Metalworking Fluids

Metalworking fluids are the oil- and water-based liquids that facilitate turning, milling, drilling and grinding. These fluids are often lumped together under the general term "coolant," though many metalworking fluids do not primarily perform a cooling effect. Rather, the primary value of many metalworking fluids is to provide lubricity that extends cutting performance and tool life, and to assist in clearing chips out of the way of the cut. Metalworking fluid technology has advanced considerably in recent years, to the extent that finding just the right cutting fluid for a particular machining process can dramatically increase efficiency or productivity.
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How Effective is MQL for Drilling Titanium/Aluminum Stacks?

Titanium expert Mark Larson describes how coolant properties affect the cut. MQL might work, but water-based coolant is typically best in titanium.
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About Metalworking Fluids and More (Part 2)

Two science papers from Quaker Chemical Corp. are worth reading for what they say about key developments in metalworking technology.
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Grinding Fluid Increases Production Rates, Reduces Surface Cracks

Oelheld presents the Sintogrind TT-US grinding fluid formulated from synthetically produced poly-alpha-olefin-based fluid, providing a long lifespan if properly filtered.



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