Related Glossary Terms
Machining operation in which material is removed from the workpiece by a powered abrasive wheel, stone, belt, paste, sheet, compound, slurry, etc. Takes various forms: surface grinding (creates flat and/or squared surfaces); cylindrical grinding (for external cylindrical and tapered shapes, fillets, undercuts, etc.); centerless grinding; chamfering; thread and form grinding; tool and cutter grinding; offhand grinding; lapping and polishing (grinding with extremely fine grits to create ultrasmooth surfaces); honing; and disc grinding.
- grinding machine
Powers a grinding wheel or other abrasive tool for the purpose of removing metal and finishing workpieces to close tolerances. Provides smooth, square, parallel and accurate workpiece surfaces. When ultrasmooth surfaces and finishes on the order of microns are required, lapping and honing machines (precision grinders that run abrasives with extremely fine, uniform grits) are used. In its “finishing” role, the grinder is perhaps the most widely used machine tool. Various styles are available: bench and pedestal grinders for sharpening lathe bits and drills; surface grinders for producing square, parallel, smooth and accurate parts; cylindrical and centerless grinders; center-hole grinders; form grinders; facemill and endmill grinders; gear-cutting grinders; jig grinders; abrasive belt (backstand, swing-frame, belt-roll) grinders; tool and cutter grinders for sharpening and resharpening cutting tools; carbide grinders; hand-held die grinders; and abrasive cutoff saws.
Rollomatic USA and Strausak featured two new tool grinding machines during its three-day open house held Nov. 9-11 at Rollomatic's Mundelein, Illinois, facility. Making their North American debut were:
- GrindSmart 660XW: Hybrid 6‐axis tool & peel grinding machine capacity from ø 0.1 mm to 12.7 mm (.004” to ó”)
- Strausak ONE: New generation 5‐axis adaptive, modular tool grinding, capacity up to 32 mm (1.1/4”)
Watch video overviews for each of these machines as captured by Cutting Tool Engineering during the open house event. Also, check out the video report on Rollomatic's LaserSmart 510.