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Hundreds of U.S. manufacturing companies ask President Biden to terminate Section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs.
Unlike machining other materials, machining stainless steel requires review of myriad aspects prior to beginning work in the machine shop. While machining stainless has unique challenges, its benefits outweigh those challenges.
Starrag, a manufacturer of CNC metalworking machinery and Amorphology, a developer of advanced amorphous metals, established a laboratory where customers of both companies can observe real-time precision engineering and machining of complex gears using amorphous metals.

Continued job losses and lost business can be expected if the Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum are allowed to continue, according to a manufacturing coalition.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that certain copper alloys provide effective long-term protection against viruses, including SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19.
The Coalition of American Metal Manufacturers and Users (CAMMU) sent a letter to President Joe Biden requesting the immediate termination of the Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum imports enacted under the Trump administration. 
Eriez’ new white paper, “Six Ways to Attack Metal Contamination to Improve Product Purity and Avoid Recalls,” covers best practices processing plants should implement to achieve the highest product purity and avoid costly tramp metal damage.
Global competition and high demand for everything from electronics to new transportation infrastructure have propelled manufacturing to rapid advances in productivity not only to keep pace but reduce cost per part and maintain competitiveness.
How old is your mobile phone? If you’re thinking about your current device, it’s likely that you change it every couple of years following the release of a fancy new upgrade. In reality, mobile telephones as old as the brick-like, antennae inventions of the 1980s probably remain in landfills. With many of our planet’s environmental issues linked to human consumption, it’s time to rethink our "take-make-dispose" economy.
Amidst the growing demand from automotive industry, metal forging market is set to witness a robust growth rate of more than 7%. Within the automotive sector demand is soaring for high-performance forged components for cars, trucks and commercial automobiles, thus augmenting the demand for metal forging. Metal forging is witnessing a surge in automotive applications on back of its durability, strength and reliability.
The aerospace and defence, wind energy, automotive, civil construction and sporting goods industries have all come to adopt composites for high-performance applications – and the demand continues to grow. A report by Credence Research in 2019 estimated a CAGR of 9.3% for carbon fiber-reinforced plastics during the period 2017-2025. Duncan Thompson, product manager at ANCA, notes the increased sales inquiries in this area, reflecting a growing demand by tool manufacturers to produce cutting tools to service this specialist market.
When SPR Machine wanted to optimize the production of a part recently converted from 12L14 steel to brass, the Copper Development Association had the opportunity to help this Hamilton, Ohio-based shop get even more value out of the process. The experience reaffirmed yet again how productive and competitive shops can be when they leverage the high-speed machining capabilities of brass.
In terms of market value, the global precision stainless steel market is projected to expand at a CAGR of over 4% during the forecast period, owing to various factors, regarding which, study offers thorough insights and forecasts in this report. The global precision stainless steel market has been segmented on the basis of thickness and end-use industry. The global precision stainless steel market is expected to expand 1.5x in terms of market volume by the end of 2029.
When you read this, 40 years will have already passed since the discovery of spark erosion for machining polycrystalline cutting materials. Lach Diamant named this process “spark grinding,” which accompanied the development of proprietary machines. Polycrystalline diamond tools conquered a multiple-application market traditionally reserved for carbides. Diamonds, baked under pressure and heat during synthesis, made this possible.
Rock stars have been smashing guitars for decades, few with more enthusiasm than Swedish-born guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen. Global engineering company Sandvik decided to test its cutting-edge techniques by building the world’s first all-metal, unbreakable guitar and letting Malmsteen unleash his smashing skills.
The fact that polycrystalline diamonds (PCD) could “show profile” in October 1978 could be attributed to random chance, but could it have something to do with “luck”? But how did golf professional Tiger Woods answer when a journalist pointed out that he often had a lot of luck during his games? “The more I train, the more luck I have.”
It becomes increasingly important as the table travel is increased. Ambient temperature changes are one obvious source of thermal expansion. As the positioning table warms, its constituent parts undergo expansion, at a specific rate for any material. Accordingly, to permit any two users to agree on what constitutes an “accurate” positioning system, all critical dimensional measurements world-wide are understood to take place at 20 degrees C (68 degrees F).
Chip Bobbert eyes a sheet of shiny aluminum that is several feet long and crimped on one end. He guesses that this was once the backsplash of a restaurant kitchen. Nearby, he spots another piece of metal with a square opening at the center. When he mentions that it likely once framed the entry to a roof or ventilation shaft, the shape of the piece makes sense. He then picks up a softball-size chunk of dense stainless steel. With an intricate series of holes shooting through the thickest part, it looks like a central piece of a complex engine. “Some of this stuff is crazy,” Bobbert said, pointing out the holes. “If you look at the precision machining, somebody paid thousands of dollars for that.”
It is October 1978. On Oct. 13, my discovery at the former Matra company in Frankfurt that PCD can be eroded by means of electric sparks was registered at the patents office. In October 2018, we looked back at 40 years of experience in the application of spark erosion for manufacturing and versatile application with polycrystalline blades of PCD- and PCBN-tipped tools.
Between 1974 and 1976, polycrystalline cutting materials, such as PCD and PCBN, could show their potential for the first time. As a result of the hardness of diamond, combined with the sharpness for machining tasks, the superiority of PCD was displayed early on when turning, milling and drilling.
