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High Speed Machining

High speed machining typically refers to making light milling passes at high spindle speed and feed rate to achieve a high metal removal rate. This practice can be effective for machining intricate core and cavity geometries in mold machining, and for quickly machining large, complex aircraft structural components out of solid blocks of aluminum.

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Vibration analysis may be the machining center’s missing piece. If you haven’t performed this analysis on your high speed machine, you probably don’t know what the machine can do.

Another Angle On HSM


The savings in setup time were welcome enough, but this mold maker found that a 3+2 machining center also accelerated its use of high speed machining.



Hybrid Machine Combines Laser Sintering with Milling

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The Lumex Avance-25 from MC Machinery Systems and Matsuura Machinery Corp. combines metal laser sintering technology with high-speed milling technology to produce complex parts using digital engineering and 3D data.

The Costs and Benefits of Horizontal Machining

By: Peter Zelinski
The shift from vertical to horizontal machining was even more expensive than this shop anticipated. It was also more valuable. Most of the shop’s machining centers are HMCs now—here’s why.

Control Package Helps Speed Production

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After cutting precision parts in one third of the original time, Task Force Tips was able to justify its initial investment in an Index automatic production lathe fitted with a Siemens control package.

High Speed Leads to Lights-Out

By: Derek Korn
This mold maker has become more competitive by establishing a high speed machining process that is predictable enough to confidently run lights-out.

Inserts Withstand Heavy, High-Feed Cuts

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Swapping standard button inserts for a new grade from Ingersoll helped this manufacturer of downhole oil-drilling equipment double throughput on a troublesome arbor milling job in hardened steel.


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