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.)

New Z-Axis Design Speeds Up Sinker EDM Process
Makino introduced HS-Rib high-speed Z-axis technology for faster, more efficient EDM machining.
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.
Mazak Outlines New "Manufacturing Vision"
Mazak’s new “manufacturing vision” is based on advanced manufacturing cells and systems, with data sharing for process control and operation monitoring.
GE's New Advanced Manufacturing Lab Accelerating Design, Development
GE Industrial Solutions inaugurated its Advanced Manufacturing Lab, a center for design and production lines for a new series of molded-case circuit breakers.
Progress Seen in Metals Service Centers’ October Shipments
Deliveries of steel and aluminum by service centers increased from September to October, and inventory levels declined, according to the Metals Service Center Institute.
Boeing in New Agreement on Composite Materials for 777X Wings
Boeing agreed with Toray Industries to expand a current supply contract for composite wing structures for the 777X jet.
Airbus Highlights Latin America in 20-Year Forecast
Airbus Group sees the Latin America/Caribbean region’s cumulative 20-year aircraft demand worth $292 billion.
Cutting Tool Consumption Rebounded During September
Purchases of cutting tools by U.S. manufacturers and machine shops purchased $176.5 million worth of cutting tools during September, an increase of 4.6.% from August.
Five-Axis Profiler Speeds Cutting for Aerospace Parts
The new Cincinnati XP profiler for aluminum aerospace structural parts has five axes of operation and five spindles of activity.
Every Second Counts for Machining Small, Precision Parts
The Liebherr LC 100 is designed to machine small parts in mass production, quickly and efficiently.
Boeing’s Latest 737 Order Worth $8.5 Billion
Boeing has an order worth more than $8.5 billion for 80 737 MAX 8 jets to SMBC Aviation Capital.
U.S. Machine Tools Orders Surged 77.3% in September
U.S. manufacturers ordered $647.63 million worth of machine tools in September, 77.3% more than in August.

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