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Published: 7/31/2018

Tips for Thread Milling Tricky Materials
Compared to tapping, thread-milling technology offers advantages for creating threads in challenging materials, such as tool steel, stainless steel and high-temperature alloys. Here are a few tips for establishing an effective thread-milling process...

Published: 7/22/2018

Using Cameras to Align Tools and Spindles on Swiss-Type Lathes
Installing cameras in the spindles of a Swiss-type lathe can simplify the alignment of tools with the main and subspindles as well as the alignment of those spindles with each other.

Published: 7/2/2018

Understanding Circle-Segment Milling Tools
The circle-segment cutter represents a class of milling tool in which the CAM software is key for using the tool effectively. Cutting profiles presented at the proper angles realize cycle-time reductions in contoured workpieces such as molds. A CAM ...

Published: 3/15/2018

Back-Spotfacing Tool Frees Production from Costly Bottlenecks
By removing the need to detach and reattach the cutting head in a traditional back-spotfacing process, a cutting tool from Heule saved Sicom Industries two to three hours per part.  

Published: 3/14/2018

Milling Splines Increases Quality, Enhances Versatility
Instead of using a hobbing machine to generate splines in PTO shafts, Weasler Engineering milled them with modified Ingersoll cutters to improve both the flexibility of its machining operation and its part quality.

Published: 3/6/2018

Iscar Leader Describes Tool Technology for Machine Shops Acting on Data
As more sophisticated insight into machining performance reveals opportunities for efficiency gain, the value of tooling choices that save time will become increasingly clear.

Published: 12/12/2017

Automated Boring Head Delivers Lights-Out Control of Fine Hole Making
An app to assist machinists in finish boring was the beginning. Now, servo control allows the app’s adjustments to be made automatically, allowing the process to run unattended.

Published: 11/22/2017

An End Mill Designed to Control Chatter
This end mill design enables it to vibrate at the same frequency as the workpiece, preventing vibration from turning into chatter.

Published: 11/16/2017

Manufacturing News of Note: November 2017
Acquiring a cutting tool manufacturer, growing apprenticeships in the United States and other industry news.

Published: 10/27/2017

Part Cutoff Takes a New Direction
The capability and flexibility of the Y axis creates an opportunity for a new approach to parting-off operations. Learn how a specially designed parting blade has compelling advantages when this axis is used to separate a finished part fro...