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Two Applications for Entry-Level Presetters
Affordable presetters aren’t just for shops that are new to tool presetting.
Video: Trial Cuts with Ultrasonic-Assisted Machining
Ultrasonic-assisted machining reduces friction in metal cutting to enable a standard tool to cut faster and more smoothly. Video shows comparison cuts of the same machine and tool with and without this new accessory.
Tool Monitoring for Complex Machining
One of the biggest challenges to tool monitoring on a multitasking machine is coping with simultaneous cutting operations. Caron Engineering (Wells, Maine) designed a system to meet this challenge.
Centerline Issues for Turning Inserts
Tooling experts Mike Fagan and David Grant suspect that many programmers and machinists could use a refresher on the importance and effects of insert alignment in turning operations. This short, amply-illustrated paper is their effort to clear up so...
A Square Hole for a Square Peg
Putting square and rectangular boxes into wedge-shaped slots in a vending system isn’t the best use of the space. A tambour-style system with rectangular columns and adjustable shelving creates slots that better accommodate items with their packagin...
Extreme Part-Off Demos at IMTS 2014
The strength of part-off tools is shown in demos whereby they part off a railroad rail and sledge hammer head. Talk about significant interrupted cuts…
Webinar: Increase Milling Output on Your Existing Machine
It is not always the strength of the tool or the power of the machine that limits your depth of cut. In many cases, the limitation is the tendency to vibrate. Learn how to mill more productively by selecting spindle speeds tailored to your machine’s...
In the Groove for 50 Years
It’s an American success story. In 1964, William and Hazel Kaiser founded a company to produce and market Thinbit, an innovative line of grooving tools. At first, the business operated out of the couple’s attic and garage. Fifty years later, the Kai...
Five Go-To Machining Technologies
There are a number of ancillary machine tool technologies that shops can use to become more efficient and effective. Here are five that I appreciate.
Milling Hard-to-Machine Materials on a Micro Scale
The idea of a tool that effectively controls heat with a special grade of carbide, a new coating and internal channels that deliver cooling through ports in the shank where the milling flutes begin, is worth a look.