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December 18, 2012 - Volume 06 Issue 24
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Image - Happy Holidays! Happy Holidays!
The staff at Tooling & Production would like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy New Year! As we look back on 2012, we are encouraged to report that manufacturing has been at the forefront of a slowly improving economy. With an inspiring IMTS still fresh in our minds, we can hope for even brighter days ahead. But first, we wanted to take one final look back at some of the more interesting happenings in the past year.

For this "Top 12 of 2012" issue, we have compiled two "Top 12 in '12" lists -- the Most Interesting Features and Most Interesting New Products, as judged by our T&P readers. We hope you enjoy these stories and catch some helpful information you may have missed the first time around. We want to thank you for your loyalty to our publication and again, we'd like to wish you a successful and prosperous 2013!


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Emuge Corp. has introduced TiNox-Cut, a new series of end mills specifically developed to provide exceptional material removal rate and long tool life when machining today’s toughest materials. New Emuge-Franken TiNox-Cut End Mills offer a high performance cutting solution for nickel alloys such as Inconel 718, Nimonic and Waspaloy, Titanium 6Al-4V, and tough steels like Stainless 316 - materials used extensively in aerospace and other demanding industries.


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  "Top 10" Most Read Features
Image - Design Engineer's Mission for Holemaking Perfection Proves Valuable for the U.S. Military Design Engineer's Mission for Holemaking Perfection Proves Valuable for the U.S. Military
Ultra-sensitive honing machine helps deliver ultimate in bore roundness and smoothness.
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Image - "Magic Material" Provides an Invisible Barrier to Ward Off Metal Corrosion
Researchers have discovered a material that you probably hold in your hand every day could be a solution to preventing corrosion on metal. Early tests show corrosion resistance 100 times better than untreated metal.
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Image - Smart Arm Gives Design Company Smart Arm Gives Design Company "The Edge" Needed to Quickly Take a Part from Cocktail Napkin Idea to Market Ready Product
Texas designer and fabricator finds the FARO Edge Smart Arm improves production, quality, and reverse engineering processes by rapidly verifying or scanning parts with confidence and accuracy.
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Image - Antenna Manufacturer Combines 5-Axis MTM with CAD/CAM Software to Reduce Labor By 75% Antenna Manufacturer Combines 5-Axis MTM with CAD/CAM Software to Reduce Labor By 75%
Parts that took R.A. Miller Industries 25 minutes of machining with two lathe and three mill operations, now only took 6 minutes from bar stock to completion.
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Image - Racing Bike Designer Uses 3D CAD Software to Create Parts That are More Precise, More Stable, and Lighter Than Those of His Competitors Racing Bike Designer Uses 3D CAD Software to Create Parts That are More Precise, More Stable, and Lighter Than Those of His Competitors
Raimondo Berger, designer, manufacturing expert and lover of sport motorcycles, designs and builds forward controls, triple trees and other precision parts for sport motorcycles of various brands. With SpaceClaim Engineer software as his tool, Berger is even daring to reconstruct the legendary Honda CB 900 Bol d’Or Super Sport from 1979.
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Image - Physicists Use Milling Machine with CNC Solution to Produce Precision One-Off Parts Capable of Seeing Into Space Physicists Use Milling Machine with CNC Solution to Produce Precision One-Off Parts Capable of Seeing Into Space
Astronomers and physicists become milling machine operators at the University of Hawaii Institute For Astronomy as they manufacture parts used for instruments in state of the art telescopes.
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Image - Large Job Shop Large Job Shop "Controls" Its Own Destiny By Specializing in Precision, Complex Parts for the Most Demanding Customers
Aztalan Engineering, a large shop in Lake Mills, Wisconsin, produces short runs on parts that have unique requirements and narrow tolerances. With Okuma's help, they have become one of the fastest growing companies in North America, delivering precision parts to customers in the aerospace, energy, and defense industries.
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Image - Direct Digital: Novel Casting Process Could Transform How Complex Metal Parts Are Made and Cut Costs 25% Direct Digital: Novel Casting Process Could Transform How Complex Metal Parts Are Made and Cut Costs 25%
