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Tips on Breaking Chips and Controlling Burrs when Machining Automotive Transmission Components

Chip control is the bane of every shop’s existence and knowing how to consistently break chips and control burrs in ductile steels like SAE 1018, 1020, and 8620 is the holy grail of the tooling industry. When a shop experiences chip control issues, ...


A Formula for Cutting Tool Success

The hardness and toughness of a tool are generally counteractive forces, and finding the right mix can be a challenge. Wouldn’t it be nice to have both?


Enjoy the Silence with Vibration Damping Tools

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Tool Monitoring Increases Productivity

Shops that implement unattended machining to become more productive often use tool monitoring to make this process even more efficient.


People are Part of the Process for Machining Inconel

A Tacoma shop describes its winning strategy for efficient machining of Inconel. That strategy includes careful choices of cutting tools and cutting parameters. It also includes a healthy breakfast.


Micromachining Evolution

Challenge Machine continues to add high-speed equipment for the increasing amount of micromachining work it is performing. Here are some lessons it has learned along the way, using tools as small as 0.001 inch in diameter.


A Square Hole for a Square Peg

Many industrial vending systems on the market today for MRO-related items are based on pie-like trays divided into wedges, a shape which doesn't easily accommodate square or rectangular packages. In contrast, AutoCrib’s TX750 vending system uses a c...


ISO 13399—A Key Step Toward Data-Driven Manufacturing

Decisions about the cutting tools used in machining operations are arguably among the most important in modern manufacturing.


Cutting Tool Edge Prep: The Invisible Advantage

Edge preparation involves removing material from a cutting tool in order to extend its life. That may sound counterintuitive, but a maker of glass molds says edge prep has dramatically reduced the amount it spends on tools.


Second Chances for Surplus Tools

A new website aims to give shops with excess tooling a way to sell that tooling to other shops. Cutting tool suppliers are using the site for their own excess tools.


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