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Cutting Tool Edge Prep: The Invisible Advantage

Edge preparation involves removing material from a cutting tool in order to extend its life. That may sound counterintuitive, but a maker of glass molds says edge prep has dramatically reduced the amount it spends on tools.


Second Chances for Surplus Tools

A new website aims to give shops with excess tooling a way to sell that tooling to other shops. Cutting tool suppliers are using the site for their own excess tools.


The Anatomy of an End Mill for Titanium

Titanium is often characterized as a “challenging workpiece material.” Certainly, machining this material is a challenge to milling machines, cutting tools and workholding accessories that are suitable for machining more common materials...


Expanded Anti-Pullout System Enables Secure Titanium Milling with ER Collet Systems

Because of the extreme forces involved in machining titanium and other hard metals, it is necessary to take precautions to avoid pullout—the tendency for a cutting tool such as an end mill to gradually loosen in its holder and possibly be twis...


Acoustic Emission Sensing Improves Productivity and Prolongs Grinding Wheel Life

In production of precision metal parts such as automotive or aerospace components, grinding to precise tolerances is of utmost importance.


Turning Exotic Materials

Heat-resistant superalloys and titanium alloys are difficult to machine. This overview looks at machining demands and some recent developments that have elevated performance and process security in turning these materials.


Video Highlights Extreme Part-Off Demos

The strength of a tough part-off tool is shown in video showing it parting off a railroad rail and sledgehammer head. Talk about significant interrupted cuts…


Ultrasonic-Assisted Machining with Standard Machines and Tools

A system to be marketed in 2015 will apply ultrasonic vibration from within the toolholder to reduce cutting force and improve the performance of the cut.


Productive Trade-Offs in Rough Turning

Maximizing productivity in rough turning operations requires a balance of trade-offs between the properties of the cutting tool substrate and the characteristics of its chipbreaker geometry.


When to Consider Customized Cutting Tools

What is the real cost of choosing standard or customized tooling if time is money and efficiency translates into profits? It’s a question many shops face regularly.


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