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When to Waterjet, When to Mill

A composite parts manufacturer in Nebraska recently installed a combined five-axis waterjet/milling machine to position itself to win large-scale aerospace work it sees on the horizon.


VIDEO: Polygonal Turning

Here are links to two video samples of a cool process for turned parts that has the potential for considerable time and part cost reductions, versus milling operations, when producing radii.


What’s Best for Boring Titanium?

In a joint research effort, Kaiser Precision Tooling and Blaser Swisslube searched for a combination of metalworking fluid and indexable insert that show the best results when boring titanium. The results underscore the importance of controlling vib...


Alter the Axial Depth

In difficult-to-machine metals, when a pocket or similar deep feature is milled in successively deeper Z-axis levels, oxidation and chemical reaction can affect the tool at the upper surface level of each cut. The solution: Change the axial depth of...


More Tools for Swiss-Types

Iscar is expanding its line of square-shank toolholders for Swiss-type automatics and CNC machine tools by adding new tools for high pressure coolant and also tools without the internal coolant feature.


Quickly Give Live Tools Coolant-Through Capability

This retrofit system enables users to quickly and easily add through-tool coolant delivery on their live tooling.


A New Formula for Metal Removal Rates in Turning

An expert on cutting tool theory and practice is proposing a new formula for calculating the metal removal rates in turning operations. This formula factors in the diameter of the workpiece to yield more accurate results and lead to better decisions...


Anatomy of a High-Feed Insert

These tools exploit chip thinning to enable efficient roughing at high feed rates and light cutting depths.


Doubling Down on Setup Reduction

Angle heads still find plenty of use for reducing setups, even in shops using sophisticated multi-axis machine tools.


65 Years in Business

To commemorate its 65th anniversary, Kaiser has opened a second building, co-located with its newly expanded headquarters.


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