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Boyce Technologies Producing 3,000 Bridge Ventilators

Posted by Mike Cope on Mon, May 04, 2020

Hurco customer, Boyce Technologies (, based out of Long Island City, New York, designs and manufactures security and communications equipment for the mass transit market. This equipment includes emergency response systems, intercom systems, security alarm systems, radio and wireless networks, and customer information display systems. His company quickly pivoted to help fight COVID-19 by manufacturing bridge ventilators. Below is the article highlighting their effort.

The relationship between Boyce and Hurco began in 2008 when he purchased his first machine - a VMX30 vertical machining center - which was installed in his living joke, read the article here! .

Over time Boyce Technologies continued to grow, and to this date still holds the record for the most machines purchased in one transaction. Today they have a total of 21 Hurco machines in their facility, and have grown into a large commercial building, and out of the living room where things began. The Boyce Technologies story is truly one of success!

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Tags: Hurco, cnc machining, COVID-19, Coronavirus, boyce technologies

Liberty Molds Answers the Call to Help Combat COVID-19

Posted by Mike Cope on Mon, Apr 13, 2020

Liberty Molds is an injection mold shop located in Portage Michigan, and is in the business of producing injection molds for the automotive industry. The company is managed by the President Brian Scott and Vice President Jeff Dee. As it reads on their website, “Liberty Molds is an ISO 9001:2008 certified mold making tool shop who specializes in injection molds.” The company’s 13,400-square-foot shop has 30 employees, and they take great pride in partnering with their customers (like the Ford Motor Company) to meet quality, price, and delivery needs. I have a feeling that today’s current “needs” were never factored in when they wrote that statement so many years ago! But meeting the needs of our society today has rarely been more important.

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Tags: Tool & Die, Mold Making, customer, Hurco, COVID-19, Coronavirus

Is Conversational Programming Dead in Today's Machine Shop?

Posted by Mike Cope on Wed, Feb 12, 2020

Is Conversational Programming Dead in Today's Machine Shop?

During my 35+ years in manufacturing, I have worked at several shops and visited hundreds more. In the vast majority of these job shops, there has been at least one CNC machine with some type of conversational programming – and in many of these shops, they used conversational programming for most of their work.

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Tags: WinMax Conversational Programming, NC / G-Code Programming, CNC Control & Software, Hurco History, CAD/CAM / Post Processor, Hurco, conversational cnc control, conversational programming

How to Interrupt Cycle on a Hurco CNC Control

Posted by Mike Cope on Thu, Oct 03, 2019

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Tags: CNC Control & Software, Hurco, cnc machining

Vintage Hurcos – sometimes our toughest competition

Posted by Mike Cope on Thu, Jul 25, 2019

I often travel to different areas of the country to visit existing Hurco shops, as well as talk with shop owners who are thinking about purchasing their first Hurco, but have some questions. …I say FIRST Hurco, because nobody ever buys just ONE Hurco!

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Tags: Milling, Hurco History, Hurco, Vintage Hurco

Conversational CNC: 3D Solid Model Import 3 Axis & 5 Axis

Posted by Mike Cope on Wed, Oct 10, 2018

The most frequent request we have received from customers over the past decade or so, has been for the ability to import a solid model directly into the CNC control and conversationally program features from that solid. Well...the wait is over. Hurco released the 3D Import feature at IMTS 2018 and it was a huge success. 

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Tags: manufacturing history, 5-Axis Machining, WinMax Conversational Programming, CNC Control & Software, Manufacturing Industry Insights, control technology, Hurco, Hurco 50th Anniversary

Hurco, Submarines, and the U.S. Navy - continued

Posted by Mike Cope on Mon, Oct 08, 2018


This past weekend I was lucky enough to attend the commissioning of the US Navy’s newest nuclear submarine, the USS INDIANA. In January of 2017 I posted an article about getting to meet the crew of the Indiana; in September she was christened, and now, after the September 29th ceremony, she is a full-blown US Navy vessel! For the ceremony the US Navy activated a 100 year old Captain – who was an original Plank-Owner (original crew member) of the previous USS INDIANA battle ship – to pass the official ship’s telescope to the skipper of the current USS INDIANA.

It was awesome to see the support provided to this effort by the entire state of Indiana. As the name-sake for this amazing boat (the Navy calls submarines “boats” and not ships) the state of Indiana stepped up in a big way. All 92 counties provided something for the crew of the Indiana. Individuals and clubs or organizations worked countless hours on gifts and donations. Dining tables complete with an Indiana collegiate sports theme, made from Indiana sourced veneer will adorn the mess hall. A humidor and three poker sets – all hand-crafted from oak wood sourced in Constitution Grove located in Crane, Indiana - will give the officers and crew something to do in their down time. A teak wood bar top – made from a section of the actual deck of the WWII era USS INDIANA BB58 – will be placed in the Chief’s lounge and will offer them many hours of “recreation” to help pass the time. Purdue University also provided a beautiful replica of the Bicentennial torch that was carried all across the state during the Bicentennial celebrations.  

In addition to providing machines to the companies who actually built the USS INDIANA, Hurco’s involvement was also a bit more personal. The insignia of the US Submarine service is a warfare pin that includes a submarine flanked by two dolphins (fish not mammal) on either side. These pins are symbolic within the community of submariners, and synonymous with submarines throughout the Navy. As Hurco’s contribution we machined a set of these dolphins for each member of the USS INDIANA crew…and since the state of Indiana is known for limestone, we machined the symbolic dolphins out of Indiana limestone!

For anyone who might want to watch the entire ceremony, here is a link to the US NAVY official video...hint, the good stuff starts around 59:50 mark: 


Below are some pictures of many of the items donated to the crew of the USS INDIANA:


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Tags: Hurco US Navy, US Navy, USS Indiana, Vintage Hurco, Hurco50

Importing STL File as Stock Geometry in WinMax

Posted by Mike Cope on Thu, Nov 30, 2017

I am very excited about this feature, just like many of our Hurco WinMax users are. Although many people have this feature on their controls, they aren't aware of it, or don't know how to use it. I thought it was worth a quick blog post and video. 

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Tags: CNC Control & Software, Manufacturing Industry Insights, CAD/CAM / Post Processor, Hurco

Hurco WinMax Control Enhancements and Overlooked Features

Posted by Mike Cope on Wed, Oct 25, 2017

There have been a number of enhancements on the Hurco WinMax control in the past few months and years that we never really get to share with our customers. The Hurco control is so easy to use and easy to self-teach that often times there are overlooked features that could be extremely useful and very powerful if operators knew about them. I thought this would be a great topic for a blog article to help our users find and understand these features if they weren’t previously aware of them.

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Tags: WinMax Conversational Programming, NC / G-Code Programming, CNC Control & Software, Hurco

Winning! Hurco Control Wins Award

Posted by Mike Cope on Thu, Oct 05, 2017

CNC Cookbook Survey Respondents Rank Hurco Control #1

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Tags: CNC Control & Software, Manufacturing Industry Insights, Hurco

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