Lori Beckman

Lori has been working “behind the scenes” of Production Machining since 2003, writing and editing the Products, News and Case in Point sections of the magazine, editing other staff members’ articles, and more recently, writing a column for PM’s e-newsletter, Inbox Insights. She began her journalism career in the trucking industry, writing technical articles for two trade publications. She has a B.A. in Communications from the University of Dayton.

Posted by: Lori Beckman 20. April 2015

A ‘Made in the U.S.A Renaissance’ Might be on the Horizon

Technological innovation has revolutionized manufacturing.

The newest technology in manufacturing is being recognized across the nation as a cause of what might be a “Made in the U.S.A. renaissance,” according to a recent online article from U.S News & World Report. The article says robots are performing many manual-labor type functions that eliminate the need for operators. “A fully automated production line eliminates other countries’ cheap labor appeal that originally drove many U.S. manufacturing jobs overseas.”

The technology making automation possible may be already implemented in your shop, but at the very least, you have read about it online or in Production Machining. The prospect of “renaissance” is exciting and is a result of the hard work we have put into these developments over the past several years. We now have the technology to make the same products we were not long ago sending overseas for the same price.

Click here to read more about what U.S. News & World Report says regarding the domestic manufacturing sector.


Posted by: Lori Beckman 13. April 2015

Delcam Waives Fees for Organizations Incorporating its Software


Recognizing the need for more technical training to be offered in order to bridge the skills gap, Delcam is waiving all fees for any non-profit organization incorporating its FeatureCAM and Delcam for SolidWorks CAM software in its manufacturing education programs. This applies to all non-profit institutions qualifying to Delcam Training Center (DTC) requirements in the United States and Canada this year.

FeatureCAM Training Centers, the forerunners to the Delcam Training Centers, were introduced over 15 years ago to help prepare students that wanted to further their education in engineering or get knowledge and training for entry level jobs in manufacturing.

For more information regarding on the Delcam Training Center Program and Delcam University, visit

Posted by: Lori Beckman 30. March 2015

Expanding Micromachining Capabilities

For most micro-milling work, Challenge Machine uses end mills from Performance Micro Tool. Improvement in micro-tool geometries and finishes have been key to enabling the shop to get the most out of its high-speed equipment.

Once a shop finds its niche, it is essential that its staff keeps up with the latest technology for the favorite process and learns tips and tricks along the way to stay competitive and efficient for its customers.

Follow Challenge Machine’s story of its micromachining journey and some lessons learned along the way in an article titled “Micromachining Evolution.” Approximately 80 percent of this 18-person shop’s work involves machining prototypes and producing small batches of parts with micro features in both plastics and metals. It uses tools as small as 0.001 inch in diameter for some jobs. Click here to read the article. 

Posted by: Lori Beckman 23. March 2015

Student Day at PMTS 2015


As an opportunity for students to see precision machining innovation and technology up close, PMTS 2015 and NIMS present Student Day at PMTS 2015 on Thursday, April 23, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. On this day, registered educators and students of all ages will attend a short orientation and welcome session provided by Melanie Stover of NIMS. After the presentation, students will have the opportunity to explore the show floor to visit exhibitors and discover new technologies, lean about potential career paths and earnings and engage with employers.

To register, click here.  

Posted by: Lori Beckman 19. March 2015

Johnny Freeze to Present at PMTS Knowledge Center


Coming in April to the Precision Machining Technology Show (PMTS), presentations from industry experts will be part of festivities through knowledge centers, which will be located in the back on Hall D. Johnny Freeze, applications engineer, Peterson Tool Co., will be presenting “You Cannot do that on a CNC … Or can You?” on Wednesday, April 22, at 10 a.m.

Johnny will explain how CNCs can be even more efficient with simplified setups that are incredibly user/operator friendly.

The knowledge centers will be held on the show floor and are accessible to all attendees. But you must be at PMTS in Columbus, Ohio. Click here to learn more and register.   


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