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BIG Kaiser Promotes Jack Burley to President/COO

BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling has promoted Jack Burley to President/Chief Operating Officer, effective January 1, 2021. Chris Kaiser, BIG Kaiser President and CEO for 30 years, will take on the role of Executive Advisor.

Turning Inserts Face New Challenges

Originally marketed for their proficiency in heavy metal removal applications while delivering longer tool life and multi-point efficiency, turning inserts have grown more sophisticated in response to advances in materials, machines, methods, and even social factors.

KU Leuven Installs Xjet Carmel To Explore Medical 3D Printing

As one of the oldest and most prestigious research-lead universities in Europe, KU Leuven is an institution that is always seeking to innovate and stay on top of the latest trends and technologies. When it comes to manufacturing, the institution is an advocate of additive processes and dedicates a research group to the technology.

Shops Use Shrink-Fit with Presetters for Toolholding Efficiency

Unlike its name, the use of shrink-fit tooling is expanding. A shrink-fit toolholder starts with a slightly undersize bore that is heated to enlarge the inner diameter enough to accept a cutting tool and then grip the cutter as it cools and contracts.

How to Choose the Best Toolholding System for Your Shop

Many job shops hold onto traditional, inexpensive tooling systems. ER collets and Weldon flats are tried and true; they work and are proven. At the same time, newer, advanced machining technology, such as multi-axis machines, may perform better when newer, advanced (and more expensive) toolholders are deployed.