Tooling & Workholding

Mills, drills, taps, reamers, boring bars, cutters, inserts, dies, punches, abrasive wheels and other devices used to cut, mill, drill, grind, tap, notch, punch and form material. Chucks, fixtures, clamps, blocks, angle plates, tooling columns, dies and other mechanisms used to position, locate and hold material as it is being cut, milled, drilled, ground, tapped, notched, punched, formed or welded.

Safe Heavy Duty Machining of Difficult Materials

The importance of the tool holder is still understated in roughing and heavy duty machining, where metal removal rates are absolutely crucial for productivity. But now, using special shrink fit chucks with drive pins and spiral grooves in the tool shank, it is possible to perform high-feed full slotting up to 2xD (50 mm) or more in difficult to machine materials.
Experts
Chucks

Do Lathe Operations on the Bed of Your Mill

RapidTurn from Tormach securely positions parts in 15 deg increments for secondary work on the primary spindle of the mill, which is ideal for cutting wrench flats or drilling cross holes on turned parts without additional setups.
Collets

Fulfilling Modern Micromachining Demands on a Legacy Machine

Looking for a creative way to achieve the requested specifications for a potentially lucrative micromachining job without having to invest in a very expensive specialized machine tool? A spindle speeder may be your best – and only – way to secure the deal.
Cutting Tools

Solid Ceramic Endmills Provide Stellar Performance

To deliver Inconel parts on time with zero scrap, this aerospace supplier uses 4-flute and 6-flute end mills constructed of SiAlON KYS40 grade ceramic for roughing nickel-based high-temperature alloys.
Drilling Tools

A More Productive Alternative to Helical Interpolation for High Volume Holemaking

The limitations of using milling tools to prepare holes for finishing become apparent as hole depth and volume increase. Enter the relatively simple and affordable twin cutter, which can solve this and virtually any other holemaking problem.
Fixturing Systems

Using Adaptive Grippers as Flexible Fixturing For Robotic Welding

Using a traditional jig for every type of piece and assembly is complicated and expensive when welding small volumes or high mixes of parts. Why not use a robot with an adaptive gripper to feed a welding robot? This could replace most of the templates currently used by adapting to any part size and shape and holding them firmly while welding.
Grinding Wheels

Why Cotton Fiber Abrasive Wheels Rule the Automotive World

A revolution is taking place in automotive braze removal, where Type 1 cotton fiber wheels are exponentially impacting smooth operations, shrinking costs and negating operating downtime. 
Positioners

How Close is Close Enough When Trying to Achieve Positioning Accuracy?

Which is better: pneumatic or electric actuation? This review of the various options of each process, along with their advantages and shortcomings depending on application circumstances, can help you make more informed decisions about positioning design and selection.
Punches and Dies

Clever Turret Press Tooling Produces More Parts In Less Time

Tooling changeover is a priority for this sheet metal job shop, which achieves quick setups, extra durability and increased uptime by using advanced tooling  that makes its turret presses "operate like new."
Saw Blades

Benchmark Survey of Industrial Metal-Cutting Organizations

Amid a challenging operating environ­ment, the LENOX Institute of Technology conducted a survey of 100+ industrial metal cutting operations that identified three key areas where organizations can gain additional productivity and efficiency on the shop floor. 
Threading Tools

Thread Form Now Available for High Speed CNC Machining

Stanley's Spiralock thread form has been used in applications for NASA’S Space Shuttle, the Saturn Cassini orbiter, and more.
Toolholders & Adapters

What You Need to Know Right Now to Improve High-Volume Micro Manufacturing

Opportunities abound for shops to cash in on the ever-growing micro machining market, but the differences between different types of micro tools vary from those found in standard tooling. Here are some insights into the extra care and know-how needed to achieve success and build a successful reputation as a reliable supplier of micro machined parts.
Vises and Vise Jaws

Reinventing the Unbreakable Grip

Examine the design of these machine tool vise jaws to understand how they enable aggressive 5-axis machining of high-value medical and aerospace parts in a single setup by clamping on as little as 2 mm of surface.
Tooling & Workholding: Products

Self-Locking Taps Provide Holding Power That Lasts

Union Butterfield Self-locking Taps eliminate time intensive disassembly and assembly procedures and costly fasteners, chemical bonds, nylon plugs or other devices to maintain tightness. A 30 deg wedge lock on the female thread creates a continuous spiral contact along the entire thread length for improved holding power versus standard thread forms.
Union Butterfield self-locking taps from Dormer Pramet are ideal for working with aluminum or other lightweight soft materials used in transportation, medical or industrial applications.

Ramping Cutter for Aluminum Machining

The Walter M2131 Skẏ·tec Ramping Cutter has two sizes of indexable inserts with various corner radii and employs the new milling grade WNN15, known for its extremely long tool life. This new cutter boasts protection against centrifugal force at the insert contact surface to help ensure a high level of process reliability even at maximum speeds, and its V-shaped cutting edge for ramping promotes rough milling and semi-finishing of pockets with high chip volume.
The M2131 Sky·tec from Walter is ideal for machining non-ferrous metals, such as the aluminum wrought alloys or aluminum lithium alloys often used in aircraft structural components.

Medical Machining: Tooling

With a height of only 20 mm, the VERO-S NSE mini pneumatic quick-change module from SCHUNK is extremely thin, making it ideal for retrofitting existing machines to achieve full utilization of the machine area and direct clamping of small precision workpieces being manufactured for use in medical technology.
Take a closer look at some of the newest tooling that can help contract manufacturers meet the machining, micro machining, and laser processing demands for smaller and more complex surgical implants, orthotic devices and medical instruments that are being made from newer materials – and still hold their costs down.