Materials scientists at Duke University and UC San Diego have discovered a new class of carbides expected to be among the hardest materials with the highest melting points in existence. Made from inexpensive metals, the new materials may soon find use in a wide range of industries from machinery and hardware to aerospace.
We are in part three of our article series “Poly–poly–or what?” The series looks back at the time between autumn 1974 and the Hanover Trade Show in the spring of 1975. Dealing with this new cutting material “polycrystalline diamonds” (PCD) was fascinating for all of us; after the presentation at the first Hanover Trade Show in 1973, each day brought new insights for production and for different applications.
While looking through back issues of Carbide Engineering from the late 1950s, I came across an article about HSS cutting tools that reminded me of an article we published in this year’s August issue of Cutting Tool Engineering. (Editor’s note: Carbide Engineering combined with Cutting Tool Engineering starting with the January 1961 issue and dropped Carbide Engineering starting in April of that year. The publication began in 1948 as a small pamphlet called Carbide Tips, but I’m not aware of any existing copies of any issues.)
The introduction of our Borazon CBN grinding wheel was still in full swing when I received information from General Electric in 1972 that a new cutting material would be coming soon. What could it be? Naturally all of us were curious!
3D Hubs releases its quarterly report that shows real world data on which CNC materials and surface finishes are requested the most by engineers globally.
U.S. machine shops are potentially underutilizing the machinability of brass by as much as 85 percent in their part processing operations, reports a recent study from the Copper Development Association Inc. The research shows that machine shops can and should be machining the material at significantly faster feeds and speeds – often five to 20 times faster – than they do to increase productivity and profitability.
Seventy years ago when the Society of Carbide Engineers launched the trade magazine that eventually became Cutting Tool Engineering as its official publication, the articles primarily covered carbide cutting tools. After all, the association advertised that those who were engaged in studying, using, supervising the use of or furthering the use of carbides were eligible for membership.
Students in Birmingham, U.K., are being challenged to showcase the potential uses of magnesium within the aerospace sector as part of a competition being set by Birmingham City University and Meridian, a producer of magnesium components.
If you’re reading this, it means that Earth wasn’t destroyed. On Feb. 9, the asteroid 2018 CB passed overhead with just 39,000 miles to spare—well within the moon’s orbit and, by outer space standards, way too close for comfort. The pocket protector-toting space nerds at NASA call the asteroid a near-Earth object, which is defined as any object that passes through our solar system at less than 1.3 astronomical units (about 120 million miles) from the sun.
Brynäs IF are one of Sweden’s best ice hockey teams. We discover how combining the latest knife blade steel and the best boot innovations keep them ahead of the competition.
Satellites gather speed and travel through a variety of different atmospheric conditions during orbit. Many of the fluctuations in temperature and atmosphere are unlike anything experienced on Earth. This is one of the challenges faced when sourcing materials for the construction of satellite parts.
A novel 3D printing process that relies on melting aluminum wire and manipulating it with electromagnetism is no longer just another lab project. Vader Systems, which developed the process, has announced the first commercial sale of its signature Mk1 3D printer to Becker CAD-CAM-Cast, a tier-one supplier of engineered aluminum automotive components.
Engineers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, tested NASA's first 3-D printed rocket engine prototype part made of two different metal alloys through an innovative advanced manufacturing process. NASA has been making and evaluating durable 3-D printed rocket parts made of one metal, but the technique of 3-D printing with more than one metal is more difficult.
Machine tool manufacturer and Industry 4.0 pioneer TRUMPF has opened a new technology center in Chicago that showcases the interaction between people, machines, storage technology, automation, software and Industry 4.0 solutions. The company calls it "the first smart factory for Industry 4.0 solutions that was designed for digitally connected production processes throughout."
The first day of Makino Corp.’s two-day 2017 Die/Mold Technology Expo included technology seminars, economic prognosticators, and demonstrations on more than 23 state-of-the-art machines at the company’s U.S. headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich. The company also unveiled a new vertical machining center for true 5-axis continuous processing.
Workers in the hardmetal industry are not at increased risk for lung cancer or any of 63 other potential causes of death, concluded the largest and most definitive study on this population to date. The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health-led study of more than 32,000 workers in five countries was performed after smaller studies indicated that tungsten carbide with a cobalt binder—the primary ingredients in hardmetal—may be linked to an increased risk of lung cancer. Hardmetal is a human-made substance second only to diamond in hardness. It's used in metal cutting tools and drill bits.
Hexa Research reports that the global laser marking machine market size will reach USD 3.38 billion by 2024, driven by increasing adoption of laser systems in industries such as automobile, packaging and machine tools. The marking equipment industry witnessed notable change over the past two decades, and the trend is expected to continue.
New commercial agreement between Spirit and Norsk Titanium identifies thousands of titanium parts currently manufactured at Spirit or by its suppliers as 3D-printing candidates.
In recent years the manufacturing world has seen numerous hybrid additive-subtractive machines. These generally are in the form of a 3D printing head combined with a CNC machining center: the additive is added. But creative additive enthusiast Thomas Sanladerer has come at the idea from the opposite direction: he has started with a 3D printer and transformed it to be able to function as a CNC mill.
