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Pros of 5-Axis Mills

5-axis mills

Some time ago, owning even a single 5-axis CNC machine was a luxury. Although, as both hardware and software advance, and more 5-axis mills enter the pre-owned market, small scale shops have begun to branch out into this more precise style of machining. Do you think it may be time for a new addition to […]

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What Is SFM in Machining?

YesTool

What does SFM stand for? In terms of CNC operations, the acronym SFM stands for Surface Feet per Minute. But what does that mean? Well, it’s how quickly a cutting tool moves across the surface of a workpiece during a CNC machining operation cycle. For machinists, it’s an easily understood common denominator for describing tool […]

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How Broaching Works

Millstar USA

Broaching is a machining process that uses a toothed tool to remove material in a consistent and accurate way. There are two types of broaching services, linear and rotary, which are used to produce different kinds of machining finishes, but in either case, production broaching is typically only used for precision applications and high-quantity production. […]

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5 Changes the Manufacturing Industry Will See in 2021

manufacturing industry tools

2020 has been a year like no other. It would’ve been hard to foresee a global pandemic, a trade war, and a pressing need for employees to work from home. Now we must ask ourselves, what can we assume about the changes 2021 will bring? Here are a few changes the manufacturing industry will likely […]

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Reducing Heat Generation in Cutting Tool Applications

heat generation

Heat is a natural byproduct with any cutting tool application, but it’s important that you know how to minimize it, as it will improve the life of your tool. Heat isn’t always bad and doesn’t need to totally be avoided, although, controlling heat will help prolong your tool life. Taking every precaution possible to redirect […]

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Slotting Efficiently With Miniature Cutting Tools

Millstar Canada

Slotting is one of the most difficult operations on a tool. Whether your tool is a 1” diameter drill or a .032” precision end mill, during slotting operations, a lot of force and pressure is applied to the entire cutting edge of the tool. This results in slower speeds and feeds and increased tool wear, […]

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Working With Carbon-Fiber Composites: Aerospace

Carbon-Fiber Composites

In aerospace, working with lightweight composite materials is more than common. Standard tools and methods designed for working metal just won’t cut it when it comes to manufacturing aerospace components made for these specific materials. Carbon-fiber material is also very abrasive, so with a typical cutting tool that may last for several hundred holes on […]

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Millstar Profile Milling Inserts and Coatings

Millstar Profile Milling Tools represent the latest advances in both profile and contour milling technology. Millstar allows customers to see greater results such as shorter machining and lead times and higher machining accuracy. Customers of Millstar include die and mold machining companies, aluminum extrusion companies, high speed machining mold makers and companies from the aerospace […]

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Milling: Horizontal vs. Vertical

Bed Mill

Milling is a common machining process that involves the use of a machine, known as a milling machine, to remove material from a stationary workpiece using a rotating cutting tool. With milling, the workpiece remains stationary, whereas the cutting tool rotates. As the rotating cutting tool presses against the workpiece, it removes material. Milling Machines  […]

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5 WAYS TO MAXIMIZE THE EFFICIENCY OF HIGH-FEED MILLING PROCESSES

Millstar USA

High-feed milling is a process that maximizes the removal of material in the shortest amount of time. If not applied properly, high-feed milling can create some improper results, which is why some manufacturers have begun to move away from the process due to what they consider reliability concerns. For machinists that would like to take […]

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