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Exploring the: Turning Tools Zone

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Turning The Long And Difficult

This shop has made large turning work its specialty. In proving to its customers that it can perform this difficult work, it has started to win more "standard" machining jobs.

Machining Under The Microscope

Sandia National Laboratories experiments with turning and milling tools just 10 and 20 microns in size.

Applying Turn-Milling

Combining a rotating tool with rotating work produces a machining operation that is distinct from standard turning or milling.

Choosing Advanced Tooling For Swiss Machining

The right tools for Swiss machines can boost throughput and improve the quality of finished parts. For example, switching from brazed carbide parting tools to more wear resistant coated carbide inserts with sharper edges reduced cycle time on an aut...

Coating Improvements For Steel Turning

Relationships between coatings and substrate materials are keys to the performance of cemented carbide inserts.

New Treatment Extends Tool Life

Heat is the major enemy of the cutting tool. Tool life is a measure of how long an individual edge can effectively hold up to the temperatures and pressures that are generated in the cutting zone.

Latest Core Inserts Meet Near-Net-Shape Turning Needs

Cutting-tool makers now know more than ever about making general inserts for specific metalcutting applications. Here is some of what they've learned.

Soft Turning Is Key To Hard Turning

For this contract shop, it's what happens before heat treat that ensures hard turning process success. They've learned getting it right early eliminates problems later.

Taking The Fear Out Of Hard Turning

To make the transition to hard turning, you'll need to switch from carbide to CBN inserts, but that is easier (and more economical) than you might think. It's making the jump to much higher surface speeds that might scare you off. It needn't. Here's...

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