Cutter Developed for Aluminum Finishing

Sandvik Coromant’s 5B90 milling cutter is a high-performance tool for finishing aluminum components. Related Suppliers Sandvik Coromant Co. Sandvik Coromant ( has developed a high-performance milling cutter for finishing aluminum parts including blocks and heads.  The CoroMill 5B90 features an innovative cutting tool insert arrangement: “Each insert is placed in a different diameter and height […]

Designing Points of Automotive Amazement

You don’t just get ideas about car design from talking to car designers. Consumers, after all, are interested in things other than that which are found in their driveways. Here is Lincoln Design Director David Woodhouse (center) talking at a panel discussion with architects at the Miami Center for Architecture & Design. Related Topics: Automotive […]

Emissions, Electrifications & Other Global Challenges

Prev Next Image Horst Binnig, CEO of supplier KSPG Automotive, sees the need for an array of technologies to address social and regulatory requirements to reduce emissions and improve fuel economy. One of the technologies that KSPG has developed for reducing the emissions on turbocharged vehicles is an electric waste gate actuator. In versions for […]

Improving CAM for Better Machining

GibbsCAM 2015, with its new UKM engine, displays highly accurate machine simulations of machines of virtually any configuration—even machines not yet invented. Related Topics: Digital Domain Related Suppliers 3D Systems Corporation In February, 3D Systems ( acquired Cimatron (, an Israeli computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) software company. Cimatron had merged in January 2008 with the […]

Machining Today

Prev Next Image Some of the superalloys that are making their way into automotive applications tend to be gummy when machined, so Seco has developed a high-pressure tool that uses coolant to help break the chips. More aluminums are being milled in automotive, as this shot from Sandvik shows. PCD inserts in this special milling […]

On the 2016 Acura ILX

Prev Next Image The ILX A-SPEC Package includes side sill garnishes; a trunk spoiler; front fog lights; and 18-in., 10-spoke machined alloy wheels. Inside, there is an array of standard and available features and technologies, including heated front seats, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, keyless access, pushbutton start, one-touch turn signals, GPS-linked automatic climate control, and LED accent […]

The Golf R: How to Transform a Family Car to a Ferocious One

Prev Next Image The EA888 four-cylinder engine familiar in many VW models was modified to provide the power necessary for the hottest of VW’s hatches. Changes took place in the head, pistons, turbocharger, and valves. The consequences are 292 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. Yes, there is even utility to the car, the primary […]

Two Approaches to Inspection

Prev Next Image 360° SIMS (Smart Inline Measurement Solution) was developed from the technology of both the manual and automated WLS400 systems from Hexagon Metrology. 360° SIMS provides color mapping, trend charts and instantaneous feedback to the operator. It enables full surface inspection and measurement of up to 100% of the produced car bodies, parts […]

Volvo: AstaZero & Beyond: Putting 100 Autonomous Cars on the Road by 2017

Prev Next Image The AstaZero safety course in Sweden. Volvo uses it. Volvo will also be using the public roads in and around Gothenburg to test its autonomous vehicle technology. This is a useful image to use when you think about “sensor fusion.” This represents the radars, cameras, and laser sensors that are being deployed […]