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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.


Average Chip Thickness: What It Is and Why You Should Care

During milling applications, chips that are too thin might indicate inadequate heat dissipation that can cause premature insert wear. Too thick, and cutting forces might be high enough to break inserts outright. Cutting parameters should be set to a...


Seco Inks Sponsorship Deal with Andretti Autosport

Metalcutting solutions provider Seco Tools recently signed on as a technical and supplier sponsor of the Izod IndyCar Series championship racing team Andretti Autosport.


Another Look at Precision Grinding

Often a little ingenuity on the shop floor leads to the most efficient solution. One shop owner developed an effective approach to delivering a burr-free, tight-tolerance part.


Exchangeable-Tip Drills Explained

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


A Toolholder Maintenance Guide for the Inexperienced and Veterans Alike

Tooling supplier Techniks offers a “Machinist’s Guide to Toolholder Maintenance,” a 5-page overview of some of the most important aspects of keeping collet-and-nut-style toolholders in top condition.


Comparing Apples to Apples

Consistency is key to properly evaluating the effect of any process change.


Watch for Opportunities to Test Tools

I often advocate evaluating new cutting tools, but finding the time and resources to do this testing is not easy.


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