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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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

Cutting a Micron at a Time

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

Cutting Tool Edge Prep: The Invisible Advantage

Edge preparation involves removing material from a cutting tool in order to extend its life. That may sound counterintuitive, but a maker of glass molds says edge prep has dramatically reduced the amount it spends on tools. ...MORE

Second Chances for Surplus Tools

A new website aims to give shops with excess tooling a way to sell that tooling to other shops. Cutting tool suppliers are using the site for their own excess tools. ...MORE

Göltenbodt toolholders

Presettable Toolholders Enable Quick Tool Changes

Available from Schwanog, Göltenbodt’s next-generation line of toolholders is designed for Tornos MultiSwiss 6X4 and Star Swiss-type automatic lathes. ...MORE

Lovejoy Tool MaxCut 651 cutters

Cutters and Inserts Enable Continuous Heavy-Duty Cutting

Lovejoy Tool Co.’s MaxCut 651 cutters feature a new chip gullet design and 0.250"-thick inserts for continuous heavy-duty work. ...MORE

Iscar F3P, M3P, R3P chipformers

Chipformers Improve Surface Finish in Turning Applications

Iscar introduces three new chipformers for finishing medium and rough turning of steel: the F3P, M3P and R3P. ...MORE