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High-pressure coolant plays a critical role in deep-hole drilling, deep-pocket milling.

Learn proper sawing techniques, material science, blade geometry.

Options for deburring delicate parts with precise geometry and fine finishes.

Digital boring tools offer ease of use, precision and speed but do these benefits offset the cost?

Don't be intimidated by programming. The most difficult task of machining is holding the part.

Preventing leaks in hydraulic systems requires a good seal and a good sealing surface.

Effectively streamlining first article inspection requires more than a wireless data transfer system.

Tracing well-known machining innovations over the last few decades spurred by challenges faced by mold makers.

Application-specific tool coatings improve productivity and reduce costs.

Traditional skills could help modern training.

Multitask machines are practical and appealing.

Shop floor connectivity is no longer the future.

Which machining center is better? Superiority is based on the application and the machine shop using the machine.

Laser machining has distinct advantages and disadvantages

The long evolution of additive manufacturing is poised to continue.

Machining automotive materials comes with challenges.

A strong maintenance routine is important.

Experience is the best teacher.

How materials and parts are handled can improve productivity.

Lessons in reaming are shared.

Training is expensive, but so is not training

Without skilled craftspeople, the Fourth Industrial Revolution won’t have its anticipated impact.

When done right, threading is very satisfying.

There are different reasons for rebuilding rather than replacing machines.

The operation can produce a countless variety of components.

Pursuing shorter setup times is worthwhile

Broaching remains a fundamental operation for machine shops.

Three elements — cutting speed, stability and chip evacuation — can help shops achieve the lowest cost per hole.

Steps can be taken to change the perception of manufacturing careers.

A lot goes into generating an excellent finish.

Even with its drawbacks, laser machining will continue to find new industrial applications.

Although challenging, working for a major defense contractor can benefit a career.

CNC machines and programming have changed how cutting tools are made and maintained.

Reducing time spent setting tools can increase profits.

Aluminum is light, clean and easily machined, which is why machinists enjoy working with it.

When electrical discharge machining is required, the disadvantages don't mean a thing.

Lessons from machining automotive materials can be applied to other industries.

The holy grail of tool management is the integration of tool storage, tool data transfer and tool condition monitoring, but many ways exist to keep machines running.

The Capto toolholding system provides speed, accuracy and flexibility.

Although arguably less interesting than some newer technologies, sawing is still a vital machining operation at modern machine shops.  

Abrasives play a significant part at a modern metalworking shop, but process design, optimization and safety aspects frequently are overlooked.

Cutting grooves is one of the more challenging turning operations performed by machinists. Many scrapped parts and broken tools later, Christopher Tate shares important lessons about grooving.

The selection process is often one of trial and error working to optimize the combination of machine, cutting fluid, cutting parameters and grinding wheel.

How is machining large parts different from machining small ones?

Any machinist probably has heard of centerless grinding, but it is an obscure process often only familiar in name.

Connectivity will continue to advance industrial technology.

Industry-led training and vocational programs are the solution to the shortage of workers.

CNC machines and CAM software enable advanced milling techniques

Palletization and other lean methods reduce the time spent not making chips.

Automation enables part manufacturers to boost efficiency, but limitations remain.