American Machinist

Good pudding takes commitment. (Editorial).

I WOULD BE WILLING TO BET THAT, AT ONE TIME OR another you've heard, perhaps even used, the saying "The proof is in the pudding." To be honest, I've used it on occasion. But it wasn't until someone asked me to explain the meaning that I concluded it makes no sense. After all, what kind of proof can pudding offer?

I did a little research and found that the origin comes from Cervantes' Don Quixote, and if quoted correctly states, "The proof of the pudding is in the eating." This makes more sense. Even more so when put in context. Therefore, let me explain the meaning from a manufacturing perspective.

Machine tool builders are often the first to tell shops they need to invest in their businesses to stay competitive in a shaky market. …

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