Cutting Tool Engineering Magazine

Cutting Tool Engineering magazine, published 12 times a year by CTE Publications Inc., helps manufacturing professionals enhance the productivity of their companies' cutting and grinding operations. Browse through the issues below and select the digital format you prefer: via our CTEplus digital edition app, a PDF file, or a digital edition designed for desktop computers.

October 2009 | Vol. 61 | Issue 10

Implementing new technologies helps military parts manufacturing stay on the cutting edge. PLUS:

  • Engineered coating combinations control heat and keep chips flying when dry-drilling
  • Wire EDM gains ground as the go-to technology for prototyping parts with intricate geometries and those made of hard materials
  • On-machine probing can reduce setup time, boost productivity and minimize costs
  • Guidelines for turning tool steels apply to both tool- and part-making applications
  • Industry publications detail the latest metalcutting products and services. 
September 2009 | Vol. 61 | Issue 9

Machining large, compacted graphite iron castings for diesel engine components is rife with challenges—but using the right tools and techniques can help. PLUS:

  • Lights-out production can put a shine on the bottom line of even low-volume, multiple-part operations
  • As coolant costs climb, it’s more important than ever to know how to properly evaluate fluid products, equipment and services
  • Among the strengths of the HSS insert is its flexibility, which makes it the tool-of-choice for some tough applications
  • Understanding tool wear and using new coating technologies to combat it can enhance tool life and machining productivity.
August 2009 | Vol. 61 | Issue 8

Understanding tool geometry and selecting the right tap for diff erent workpiece materials can help take the stress out of tapping operations. PLUS:

  • U.S. companies that adopt electromagnetic workholders heartily endorse the technology
  • Shot peening boosts part performance and life
  • Combination tooling, custom fixtures and creative solutions help Apex Precision thrive
  • Who should perform spindle maintenance in machine shops?
July 2009 | Vol. 61 | Issue 7

Drills with interchangeable carbide tips provide productivity, fl exibility, accuracy and economy. PLUS:

  • Reducing a machine tool’s energy consumption helps achieve ‘green’ machining
  • Tool presetters help three shops boost accuracy, productivity and savings
  • What to consider when ordering engineered, application-specific milling tools
  • Routine grinding machine maintenance boosts productivity and parts accuracy
  • Fire suppression systems protect your shop—and your future
  • Learn details about the many products manufacturers offer the metalcutting industry.
June 2009 | Vol. 61 | Issue 6

Shops seeking to true and dress superabrasive grinding wheels need solutions beyond ‘tried-and-true’ methods. PLUS:

  • New laser machining center laser ablates 3-D profiles in superhard cutting tools
  • Maximizing productivity and calculating required machining power when facemilling titanium
  • The abrasive waterjet has become the tool of choice for trimming and shape cutting composites for aerospace applications
  • Parts that meet drawing dimensions can still end up as scrap if they lack surface integrity
  • New tools give shops a battle-ready edge for this difficult-to-machine material
  • How to get the most from multitask machines; and learn who offers what types of training by reading summary reviews of companies’ training programs.
May 2009 | Vol. 61 | Issue 5

Innovative technologies and techniques for manufacturing minimally invasive medical devices. PLUS:

  • Parts manufacturers should head straight to their high-strength round inserts to turn nickel-base alloys
  • Despite economic turmoil, builders of vertical machining centers are keeping their customers and themselves in the game with new technology, services and added value
  • Boring tools can do more than true holes—they can also help overcome manufacturing obstacles
  • Shops can be both lean and green by using a work cell-based approach to parts washing as well as environmentally friendly cleaning compounds and technologies
  • Learn who off ers what in metalworking products, from insert holders to cutting tools to grinding machines, by reading summary reviews of companies’ literature.
April 2009 | Vol. 61 | Issue 4

Quality Mould Inc., a maker of molds for glass products such as lamps and headlights, thrives by leveraging its skills and using advanced technology. PLUS:

  • Tracking and reducing burr costs or—better yet—minimizing burr formation can improve productivity
  • Process monitors—either vibration- or digitally based—help parts manufacturers save money and ensure quality on small production runs
  • Challenging Swiss-style machining jobs can require specialty collets or novel applications of standard workholding
  • Rough-and-ready grinding calculations—and an opinionated Viking—help quickly determine appropriate grinding parameters
  • With a new ownership structure in place, Kaiser AG is entering it seventh decade serving the metalworking industry.
March 2009 | Vol. 61 | Issue 3

New materials, the need for lightweight parts and the burgeoning size of some aircraft challenge manufacturers of landing gear components. PLUS:

  • The ins and outs of specifying and ordering a flexible specialty machine tool and having a machine builder produce it
  • Ballsizing, lapping with wire and brushing are three simple and economical hole-finishing techniques that yield impressive results
  • How to machine polymeric composite materials with single-layer diamond abrasive tools
  • The benefits of minimum-quantity lubrication—which is suitable for many types of  machine tools—are numerous
  • Today’s Web-based training programs can get machine operators ready to cut metal before they ever lay hands on the real deal
  • A parts manufacturer fi nds that brushing the cutting edges of tools with nylon bristles extends tool life, improves part quality and reduces manufacturing costs.
February 2009 | Vol. 61 | Issue 2

Machining wind turbine components provides opportunities for diversifi cation and growth. PLUS:

  • Expanding orthopedic implant market spurs search for new turning center technology
  • Examining the process through the lens of an electron microscope
  • Computer-aided error detection and prevention helps prevent disasters and improve machine efficiencies
  • Grooving miniature parts requires a conservative cutting approach and a choice between solid-carbide and insertable tools
  • One of the world’s largest cutting tool companies began as a kitchen-table operation in a remote part of Israel. 
January 2009 | Vol. 61 | Issue 1

Production of precise, tough oil-field components demands the use of sophisticated multitask machines. PLUS:

  • Keys to maximizing productivity when facemilling steel
  • Case histories and comments about hard milling from frontline die and mold shops
  • Increasingly sophisticated drills enable shops to tackle nickel-base superalloys with ease
  • Carbide drill with unique design reportedly minimizes walking while extending tool life
  • With its patent expired, the Coromant Capto modular toolholding system is now governed by an ISO standard.

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