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SpaceX Demands Precise Positioning and Measurement

After CAD CAM there's Verisurf
Friday, July 24, 2015

According to Larry Mosse, SpaceX’s tooling operations manager, the company counts on its Portable - Coordinate Measuring Machines to deliver reliability and cost reduction, and it counts on Verisurf metrology software to drive all these devices in a powerful yet simple way. He said, “Verisurf metrology software is doing its part in maintaining precision in the shop and on the launch pad. We use it for everything from tooling fabrication to pre-launch preparation.” “With Verisurf, we are looking directly at the CAD model and the measurement results,” Mosse stated. “We see the measurements refl . . .


SWIC Program Turning out Desperately needed Machinist

Sunday, July 12, 2015

By Scott Wuerz

News-Democrat

GRANITE CITY —

When it started nine years ago, Southwestern Illinois College’s Precision Machining Technology program had a handful of students.

But, with an unprecedented demand for talented and educated machinists in the St. Louis area, the program has ballooned to more than 90 students, and is growing fast.

That’s a good thing because local business leaders lately can’t get enough ready-to-work machinist for all the jobs they have available.

“One of our part-time instructors sells machines as his day job,” . . .


Video: Vertical Machining Centers at Taylor Guitars

I visited Taylor as part of a film shoot for a forthcoming Edge Factor documentary on music-industry manufacturing
Thursday, July 9, 2015

When I visited Taylor Guitars to learn about its manufacturing process, one of the manufacturing technologies I encountered was vertical machining centers. While some of the VMCs at the company’s factory in El Cajon, California, produce metal tooling for in-house use, most of these machines are carving wood to sculpt the guitars. In this video, factory neck department manager Julie Gardiner talks about this machining center application. Also, company founder Bob Taylor describes the challenge of making a product out of wood. An organic workpiece material, wood is very different from metal, in . . .


Video: In-House Manufacturing of the Machined Direct Drive Drum Pedal

I visited DW Drums as part of a film shoot for a forthcoming Edge Factor documentary on music-industry manufacturing.
Thursday, July 9, 2015

Machining is so important to DW Drums’ latest pedal design that machining is part of the product’s name. In this video, Rich Sikra, the company’s vice president of manufacturing, discusses the production of the Machined Direct Drive pedal, the advantages of having that production in-house, and how the company has saved cost by using extrusions instead of machining from rectangular blanks.

Find updates about the progress of this project at edgefactor.com.


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