Metal Cutting

Grinding Equipment

Grinding is a machining process that takes a very light “cut” using abrasive media—typically an abrasive grinding wheel. Grinding wheels with different grit sizes achieve rougher or finer grinding passes, according to the needs of the application. When precise accuracy and/or surface finish are required, grinding is often used as a finishing process after some other metalworking operation. Grinding is also an effective process for machining workpiece materials that are too hard for milling or turning. Some grinders machine round parts. These machines include cylindrical grinders and centerless grinders. Some grind flat surfaces. These are surface grinders. Form grinders move the work and/or the wheel in various axes to grind surfaces that are precisely contoured. Still other grinders are dedicated solely to machining the hard materials necessary to produce cutting tools for other types of machining operations. These are referred to as tool grinders or cutter grinders.

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Where Focus Is Foremost


A shop that specializes in precision thread grinding not only provides an environment in which its machinists can fully focus on challenging tasks, but also the advanced equipment needed to accurately complete them.

Labor Savings in Grinding


Representatives of a grinding equipment supplier comment on how this critical process can be made more efficient.



Schutte 325 linear five-axis grinder

CNC Grinder Features Extended X-, Y-Axis Paths

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
Schütte’s 325 linear five-axis CNC grinder features extended X- and Y-axis movement, plus two auxiliary slides for workpiece clamping and improved grinding-wheel guidance over the entire machining envelope.

Engis superabrasive tooling

Range of Superabrasive Tooling Offered

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
Engis offers a range of superabrasive tooling for use in machining centers.

5-Axis CNC Grinder with Extended X-Y Axis Paths

By: Lori Beckman (editor)
Schütte’s 325linear machine, a five-axis CNC grinder with extended X- and Y-axis movement plus two auxiliary slides for workpiece clamping and improved grinding wheel guidance over the entire machining envelope.

Cylindrical Grinding Technology in Motion

By: Mark Albert
United Grinding's annual Motion Meeting in Thun, Switzerland, highlights the group’s latest developments in cylindrical grinding. News from this year’s event includes the introduction of new models that broaden the range of ID and OD cylindrical grinding in the Studer line.

Spotlight Slideshow: Grinding

By: Stephanie Monsanty
The February 2015 product spotlight focuses on equipment for grinding. Click through the slideshow for technologies related to cylindrical grinding, tool grinding and more.


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