At first blush, careers in craftsmanship may seem antiquated, conjuring images of a blacksmith working a

At first blush, careers in craftsmanship may seem antiquated, conjuring images of a blacksmith working a forge or a seamstress operating a loom. However archaic these crafts may seem, creative endeavors like these and others still are viable commodities.  The creative industry is projected to grow 4 percent by 2026 and add nearly 35,000 jobs, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Knowing this, it’s fair to wonder how technology has changed the way creatives, well, create. Do woodworkers still saw and sand by hand? How has digital imaging changed the way photographers deliver portraits? To find out, we set out to capture Eastside artisans on the job.  From the invention of the camera obscura more than 1,000 years ago, to daguerreotype studios of the mid- to late-1800s to shopping mall portrait studios like Glamour Shots, portraiture always has been considered an artful occupation. However, the technological advances that placed cameras in many pockets largely challenged the field. How can one artisan compete against every millennial with a smartphone camera in portrait mode? One Eastside couple has an answer.  After lengthy corporate careers in California, D...

VMC Technology Stretches Applications, Productivity

Advanced Manufacturing Media is a leading source for news and in-depth technical information about advanced manufacturing in North America. Vertical machining centers with advanced features and functions are earning their stripes as more productive members of machine shops’ CNC equipment arsenal. Today’s VMCs are challenging the notion that they have to be consigned to some seldom visited dark corner of the shop, or limited to secondary machining. VMCs have traditionally been lower priced compared with horizontal machining centers but without the production capability. To some extent, the most recent additions of advanced technology have enabled VMCs to close the productivity gap and secure a competitive edge in high-speed, high-precision applications as diverse as aerospace, medical, energy and similarly demanding industries. The functionality of VMCs has been significantly increased with the addition of fourth- and fifth-axis table-on-table and trunnion configurations, multiple pallet changers, more tools, and high-speed spindles. VMCs are capable of machining the most complex workpieces, such as bladed rotors for jet engines, turbine blades for power generation, large aerospa...