Stecker Machine Blog

CNC Machining 101: An Operator’s Guide to Major Parts of a CNC Milling Center

02/19/2024 | Taylor Madden

Precision machining, particularly CNC (computer numerical control) machining, is vitally important in today’s economy, specifically for industries needing parts with unparalleled accuracy and complexity.


Manufacturing Automation & Robotics in CNC Machining: What’s the Key to Success?

02/05/2024 | Matt Oswald

Most modern manufacturers are dealing with a new norm: fewer skilled humans to handle rising production demands. The only way to succeed is by automating production processes to save time, achieve desired results, and reduce errors.


8 Vital Considerations When Selecting CNC Tooling: Know These Before You Choose

01/22/2024 | Dan Karbon

What do you need from CNC tooling?


2024 Trends in CNC Machining: Know These 9 and Drive Success Next Year

12/29/2023 | Brad Kurtzweil

While new technological innovations are introduced every year, major changes in CNC machining are not common. If you keep your eyes open, though, you’ll see shifts that can turn into trends in CNC machining.


How to Harness the Power of a Technical Sales Process in a CNC Machine Shop

12/15/2023 | Scott Waak

Modern CNC machine shops have a choice to make. They can approach sales as just another part of doing business, or they can do more to stand out.


5 Tips for Successfully Handling Manufacturing Design Changes

12/01/2023 | Jason Schuh

Design changes. They are an inevitable part of manufacturing, yet they can aggravate even the most experienced parts manufacturer.

Design changes are notorious for adding time, headaches, and unplanned dollars to a project. They’ve also been known to sabotage solid business relationships. But, with the right approach, you can implement manufacturing design changes smoothly and cost-effectively.


CNC Machine Shop Inventory Management: A 5-Step Guide to Maximize Efficiencies

11/16/2023 | Matt Oswald

What is nightmare fuel for machine shop production managers? Machine downtime.


12 Considerations for a Career in CNC Machining

11/02/2023 | Matt Oswald

According toFlexJobs’ 2023 Spring Work Insights Survey, 58% of employed workers said they’re actively trying to make a career change. That's a huge number!

Why a career change for these jobseekers? Well, #2 on a long list was “higher pay” at 48% (slightly ahead was “remote work options” at 50%). 

So, changing careers isn’t all about money; it’s also about work flexibility, work/life balance, job satisfaction, workplace leadership, a new life philosophy, or working in a field that benefits the world.


6 Vital Questions for Finding a Great CNC Machining Partner

10/26/2023 | Scott Waak

You’re not asking for much. Reliable CNC machined parts and products that make customers happy. Simple, right?


What Factors Impact CNC Machined Part Costs?

10/19/2023 | Brad Kurtzweil

Different types of CNC machines, and their various processes, handle different custom machining projects. That’s not exactly breaking news. Yet, what may be unclear is which major factors impact machine parts cost.