Two companies, using different 3D-printing methods, have put titanium components into extreme environments. SLM Solutions recently completed a 12.21" × 8.74" × 8.66" dia. titanium aircraft component using its two-laser selective laser melting process. And Sciaky Inc. has used its Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM) technology to produce a titanium Variable Ballast (VB) tank for an autonomous submarine. Now that such critical additive-made titanium parts are out of the lab and in use, these companies and their competitors are working to speed their processes and increase their maximum build sizes.
With potential ramifications for 3D printing of metals, particularly of expensive metals such as titanium, The U.S. Dept. of Energy's Ames Laboratory has created a process for making "perfect" metal powder. Each particle is smooth and spherical, allowing it to flow without clumping and pack together more densely.
Ames Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have been awarded $5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) to improve the production and composition of metal alloy powders used in additive manufacturing.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering is the new home of a unique machine that is capable of 3D milling precise to one nanometer. The machine, called the ROBONANO α-0iB, is the first of its kind in North America, and it brings extremely advanced technological capabilities that could represent the future of advanced manufacturing. The ROBONANO, which is on a multi-year loan from the Japanese robotics manufacturer FANUC, is housed in the laboratory of Sangkee Min, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at UW-Madison. The ROBONANO’s extremely precise capabilities offer Min and colleagues new research opportunities, which he hopes will open up improved and novel approaches to manufacturing.
“The 30-foot-by-35-foot pit in a concrete floor is empty, shiny and immaculate as it awaits the arrival of a massive machine for use by Connecticut manufacturers to cut, shape and do a range of other tasks with composite materials,” writes Stephen Singer in the Hartford Courant. “At the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology in East Hartford, the large rectangular hole resembling a swimming pool and reaching a depth of 4 ft. in parts will be filled later this year by the 130,000-lb, high-speed industrial machine [that] will be used to shape, cut, grind and otherwise fashion aerospace and other industry components made of composites.”
SLM Solutions played its part helping athletes strive for gold at the Rio Olympics by providing selective laser melting metal additive manufacturing technology to help bicyclists improve their equipment. SLM Solutions customer Erpro & Sprint is a leading company in the field of digital manufacturing in France, offering a range of 3D printing services at its facility just north of Paris.
Titanium is the leading material for artificial knee and hip joints, but a discovery by Rice University physicists shows that the gold standard for artificial joints can be improved with the addition of some actual gold.
Ceramics Expo takes place April 26-28, 2016, in Cleveland and is dedicated to providing a marketplace for all raw materials, equipment, machinery and technology used within the ceramic manufacturing supply chain. Ceramics Expo is attended by technical leaders, production directors, engineers, project leaders, buyers and senior executives interested in exploring the latest ceramic manufacturing innovations.
Welding or soldering without heat seemed like a good idea to Hanchen Huang, professor and chair of the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at Northeastern University, Boston. He and his students dreamed of a better way to stick things together such as a computer's CPU to a printed circuit board, or the glass and metal filament in a lightbulb, according to a recent news@Northeastern post.
Solar Atmospheres, Hermitage, Penn., recently announced a collaboration with Pressure Technology Inc. (PTI) that will offer an added-value service to PTI's HIP (Hot Isostatic Press) Facility in Concord, Ohio, according to a Feb. 15 news release. The collaboration is the result of an escalation of components being printed via additive manufacturing as well as the increased production of engine blade manufacturing to support newer more efficient aircraft, according to Solar Atmospheres. Such market forces means that hot isostatic pressing (HIPing) is in more demand for the densification of many materials.
In October 2015, TRUMPF purchased approximately five acres of land adjacent to Interstate Highway 90 in Hoffman Estates, Ill., a northwestern suburb of Chicago. Located within one of the core zones of the sheet metal business in North America, this site will serve as the future home of the TRUMPF Technology Center and the center of excellence for Industry 4.0, according to the company.
Stratasys Ltd., a leading global provider of additive manunfacturing (AM) solutions, this week reported that Italian Service Bureau, ZARE, has halved production costs for its direct manufacturing customers in automotive and aerospace since purchasing a fleet of Stratasys Fortus 3D Production Systems. In a July 22 news release issued by Stratasys, which is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., and Rehovot, Israel, the AM company underscored ZARE's decision to use 3D printing for production parts. 
GF Machining Solutions, a Swiss-based machine tool company, and EOS, a German additive manufacturing (AM) company, announced on Friday that the two companies have entered into a strategic cooperation agreement bringing the technological expertise of both companies together to develop innovative solutions for mold and die customers.
LANDS Superabrasives, a cooperative venture between the synthetic diamond division of Lieber & Solow Ltd. in New York and Premier Diamond Corp. in Antwerp, was awarded an ISO 9001:2008 certification for its quality management system standards. According to the company, various standard tests are performed in order to assure and maintain consistent standards in its product line, and the ISO 9001:2008 certification is an extension of its existing quality control program.
Machine tool builder Okuma America Inc., Charlotte, N.C., has joined forces with 5ME LLC, Warren, Mich., to demonstrate the advantages of cryogenic machining, including faster processing, longer tool life, increased part quality and lower environmental impact, according to the companies. The strategic partnership will establish two cryo demonstration facilities—one at 5ME's Technical Center in Warren, and the other at Okuma's Aerospace Center of Excellence in Charlotte—where manufacturers can test various machining processes using 5ME's cryogenic machining technology. Both facilities will have Okuma machines equipped with cryogenic systems that use vacuum jacketed feed lines to deliver small flow rates of liquid nitrogen through the tool directly to the cutting edge. 
