Advanced Manufacturing Media is a leading source for news and in-depth technical information about advanced manufacturing in North America. Three partners contributed their diverse manufacturing and machining experience—and their last initials—to found SPR Machine in Hamilton, Ohio in 2002. The machine shop has grown from a shop floor with 2,500 ft2 (232 m2) to one with 78,000 ft2 (7,246 m2) filled with 14 mills, lathes, and welding and inspection equipment. SPR produces high-quality work from 60″ (1.5 m) down to 0.0005″ (0.013 mm) for customers predominantly in the aerospace and medical industries. All that talent, experience and entrepreneurial energy make SPR Machine an open-minded shop that approaches new growth challenges with enthusiasm. One of those challenges presented itself in the form of a part-material switch from steel to brass. SPR Machine jumped at the opportunity to see how much cycle time could be saved through high-speed machining. It wound up leading the shop to new equipment, insights, personnel qualifications and a renewed respect for the versatility and machining performance of brass. The opportunity arose when co-founder and company vice president Scott Pa...