A Georgia Tech research team has developed a novel technology that could change how industry designs and casts complex, costly metal parts. This new casting method makes possible faster prototype development times, as well as more efficient and cost-effective manufacturing procedures after a part moves to mass production.
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Image - Hydraulics Part Maker Employs a Hydraulics Part Maker Employs a "Touch-It-Once", Single-Step Process to Drastically Reduce Set-Up and Cycle Times
Model Screw Products makes the impossible look easy by using Eurotech's 14-axis machine to improve part quality while minimizing damage and waste.
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Image - Going for the Gold!......Sort of Going for the Gold!......Sort of
Olympic Gold Medals are Still Made of Precious Metal But Contain Less Gold Than You May Think
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Image - Texas Company Revolutionizes Refinery Industry with a Cold-Cutting Process to Remove and Repair Petroleum Storage Tanks Texas Company Revolutionizes Refinery Industry with a Cold-Cutting Process to Remove and Repair Petroleum Storage Tanks
The process uses ultra-high pressure water, mixed with garnet abrasive and propelled through a tiny orifice, to create an abrasivejet that travels faster than a bullet and can cut through virtually anything.
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Image - North Carolina Manufacturer Reduces Set Up and Changeover Times for Small Systems That Help Keep Big Birds Flying North Carolina Manufacturer Reduces Set Up and Changeover Times for Small Systems That Help Keep Big Birds Flying
When you think about Boeing’s new “Dreamliner” 787, what comes to mind? We’ll bet you don’t think hydraulic systems, linear hydraulic actuators, rotary pumps and motors. But they're definitely on the minds of the folks at Triumph Actuation Systems, especially after they've found a new machine to grind out more profit from these parts.
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  "Top 10" Most Read Product Spotlights
Image - "Human-Like" Robot Uses Both Arms to Steal the Show at IMTS 2012
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Image - New Chip Shields Protect Operators from Flying Debris and Coolant New Chip Shields Protect Operators from Flying Debris and Coolant
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Image - Mini-Swing Clamps Provide Design Flexibility, Easy Loading, and 629 lbs. of Clamping Force Mini-Swing Clamps Provide Design Flexibility, Easy Loading, and 629 lbs. of Clamping Force
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Image - New Alignment Tool for Fast and Precise Adjustments Keeps Spindle Taper Free from Damage and Running True New Alignment Tool for Fast and Precise Adjustments Keeps Spindle Taper Free from Damage and Running True
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Image - Unique, 3-Piece Shackle-Lok Hoist Ring Ideal for Use with a Variety of Lift Methods Unique, 3-Piece Shackle-Lok Hoist Ring Ideal for Use with a Variety of Lift Methods
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Image - New Precision Cutters Ideal for High Temperature Aerospace Material New Precision Cutters Ideal for High Temperature Aerospace Material
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Image - High Precision 2+2+2 Equalizing Chucks Minimize Part Deformation High Precision 2+2+2 Equalizing Chucks Minimize Part Deformation
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Image - Newly Developed Flute Form Taps Optimize Chip Back Flow, Enlarge Chip Space and Lower Tapping Torque Newly Developed Flute Form Taps Optimize Chip Back Flow, Enlarge Chip Space and Lower Tapping Torque
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Image - Revolutionary Biodegradable Rust Remover to Replace Toxic and Costly Rust Removal Operations Revolutionary Biodegradable Rust Remover to Replace Toxic and Costly Rust Removal Operations
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Image - New Quick Change Tool Adapter System Reduces Downtime From 20 Minutes to 20 Seconds New Quick Change Tool Adapter System Reduces Downtime From 20 Minutes to 20 Seconds
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Image - Cutting Edge, High-Speed Laser Marker Offers 50 Watt Power, Scratch Control, and Deep Engraving Cutting Edge, High-Speed Laser Marker Offers 50 Watt Power, Scratch Control, and Deep Engraving
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Image - B-Axis on New Sliding/Fixed Headstock Automatic Lathe Enables Machining at Any Angle B-Axis on New Sliding/Fixed Headstock Automatic Lathe Enables Machining at Any Angle
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