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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...


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.


Replacing Broaching with Milling

Trochoidal milling is a toolpath technique generally applied to increase tool life or material removal rate in hard metals. Manufacturing solutions provider Iruba also relies on this approach to make a shaped milling tool effective.


Thread Milling Explained

Watch this short video from Sandvik Coromant to learn about the advantages of thread milling.


What Your Handbook Isn’t Telling You

Tony Schmitz, professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, gives a presentation on machine tool dynamics. Learn the role that this concept plays in realizing your optimal machining center performance.


Milling HRSAs: The Checklist

When milling super alloys, there are certain process requirements that must be observed.


Doing More with a Live-Tool Lathe

A tool design improved the milling capability of a CNC turning center.


Nesting Creates a Milling Challenge

This job shop uses remaining steel stock to hold a mated pair of aircraft parts.


Where More Flutes Make Sense

A tool with many flutes can be effective for achieving a productive metal removal rate in titanium, where speed and chip load are constrained.


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