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MetalForming Magazine

April 2016 Issue

Volume 50, Number 4


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Cover Article

Programming for 3D Laser Cutting
by Chris Baur
Processing 3D parts, as compared to 2D parts, becomes more complex. Thankfully, by following a simple process programmers can make a fluid transition from 2D to 3D programming. A key task: Identifying and avoiding possible collisions.

 

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Hydraulic Presses--Better Speed, Control and Efficiency
by Brad Kuvin
Modern hydraulic presses have it all, and more, thanks to the ongoing evolution in hydraulic equipment and electronics.
Software Helps Midwest Die Shop Design with Ease
Equipped with 3D-design and development software, this Chicagoland die shop finds generating 3D strip layouts quick and simple. Automatic blank alignment, rotation and optimization functions help to create efficient strips, and an automatic 2D-strip-plan option assists with punch design.
Dos and Don'ts of Mass Finishing
Follow these tips to optimize your surface-finishing operations.
Tool Design and Build Made SIMple
by Lou Kren
Using the latest simulation software, Walker Tool & Die gains the upper hand on springback and other high-strength-material issues to deliver production-ready tooling to customers more quickly than ever.
Automotive Outlook Steady as She Goes
by Lou Kren
Competition is at a whole new level, but the steadily rising market will support those who best take advantage of opportunities through new capacity and new technology.

 

Commentaries

Millennials in Manufacturing
Editorial by Andrew Bader
Evaluating Stretching Capacity
The Science of Forming by Stuart Keeler
Four Strategies for Maintaining Dies and Equipment
Tooling by Design
Sell Your Business to a Key Employee--Tax-Free for Both of You
Blackman on Taxes by Irv Blackman
2015 Benchmarking Survey Indicates Industry Has Stabilized
Best Practices by Bob Dobrowsky

 

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