Absolute Machine Tools, Lorain, Ohio, now offers a full line of EDM consumable products and services through its AccuteX EDM business unit, based in Mason, Ohio. AccuteX EDM now offers not only consumables for its line of EDMs, but also for most other OEMs, such as Mitsubishi, Sodick, FANUC and others. 
Toolmaker NAP GLADU has expanded its diamond cutting tool servicing capabilities with the installation of additional equipment at its Statesville, N.C., service center, serving North Carolina and surrounding states. "This expansion improves our ability to provide our customers fast, high-quality sharpening and repair service on their diamond cutting tools," said Glenn McClain, service center manager, east. "Adding equipment and investing in jobs at our Statesville center reinforces our commitment to fast turnaround times and the local community." 
3D Systems, Rock Hill, S.C., has completed its acquisition of all shares of Israeli CAD/CAM software firm Cimatron Ltd. for approximately $97 million, inclusive of Cimatron's net cash. 
The Industrial Diamond Association of America will hold its annual Intertech conference May 19-20 at the Marriot Downtown in Indianapolis.
In its research for Wohlers Report 2014, Wohlers Associates, Inc. found that revenues from the production of parts for final products represents 34.7 percent of the entire market for additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing—terms that are used interchangeably. Since 2003, this market segment has gone from less than 4 percent to more than one-third of total revenues from AM products and services worldwide.
Deloitte University Press, New York, has launched what it calls a "massive open online course" (MOOC) on the business implications of additive manufacturing, titled "3D Opportunity: The Course on Additive Manufacturing for Business Leaders," designed to help educate the market on the business drivers of additive manufacturing.
Steel strapping is effective for bundling materials, but poses a number of problems for a machine shop. Its sharp edges make it something of a workplace hazard, while its long, ungainly shape makes storage and disposal difficult. It's also made of mid-carbon steel, so even though throwing the strapping in the dumpster is the easiest way to handle it, possible profits from recycling are dumped as well.
Advanced ceramics producer Kyocera Industrial Ceramics Corp. (KICC), Tokyo, announced the creation of a new wholly-owned subsidiary, Kyocera Precision Tools Inc., that consolidates its North American cutting tool operations in the indexable, microtool, and printed circuit board (PCB) cutting tool markets.
On April 1, 2014, Fountain Valley, Calif.-based manufacturer Mitsubishi Materials USA will consolidate two business units — Rock Tools and Hard Materials — into a new unit known as Engineered Carbide Products in an effort to improve operational efficiency, according to a letter to stakeholders released by the company. 
Diamond Innovations merged with Sandvik Hard Materials as of Jan. 1, 2014, to create a new business, Sandvik Hyperion, focused on applied materials. The new company, with U.S. headquarters in Fair Lawn, N.J., has a broader portfolio of materials solutions and increased scale in R&D and application development. Sandvik Hyperion supplies cemented tungsten carbide, tungsten-carbide powders, diamond materials and CBN materials used in material-removal and wear-protection applications.
The new Metal Loss Monitor (MLM) from Erie, Pa.-based separation technology provider Eriez enables operators to determine the quantities of valuable metals that are passing through their scrap yards unrecovered. It accomplishes this by continually scanning the residue stream for metal that has escaped the process, according to the company.
TechFab, Montreal-East, Quebec, officially joined the KOMET SERVICE network with an open-house event and cocktail party for customers, business relations and city officials on Dec. 5, 2013. The company is now certified by Germany-based KOMET GROUP for the refurbishment, re-grinding and manufacture of solid carbide tools. 
Use of 3-D printing for the production of parts for final products continues to follow a decade-long growth trend. According to Wohlers Report 2013, final-part production rose to 28.3 percent of the $2.2 billion spent last year on 3-D printing products and services worldwide. In 2003, it represented only 3.9 percent of revenues, as shown in the accompanying chart. 
Dörken MKS Systems, the German parent company of Dörken Corp. USA, welcomed 230 visitors from four continents and 25 countries to its Düsseldorf facility to learn about its latest coating developments. Visitors included representatives of the automotive industry, tier suppliers, licensed applicators and coating equipment manufacturers.

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A study by engineers at Purdue University and University of California, Irvine, found that the toughness of a diabolical ironclad beetle lies in its two armorlike elytra that meet at a line, or suture, running the length of the abdomen.
Presented as a video supplement to Cutting Tool Engineering's July 2020 article that addresses the need for part manufacturers to work with toolmakers to learn about the wide range of tool options available today, "Illuminating Aluminum" offers two machining demonstrations from LMT Onsrud LP, Waukegan, Illinois, and RobbJack Corp., Lincoln, California.
WEIMA’s metal shredders and briquette presses are changing the way post-industrial metal scrap is recycled!
Kennametal Inc. has developed a 3D-printed Stator Bore Tool to meet growing customer demand for lighter weight tooling solutions used to machine components for hybrid and electric vehicles.
