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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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

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

Weldon-Flat Tools in a Precision Toolholder

This system uses the standard Weldon flat so that end mills do not have to be modified for locking in place when a precision toolholder takes high-force cuts. ...MORE

Tungaloy AH905 grade and HMM-type chipbreaker

Chipbreaker, Grade Offer Reliable Turning High-Temperature Alloys

Tungaloy has introduced the AH905 grade and HMM-type chipbreaker, specifically designed to optimize turning in high-temperature alloys. ...MORE

Walter Titex X-treme deep-hole drills

Deep-Hole Drills Avoid Pecking

Walter USA has added the Titex X-treme D40 and D50 to its line of solid carbide deep-hole drills. ...MORE

Video: Trial Cuts with Ultrasonic-Assisted Machining

Ultrasonic-assisted machining reduces friction in metal cutting to enable a standard tool to cut faster and more smoothly. Video shows comparison cuts of the same machine and tool with and without this new accessory. ...MORE

Centerline Issues for Turning Inserts

Tooling experts Mike Fagan and David Grant suspect that many programmers and machinists could use a refresher on the importance and effects of insert alignment in turning operations. This short, amply-illustrated paper is their effort to clear up some of the misunderstanding. ...MORE