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What to Consider When Adding Angle Heads

Angle heads can enable a three-axis machine tool to be more versatile. That said, this shop explains that there’s more to getting started using them than simply loading them into a machine’s spindle.

Re-Turning Adds Life to Train Wheels

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Testing Measures Impact of Toolholder Interface Rigidity

Though Big-Plus and HSK share superficial similarities, they differ fundamentally in how they clamp the holder--a difference with important implications.

Feel the Heat with Micro Deburring

One of the many challenges of machining tiny parts is the deburring process, called micro deburring.

Alternate Coolant Delivery Method Made a Difference

Haimer's Cool Flash toolholder delivers coolant through small slits to cover the entire tool circumference.

“Spirograph” Generates Face Grooves on a Machining Center

Sandvik Coromant's unusual "SpiroGrooving" system uses an adjustable toolholder to machine API grooves on a machining center.

The Cutter Affects Capacity

New machine tools allowed CTG to cut cycle time by 75 percent, but that wasn’t enough. Finding the right tool and process cut that cycle time further, giving the oil-industry manufacturer the capacity needed to support an important new product.

When Thread Milling Makes Sense

Threading a workpiece is a fundamental metalworking process that every manufacturing engineer takes for granted.

Broader Range of Applications Ahead for Ceramic Inserts?

Greenleaf's phase-toughened ceramic inserts could prove that this kind of technology has a future in more universal milling and turning applications.

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, ...

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