During a brief interview at IMTS 2018, Steve Howard, marketing and engineering manager for NTK Cutting Tools, discussed the significance of the company's patented BIDEMICS material, calling it "the first real improvement in ceramics in 20 or 30 years."
EWI, a non-profit organization dedicated to innovating and implementing advanced manufacturing technologies for industry, soon will add an Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM) system to its R&D toolbox. Chicago-based Sciaky Inc. announced the sale of its EBAM system in a news release issued July 20.
A machine shop turned to Dr. Jefffrey Badger—the Grinding Doc—seeking relief from the painfully long cycle times endured grinding cermets. The Grinding Doc explains what the shop should do to stop the pain. About the Grinding Doc Video Series: Thanks to his work as an independent grinding consultant and the author of the "Ask the Grinding Doc" column in Cutting Tool Engineering magazine, Dr. Jeffrey Badger routinely receives questions about grinding from shops all over the world. Through the magazine column and this video series, he provides shops with the insight and guidance they seek.
3D printing, once only in the realm of science fiction, is gaining popularity. In this military video, Staff Sergeant Scott Johnson talks about how Air Force Research Laboratory scientists at Wright-Patterson AFB are using additive manufacturing to provide the military with better equipment.
A Diversified Machine Systems 5-Axis Enclosed Large Format Overhead Gantry CNC Router with continuous C-Axis rotation demonstrates its ability to cut out a composite component. Diversified Machine Systems arranged the test cut to demonstrate the machine’s accuracy and efficiency for a customer who recently visited the company’s headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Cutting Tool Engineering magazine hosted a Webinar Dec. 10, 2014, featuring Mike MacArthur, vice president of engineering at the RobbJack Corp. Following the main presentation, titled "Technologies & Strategies for Composite Drilling, Routing and Trimming," CTE Publisher Don Nelson held a brief Q&A session with questions submitted by the audience.
Keiton Engineering recently introduced Toolox, a prehardened tool steel that the company reportedly can flame cut.
iMX series Exchangeable Screw on Head connection features the World's first "Carbide Head"+"Carbide Holder" double face contact connection, according to Mitsubishi Materials' own research on exchangeable head end mills. But the company did not stop there. Careful SWOT analysis of the conventional screw on head products indicated it was PARAMOUNT to re-engineer the carbide head joint connection for the next generation of Exchangeable head products to approach the performance of solid carbide end mills without encountering carbide joint failure due to tensile strength limitations of carbide threads.
The following video, which accompanies an industry news item (below) from the October 2011 issue of Cutting Tool Engineering magazine, provides a brief glimpse of the direct metal laser sintering process for additive metal fabrication.
Scott Gore, a technical support specialist with Setech Inc., Murfreesboro, Tenn., provides the commentary for a series of Hyper-Carbide cutting tool tests captured on video. Presented as a supplement to an Industry News item in Cutting Tool Engineering's December 2010 issue, this brief report includes video supplied by Setech and SRL Nano Corp., a California company specializing in high-strength cutting materials.
Ed Tarney, customer technical support manager with Erasteel Inc., Baldwinsville, N.Y., addressed "PM & High-Speed Steel for Premium Tool Performance" as part of the Fast Track Seminar series hosted at the Cutting Tool Engineering booth during IMTS 2010.
Jared Tellian, applications engineer with RobbJack Corp., presents a 12-minute seminar on "Successful Machining of Composites" as part of Cutting Tool Engineering's Fast Track Seminar series. The seminars were presented and filmed at our booth during IMTS 2010.
Rather than using taps to thread steel prior to hardening, a growing number of shops are opting to thread mill heat-treated steel.
Cutting Tool Engineering Editor Alan Richter's September cover story, titled "Smart Weighting," takes a close look at the practice of "lightweighting." In short, automakers are switching from mild steel and iron to components made of lower weight materials. The article focuses on incorporating parts machined from aluminum and advanced high-strength steels, specifically microalloy steels, including those cut from solid workpieces and near-net shapes.
Interrupted turning is common in aero-engine machining, said Sean Holt, aerospace specialist for Sandvik Coromant Co., Fair Lawn, N.J. There, a complete, finished component is machined out of a single, large block of material (most commonly Inconel 718) in several process stages that involve accurately removing a vast amount of material to meet strict parameters for the finished part's dimensions and characteristics. Sandvik Coromant claims to have cutting tools and machining methods that greatly improve aerospace component manufacturing.

Products for Materials

Parylene is the ultimate protective coating, and is used for customers that require protection of equipment, components, and surfaces in a range of end-use applications. Parylene is a hydrophobic polymer which is lightweight and can be applied as an extremely thin homogeneous film. This film is absolutely smooth and totally transparent, and does not cause any unwanted effects such as surface tension and distortion. The coating provides incredible resistance to aggressive media and liquid hydrocarbons, and can also be used as a diffusion barrier to gases.
EcoShield® 386 FD Water Based Micro Corrosion Inhibiting Coating is a force-dry version of Cortec’s top water-based anticorrosion coating, EcoShield® VpCI®-386. As such, EcoShield® 386 FD offers excellent corrosion protection at 1.5-3.0 mils (37.5-75 µm) DFT (dry film thickness). The advantage is that EcoShield® 386 FD force-dries in only 5-10 minutes at 150 °F (54 °C) and has good hot hardness, which keeps the hot coated parts from sticking together before they can cool down.
