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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When Thread Milling Makes Sense

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

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

Supermini Type 105 Carbide Inserts for Hard Machining

The Supermini type 105 tool system from Horn performs demanding tasks involving bore diameters between 0.2 mm (0.008") and 6 mm (0.236"), with more than 1,000 versions of the carbide insert that fit one toolholder. ...MORE

Briney Tooling End Mill Holders Produce Reduced Runout Capability

Briney Tooling Systems’ Tru Position end mill holders with reduced TIR of 0.0002 use a custom engineered internal eccentric grinding technique that produces the reduced runout capability. ...MORE

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Alternate Coolant Delivery Method Made a Difference

Haimer's Cool Flash toolholder delivers coolant through small slits to cover the entire tool circumference. ...MORE

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“Spirograph” Generates Face Grooves on a Machining Center

Sandvik Coromant's unusual "SpiroGrooving" system uses an adjustable toolholder to machine API grooves on a machining center. ...MORE

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The Cutter Affects Capacity

New machine tools allowed CTG to cut cycle time by 75 percent, but that wasn’t enough. Finding the right tool and process cut that cycle time further, giving the oil-industry manufacturer the capacity needed to support an important new product. ...MORE