Cutting Tools

Opening a Connected Path from Digital Art to Part to Profit

Having data is not enough. Whether the data is identifying and describing the workpiece, the materials, the machines that will make it, the approval specification or other manufacturing criteria, all of the information must be organized in a manner which allows the data to work for you. This is where the digital intelligence of the smart factory comes into play.
Cutting Tools: Articles

Tool Management

The Smart Factory uses cyber-physical automation for tool management at every stage: from purchasing to programming to operation; from selecting, ordering and maintaining the proper tools for particular jobs to precise recommendations for cutting data to generating CNC programs for specific applications.

How to Double Throughput on Turning Large Scale Parts

Shops that turn large scale parts for power generation equipment and oil patch machinery are now achieving up to twice the material removal rate and extreme depth of cut, even while cutting forces stay the same as before or actually decrease and insert edge life improves. Here’s how they do it.

Great Expectations

This family-owned and operated machine shop explains how they found a grooving and cut-off system at a competitive price point that performed beyond their expectations by cutting their insert costs in half and tripling their tool life.

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.

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: Industry News

Seco Appoints New Engineered Tooling Manager

Thomas Funke now oversees their Component Engineered Tooling Division.

BIG DAISHOWA Constructs New Logistics Center

This state-of-the-art facility is equipped with an advanced material handling system run by unmanned forklifts, inspection systems, and robotic stacking of tooling on pallets for shipment.

Grainger Adds Cutting Tool Reconditioning Services

They can repair high speed steel and carbide end mills and drill bits used on CNC machine tools, manual mills and lathes.


Cutting Tools: Products

Basic Mill End Mills that are Anything but Basic

The Basic Mill from Haimer is ideal for slotting, trochoidal milling, steep ramping and even plunging in stainless steel, alloy steel, cast iron, aluminum and general steels.

Machining Heat Resistant Super Alloys at High Speeds

Cutting speeds soar on tough-to-machine materials with these new tools from NTK Cutting Tools.

Wear-Optimization App Helps Decrease Wear Rates and Associated Costs

The app from Walter USA enables users from any mobile device and operating system to identify all specific forms of wear on indexable-insert and round-tool solid carbide applications, from milling, drilling and threading to turning, grooving and parting.