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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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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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Tools Used Within the Mold & Die Industry

Tools Used Within the Mold & Die Industry

What is the Difference Between Mold and Die? A DIE IS a block of metal with a special shape or with a pattern cut into it that is used for shaping other pieces of metal such as coins or for making patterns A MOLD (or mould) is a container that you pour liquid metals or […]

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