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 Software and Controls April / May 2014

AEROSPACE MANUFACTURING GROUP
AEROSPACE MANUFACTURING GROUP AS TECHNOLOGY GROWS, THEY GROWAS TECHNOLOGY GROWS, THEY GROW
    Aerospace Manufacturing Group (AMG) operates their 60,000 sq.ft. state of the art manufacturing facility in Huntington Beach, California. They are supported by the latest technology in hardware, software and quality control, giving them the capabilities to manufacture the most complex parts in the aerospace industry. Their investment in technology makes them a trusted source world wide, and their products can be found on commercial and military aircraft for companies like Boeing, and Lockheed Martin. In business since 1941, this Southern California based giant is the longest running continuous machined parts supplier for Northrop Grumman. Their equipment ranges from small 3 axis mills and support equipment to full 3 spindle 5 axis high speed gantries capable of machining parts up to 70’ long and 2000” a minute.
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Gaining Independence and Productivity with a CAM SystemGaining Independence and Productivity with a CAM System
     Like most people who begin working in a machine shop immediately after high school, Jesse Alvarado started by doing custodial work and deburring parts. In his first few weeks, he became intrigued with machining, and decided he would learn as much as he could. He went to trade school to learn blueprint reading and conventional machining, and showed his boss the parts he was milling and turning in school. His boss tried out Jesse’s capabilities, and with experience, Jesse came to love machining and making parts. He went to school and learned manual G- and M-code programming, becoming night foreman within a year. Tired of night work, he moved on to another shop where, after a few years, found himself managing the shop, quoting jobs, programming, setting up and machining.
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LARKIN PRECISION MACHINING A FAMILY AFFAIR FOR MORE THAN A CENTURYLARKIN PRECISION MACHINING
A FAMILY AFFAIR FOR MORE THAN A CENTURY
     Rick, Rob, and Jon Larkin were destined to be machinists.Their roots go back over 100 years to their greatgrandfather Walter J. Larkin, who began the five generationlove of manufacturing. Walter’s son Richard Sr. became a machinist opening O & M Machine, which originally was an old filling station by the name of Oats and Mary. At a time that everything was made in the USA, O & M focused mainly on aerospace and defense. The company grew to 400 employees including an engineering department. They designed all sorts of flight hardware for the government, and since they were sole sourced, all future requirements with their name on it had to be built by them. Eventually Rickard Sr. sold the business and moved to Hawaii, but that was just the beginning for the Larkin family tradition.
    Richard Larkin Jr. followed in his father’s footsteps as did his three sons Richard III, Rob and Jon. All three boys got a taste for manufacturing at their fathers business, Larkin Engineering in Santa Ana, California. There is a ten year age difference between the boys so Larkin Engineering was never short on man power as they made their way through summer work experience at the shop.
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Aerospace and Defense A Way of Life in the West
  Jobs in aerospace and defense have been a big part of the western United States job market for as long as I remember.
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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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