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.

Featured Zone Content

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

Sandvik Coromant CoroMill QD cutter

Groove Milling Cutters Suit Narrow, Deep Cutting

Sandvik Coromant’s CoroMill QD cutters are designed to ease chip evacuation during groove milling and part-off operations. ...MORE

Kennametal Precision Surface Solutions’ Extrude Hone EVO

July 2015 Product Spotlight Slideshow: Cleaning & Deburring

This month’s product slideshow highlights parts washers, finishing equipment and deburring tools. ...MORE

Ingersoll Hi-QuadXXX face mill

New Cutters Enable Old Mill to Handle “Crusty” Forgings

Cyber Manufacturing receives forgings with thick and abrasive oxide "crusts" that used to slash cutter insert life on its older machine. With the Ingersoll Hi-QuadXXX indexable insert face mill, the shop gets longer tool life and improved material removal rates. ...MORE

horizontal machining center

Systematic Success

A more efficient manufacturing process has enabled this manufacturer to ramp up production of its devices for the oil and gas industry. ...MORE

Seco Tools CBN600 PCBN insert

PCBN Insert Grade Cuts Rough, Abrasive Materials

The CBN600 universal polycrystalline cubic boron nitride (PCBN) insert grade from Seco Tools brings cost-effective performance to high-volume rough turning operations that involve gray cast iron, high-chrome iron and high-manganese steel. ...MORE