Zone: Cutting Tools

OVERVIEW: The broad category of “cutting tools” includes all of the consumable tooling involved in milling, drilling, turning and other lathe and machining center operations. Drills, end mills, taps, reamers and inserts are all included here. Consumable tooling used on certain other types of machine tools is included here as well. Also found here are toolholders and closely related accessories such as angle heads.

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When to Consider Customized Cutting Tools

What is the real cost of choosing standard or customized tooling if time is money and efficiency translates into profits? It’s a question many shops face regularly. ...MORE

The Basics of Rotary Broaching

This effective process creates a non-round shape on the inside or outside of a part....MORE

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Innovations in Five-Edged Parting and Grooving Inserts

Here's an alternative to the standard circlip-type grooving system, offering five cutting edges with fast indexing from either side. ...MORE

Cutting a Micron at a Time

When the task is to remove very small amounts of material, this process may be the answer. ...MORE

Video: Modulation Assisted Machining

This footage shows the effect of a techology that speeds and simplifies center drilling by oscillating the drill through many pecks per second....MORE

Extreme Part-Off Demos at IMTS 2014

The strength of part-off tools is shown in demos whereby they part off a railroad rail and sledge hammer head. Talk about significant interrupted cuts… ...MORE

Productive Trade-Offs in Rough Turning

Maximizing productivity in rough turning operations requires a balance of trade-offs between the properties of the cutting tool substrate and the characteristics of its chipbreaker geometry. ...MORE

Parting and Grooving with Five Edges

While five-edged grooving and parting inserts are not new, here’s an economical solution for parting diameters as large as 40 mm. This alternative to the standard circlip-type grooving system offers five cutting edges with fast indexing from either side. ...MORE

An Extreme Part-Off Demo Returns to IMTS 2014

The strength of part-off tools is shown in demonstrations whereby they part off a railroad rail and sledge hammer head. Talk about significant interrupted cuts… ...MORE

Insertable Form Tool Systems Offer Fast Change-Overs

The insertable tooling system can be applied, but is not limited to, applications such as OD and ID grooving, form drilling, thread whirling, single-point threading, turning and milling, broaching of serrations, shaving and skiving and polygon turning, which often amounts to cost reductions of more than 40 percent for the user. ...MORE