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Published: 6/5/2007

Taking The Plunge
It doesn't take sophisticated technology to perform plunge roughing effectively. In fact, if you are making due with a less effective machine, plunge roughing deserves even more serious consideration. (Includes video.)

Published: 6/5/2007

The Appeal Of Peel Milling
Milling with high axial depth of cut and low radial depth of cut can offer an effective way to achieve high metal-removal rates in difficult materials.

Published: 5/4/2007

Machining For Air
This shop makes the oral devices that helped the shop owner and members of his family. Unattended machining is the key to making this therapy more accessible.

Published: 4/12/2007

Cutting With A 0.001-Inch End Mill
JPL’s Space Instrument Shop does this routinely, but it takes some special equipment and some unusual procedures. Above all, it takes patience.

Published: 1/10/2007

Cutting To The Model
This mold shop's cutting tool strategies help it eliminate hand spotting altogether by machining complex molds directly to the CAD model.

Published: 12/22/2006

Milling Adaptor: Reach Without Reluctance
An alternative to conventional extended-reach toolholders, milling adaptors contain a custom damping mechanism to minimize vibration when milling long overhangs.

Published: 10/9/2006

Cutting Tools For High Speed Milling Of Aluminum
Go with the flow—chip flow, that is. The uninterrupted flow of the soft aluminum chip determines the design of the end mills that Metlfab uses.

Published: 6/15/2006

Mainstream Technology Keeps Shop On Track
In its toolroom, Branchline Trains takes a practical approach to machining with end mills as small as 0.005 inch in diameter.

Published: 6/14/2006

The Real Cost Of Runout
A seemingly small amount of runout can still be too large for the tool. Reduce this runout, and tool life or productivity may dramatically increase.

Published: 5/3/2006

Machining’s Role In Making Cancer "History"
A machine shop in a new cancer treatment center produces components to precisely guide proton radiation to eliminate its target—cancerous tumors.