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Future Products Adds
Makino High-Speed Wire EDM

Friday, March 04, 2011
Die-tooling and machined-components manufacturer Future Products, Clawson, MI, has added a Makino DUO43 CNC wire EDM to its stable of equipment. The machine boasts a 28- by 22-in. work table and 17.7-in. X axis, 11.8-in. Y axis and 12.6-in. Z axis. The machine features high wire-tension technology developed for optimum shape accuracy, says Makino literature, particularly in corner geometry. Positioning accuracy and repeatability are rated at ±0.00006 in. (full stroke) in 1.6-in.-thick tool-steel plate; roundness accuracy is ±0.0002 in. in 1.6-in. plate with a 0.8-in. hole diameter. Future Products is online at

Online Prototyping Directory, Job Board,
Forums and Social Network

Friday, March 04, 2011
Visit Prototype Today, a new information-packed internet portal for the prototyping and product design, to peruse an industry directory complete with photos and videos. Directory categories include 3D printers and scanners, coating and painting, and CAD. The site also features a job board and numerous interactive tools developed to encourage collaboration—a forum, chat room and a media area loaded with videos, pictures and podcasts.

Autodie Plans $24-million Investment

Thursday, March 03, 2011
A 12- to 18-month modernization plan has been hatched by Autodie, Grand Rapids, MI, to upgrade its CNC milling capabilities and improve its overall plant infrastructure. The large-scale manufacturer of automotive stamping dies aims to dramatically improve lead time and quality levels for its customers, domestically and abroad. More at


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