Posted by: Chris Felix 23. September 2015

Surfcam Offers New West Coast Training Site

Surfcam's new training facility is at the Hexagon Kent, WA, offices.

Surfcam, by Vero Software, is joining forces with parent company Hexagon Metrology to expand its suite of training services in the northwestern United States.

Located in Kent, Washington, the Hexagon Metrology office (which offers a host of services that include customer training) will now also serve as a training site for the Surfcam computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) solution.

“We are delighted to both expand services for our customers in the northwest and to embark on this collaboration with Hexagon Metrology,” says Surfcam General Manager Peter Marton. “It’s a great opportunity for Surfcam users to have better access to our support services, as well as for them to learn more about how they will benefit from the relationship between Vero and Hexagon.”

The first Surfcam training courses at the new training site took place September 10-11. The Hexagon Metrology offices in Fremont, California, will also host Surfcam training sessions Octtober 8-9.

In keeping with its mission to expand services in the northwestern U.S., Surfcam has also welcomed a new West Coast account manager, Scott Inslee, to its growing team. Inslee will be personally contacting users on the West Coast to learn more about their businesses and how to best serve their individual needs.

Posted by: Lori Beckman 22. September 2015

3D Printing Website Focuses on Industrial Applications Related to Functional Parts


The current buzz in the industry is 3D printing. This new technology is being explored by editors here are Gardner Business Media through a website and print publication called Additive Manufacturing. This website is devoted to industrial applications of 3D printing and digital layering technology to make functional parts. It speaks to a manufacturing audience and explores the use of additive manufacturing to make tooling, molds and functional prototypes, along with the ultimate aim of manufacturers: end-use production parts.

The website reports on the promise of additive manufacturing in these applications as well as reporting the pitfalls. Staff members write about successes with additive manufacturing and the hard roads that led to those successes.

New content is added to this site multiple times per week to keep visitors as informed as the site's editors. 

As mentioned, Additive Manufacturing is also a print publication that was launced in 2012 by Modern Machine Shop editor Pete Zelinski. Additive Manufacturing grows up from the small supplement of MMS to a full-size quarterly magazine beginning wtih the October issue. 

Visitors to the AM website can sign up for AM magazine and/or the e-newsletter by clicking here

Enjoy browsing the site and learning a lot about industrial 3D printing. If you want to kick the tires even more, attend this year's Additive Manufacturing Conference in Knoxville, Tennessee, October 20-21. Unlike other 3D printing events, AMC 2015 is focused on production manufacturing, not prototyping. 

Posted by: Miles Free 21. September 2015

PMPA Appoints New Executive Director

Bernie Nagle (left) is welcomed to PMPA headquarters by PMPA President Tom Bernstein.

The Precision Machined Products Association has appointed Bernie Nagle to be the organization’s new executive director. Mr. Nagle, co-author of the book, “Leveraging People & Profit- The Hard Work of Soft Management,” has spent much of his career in a variety of executive and leadership roles with Fortune 500 manufacturing companies and as senior consultant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

“After a very thorough and comprehensive search process, PMPA is pleased to have found the best individual to assume the executive director role for PMPA,” says Tom Bernstein, president of PMPA. “Bernie will bring the benefit of his years of experience in manufacturing and process improvement, as well as his strategic focus to his leadership role with PMPA.”

“I’m honored and very excited to assume the role of executive director for PMPA," Mr. Nagle says. "I have been a passionate advocate for manufacturing throughout my career, and I am eager to help PMPA provide the information, resources, advocacy and networking opportunities to help the manufacturing companies in PMPA to become more productive and profitable. I see the executive director role at PMPA as requiring a number of hats; first, to listen and develop an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the organization and the challenges facing the industry. Second, third, and fourth, I see my role as serving staff by providing purpose, focus and constructive guidance. Together with staff and members, I am convinced we can make a difference, adding value and growing membership and influence to the PMPA. I am anxious to meet as many members as possible at the October Annual Meeting and in my travels in the weeks and months ahead.”

Mr. Nagle holds a bachelor’s in chemistry from Gannon University, where he was named Distinguished Alumnus. He earned a management certificate from Northeastern University Graduate School of Business and a certificate in Inspiring Leadership through Emotional Intelligence from CWRU Weatherhead School. He has a number of publications and has been an active volunteer and passionate advocate for a number of social causes. He is the principal at

Originally posted on blog.

Posted by: Chris Koepfer 17. September 2015

Video Preview: Incorporating CNC Automation

Shop owner Steve Meyer's video interview above summarizes how his shop incorporated CNC automation into the traditionally manual shop.​

While making a visit to Toolcraft LLC in Fort Wayne, Indiana, for an article in PM’s November issue, we discovered how Steve Meyer is incorporating CNC automation into his traditionally manual shop. During our visit, we recorded a short “in his own words” video interview with Steve that summarizes the article.

Steve installed a two-machine turning cell using Okuma Genos series lathes that are serviced by a FANUC robot to produce a production job for one of his key customers. The system integration was handled by Gosiger Automation.

The article will give more detail, but we hope this 90-second video whets your appetite to learn more about the steps this shop took to upgrade its production capability and win an important contract from its customer. Don't forget to look for the article in our November issue to learn more.   

Posted by: Chris Felix 16. September 2015

Ganesh Features New Technology at Open House


From September 1-3, Ganesh Machinery opened its doors to display its range of CNC machines at its headquarters in Chatsworth, California. Established in 1985 as a small family business, the company has focused on providing quality equipment and customer support as it has grown into a 15,000-square-foot business with a 40,000-square-foot machine warehouse.

On display were multi-axis bar machines, high speed vertical machining centers, slant-bed CNC turning centers and big bore CNC lathes. One of the newest machines shown is the Cyclone-78MSY twin-spindle 6-axis multitasking machine, designed for done-in-one operations. It offers 3” bar stock capacity (2.5” on the subspindle), 4,000-rpm synchronized main and subspindle, 16 driven tool positions with 7.5-hp live tools, and a Y axis with 3.93” of travel.

Ganesh also was showing its new 5-axis high speed CNC machining center. Built to complement its line of 3-axis machines, the VFM-5X-8 offers an 8.3” tilting rotary table; a 12,000-rpm, 15-hp spindle with rigid tapping; a 24-tool, twin-arm CAT-40 toolchanger; and roller bearing ways.

The open house also featured about 10 partner companies with tabletop displays, including PartMaker Inc., Division of Delcam; Sandvik Coromant; Renishaw; Koma Precision; Blaser Swisslube; Edge Technologies; and 3D Systems (formerly Gibbs and Associates).

The company showed an extensive lineup of CNC machines..


The Cyclone-78MSY twin-spindle 6-axis multitasking center drew a lot of attention.


On display was the new VFM-5X-8 5-axis machining center.


Parts for this clock were produced on the VFM-5127 machining center.

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