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.
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CNC-WEST Feb/Mar 2015 Aerospace & Defense Issue

JET PROPULSION LABORATORY
JUST LIKE MOST SHOPS, ONLY NOT REALLY, AND A LOT COOLER
This photograph of the NASA Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, was taken during mobility testing on June 3, 2011. The location is inside the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. Image Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech
    NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory origins date back to 1936 when a group of Caltech graduates began conducting small alcohol rocket experiments. Their results on JATO (jet assisted take off rockets) earned the attention of the Military and in 1943 became an Army facility, taking on the name of the project, Jet Propulsion Laboratory. In 1958 Jet Propulsion Laboratory was transferred to NASA, becoming the agency’s primary planetary spacecraft center. Today just the letters JPL triggers global recognition.
JPL’s early successes were developing the United State’s first ballistic missiles, and being part of a classified joint operation to launch Explorer 1, the United States first satellite. JPL employed female mathematicians in the 40’s and 50’s to preform trajectory calculations becoming pioneers not just in technology, but also in equality. By 1961 they had on staff Dana Ulery, their first woman engineer who designed and developed algorithms for the tracking systems on the Ranger moon missions, and Mariner’s Venus, Mars and Mercury missions. 


Kary Laursen started at Kimberly Machine Inc. when he was in his high school’s ROP program. Now he is the president and owner.KIMBERLY MACHINE INC.
LESS ABOUT COMPLEXITY AND MORE ABOUT EFFICIENCY

    Twelve years ago was a turning point in Kary Laursen’s career. He just purchased a 20% stake in Kimberly Machine Inc., a company that he had worked for since 1981 while also attending ROP class in high school, and his eyes were opened to manufacturing.
    The company was born in 1971 from a need for then owner James Thomas to have a little extra cash.     Thomas started Kimberly Machine from nothing out of a small building in Los Alamitos, Ca. As Kimberly Machine grew, the space required also grew, and in 1990 they landed at their current 10,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Garden Grove, Ca. They have 25 employees, are ISO 9001:2008 + AS9100C registered and are tier one suppliers to Boeing, Honeywell, Parker Hannifin Inc., Moog Inc., and United Launch Alliance. “I came on board in 1981 as they were just getting into NC machines,” tells Kary Laursen, president and owner at Kimberly Machine. 
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CNC West Getting With The Times —Finally
  Have you ever not done something you probably should have, only to do it later and say to yourself ‘why did I not do that earlier? 
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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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