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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.

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.

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 Bright is the Future of Automation?

In the 1955 short story “Autofac,” Philip K. Dick envisioned a world dominated by self-replicating robots that work incessantly, eventually depleting the planet’s resources.

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.

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.

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.