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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Shop Improves Turning with Indexable Coated Carbide Inserts

This shop retooled a heavy duty OD turning and facing job for gummy 4130 steel. It tripled the material removal rate and more than doubled tool life after making this change. ...MORE

Micro-Grooving Tools Provide Many Parts Solutions

This shop taps a range of advanced equipment to machine parts from materials such as aluminum, stainless steel and high-nickel-content alloys that often have application critical features. Micro-grooves fall into this category. ...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

People are Part of the Process for Machining Inconel

A Tacoma shop describes its winning strategy for efficient machining of Inconel. That strategy includes careful choices of cutting tools and cutting parameters. It also includes a healthy breakfast. ...MORE

Broaches Prevent Chipping

Somma Tool Co.’s Forte line of broaches are made of the company’s new standard stock material, replacing M2. ...MORE

Sumitomo Electric Carbide turning grades

Turning Grades Resist Fracture

The AC6030M and AC6040M turning grades from Sumitomo Electric Carbide feature the company’s Absotech coating to improve resistance to wear, adhesion and fracture, and extend tool life. ...MORE

Heimatec coolant-through tooling

Coolant-Through Capability Added to Tooling

Heimatec now offers coolant-through technology on all its current products to enable faster, cleaner cutting on larger and deeper parts where chips and excess heat buildup can be problematic. ...MORE

Heule Precision Tools SF back-spotfacing tool

Tool Performs Counterboring, Spotfacing in Difficult-to-Access Areas

Heule Precision Tools’ BSF tool for automated, high-volume back-spotfacing and counterboring enables a counterbore ratio of 2.3×D. ...MORE