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
The Sky Is Just The Beginning
Astro Seal was founded by machinist Roger Hammer back in 1961 in Van Nuys, California. Later in 1966 they incorporated and moved down the road to El Monte. Today, under the watchful eye of Mike Hammer, Astro Seal Inc. bases their 21,000 sq.ft. operation out of a building in Riverside, California. Astro Seal began with an interesting mixture of pyrotechnics and aerospace. With Southern California a hub for aerospace and the challenges of space flight, Astro Seal made a name for themselves in ignitors, detonators and connectors. “In space you don’t have all the luxuries of being on earth,” explains Mike. Click Here to read more...
Geared for success
Seattle and the surrounding areas are best known to the rest of the country for Boeing and Starbucks. But in the land of aerospace and coffee, Ken Churchill and Southend Machine Inc. don’t partake much in either.
Ken Churchill founded Southend Machine Inc. in his garage back in 1990 with nothing but an old Bridgeport style mill and a full time machinist job during the day. After taking a few classes in high school Ken gained an interest in machining. “My Jr. & Sr. year I worked in a furniture factory,” describes Ken. “They took green wood and dried it, sawed it up and made furniture. I gained a lot of repair type experience working there in the maintenance department.” After graduation Ken went to work full time as a machinist. For the next 17 years he ran vertical lathes and horizontal mills for someone else before starting Southend Machine. The next twelve months saw Ken working his old day job and in his garage with the new night job. In 1991 Ken moved Southend machine to a 2000 sq. ft. building on his friends property, picked up a couple extra machines, an employee, and committed full time to being a business owner and his own boss. Click Here to read more... The Evolution of the Y-Axis on
Introduced to the turn / mill machine tool design in approximately 1996, the Y-axis was first utilized on single spindle mill turn with a sub spindle. The idea of a Y-axis on a CNC originated from the Quality Limitation of Polar Interpolation and the difficulty in programming, not from electronic advances in controls or servo motor technology as one might commonly think. In essence, Polar Interpolation is the generation of a flat on a round piece using the X-axis of the turret with a mounted milling tool and the C-axis of the spindle. Click Here to read more...
From the Publisher
We Are the West, But Would Not be so Without Our Loyal Readers
At the IMTS show in Chicago last September I remember talking to a marketing gal from a well known machine tool builder who does not advertise in CNC WEST.
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. Click Here to read more...