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Published: 12/21/2010

Miniature Tooling System Big on Swiss Turning
The use of Swiss-type sliding headstock machines for processing medical parts continues to grow. The work involves very intricate high-precision machining that has been placing an increased emphasis on tooling setups and change-over times.

Published: 8/24/2010

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.

Published: 7/19/2010

Chip Control
I discovered that chip control actually means controlling chips as they are being cut off of a workpiece.

Published: 6/17/2010

Faster Centerline Drilling with Continuous Pecks
One of the most difficult small-part turning operations does not involve a turning tool at all, but instead involves a drill.

Published: 4/19/2010

The Importance of Float During Micro Reaming
Micro reamers require a floating holder to compensate for any machine positioning inaccuracies.

Published: 11/2/2009

Quick Change for Screw Machines
New quick-change dovetail form toolholders bring lean operations at a lean price.

Published: 7/24/2009

How Do You Get The Cutting Parameters Right For Small End Mills?
A reader recently asked about speed, feed rate and depth of cut when using small tools in steel.

Published: 7/24/2009

Using Small End Mills In Steel Without Breaking
A reader wants to mill with small tools on a straightforward VMC used for full-sized work. MMS Online’s micromachining expert offers advice.

Published: 7/6/2009

Reducing Thrust Loads During Rigid Tapping
Some amount of synchronization error is inevitable with rigid tapping. By allowing just a slight amount of axial movement to compensate for synchronous errors, this tapping holder is said to reduce thrust load by as much as 90 percent.

Published: 5/21/2009

How Do You Machine a 30:1 Hole in Stainless Without the Drill Wandering?
An expert in micromachining says one answer is to check various aspects of the drilling process. Another answer is not to use a drill at all.