This media has a patented shape without any flat, parallel surface areas. On the one hand this unique design prevents media lodging in the work pieces, which can occur particularly in case of complex work pieces. Such lodged media can severely affect the finishing process and must frequently be removed by hand. On the other hand, the shape with its rounded surface areas allows the surface refinement of work pieces, which to-date could not be handled by mass finishing at all or only with very complicated operational setups. This includes components with difficult-to-reach surface areas like tight radii, undercuts, notches and slits, which can frequently be found in stamped and bent components.
Operating at the optimum temperature range of 200° – 210°F as the original Tru Temp XL, TRU TEMP 2nd GEN makes it easy to use in-house and operator friendly. The chemistry is easy to manage and contains no EPA regulated metals, so rinse waters are generally sewerable by neutralizing the pH with a typical discharge range of pH 7-11. Additionally, reaching this pH range takes only 20% of the acid than other processes. Since TRU TEMP 2nd GEN requires no effluent treatment, the initial capital investment is only about half of other blackening finishes. 
Drawing on its deep materials science expertise, Kennametal developed KAR85-AM-K to provide corrosion and wear resistant properties analogous to its conventional counterpart grade, CN13S. Combined with Kennametal’s binder jet additive manufacturing capabilities, KAR85-AM-K results in fully densified, corrosion resistant components that meet or exceed the properties of conventionally manufactured carbide components.
 VpCI-369 is an oil-based temporary coating that provides extreme corrosion protection in aggressive environments and is one of Cortec’s most-popular wet film corrosion inhibitors. It is an excellent option for protecting auto service parts and heavy equipment components before assembly. Since VpCI-369 is thixotropic, it can be mixed so that the product changes consistency to enhance sprayability for application with an airless sprayer. Once applied, it thickens so that it does not run off the metal. VpCI-369 can be tinted to blue, green, or other custom colors if desired to help workers detect sufficient product coverage.
A member of the Walk-A-Sured® Water Clear Epoxy System, this eco-friendly, two-component epoxy system meets OSHA and ADA standards, and ASTM slip-resistance requirements.  It contains 100% solids, with no solvents or VOCs, ensuring compatibility with previously installed coatings.  Water, solvent and chemical resistant Walk-A-Sured® Water Clear HEAVYDUTY 20 contains polymer grit which gives the coating long-lasting added traction.   It is ideal for use on industrial floors by machining centers and other oil-prone areas, in auto service stations where oil and grease are common, in ski resorts where floors are normally wet, and other manufacturing/industrial/commercial environments. 
The diamond coating portfolio covers the entire spectrum of demanding machining applications and is divided into two groups of different base materials. The first contains coatings for machining highly abrasive compacted and sintered powders like graphite for moulds and dies, as well as ceramics for dental applications. For these applications, the BALDIA COMPACT and BALDIA COMPACT DC coatings produce the best possible machining performance. The second group of base materials are fibre-reinforced plastics, stack materials and highly abrasive aluminium alloys used in the aerospace and automotive industries. For this group, BALDIA NANO and BALDIA COMPOSITE DC are the right choice. In both groups the ending “DC” stands for maximum coating quality with consistently high tool performance and the tightest possible tolerances for tool diameter and coating thickness.
The EZ-Puller is an auto-adjusting bar puller that enables automatic operation of CNC lathes. The auto adjust feature is driven by an "X" value in the pulling subroutine of a lathe program. This value represents the distance the tool needs to move in the X-axis according to the bar diameter being pulled. 
CeramiX HX5 Grade succeeds in matching the performance characteristics of CBN with the added benefit of being a less expensive product compared to CBN. A special TiAlN coating offers excellent wear resistance for hard turning applications.
The newest addition to the group is JP0 for continuous cuts when finishing HRSA parts and machining at 700 up to 1600 SFM. It brings improved wear resistance to provide performance and consistency of machined part straightness.
The newest addition to the group is JP0 for continuous cuts when finishing HRSA parts and machining at 700 up to 1600 SFM. It brings improved wear resistance to provide performance and consistency of machined part straightness.
Dragonskin is formulated with a combination of state-of-the-art high-performance substrates and the latest coating structures to achieve an extremely hard and durable satin finish. CERATIZIT tooling coated with Dragonskin enables maximum tool life, cutting speeds, and process reliability.
In clamping tests, Carbinite has been shown to nearly double the gripping strength at equal clamping force.  Customers report increased grip and longer tool life.  Utilizing a process called Electro Spark Deposition (ESD), Carbinite can be added to hard or soft jaws after they are milled to customer requirements.  The wear resistant carbide alloys display exceptional bond strength without annealing or distortion. 
Both versatile and impact-resistant, BigRep's new ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) is perfectly suited for mobility applications and a variety of end-use consumer appliances. Weather- and UV-resistant, BigRep’s new ASA (Acrylonitrile Styrene Acrylate) material is a robust, engineering-grade filament with high mechanical resistance, low shrinkage and superior layer adhesion, while also showing a greater heat resistance than even ABS.
The system allows a high coating speed. The coating medium can also be changed in a very short time, thanks to the system’s automated cleaning process for all system components carrying operating supplies.
