CNC materials: the truth about titanium

In the world of CNC machining, and even manufacturing in general, titanium seems to be held in the highest of regards. NASA uses it, so there has to be some validity to that. We see and hear it all the time from customers and those interested in buying a Tormach CNC Machine: “So, can this thing cut titanium?” Now, that’s a valid question if you’re planning on running a CNC machined titanium project, but more often than not people only use titanium as a litmus test for a CNC machine because the thought is often ‘If it can cut titanium, it can cut anything/'

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CNC Machine Cutting Tools: Why Coatings Aren't a Conspiracy

When you’re picking out cutting tools, the first challenge is to figure out which style to buy. The second is to select what material and coating combination you’ll need. You might be questioning why coatings matter – surely it’s just a marketing ploy to get you to spend an extra couple bucks, right?

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Tantalum: My New Favorite Metal?

We recently had a customer ask about the PCNC 770 and its cutting capabilities. After some conversation about the machine’s ability to cut anything that you can put under the spindle – it all just depends on feeds, speeds, and how long it takes to cut – the customer cut to the chase: “Can it mill Tantalum?” Never heard of Tantalum? It raised a few eyebrows around here as well. This metal is found on the periodic table under transition metals and is just a few columns away from platinum. Tantalum is renowned for its ability to resist corrosion by acids and an extremely high melting point of 3017° C, as well as being highly conductive of both electricity and heat. Tantalum finds itself in many of the electronics we use every day, being used to make capacitors and high-power resistors. But, what’s more interesting, we also see this hard metal being used in alloys for making everything from superalloys for jet engines and nuclear reactors to making carbide tools for metalworking. So, this stuff is used to make the tools used to make things. Tantalum is also bioinert, which means it does not initiate a response or interact when introduced to biological tissue. Because of this bioinertness, combined with a high stiffness, Tantalum is used in a number of surgical instruments and implants. It’s also non-magnetic, which means that implants made out of tantalum are safe in MRI machines and the like.

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Tormach Is a Jeweler’s Best Friend

As the world of manufacturing trends toward being smaller and more customized, many industries are doing the same. Customized jewelry has often been relegated to work done in castings, but customized jewelry is becoming a much bigger industry, and CNC machinery is helping to lead the way.

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Stronger, Lighter Parts for Faster Racers with a Tormach

There are a number of Tormach customers that use their PCNC mills to help race cars and motorcycles go faster. In fact, we have a whole customer success story section dedicated to just that. Adam Silver is a race enthusiast who fabricates vintage race car parts.

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