An Arnold Publication- Serving the Western Metalworking Industry Since 1981

An Arnold Publication

CNC WEST is a west coast metalworking  print magazine devoted to machinist and metalworking decision makers in machine shops and job shops on the west coast. The magazine features articles on cnc machining, machine shops and the west coast metal working industry. Please enjoy this months issue and if you would like to read previous issues you may do so by clicking here.
Current Issue of CNC WEST
CNC-WEST Oct/Nov 2014 Tooling & Workholding Issue

When Prototyping and Production Collide Simulation Breaks the Bottleneck
    Cascade Corporation employs machine simulation to optimize production and prototyping manufacturing streams on the same machining centers.
Advanced CNC machine simulation software is helping a leading Portland, Oregon manufacturer of hydraulically operated fork lift truck accessories keep pace with aggressive schedules for prototyping and production manufacturing of hydraulic valve bodies on the same machining centers. The software (NCSIMUL from SPRING Technologies) makes it unnecessary to spend valuable on-machine hours single-stepping through first piece CNC programs to ensure that they will run without encountering interferences. As a result, prototype work rarely interferes with production manufacturing and design engineers get their prototype parts faster.

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     It’s a name that sort of defines us,” tells Gene Sherman, founder and CEO of Vocademy in Riverside, CA. “We are not a trade school. People drive by and think we are, but that’s not what we do. Our first wood working class had a 17 year old boy and a 64 year old woman. You won’t find that at a trade school.” Gene has taken the basic concept of the makers movement and redefined it into the first education based makersspace. What is taught and learned at Vocademy is dictated by real world industry, and not bureaucracy.
In today’s society everyone is funneled into college, but as we know that is not the path for everyone. Some go to work, some go to trade schools, but often you find that part of being young is not knowing what you want to do for the rest of your life. “Say you think you want to be a welder,” explains Gene.he local university and teaching classes at his home based machine shop. ““I don’t have a degree of any kind so I wasn’t allowed to teach, but the engineering students wanted to actually make things. So I started teaching night classes from my home. It became so popular that students were asking for access to my shop. Vocademy was born from that and we opened our doors in October 2013.”
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    KME was started by Jerome Mezzasalma and Kevin Liboon under the most unlikely circumstance in 1999. Kevin was owner of K2, a local Orange County, CA company manufacturing Water jet Cutting equipment, and CNC Gantry machines and routers. Jerome had retired after selling his business of 28 years and driving his wife crazy at home. She pretty much said he needed a hobby or a job. That hobby is where he and Kevin took to the skies, changing a hobby and work holding capabilities at the same time.
The world of R/C helicopters is as vast as it is addictive and Jerome got pretty good at flying, but like most endeavors it escalated quickly. What began with small battery powered machines grew into gas powered monsters called 3D copters. These copters defied all laws of physics and could fly upside down, backwards, anything you wanted. One problem was the engines are slow, so Jerome was tasked by his flying buddies to utilize his experience and build his own.
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Nevada Catches Big Fish, Now What?
By now I am sure that you are quite aware that Tesla is building a factory to build lithium-ion batteries in the Sparks, Nevada area. 
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Tekpro Group, a Level 1 Distributor of Stratasys Fortus 3D Production Systems & Dimension 3D Printer equipment, today announced the addition of Triform Sheet Hydroforming Presses to its’ product lineup.
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