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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Deep Hole Drilling

Tools and Technologies for Deep Hole Drilling

Understanding the challenges and knowing how to select and apply the appropriate tools will help a shop profit from this difficult operation....MORE

Calculating Surface Footage and RPM for Optimum Tool Life

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Skiving

Artistry with Skive Tools

Oliver Wendell Holmes said, “All limitations are self-imposed.” This statement often holds true as machinists apply their creativity in skiving applications....MORE

When Thread Milling Makes Sense

Threading a workpiece is a fundamental metalworking process that every manufacturing engineer takes for granted....MORE

PcBN Tool Grades for Hard Turning Applications

Fives offers Citco’s CiBN HT series of cutting tools with coated polycrystalline cubic boron nitride (PcBN) grades for hard turning applications. ...MORE

Somma Highlights its ‘Forte’ at First-Time Exhibit

This broach tool manufacturer makes and stocks standard size hex and square broach tools made from Forte material instead of basic M2 high speed steel, resulting in very good wear resistance for longer tool life. ...MORE

Why You Should Be Excited about a Boring App

Big Kaiser’s new line of EWD Evo digital boring heads is designed to make a machine operator’s life easier. This you can see for yourself in the company’s Booth W-1600, as units are synced with a smartphone/tablet app developed to enhance user friendliness while assembling and running those tools. ...MORE

SGS Tool Adds Polished Fluting Option for Series 43 Cutting Tools

The Series 43 lineup contains a fractional and metric selection, including multiple corner radius options and the SGS exclusive Ti-NAMITE-B coating with polished fluting as an option. ...MORE

Sumitomo Electric Carbide SMD

Replaceable Drill Head Supports Deep Hole Making at Lower Cost

Sumitomo Electric Carbide expands its SMD replaceable drill head line to include 12×D drills. ...MORE