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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.


The Case for Exchangeable-Tip Drills

These tools fill a middle ground between the precision of solid carbide and the flexibility of indexable inserts.


Holder Design Locks Tools in Place

Tough to machine materials, aggressive metal removal rates and long, awkward tool overhangs are machining conditions that require toolholders to perform flawlessly and provide strong gripping force, high precision and vibration control.


Making Micro Threads

Production of micro threads can be challenging, but using the most suitable tools for a given application can simplify the task.


The Big Step Up

A small shop added two new machines, each of which is more advanced than any of the previous machine tools the company has used. One of the co-owners committed to the work of bringing both of these machines fully into service. Here is the shop’s exp...


Grooving Tools as Fine as a Strand of Hair

Imagine being able to cut grooves to the thickness of a human hair (0.0019 inch). It’s hard to picture, but when you see for yourself micro-medical devices, dental implants and micro-electronic components that feature micro grooves, you realize that...


Cost Efficiency with Hard Part Turning

Either as an alternative or complement to grinding, hard part turning offers a number of advantages that have become even more evident with further developments in insert concepts.


Put Shrink-Fit Tooling to the Test

Metalworking offers its fair share of challenges, and shrink-fit tooling is one of them.


Savings from Sustainability

A project aimed at energy-efficient machining delivered production efficiencies, too.


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