Mini Mills

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Nineteen minutes into the second period and the University of Ottawa’s women’s hockey team, the Gee-Gees, trails by one. Out of nowhere, the Montreal Carabins’ left wing bruiser Helga Lefèvre smashes Gee-Gees centre Holly McDuff into the boards, fracturing her cheekbone and leaving a ragged gash above Holly’s hairline. Blood turns the blue line red, […]

5 X 5

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Tooling up a vertical machining centre is easy. Just bolt a pair of 6 in. machinist vises on the table and call ‘er done. And while this path-of-least-resistance approach may be limited, it’s also fast, easy and cheap. Unfortunately for the owners of five axis vertical machining centres, machinist vises don’t cut the mustard. Five […]

Patented Pockets: CAM systems generate innovative toolpaths to quickly remove large amounts of material when endmilling

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Whether hogging out a prototype engine block for Chrysler’s next-generation K-car, or machining a mold cavity for the newest Barbie doll, staying competitive often equates to fast chipmaking. High-quality cutting tools and advanced CNC equipment help in this endeavor, but equally important is a machining strategy that best fits a shop’s processes. With unprecedented ease […]