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Published: 10/15/2014

Turning Exotic Materials
Heat-resistant superalloys and titanium alloys are difficult to machine. This overview looks at machining demands and some recent developments that have elevated performance and process security in turning these materials.

Published: 9/24/2014

Video Highlights Extreme Part-Off Demos
The strength of a tough part-off tool is shown in video showing it parting off a railroad rail and sledgehammer head. Talk about significant interrupted cuts…

Published: 8/28/2014

Ultrasonic-Assisted Machining with Standard Machines and Tools
A system to be marketed in 2015 will apply ultrasonic vibration from within the toolholder to reduce cutting force and improve the performance of the cut.

Published: 8/14/2014

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.

Published: 7/16/2014

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.

Published: 6/16/2014

Presetters Make Way to Swiss-Type Machines
Manufacturing developments in presetters are now available to Swiss-type machines to ultimately increase their productivity and quality control.

Published: 5/23/2014

5 Process Security Tips for Parting Off
Here are five rules of thumb from Scott Lewis, a product and application specialist at Sandvik Coromant, to optimize the parting off process, and as a result, maximize tool and insert life. 

Published: 4/28/2014

Eliminating Tool Pullout in Titanium Milling
Toolholder employs a secondary locking system to counter the high axial cutting forces encountered during the development of a tool for high-metal-removal-rate milling of titanium.

Published: 4/28/2014

Presetting Becomes Prevalent
Next Intent implemented presetting and shrink-fit toolholding when it bought a five-axis machining center, but it has since seen these resources deliver value to machining centers throughout the shop.

Published: 2/21/2014

Managing the Micro-Milling Process with Tiny Cutters
The engineering of this line of small end mills brings out both the challenges and opportunities in milling hard-to-machine materials on a micro scale.