Epoxy granite beds in CNCs
Compared to Cast Iron, epoxy granite’s vibration damping is about 10 times more, density is about 1/3, and it has higher corrosion resistance (which means it does not have to be painted). Quite a few high accuracy and high speed CNC machines are today made of epoxy granite. Making the castings too is an easier process. Since the raw materials are at room temperature, you can have accurate moulds made of other materials instead of sand moulds. The resultant casting is almost close to the final shape, requiring very little machining. The only problem is that (unlike cast iron), you cannot machine the casting. All holes and other features must be included in the casting itself.
A recent business trip to Lebanon re-introduced me to Arak, and I promptly fell in love with it all over again (my first introduction to it was in Turkey a decade ago, where it is called Rakı).
Pic. source: https://yourwinestyle.wordpress.com/2011/07/06/351/
By the way, Arak is very different from Arrack that is common to India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. The latter is made from fermented coconut flowers, sugarcane, rice or fruit. This is very strong stuff, upto 80 % alcohol v/v, almost tasteless, basically like Vodka.