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Shop Solutions: CNC Retrofit Improves Job Shop Performance

Major Tool & Machine (MTM: Indianapolis, IN) is a large job shop, producing precision milled and turned hardware throughout the company’s 500,000 ft2 (46,451 m2) Indiana facility for mission critical, one-off projects for leading aerospace, energy, nuclear, and defense companies. According to owner and CEO Steve Weyreter, MTM started with an aggressive retrofit strategy.

Viewpoints Blog

Viewpoints: A Closer Look at Alternative Machining

New material substrates and an increasing number of compact designs in aerospace engines, automotive transmissions, medical devices and elsewhere have had the dual effect of stimulating more creative approaches to machining, plus a review of the many techniques long classified as nontraditional.


Quality Scan: CT Scans: Not Just for Doctors Anymore

Computed Tomography or CT, as it’s commonly known, has been used in the medical field for years, but it’s use in industry has lagged far behind. Medical CT machines take multiple X-ray slices through human bodies so doctors can get a complete 3D image of the interior of the body.

Controls & Software

3D Systems Enters Agreement to Acquire Cimatron

Combination strengthens design and manufacturing technology and product portfolio, extends direct sales and channel reach, creates value and completes the digital thread for enhanced customer experience.


Against the Odds at MTM

The odds are often stacked against May Technology & Manufacturing Inc. (MTM) when it comes to its aerospace work. For starters, the Kansas City, MO, shop operates in an intense high-mix/low-volume production environment, which affords little, if any, time for job setups and test runs.

Event Coverage

FABTECH 2014: Google Pitches the Benefits of the Cloud to Manufacturers

Silicon Valley, meet Main Street. Google Inc., which has the world’s biggest search engine, is using this week’s Fabtech conference to reach engineers and small- to medium-sized companies to pitch the benefits of its cloud-based computer services.

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