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Published: 11/17/2017

Tips for Screw Making on Swiss-Type Machines
Here’s a three-part video series focused on screw making to help explain the benefits of thread whirling, back turning and broaching while taking into consideration CAM programming, tooling and machine specifications.

Published: 10/26/2017

High-Performance Milling: The Right Tool for Every Application
Modern high-performance milling cutters combine high cutting data with long tool life and contribute to an increase in the productivity of manufacturing processes and to a more favorable cost structure, but certain factors must be consider...

Published: 9/15/2017

Using Grinding Versus EDM to Finish Form Tools
Finishing carbide inserts using EDM or grinding.

Published: 7/13/2017

Data-Driven Manufacturing Brings Efficiency to the Shop Floor
Developments in data-driven manufacturing, or digitization of the shop floor, are going far beyond merely knowing whether or not machines are in cycle.

Published: 6/1/2017

Making Mountains out of Mold Steel—Literally
When graphite molds wouldn’t cut it for a manufacturer of hand-blown drinking glasses, this shop machined more durable stainless steel molds to create the famous mountainous shapes that emerge from the bottom of its customer’s nifty drin...

Published: 6/1/2017

A New Turning Process Enables Cutting “In Reverse”
A methodology for cutting in both directions on a CNC lathe promises to make turning a much more productive operation in certain applications. New types of inserts driven by new CAM tool paths are key enablers of this development, but implementing t...

Published: 5/1/2017

Coolant’s Impact on Face Milling Aluminum
Testing shows that understanding the interplay among cutting speed, tool wear and cutting power can lead to more informed evaluation of metalworking fluids and more predictable machining.

Published: 4/13/2017

Round Versus Indexable Tools: From the History to the Latest Developments
Time has allowed great improvements to the durability and performance of cutting tools. The materials used have impacted round and indexable tools in different ways.

Published: 3/1/2017

Economies of Usable Cutting Tool Edges
Recent introductions from a major cutting tool maker illustrate the engineering and application of tools designed to deliver an increased number of useful edges.

Published: 1/19/2017

Hitting the Coolant Sweet Spot
Toolholders with integrated cutting fluid delivery channels offer threaded, fixed-position nozzles that direct parallel streams of coolant to pre-defined positions at the top of the cutting tool.