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.

December 2014 | Vol. 66 | Issue 12
December 2014 issue of Cutting Tool Engineering magazine

Machine tools for cutting composite materials have unique requirements. PLUS:

  • The pros and cons of turning with the ‘perfect’ insert
  • While many machine shops have an EDM, they still have to decide when to outsource certain jobs
  • Choosing the best marking method for delicate workpieces
  • And columns covering the cultivation of machining's future; an interview with an enterprising Colorado manufacturer; when to turn to a turnkey solution; more tips and tricks for parts finishing, and some methods to purposely burn workpieces.
November 2014 | Vol. 66 | Issue 11
November 2014 issue of Cutting Tool Engineering magazine

2015 Buyers Guide issue:

  • Manufacturers index
  • Disributors index
  • Machne Shop index.
October 2014 | Vol. 66 | Issue 10
October 2014 issue of Cutting Tool Engineering magazine

Cloud-based CAD gains momentum. PLUS:

  • Simultaneous machining on multiple spindles enhances efficiency and lowers cost per part for high-volume production
  • Thermal and mechanical methods can increase part surface hardness while leaving the inside ductile
  • Machine-integrated inspection systems can improve quality and profitability
  • Integrating digital tool libraries into CAM software enables process improvement
  • And columns covering the benefits of taking shop workers to IMTS; the advantages of preloading ball nuts; how workholder modeling slashes setup time; metrology software benefits; some significant advances in deep-hole drilling, and still more tips for effective finish work.
September 2014 | Vol. 66 | Issue 9
September 2014 issue of Cutting Tool Engineering magazine

Heavy-duty multitask machine tools provide numerous benefits for producing large, complex components—when the application is right. PLUS:

  • 3D printing is poised to turn prototyping on its head
  • When tool presetters are integrated into a shop, a key question is who will take the measurements
  • Rotary broaching allows machine shops to bring broaching in-house
  • Growing U.S. auto market needs supply flexibility and more lightweight parts.
August 2014 | Vol. 66 | Issue 8
August 2014 issue of Cutting Tool Engineering magazine

CTE’s 2014 Salary Survey shows the earnings of metalworking professionals have headed upward. PLUS:

  • A tool inventory management system shows who’s using what and for what purpose
  • Teach your vertical machining center to ‘dance without a partner’
  • Thread milling is an attractive alternative to tapping
  • Certification helps machine shops develop consistent QA practices—and new business
  • Get a grip on machined parts with face drivers
  • Advances in software, sensors and connectivity create more choices and greater accessibility for machine monitoring
  • Tapered-pipe tapping calls for interrupted-thread taps
  • Gear makers embrace indexable-insert tools.
July 2014 | Vol. 66 | Issue 7
July 014 issue of Cutting Tool Engineering magazine

Toolholder vibration negatively impacts all aspects of machining. PLUS:

  • JDA Aqua Cutting and JDA Custom offer both machining services and motorcycle-related products
  • Portable coordinate measuring machine arms bring sophisticated inspection to the shop floor
  • Solutions for 10 of the most challenging deburring applications
  • Bremen Castings celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, but doesn’t look back
  • An examination of wheel performance shows the ups and downs of creep-feed grinding
  • Ultrasonic machining is a sound but unsung option
  • How needles and other medical ‘sharps’ are ground.
June 2014 | Vol. 66 | Issue 6
June2014 issue of Cutting Tool Engineering magazine

Despite setbacks and challenges, orthopedic implant market set to grow; and shop makes one-of-a-kind knee implants with CAM templates. PLUS:

  • Ways to keep machines and operators cool, clean and calm
  • 10 questions about machining titanium alloys
  • Preventive maintenance is an important part of a machine shop’s routine—and every shop handles it differently
  • The importance of effectively cooling the cutting zone when grooving.
May 2014 | Vol. 66 | Issue 5
May 2014 issue of Cutting Tool Engineering magazine

‘More of everything’ boosts Swiss machining productivity—and complexity. PLUS:

  • Hydraulic vises offer accurate workholding for workpieces large and small
  • When selecting a boring or reaming tool to finish a hole, the application is everything
  • Cutting fluids make it easier to keep your cool when workpieces are difficult to machine
  • Despite setbacks, South Carolina shop thrives, develops winning production strategy
  • Gage repeatability and reproducibility studies improve measurement systems.
April 2014 | Vol. 66 | Issue 4
April 2014 issue of Cutting Tool Engineering magazine

Look, down in the hole, it’s a valve, it’s a vane—it’s a heat-resistant superalloy! PLUS:

  • U.S. energy market in overdrive as shale drilling booms
  • Shops of all sizes need an enterprise resource planning system
  • Various methods are available to thread holes, each offering pros and cons;
  • Laser technology has taken hold in the moldmaking industry, offering new possibilities for fabrication, detailing, maintenance and repair.
March 2014 | Vol. 66 | Issue 3
March 2014 issue of Cutting Tool Engineering magazine

Adaptive control helps CNC machines output more parts. PLUS:

  • Omega Manufacturing specializes in challenging wire EDM work, but offers one-stop parts manufacturing
  • Metal-injection molding has arrived as a way to manufacture small, complex parts
  • New developments expand the application range of replaceable-tip drills
  • Valley Tool invests in high-performance machine tools to effectively compete and grow.
February 2014 | Vol. 66 | Issue 2
February 2014 issue of Cutting Tool Engineering magazine

Transforming horizontal machining centers into lean, mean, part-making machines. PLUS:

  • High-speed grinding can provide great gains when grinding ODs
  • With a focus on machining large parts in multifunctional mill/turn machines, QualTech Industries quickly attracted customers after opening 4 years ago in Kings Mountain, N.C.
  • While hydraulic toolholders are said to have limited applications, their high gripping force and simple operation help them secure a place in machine shops
  • Aerospace parts market booms with sustained jetliner demand.
January 2014 | Vol. 65 | Issue 1
January 2014 issue of Cutting Tool Engineering magazine

Network of NIMS-certified training centers expands; how a cooperative organization helps manufacturers train their employees in-house; and Connecticut Spring & Stamping developed an apprenticeship program to meet its own training needs. PLUS:

  • Tips on choosing live tooling for a mill/turn center
  • Combination cutting tools for holemaking applications save a significant amount of time when the application is right
  • Bandsawing bundled materials requires some special insight
  • Tool data management optimizes production resources and data.