Custom engineered clad metal wire composites that can achieve specific properties for use in harsh environments, inside or outside of the human body, has been introduced by Anomet Products.
Copper Development Association Inc. (CDA) has launched its Machine Tool Payback Calculator, a tool designed to help manufacturers realize the greater profitability and throughput they can achieve with brass on modern machine tools. The calculator enables shops to input their individual production, material and equipment data to assess the impact of new technology on their bottom lines.
The new Eriez NanoRanch A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) Sorter uses vision to identify and sort a vast and customizable range of nonferrous materials, providing greater than 95 percent accuracy when the machine is trained with samples.
Special shaft collars and couplings that can be machined from wide range of materials to meet strict OEM design requirements are being introduced by Stafford Manufacturing Corp.
WDS offers stainless steel versions of many of the components that it supplies to machine and equipment builders across the UK and around the world. Wherever possible it offers stainless steel versions of its most popular components.
As a market-leading photo chemical etching specialist for over 50 years, Precision Micro has developed etchant chemistries and processes that make etching possible on a wide range of metals. Stainless steel, however, remains the number one choice for many of the company’s customers due to its versatility, the numerous grades available, and the vast array of finishes. Precision Micro etches more than two million steel and stainless steel components each month, making it the largest sheet etching company in Europe.
Custom composite clad metal wire that can combine the properties of several materials where solid wire is limited or too expensive is available from Anomet Products. In addition to serving OEMs, the firm is seeking wire suppliers who want to expand their product offerings.


Formulators looking to enhance the corrosion protection of increasingly popular water-based coatings systems can now use Cortec’s M-120, a water-based corrosion inhibitor additive that does not contain heavy metals. M-120 can be used alone or in conjunction with other inhibitors to increase the corrosion protection abilities of both water-based and solvent-based systems. It is recommended for use in acrylic and alkyd resin systems.
Buffalo Precision Products announces the launch of a new web shop for precision flat ground and drill rod. The new web shop offers buyers access to an extensive offering of grades and sizes through a modern buying interface. With improved features to make buying efficient, fast and secure, the company looks forward to being the online source for all of your flat ground and drill rod needs.
Standard and custom machined parts made from corrosion-resistant 316 stainless steel for use in wastewater treatment facilities and similar harsh environments are available from Stafford Manufacturing Corp.
Vapor Technologies Inc. (VaporTech) announces the launch of the VT-i series PVD coating machines: Brand-new equipment that meets today’s needs for efficiency, cost-control, and product quality and differentiation.
Custom manufactured clad metal wire designed for specific performance characteristics such as corrosion resistance, biocompatibility and more have been introduced by Anomet Products.
A full line of highly spherical sapphire and ruby balls with precise surface finishes for applications requiring superior hardness and chemical resistance are available from Meller Optics Inc.
Cincinnati Inc. has released a new carbon fiber resin material for its SAAM (Small Area Additive Manufacturing) 3D printing system. The new material is impact resistant, lightweight and has a very high strength-to-weight ratio. Carbon fiber reinforcement makes the material stiff, durable and very low warping – and advanced inter-layer adhesion results in accurate, quality parts with good dimensions. The material’s superior surface finish makes it perfect for custom tooling applications, as well as assembly, CMM, welding and CNC fixtures.
With more than 80 years of expertise in the metal processing/coil industry and an extensive range of process solutions for pickling, lubrication, cleaning, pretreatment, passivation, coating and lamination, Henkel has firmly established itself as a global one-stop partner of the metal coil industry. New product innovations are strongly focused on helping customers manage the process needs of next-generation alloys while meeting cost and regulatory challenges.
Eriez offers quick shipping on its two newest metal detector/magnetic separator “Double Team” systems to meet customers’ most urgent requirements for protection against ferrous and nonferrous metal contamination. These compact systems provide cost-saving benefits and produce as close to a perfect product yield as possible.
Kyocera Corp. announced that it has developed a new ultradurable coating technology and base material for indexable industrial cutting tool inserts to improve steel machining. The new CA025P CVD coated carbide grade will be available to the U.S. market from the middle of May 2018.
Now there’s a better way to protect small quantities of iron and steel parts from corrosion with Birchwood Technologies’ BK-1 Mini PRESTO BLACK finishing line. It’s fast, easy and economical.
Finnish nanodiamond manufacturer Carbodeon and Dutch 3D printing specialist Tiamet 3D have announced nanodiamond-enhanced filaments for 3D printing. The Carbodeon/Tiamet 3D filaments are based on a jointly patented technology, which significantly improves the mechanical and thermal properties of 3D printed items.
No. 836 is a 750° F electrically heated Class 100 clean room oven from Grieve, currently used to bake various coatings onto products at a customer’s facility.
Designed for use on any size parts, the new Presto Black Gel, Antique Brown Gel, and Antique Black Gel formulations solve the application challenges of liquid products while producing an attractive, high quality, durable darkened finish.
In a continuing quest to enhance customer service, Solar Atmospheres of Western PA has expanded its wings by adding another type of mechanical testing to its repertoire: tensile testing. Tensile tests are essential in determining and understanding the ultimate strengths of materials.
FTT says its in-house PVD coating is yet another example of its commitment to maintaining the latest technology in-house to provide the highest-quality, timely and efficient service to customers. These types of coatings protect the tools from heat and abrasion.
