November Digital Edition is LIVE - High-Tech Manufacturing

November Manufacturing Engineering Tackles Both the High-Tech and the Nitty Gritty of Manufacturing

Machining used to involve setting up manual machines, touching off tools, and having an operator track every move the machine made. Today, running a machine means setting up a computer program, using software to simulate the machining operation ahead of time, and then interpreting the results via software. In our November issue, ME hones in on this trend. First, take a look at our lead feature, gWhen it Comes to Simulation Software, Seeing is Believing.h Our in-depth look explains how simulation software is the key to safer, shorter machine setups.

Next read another key feature, g
Model-Based Design and Metrology: Is Now the Time?h In this comprehensive article, Contributing Editor Bruce Morey examines how the concept of attaching data to CAD models, such as GD&T, seems to be growing. Using model-based definition, the industry is beginning to take advantage of the technique, he says.

And, of course, no look at high-tech manufacturing wouldnft be complete without examining digital manufacturing. Ersin Uzun, VP of R&D and Director of the System Science Laboratory for the legendary Palo Alto Research Center (PARC),
examines new concepts for digital design and manufacturing and how PARC can assist manufacturers in moving into the digital future.

But while wefre looking at these super high-tech issues, we havenft forgotten about the nitty-gritty of machining. For example, Contributing Editor Ed Sinkora takes a look at g
The Wonders?and Worries?of Round Tool Reconditioning.h Ed looks at how reconditioning solid tools is usually lower than the cost to replace them, and how shops should consider when picking an external firm to perform this service versus creating the capability in-house.

Also, Contributing Editor Jim Lorincz rolls up his sleeves to look into how h
Technology Tackles Gnarly Chips, and Processes All Fluids.h Reclaiming, recycling and removing chips and fluids are the key to maintaining machining housekeeping, he discovers.

Finally, donft miss our
Workforce Pipeline column on how Base 11 is creating STEM gecosystemsh for training that are enabling everyone?including women, minorities, and other groups currently underrepresented in manufacturing?to participate in manufacturingfs futures. Itfs an inspiring story.
Happy Reading!