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.
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Greg Burns, founder of Burns Machinery Inc.
     Since 1987 Minden Nevada’s Burns Machinery has been in a constant state of evolution. After graduating from college with a degree in mechanical engineering and working in the aerospace forging industry, Greg Burns left Rancho Cucamonga, Ca. and moved his family to Nevada. “My specialty was seamless rolled rings,” explains Greg. “Rolled rings are everywhere, and lots of them. An engine in a 747 will have hundreds of them ranging in size from very small to 10’.” Greg was designing and building his own ring rolling machinery and ring expanding machinery and needed a way to produce it, thus Burns Machinery came to be. In the early 90’s they added full CNC capabilities to their 20,000sq.ft. facility to help minimize the peaks and valleys of the machinery business. That ability to adapt and evolve has brought them to where there are today, a state of the art one stop shop for laser cutting, fabrication, milling, turning and machinery manufacturing.

The Axxis of awesome starts with the managment team of Brandy Tidball (president), David Butler (operations manager), and Brian Grigson (production manager). The recent aquisition of a Makino a61nx is just the latest tool in their never ending quest for technology and automationAXXIS OF AWESOME
Originally founded by Tom Harrison back in 1959 as True Groove Machine, Axxis Corporation today enjoys 50+ years of experience and a much cooler name. Working out of a small shop in his garage called R N S Machine Works, Brandy Tidball was well known locally for precision, ingenuity, and had a knack for problem solving. With a plan to elevate their game through quality, service and automation Brandy purchased True Groove in 2007 from Tom’s sons TJ and Bob. “I was making a lot of one offs, and doing a ton of prototype work with R N S, while True Groove was doing more production style work,” explains Axxis President Brandy Tidball. “It just made sense to buy it and expand all of our capabilities instead of starting from scratch.” With 32 CNC machines, and new leadership the company was bursting at the seams in their old Bloomington, CA. location. Plans quickly went in place to set up an ideal manufacturing facility in a nearby location.
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Auer Precision’s Contura Select CMM is the primary CMM used in the shop. Here it is being setup to measure a “Mirror Assembly” used in a mass-spectrometer.
    Founded by brothers Fred and John Auer in 1972, Auer Precision Stamping Inc. has put the precision into the Phoenix, Arizona metro area. The brothers from Pennsylvania were both tool makers by trade before heading to the Southwest seeking opportunity and possibly better weather. They opened shop in a small building in Mesa, AZ., a building they still utilize today for assembly. Auer Precision has come a long way in the past 42 years, buying up all the buildings around them as businesses came and went.
    Today they total over 150,000 sq.ft. between 7 buildings with a staff of 120 people. Like a small village, each building on the property houses departments or machinery groups set to a certain task. The flagship building, the only one Fred and John had built to their specifications is home to administration, engineering, and tooling, but offers up something very unique to the Arizona desert; a 2 story tall basement. “Customers don’t like it being called a basement,” jokes quality manager Creed Fleenor. “So we just call it the sublevel. The sublevel has been a vital part of our business for many years.”
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  From The Publisher
2015 Looks to be a Good Year for our Readers
  According to the annual Modern Machine Shop ( annual Capital Spending Survey and Forecast, United States manufacturing companies say they plan to invest heavily—very heavily—in machine tools and related manufacturing technology in 2015.
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   Breaking News  
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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