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[February 21st, 2013] With 2013 already in full swing here at CNC Longmont machine shop, what better way to reward our efforts and celebrate the new year with the purchase of a new CNC machine. Our Colorado machine shop continues with its historical growth, and our recent expansion has allowed for the acquisition of a long sought after precision manufacturing tool; a coordinate measuring machine, or CMM. In simple terms, a CNC machine shop utilizes a CMM to take very exacting, three dimensional measurements of a part. Analyzed and recorded mathematically, these results are fed into a CNC milling, turning, or grinding machine for example, and a precision part is machined. The CMM not only delivers a high degree of accuracy, but it has the potential to land more contracts with larger companies requiring CMM inspection reports and material certifications.
At last November’s International Machine Technology Show in Chicago, we gave Santa Claus our wish list, we’ve certainly been good enough, and he delivered one of the best CMMs in the business; a Zeiss Spectrum II Coordinate Measuring Machine. In our quest to provide our customers the best service and quality in the precision machining industry, we are of the opinion that the Zeiss machine delivers.
Manufactured by Carl Zeiss Metrology, an American company in Maple Grove, Minnesota, they are widely heralded and considered one of the best, if not the best, producers of CMM technology today. Released in September of 2011, the Spectrum II is a new touch-trigger coordinate measuring machine that combines the latest in high-tech materials and features, and promises to provide our customers with cutting-edge CNC measurement results.
We are most notably excited about the proprietary CNC software package with the machine which promises to be easy to learn and eases operation. The CALYPSO program is based on the principle of visual metrology; we measure what we see, without extensive programming or complicated code and text input. Great news for us as this lessens the learning curve! All part features from a drawing or a CAD model are stored as icons. We simply select the icons we need and our measurement plan is finished. CALYPSO automatically calculates the ideal measuring run and travel paths. In addition, all reports are generated automatically as a part is being measured. This allows for a much more accurate and highly efficient inspection and reporting process. This is a huge upgrade for us, as we now have the ability to check parts in-house during the entire manufacturing process, ensuring the highest quality for all parts we make. This is one more step towards our goal in becoming an ISO 9001 certified machine shop. This opens our door to all companies in the US, with the potential to become clients or customers of Advanced Precision Machining. Of course, none of our successes in 2012 would be possible without the support and loyalty of our customers. We feel strongly about the quality work we bring to the table, and your patronage speaks volumes. 2012 has been a strong and memorable year for us, and we want to thank you. We look forward to meeting and exceeding our precision machining needs in 2013 and beyond!
Gerry Dillon is a co-founder, current owner and certified CNC machinist at Advanced Precision Machining (APM), a full-service machine shop located in Longmont, Colorado. Before making his home in the United States in 2000, Gerry was born and raised on the emerald isle of Ireland and took an interest in milling and machining from an early age, ranking #1 in the Irish National Apprenticeship Program. In 2005, he partnered with his friend and colleague, Kirk Tuesburg, currently APM’s machine shop manager, together launching what’s grown into a leading Colorado machine shop. Gerry brings over 30 years of machining experience to the shop floor, and is certified in all aspects of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing.