Related Glossary Terms
Workholding device that affixes to a mill, lathe or drill-press spindle. It holds a tool or workpiece by one end, allowing it to be rotated. May also be fitted to the machine table to hold a workpiece. Two or more adjustable jaws actually hold the tool or part. May be actuated manually, pneumatically, hydraulically or electrically. See collet.
Flexible-sided device that secures a tool or workpiece. Similar in function to a chuck, but can accommodate only a narrow size range. Typically provides greater gripping force and precision than a chuck. See chuck.
Milling cutter held by its shank that cuts on its periphery and, if so configured, on its free end. Takes a variety of shapes (single- and double-end, roughing, ballnose and cup-end) and sizes (stub, medium, long and extra-long). Also comes with differing numbers of flutes.
This is a video supplement to Cutting Tool Engineering's Productive Times case study titled, "Shop wrangles runout challenge," which involved BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling Inc. and Homeyer Precision Manufacturing. The Challenge: Minimize endmill runout to extend tool life when producing aluminum-based forceps. The Solution: A collet chuck that provides minimal runout. For the full Productive Times article, click here.