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In-House Tool Grinding: the “Indirect” Machine Tool Investment

Though CNC tool grinders are used primarily by cutting tool manufacturers and regrinding services, several factors have made these machines increasingly attractive for in-house tool grinding by production facilities.


The Big Step Up

A small shop added two new machines, each of which is more advanced than any of the previous machine tools the company has used. One of the co-owners committed to the work of bringing both of these machines fully into service. Here is the shop’s exp...


Savings from Sustainability

A project aimed at energy-efficient machining delivered production efficiencies, too.


A Systems Approach for Successful Titanium Machining

Coolant delivery, spindle connection and dynamic response all are part of a tooling formula for milling this metal productively.


How Micromachining Patience Speeds Prototype Production

A molder of tiny, silicone components for the medical industry explains how a patient, conservative approach to micromachining enables it to deliver prototypes faster.


Precision Lathe Operations on a CNC Mill

Sometimes a shop doesn’t do enough turning work to justify the purchase of a CNC lathe. But when it needs to produce precision turned parts, even if for a very small lot size, the shop needs a solution.


Make Maximum Use of the Magazine

This shop streamlined its selection of cutting tools to machine a number of parts on a pallet system. Cutting down on cutters delivered other benefits as well.


The In-House Advantage

A shop that introduced its own product realizes the advantages of designing and machining a part under the same roof.


Micromachining Powder Metal on a VMC

By refining its micromachining process for powder metal tool steels, this shop has reduced production costs, lead times and secondary bench work for complex tooling components.


Improving Surface Finish During High Speed Machining

Many factors can affect surface finish. This answer to a reader’s question focuses on imbalance and frequency sensitivity.


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