Tag Archives: Machining

Parts out the door

In manufacturing, the daily, relentless, requirement is to get parts out the door. We must finish the job or the doors don’t stay open for long. I’m a finisher, some might even define me as pathological in this pursuit. Once … Continue reading

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The first CAD/CAM

My career is closely connected with computer-aided manufacturing, or CAM. In modern manufacturing, CAM is preceded by CAD, computer-aided design. Complicated electro-mechanical mechanisms, such as an airplane or passenger vehicle, are composed of subsystems, which are each a collection of … Continue reading

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The passive trap

Let’s take a trip back to the Garden of Eden and consider Adam’s role in the first act of disobedience. A casual reading of Genesis 3 might lead you to believe that Eve was primarily at fault. When the woman … Continue reading

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Bifurcation

In the analysis of dynamic systems, we use the term bifurcation to indicate a dramatic change in the system state, or behavior. I study milling dynamics, where a bifurcation causes a change from stable to unstable machining conditions. Stable machining … Continue reading

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