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Published: 10/20/2014

Centerline Issues for Turning Inserts
Tooling experts Mike Fagan and David Grant suspect that many programmers and machinists could use a refresher on the importance and effects of insert alignment in turning operations. This short, amply-illustrated paper is their effort to clear up so...

Published: 10/16/2014

A Square Hole for a Square Peg
Putting square and rectangular boxes into wedge-shaped slots in a vending system isn’t the best use of the space. A tambour-style system with rectangular columns and adjustable shelving creates slots that better accommodate items with their packagin...

Published: 8/19/2014

Extreme Part-Off Demos at IMTS 2014
The strength of part-off tools is shown in demos whereby they part off a railroad rail and sledge hammer head. Talk about significant interrupted cuts…

Published: 7/17/2014

Webinar: Increase Milling Output on Your Existing Machine
It is not always the strength of the tool or the power of the machine that limits your depth of cut. In many cases, the limitation is the tendency to vibrate. Learn how to mill more productively by selecting spindle speeds tailored to your machine’s...

Published: 6/27/2014

In the Groove for 50 Years
It’s an American success story. In 1964, William and Hazel Kaiser founded a company to produce and market Thinbit, an innovative line of grooving tools. At first, the business operated out of the couple’s attic and garage. Fifty years later, the Kai...

Published: 6/17/2014

Five Go-To Machining Technologies
There are a number of ancillary machine tool technologies that shops can use to become more efficient and effective. Here are five that I appreciate.

Published: 6/16/2014

Milling Hard-to-Machine Materials on a Micro Scale
The idea of a tool that effectively controls heat with a special grade of carbide, a new coating and internal channels that deliver cooling through ports in the shank where the milling flutes begin, is worth a look.

Published: 5/15/2014

Video: Installing a Right Angle Head on a Toolchanger
This video steps you through the process for installing a standard right-angle head on a machine’s tool changer.

Published: 3/26/2014

Finishing Fillets
Consider these finish-machining techniques that can enable you to maximize material removal rates prior to completing accurate, tight-radii fillets.

Published: 3/12/2014

When to Waterjet, When to Mill
A composite parts manufacturer in Nebraska recently installed a combined five-axis waterjet/milling machine to position itself to win large-scale aerospace work it sees on the horizon.