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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.
Tool-Related Considerations for More Efficient Machining of Titanium
The expert in our Titanium Machining Zone offers advice related to coolants and coatings.
The 400° Difference
Cryogenic machining achieves dramatic tool life gains not by flooding the cut, but by refrigerating the tool.
The Online Optimizer
Coming soon: The Machine Tool Genome Project promises to let almost any machine shop use its machining centers more productively. Shops will benefit from tap-test findings without personally tapping any of their own machines or tools.
Let the Tool Path Help the Tool
A cutting tool supplier works in CAM software to create processes that extend tool life and improve performance.
Tool Line Complements Titanium, Stainless Techniques
A notable trend over the past five years or so has been the evolution of techniques for machining hard, difficult-to-cut materials, particularly titanium and stainless steel.
The Many Ways Ford Benefits from MQL
Clean machining using minimum quantity lubrication has allowed Ford’s Van Dyke transmission plant to become fundamentally more efficient and effective at manufacturing six-speed automatic transmissions.
Consider a Systems Approach to Tooling
How parts are processed is the key to reducing cycle times, especially when using Swiss-type and turn-mill machines.
Software/Tooling Partnership Promises Easier HSM
High-efficiency parameters are calculated automatically—partly using a slider that lets the programmer set the level of aggressiveness.