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.)

GE Buying, Developing Subsea Drilling Controls Technology
GE Oil & Gas agreed to buy Oceaneering’s subsea electric actuator product line for regulating oil-and-gas flow in exploration and production.
Boeing Building New Plant for Composite Materials
Boeing is building a manufacturing plant in St. Louis to produce composite parts for wing and tail structures on its new 777X jet.
Cutting Tools Consumption Increased 9.7% for October
U.S. manufacturers purchased $193.6 million worth of cutting tools during October, up 9.7% from September.
Spirit AeroSystems Gives Up Gulfstream Work, Hands Off to Rival
Spirit AeroSystems Inc. agreed to transfer its Gulfstream G650 and G280 wing programs to rival Triumph Group Inc.
Machine Tool Orders Resumed Slower Pace in October
U.S. manufacturers ordered $417.80 million worth of new machine tools during October, a 35.0% decline from September.
Pratt & Whitney Canada Starts Billion-Dollar R&D Program
Pratt & Whitney Canada will invest more than $870 million over 4.5 years for aircraft engine R&D programs.
EU Machine Tool Output Stable Amid Declining Exports
EU machine tool output will increase 0.4% in 2014, with sales to EU customers rising 7% and now representing the main consuming market.
Spindle Design, Functions Adapt for Complex Turning
Emco Maier’s Hyperturn 65 Powermill machines complex parts with multiple spindle functions and options.
Speed, Automation, Efficiency Highlighted in Mastercam X8
Mastercam X8 introduces program tools that improve process speed, automation capability, and production efficiency for all machining jobs.
Boeing Completes Test Flight Powered by "Green Diesel"
Boeing completed the first flight powered by "green diesel," a biofuel widely used in ground transportation.
Airbus, Rolls Draw Multi-Billion-Dollar Order from Delta
Delta Air Lines contracted Airbus for 50 new wide-body aircraft, an order worth $14.3 billion at list prices.
New Z-Axis Design Speeds Up Sinker EDM Process
Makino introduced HS-Rib high-speed Z-axis technology for faster, more efficient EDM machining.
Weakening Machine-Tool Demand Evident in Latest EU Report
German machine tool builders saw new orders decline by 8% in Q3, compared to the third quarter of 2013.
3D Systems Agrees to Buy CAD/CAM Developer Cimatron
3D Systems Corporation agreed to buy Cimatron Ltd. for an estimated $97 million.
Steel Production Up in October, Capacity Utilization Down
The World Steel Association reported raw-steel production rose 2% during October, to 136.7 million metric tons.

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