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Gear Talk With Chuck

A Good Guy Exits

[starbox] We would like to add our voice to those congratulating AGMA Technical Division VP Charlie Fischer on his retirement. I didn’t meet Charlie until he took up his AGMA

Gear Talk With Chuck

Working Dinosaurs

[starbox] Reflecting upon “transformative technology,” I remember the sadness I felt at the Cincinnati Gear Company auction when a group of pristine condition MAAG gear grinders did not draw a

Gear Talk With Chuck

Different Consequences

[starbox] In the most recent issue of Gear Technology, the Publisher’s Page recounts the inaugural issue’s coverage of “transformative technology,” titanium nitride-coated cutting tools and CBN/Form grinding. While commonplace today,

Gear Talk With Chuck

More Adventures in Modifying Machines

[starbox] In my last posting I wrote about some of the projects I have been involved with to squeeze a bigger part in an existing machine. Most of the time

Gear Talk With Chuck

If the Shoe Doesn’t Fit …

[starbox] Blogging about emerging 3-D printing technology reminded me of occasions when it was necessary to “stretch the envelope” to get things done. Those of you in the job shop

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Necessity is the Mother of Invention

[starbox] My last post may have been too hard on the emerging 3-D printing technology. We’ve always celebrated inventors in this country and perhaps having thousands of 3-D printers in

Gear Talk With Chuck

A Tool Looking for a Task?

[starbox] I have been hearing a lot about 3-D printing and how it will revolutionize manufacturing in the United States. Millions are slated to be spent on an advanced manufacturing

Gear Talk With Chuck

In Praise of Deadlines

[starbox] It is only April 2nd, but I can already predict that local TV cameras will have the post office staked out 13 days from now as thousands of people

Gear Talk With Chuck

An Appreciation of Gray Hair

[starbox] While driving from Dallas Fort Worth Airport to a new client’s factory, I listened to a very troubling story on PRI’s Marketplace. It seems Silicon Valley is becoming a