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Crystallizing a New Approach to Today’s Turning Needs

A recently developed insert grade turns concepts for production turning operations on their heads. Shops cutting steel workpieces in high volumes may have to realign their thinking accordingly.


Anatomy of a High-Feed Insert

An examination of Horn’s recently expanded DAH series sheds light on the design features that make high-feed milling inserts effective. These particular tools also offer their own advantages.


The Benefits and Limitations of Machining With an Angle Head

Far from being outdated by the latest machine tool technology, angle heads often prove an ideal complement by pushing done-in-one capabilities even further. Proper application, however, requires attention to their limitations as well as their benefi...


Making Cutting Tools in New Ways


Average Chip Thickness Dictates Milling Performance

Attaining the correct average chip thickness for a particular insert should be a chief goal in any milling application. Here's an explanation of what that term means and why it's important.


In-House Tool Grinding: the “Indirect” Machine Tool Investment

Though CNC tool grinders are used primarily by cutting tool manufacturers and regrinding services, several factors have made these machines increasingly attractive for in-house tool grinding by production facilities.


Thread Whirling in the Medical Field

After working in this industry for even a short time, you are in tune with all the things around you that have been created on a metalworking machine tool and realize how extensive the list is.


Use the Machine Tool to Machine Tools

This shop has developed various time-saving tool components by creating them internally, including one tooling solution now being used by other shops as well.


Tips for Improved Holemaking

A few drill types dominate holemaking, a machining process made up of sub-areas that are evolving along with changing drill capabilities.


Craftsman's Cribsheet: Drilling Problem Checklist

Problems with drills and hole-making are getting even more frequent as more jobs are being run in non-free-machining steels.


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