Every machinist has their refined arsenal of tools that they like to use. No matter what the job looks like, they will try to find a way to pick their favorite tools and make them fit into the program.
While we all know the importance of picking the right machine tool for the right job, it’s important to remember that there is so much more to making chips than just the mill or lathe you are using. Choosing the right tools and workholding for your job is just as important, if not more so!
Sometimes, there can be a lot to CNC machining – everything from computer programming to materials science is involved – but paying attention to a few things can make a big difference in the parts that you make. Here are six little things that can make a big difference with your CNC machining.
If you ask five CNC machinists the same question, you’re bound to get seven answers. But that doesn’t mean they're indecisive, just there are many different ways to perform any given CNC operation. That being said, there is no 100% right or wrong way to cut aluminum, but here are a few things to keep your eyes on when buying end mills.
This week we celebrate turkey day, or Thanksgiving for those who prefer more classical phrasing. While we all love our families and are thankful for good health and good food, there are some things that machinists seem to be specifically thankful for. I’m sure I missed a few things here, but here’s my shortlist of what machinists tend to be thankful for…
Why are some end mills so much more expensive than others, and are they worth the cost? Every machinist must have wondered about this question at some point. Many develop fierce loyalties to the brand that has worked for them. Manufacturer’s recommended speeds and feeds fall into bands depending on the material and type of cut, but they are not all the same. Different endmills really do perform differently, and they sure do come in a wide range of prices. In this article, we’ll take a look at the three main factors that cause end mills to perform differently: the grade or quality of the carbide they’re made from, their geometry, and their coatings.