templates will guide story submissions on Masters of CAM. The first template available is “What Makes You a Master of CAM?” The Masters of CAM platform will grow with additional templates open to all users. It will also include templates for submissions from participants in contests hosted or sponsored by CNC Software. 


What to Consider When Buying a Grinder

2. November 2018
grinding stock photo

Industry expert Barry Rogers has completed yet another article for the Techspex Guide to Buying Machine Tools Knowledge Center, this time considering today’s advanced grinding technologies.  

Rogers walks through an introduction to the various kinds of grinding machines out there, with some insight about the technology’s latest advances: 

Advancements in grinder design are producing high-precision, high-output, exceptionally fast grinders. The operation is becoming more automated, and the skill level of the experienced grinding operator is being embedded in the CNC control so that almost any machine operator can produce consistent, accurate parts.

Read up on the basics of grinding machines here. 

This marks the eighth article in our ongoing series on the considerations machine tool buyers should keep in mind, focusing on various technologies monitored in Techspex’s database of over 7,000 machine models. Past articles include: 

Find all these articles as well as a sampling of products from our supplier partners on the Knowledge Center mini-site

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