Robert Brooks

Editor-in-Chief, American Machinist

Robert Brooks has been a business-to-business reporter, writer, editor, and columnist for more than 20 years, specializing in the primary metal and basic manufacturing industries. His work has covered a wide range of topics, including process technology, resource development, material selection, product design, workforce development, and industrial market strategies, among others. Currently, he specializes in subjects related to metal component and product design, development, and manufacturing — including castings, forgings, machined parts, and fabrications.

Brooks is a graduate of Kenyon College (B.A. English, Political Science) and Emory University (M.A. English.)

Siemens Now Producing Gas Turbine Parts by Metal 3DP
Siemens reports its gas turbines business has opened the first workshop for metal 3D printing in Sweden, a $23.8-million investment.
10 More New Ideas for Cutting, Tooling, Designing, Machining, and Shop Management
Here are 10 ideas we found this week to make designing, programming, machining, and finishing precision parts more effective and productive.
Precision CNC Machining Plant Due for $30-Million Expansion
Protomet Corp., an Oak Ridge, Tenn., precision machine shop, announced a $30-million expansion to add 100,000 sq.ft. of space and new manufacturing capabilities.
Strong Finish to 2015 for EU Machine Tool Orders
The German Machine Tool Builders’ Association reported a 3% year-over-year increase in Q4 new orders for machine tools, rounding out a positive year for that industry.
As Losses Mount, Caterpillar Closing Five Plants
Caterpillar will close its Forest Products Div. plant in Prentice, Wis., and four other plants.
10 Must-See Ideas for Cutting, Tooling, Programming, Machining, and Shop Management
Making precision parts demands constant attention to new products and technologies. Here is what caught our eyes this week.
NIMS Set New Record for Skills Certifications in 2015
NIMS issued a record 21,420 credentials during 2015 to individuals seeking job-related certification.
Steel Production Down 47 Million Tons Worldwide for 2015
Raw steel production totaled 1.62 billion metric tons worldwide during 2015, down 47.4 million metric tons or -2.8% compared to 2014.
Boeing Due to Cut 747 Production Rate, Again
Boeing will cut the production rate on its 747-8 program to 0.5 jets/month at its production line in Everett, Wash.
8 New Machining Technologies You Should Know
Making precision parts demands constant attention to new products and technologies. Here is what caught our eyes this week.
NIMS Initiative to Address High-Tech Industrial 'Skills Gap'
NIMS, LIFT, and Ivy Tech will develop programs for training in high-tech industrial technology maintenance skills.
Metal Centers’ Shipments Decline Continued in December
North American service centers’ shipments of steel and aluminum products declined in December 2015, and inventory levels continued to fall.
Latest Data Tracks Fall in U.S. Cutting Tools Consumption
November 2015 U.S. cutting tool consumption, an index of overall manufacturing activity, fell 13% from October and 11.3% from November 2014. YTD consumption fell 4.1%.
Gleason Buys Brazilian Gear Cutting Tool Business
Gleason bought the gear cutting tools business from Hurth Infer in Sorocaba, Brazil.
Lockheed Cutting F-35 Titanium Processing Costs Using Cryogenics 
Lockheed uses 5ME cryogenic cooling on an Okuma HMC to increases Ti cutting speed for F-35 titanium airframes.
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