Metal Cutting

Exploring the: Vertical Machining Centers (VMCs) Zone
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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.


The 400° Difference

Cryogenic machining achieves dramatic tool life gains not by flooding the cut, but by refrigerating the tool.


Easily Upgrade Machines with Hexapods

If you are like me, you’ve never heard of a hexapod until recently (or now), but I put two and two together to figure out that it was a machining apparatus with six legs.


Standard Software Addresses Common Machining Challenges

These low-cost VMCs come standard with a number of software features that enable them to compensate for machining’s inherent physical and thermal challenges.


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.


From Image to Implant

Demo shows custom implant made on commodity-level machine.


How is Large-Part Machining Different?

A shop serving the wind-power industry illustrates some of the challenges particular to machining massive workpieces.


Composites Machining for the F-35

Lockheed Martin’s precision machining of composite skin sections for the F-35 provides part of the reason why this plane saves money for U.S. taxpayers. That machining makes the plane compelling in ways that have led other countries to take up some ...


Determining Machining Effectiveness, Not Guessing It

KitchenAid uses Overall Equipment Effectiveness to determine in real numbers the impact individual machine tools have on parts production for its stand mixers. In doing so, it brings actual machining processes closer to ideal ones.


How to Overcome an Acc/Dec Limitation in High Speed Machining

A small pocket in a graphite workpiece limits productivity. Part of the expert’s response is to consider how a lower feed rate might actually be more productive—because the machine will spend more time at the programmed rate.


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