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Thursday, August 18, 2005
A website portal for computer-aided design (CAD) information and tutorials,, has released its online TechBits Viewer, containing more than 250 free CAD-technology tips applicable to all 3D CAD systems. Some topics covered among the free tips: moving to 3D; implementation, planning, preparation; solid-modeling concepts; construction and performance; editing and database issues; surface and curve modeling; modeling for CAM; and data exchange. The independent website portal, with information for novices as well as seasoned pros, was developed by eDocHelp,, a provider of electronic documentation and technical services.

Elrae Adds 400-Ton Minster to its Stable

Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Metalforming company Elrae Industries, Inc., Alden, NY, has installed a 400-ton Minster E2 Hevistamper press, the second high-tonnage Minster press the company has installed in recent years (it previously purchased a 600-ton E2 Hevistamper). The new straight-sided press features a 108-by-54-in. bed and a 12-in. stroke, and can process sheet to 0.312-in. thick. Elrae is online at

Roll-Kraft Boosts CNC Machining Capabilities

Tuesday, August 16, 2005
To increase its capacity to produce tooling or the tube and pipe and rollforming industries, Roll-Kraft, Mentor, OH, has installed two new CNC lathes in its manufacturing plant, and will install a third vertical lathe by year end. This third machine is a space-saving side-by-side turning center that the firm can use to rough-out parts on one side and finish-machine on the opposite side. Learn more at


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