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Published: 12/1/2018

Maximizing Machines, Empowering the Machinist: The Art of Shop Floor Efficiency
When the Great Recession hit Linda Tool, leadership for the 66-year-old machine shop decided against cutting staff. Instead, they made a series of strategic investments and decisions around five-axis machining that has allowed them to scale up the b...

Published: 7/20/2018

The Fundamentals of Chip Control
Having strategies in place for managing chips is an important part of protecting the production process, from tool life to product quality.

Published: 7/2/2018

Understanding Circle-Segment Milling Tools
The circle-segment cutter represents a class of milling tool in which the CAM software is key for using the tool effectively. Cutting profiles presented at the proper angles realize cycle-time reductions in contoured workpieces such as molds. A CAM ...

Published: 4/20/2018

Selecting the Right Milling Tool
High-performance milling cutters combine high cutting data with long tool life and contribute to an increase in the productivity of manufacturing processes and to a more favorable cost structure, but certain factors must be considered when...

Published: 3/20/2018

Consider the Software Side of Cutting Tools
The intersection of the cutting tool and the workpiece it is applied to represents the very heart of subtractive metalworking. There is a significant amount of technology behind getting the cutting tool into the right place, at the right speed and t...

Published: 11/17/2017

VIDEO: Tips for Screw Making on Swiss-Type Machines
Here’s a three-part video series focused on screw making to help explain the benefits of thread whirling, back turning and broaching while taking into consideration CAM programming, tooling and machine specifications.

Published: 9/15/2017

Using Grinding Versus EDM to Finish Form Tools
Finishing carbide inserts using EDM or grinding.

Published: 7/13/2017

Data-Driven Manufacturing Brings Efficiency to the Shop Floor
Developments in data-driven manufacturing, or digitization of the shop floor, are going far beyond merely knowing whether or not machines are in cycle.

Published: 6/1/2017

Making Mountains out of Mold Steel—Literally
When graphite molds wouldn’t cut it for a manufacturer of hand-blown drinking glasses, this shop machined more durable stainless steel molds to create the famous mountainous shapes that emerge from the bottom of its customer’s nifty drin...

Published: 6/1/2017

A New Turning Process Enables Cutting “In Reverse”
A methodology for cutting in both directions on a CNC lathe promises to make turning a much more productive operation in certain applications. New types of inserts driven by new CAM tool paths are key enablers of this development, but implementing t...