Derek Korn Editor-in-Chief

Derek Korn was named Production Machining’s Editor-in-Chief in 2020. Prior to that, he spent 16 years writing for Modern Machine Shop magazine and seven years with an industrial public relations company. He says visiting CNC machine shops to write about how they leverage new technology and processes to their advantage is the most enjoyable part of his job. In this role, he gets to help guide the brand as it focuses on helping niche machining businesses — many of which perform high-precision, high-volume CNC turning work — become more efficient operations. His mechanical engineering technology degree from the University of Cincinnati provides a firm foundation for understanding manufacturing technology so that he can explain its benefits to owners and managers of precision machining operations.

 

Measurement

Profilometer Choices

By: Derek Korn

Learn the difference between skidded and skidless profilometers that can be used to measure the surface roughness of machined parts.
#techbrief

Software

IMTS spark Session Explains Search Engine for 3D Models

By: Derek Korn

View this on-demand IMTS spark session that details how technology that creates the “physical DNA” of 3D models enables easy model comparison to speed new product design and manufacturing.

CNC Deburring and Chamfering Make a Difference

By: Derek Korn

Manual deburring or chamfering of machined parts can be arduous and results can vary. A dedicated, 11-axis CNC process with complaint technology offers a faster, more repeatable and automated alternative.

Two Bits of Good News to Start 2021

By: Derek Korn

The Precision Machining Technology Show has moved from April to August and Production Machining turns 20. These are both good things.
#opinion #PMTS

Tooling

A CNC Means to Burnish Large, Flat Surfaces

By: Derek Korn

Rather than tasking shopfloor employees to polish large, flat metal surfaces, consider a machine tool with a diamond burnishing face mill instead.

American Precision Museum Designing New In-Person and Digital Exhibits

By: Derek Korn

Here’s a chance to help preserve industrial history as the museum develops new exhibits explaining the beginning, evolution and direction of U.S. manufacturing.

Machines

Manufacturing Knowledge is Power

By: Derek Korn

The Knowledge Centers with video produced by brands such as Production Machining on the IMTS spark online platform take deep dives into technology and trends related to various CNC machining and manufacturing topics.
#opinion #additive

Tooling

Carving Out a Niche in CNC Plastics Machining

By: Derek Korn

This Vermont shop focuses solely on machining plastics — some filled with abrasive glass — for a range of industries. That makes it stand apart from others, but means it also faces challenges that metal machining shops often don’t encounter.

Machines

Metal Additive Manufacturing: Multitasking’s Latest Trend

By: Derek Korn

Why are an increasing number of machine tool builders adding additive manufacturing to their equipment’s already versatile machining capabilities? Because additive and subtractive are complementary.
#additive

CNC Machine Shops: Help Production Machining Help You

By: Derek Korn

While our magazine’s editors keep up with CNC machining industry trends and technology, we remain open to hearing about article topics that you feel will help your business grow and become more efficient. Your feedback is welcome.
#opinion

Single & Multi-Spindles

Why a CNC Multi-Spindle Machining Center Makes Sense for MetalQuest

By: Derek Korn

An early adopter of multitasking equipment, this Nebraska contract manufacturer has taken what it feels is the next logical step to diversify by adding a multi-spindle for greatly reduced cycle times on an existing high-volume job.

Automation & Robots

Automation Idea for a Social-Distanced Halloween?

By: Derek Korn

Maybe not. But, the candy-throwing robots at MetalQuest’s Nebraska facility do enable the contract machine shop to stand out at career fairs and similar events.