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The Impact of COVID-19 on the Carbide Steel Industry

covid-19 Impact

It is no doubt COVID-19 has created unsurmountable impacts on all industries across Canada and the globe. Epic Tool works exclusively with the power generation, automotive, aerospace and Mold and Die making industries, all of which have taken a hit from the global pandemic. Many manufacturing industries have been pushed back and had regular production […]

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Coolants Used in CNC Operations

CNC milling machine work Coolant

Why is coolant important? Coolant in purpose is widely understood – it’s used to temper high temperatures common during machining, and aid in chip evacuation. However, there are several types and styles, each with its own benefits and drawbacks. Knowing which cnc coolant – or if any – is appropriate for your job can help […]

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Speeding Up Your Tool Change Time

CNC Tools Speed

It is not uncommon for machining centres to have automatic tool changing devices to automate the tool changing process. Newer models exhibit quicker tool changing times. If you’re trying to minimize cycle time, there may be some things you can do to reduce tool change time. Reducing tool changing time will make the machine more […]

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Basic CNC Tooling for Digital Woodworkers

Understanding CNC mills can be confusing due to the overwhelming minutiae of design detail and a bewildering number of choices. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. Fortunately, woodworkers have a fairly narrow focus: Cutting wood on a CNC. We have special considerations to consider but the good news is that by focusing on […]

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5 Mistakes to Avoid When Designing Parts

Millstar Canada

Unnecessary Machining A common mistake when designing parts is designing unnecessary features to machine. Such unnecessary machining adds to your run time and final production cost. There are many approaches that may be a neat addition to your machine visually, but add significant run time to machine away the remaining material. Instead, eliminate the need […]

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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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The Growing Role of CNC Machines in the Medical Industry

CNC Machine

Cleanliness and accuracy are two things the medical industry is well known for. It’s probably in our best interest it’s this way. This is especially true when it comes to the production and maintenance of medical equipment. CNC machines help power the entire industry by allowing the machining of various types of medical devices by […]

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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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