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Innovations in Workholding

Not long ago, the mention of workholding might call to mind the traditional vise or three-jaw chuck. The integral nature of proper fixturing to successful machining has forever changed that paradigm and made workholding as critical to the manufacturing process as any of the machines or systems of which it is a part.

Parting & Grooving: Advanced Tech Delivers Quality Parts, Results

One thing that’s certain in developing the most cost-effective solutions for part-off and grooving applications is that there is not just one way to approach the problem and meet basic process requirements for chip evacuation, tool life and surface finish.

Fastener Manufacturer Cuts Energy Use in Half While Streamlining Production

A Swedish manufacturer of high strength stainless steel fasteners, BUMAX, has reduced the energy it uses for heating and electricity at its Åshammar facility by over 50 percent since 2011 – to significantly reduce its carbon emissions and further streamline the production of BUMAX products.

Rough Boring vs. Finish Boring

There’s more than one way to finish a hole. The most effective option will depend on the number of parts, cycle time and tolerances. One of the most effective options is boring.

Modular Quick-Change Systems Not Created Equal

While the initial investment for a modular quick-change tooling system is higher than that of traditional toolholders, significantly improving the connection between spindles and tooling is well worth it.

How Indexable Tools Keep Their Edge

Sales figures don’t lie: indexable cutting tools—featuring removable cutting tips called inserts—are a smash hit with machine shops.

ShopBot Tools Launches Virtual Workshop for CNC

ShopBot Tools, a manufacturer of CNC routers, has launched a “virtual workshop” for ShopBot customers and CNC users. While individuals, businesses, and educational institutions work to adapt to the changing environment surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, ShopBot is providing virtual tools to make CNC accessible to small and mid-sized manufacturers, including education, training, information, support.