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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.


Video: Installing a Right Angle Head on a Machine’s Toolchanger

This video steps you through the process for installing a standard right-angle head on a machine’s tool changer.


Finishing Fillets

Consider these finish-machining techniques that can enable you to maximize material removal rates prior to completing accurate, tight-radii fillets.


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.


Tool Vending Systems: Value Beyond Cost Control

Learn how can a tool vending system can also be a learning tool.


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...


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.


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