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Exploring the: High Speed Machining Zone


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Cutting To The Model

This mold shop's cutting tool strategies help it eliminate hand spotting altogether by machining complex molds directly to the CAD model.


CAM Software Is The Driving Force

Doug Noxell knew he had the right software for machining to zero, so he created a shop to add the rest of the capability.


Everything Changes

Through a sweeping transition to high speed machining, a Maryland contract shop realizes its goal of same-day, "in by 9, out by 5" turnaround.


Cutting Tools For High Speed Milling Of Aluminum

Go with the flow—chip flow, that is. The uninterrupted flow of the soft aluminum chip determines the design of the end mills that Metlfab uses.


The Hard-Milling Imperative

A job shop that specializes in hard milling shows why this technique is becoming indispensable for mold manufacturers. Hard milling allows mold components to be machined in the hardened state, thus skipping several expensive and time-consuming proce...


Ten Questions About Chatter

If you want to use a high speed milling spindle to machine aggressively, then information about chatter should be more than just background noise. Here are some basics.


Who's Afraid To Cut To Zero?

Most U.S. mold shops still leave extra stock on the cores and cavities of the molds they machine. This practice is unnecessary and wasteful, say proponents of advanced machining technology.


Mold Machining And Beyond

Adopting high speed machining entailed some surprises. One of the surprises was an unforeseen opportunity for new work.


Automation's Extended Reach

The experience of a Windsor mold shop offers an object lesson in machine shop automation. In an interconnected process, automating one aspect of the process offered benefits beyond what the initial planning had led the shop to expect.


High Speed Machining, Italian Style

One of the highlights of BI-MU, Italy's recent biennial machine tool show, was the number of innovative machine tools (and related technology) focusing on high speed machining.


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