U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $198.9 million according to the United States. Cutting Tool Institute (USCTI) and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the Cutting Tool Market Report collaboration, was down 6.8 percent from May’s $213.4 million and down 6.3 percent when compared with the $212.4 million reported for June 2018.
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High-speed, small footprint milling machines have challenged traditional spindle retention knob technology to achieve the design safety required in today’s advanced shops.
Advances in turning insert technology that promise faster processing, longer tool life and reduced cycle time are always promoted with great fanfare by suppliers and welcomed by manufacturers looking for a competitive edge.
BIG Kaiser’s “Breakfast and Learn” event, hosted at its Hoffman Estates, Illinois, headquarters, is by now is an annual event not to be missed for a great breakfast and technical presentations on the latest developments in precision tooling.
Innovations in workholding, tooling and measurement for medical manufacturing are helping meet the challenges of medical manufacturing.
Defeating chatter, increasing speeds and feeds, defeating pullout, and reducing cycle times hold the keys to success.
Machinists and toolmakers are often confused for one another. Their expertise and job descriptions might seem similar to an outsider, but as Practical Machinist’s forum members like to point out, there is a significant difference between them.
From November 1 to December 31, 2019, Blaser will donate $500 to the National Robotics League (NRL) on behalf of each National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) member company placing their first order for one or more drums of Blaser metalworking fluids.
When it comes to the number of flutes on an end mill, the right choice always depends on machine tool capabilities, material properties and part design. Shops that select the wrong number of flutes—or use a tool simply because they own it—may be disappointed to find that their part quality, tool life or both will suffer.
As parts and materials have advanced, tools and methods that were once standard have been replaced by better, more advanced technologies. It is important to recognize the advancements essential to your operation.