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 laserlike focus.
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 realizing 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. Tools of the Trade: The DMS 5-Axis Enclosed Router
Created by Diversified Machine Systems of Colorado Springs, Colorado, the 5-Axis Enclosed Router is a CNC machine that makes precision parts possible for the aerospace and automotive industries (and many more). It does this by focusing on stability, speed, and accuracy—essential traits for businesses whose products must adhere to strict safety and performance standards.
2. 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 centers and other machines are built in Oxnard, California, using lean production techniques aimed at keeping prices reasonable.
3. Lessons Learned: Titan Gilroy’s Plan to Reclaim American Manufacturing
Former boxer Titan Gilroy, the entrepreneur behind Titan America MFG, has a plan: revitalize 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.