HIGH SPEED MACHINING

Adding Context to Advanced Milling

For all its focus on machines, cutters, parameters and tool paths, an expo hosted by Methods Machine Tools demonstrated that competitive hard milling increasingly requires looking beyond the workzone and even beyond traditional machining.
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Aerospace

Applications Advance for Solid Ceramic End Mills

All they need is speed! Tools for roughing nickel-based alloys can be used in the same processes as carbide tools, just with high rpm and no coolant.
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Optimize Spindle Performance by Analyzing Failure

An in-depth failure analysis report documents findings and includes recommendations for corrective actions.

High-Speed Machine Spindles Reduce Cycle Times

Designed to reduce cycle times in a variety of operations, NSK America’s HES series of machine spindles includes two models programmable from 5,000 to 80,000 rpm.
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HMCs

Increase Machining Efficiency through Machine Monitoring

A manufacturer that is distinctive for its attention to in-cycle machining productivity describes its efforts to obtain efficiency improvements outside of the machining cycle. The shop’s primary tool is a simple, daily, graphical recap that illustrates when each machine tool was and was not making parts.
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HMCs

Micromachining Evolution

Challenge Machine continues to add high-speed equipment for the increasing amount of micromachining work it is performing. Here are some lessons it has learned along the way, using tools as small as 0.001 inch in diameter.
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CAD/CAM

The Costs and Benefits of Horizontal Machining

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.
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CNC & Machine Controls

Control Package Helps Speed Production

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.
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Die/Mold

High Speed Leads to Lights-Out

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