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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.
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...
Anatomy of a High-Feed Insert
These tools exploit chip thinning to enable efficient roughing at high feed rates and light cutting depths.
65 Years in Business
To commemorate its 65th anniversary, Kaiser has opened a second building, co-located with its newly expanded headquarters.
Average Chip Thickness: What It Is and Why You Should Care
During milling applications, chips that are too thin might indicate inadequate heat dissipation that can cause premature insert wear. Too thick, and cutting forces might be high enough to break inserts outright. Cutting parameters should be set to a...
Comparing Apples to Apples
Consistency is key to properly evaluating the effect of any process change.
Watch for Opportunities to Test Tools
I often advocate evaluating new cutting tools, but finding the time and resources to do this testing is not easy.
Replacing Broaching with Milling
Trochoidal milling is a toolpath technique generally applied to increase tool life or material removal rate in hard metals. Manufacturing solutions provider Iruba also relies on this approach to make a shaped milling tool effective.
Thread Milling Explained
Watch this short video from Sandvik Coromant to learn about the advantages of thread milling.
What Your Handbook Isn’t Telling You
Tony Schmitz, professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, gives a presentation on machine tool dynamics. Learn the role that this concept plays in realizing your optimal machining center performance.