Henkel Adhesive Technologies has sharpened the market fit of its Bonderite L-FM FL portfolio of polymeric coatings for the surface conversion of metals used in cold forming operations. The optimized Bonderite L-FM FL process reduces the number of treatment steps from as many as 10 to one or two and is emerging as an attractive alternative in the production of high-performance automotive bolts and screws, according to the company.
New Presto Black SSB room temperature stainless steel blackening process is an immersion or brush-on solution for most stainless steel alloys and substrates. Creating an esthetic appealing finish, Presto Black SSB can be used in production finishing, for manual touch-up needs, or for distressed decorative or architectural metalworking.
InterCoat ChemGuard from Chemcoaters Inc. is a new type of corrosion protection for galvanized steel. InterCoat ChemGuard uses a new type of coating technology that incorporates covalent bonds and enhances the effectiveness of zinc and substantially improves corrosion protection on galvanized steel.
Hypertherm introduces the availability of FlushCut consumables for more Powermax plasma systems. These new consumables are designed to work at 45 amps on Powermax45 XP, 65, 85, and 105 systems. In addition, owners of the original Powermax45 can use the consumables provided they upgrade to a Hypertherm Duramax series torch. Previously, FlushCut consumables were only recommended for use on Powermax105 and Powermax125 systems.
Parker Steel Co. offers a large supply of metric-sized metals, ideal for applications where pre-sized metric parts are needed. Parker Steel’s cold-finished carbon steel, alloyed and high-strength stainless steel, aluminum, copper, brass and tool steel bars/shafting, tubing, sheets and plates, angles, channels and tees; and other specialty shapes can be shipped out the same day as ordered with few exceptions.
The Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence Composite Inspection System comprises HP-C-V3D Apodius Vision Sensor hardware – designed to fit to a ROMER Absolute Arm with Integrated Scanner – together with a custom-built Apodius Explorer 3D software package.
Since introducing the Shred1 Ballistic Separator 6 years ago, Eriez has installed units in various shredding yards, steel mills and slag processing facilities throughout North America. These innovative separators utilize ballistics to upgrade frag by segregating the copper bearing materials from the rest of the ferrous materials. Customers using Shred1 Ballistic Separators report increased revenues and reduced overhead.
Carr Lane Mfg. Co. offers a new LIFE-EX PVD coating as an option on its round and diamond pins. So hard it cannot be measured on the Rockwell C scale, LIFE-EX is a thin film of vaporized solid metal that has been deposited onto Carr Lane’s round and diamond pins as a pure metal or alloy coating.
Introduced in 2010 and originally marketed primarily for scrap recycling, Eriez P-Rex rare earth scrap drums are now successfully operating across North America in a variety of recycling sectors. The P-Rex is proving its value in the field--beyond scrap recycling operations--by boosting ferrous recovery rates for waste-to-energy and slag recycling facilities, according to the company.
Nanodiamond material specialist Carbodeon of Finland has worked with metal finishing specialist CCT Plating of Germany to develop a new electroless nickel, PTFE and nanodiamond composite coating. Electroless nickel-PTFE (EN-PTFE) coatings provide excellent anti-adhesive and low friction properties but are traditionally soft and wear quickly in abrasive conditions. By adding NanoDiamond particles to the EN-PTFE coating, Carbodeon has been able to improve the abrasive wear resistance of these coatings without compromising the sliding or release properties.
The BONDERITE C-CP process from Henkel for pickling stainless steel is reportedly providing users with important cost and environmental benefits. Together with Henkel’s expertise and service, it has already provided advantages for several of Henkel’s customers in Italy and the Far East, where this technology has been introduced as an alternative to mixed acid processes.
Parker Steel Co. offers a large supply of metric-sized metals in North America. Suitable for applications where presized metric parts are needed, Parker’s cold-finished carbon, alloyed and high-strength stainless steel bars/shafting, tubing, sheets and plates; carbon and stainless angles, channels and tees; and carbon beams can be shipped out the same day as ordered with few exceptions.
Seco Tools new TP3501 grade is designed to provide optimal application security. The grade is for steel turning applications that involve numerous interrupted cuts, less stable machines, short time in cut or weak setups due to part size or shape.designed
Diehl Tool Steel offers Hitachi Metals America’s SLD-i cold work premium tool steel, an advanced tool steel grade used in various blanking and forming application where AHSS parts are processed. It is produced using the same heat treatment as D2 but exhibits better wear and toughness when used for forming sections.
The growth in the GDi market is staggering. In 2008 it was estimated that about 2% of cars built incorporated this technology, but recent predictions suggest that by 2020, 25% will include GDi systems as standard. This is great news for Precision Micro, the photo-etching specialist, which supplies photo-etched flexures used in GDis systems and this is stimulating major growth in the company.
Easily and securely installed by hand in an ordinary drill hole, self-retaining ball plungers from Carr Lane Mfg. Co. have a flexible design, and compensate for hole tolerances up to 0.008". The slotted end of the thermoplastic body expands to compensate in an oversize hole.
Stronghold Coatings introduces PlasticMetal, a two-component repair technology that can be mixed in various ratios for small and medium repairs to many types of metal. Unlike pre-mixed polymers, which have a set viscosity, this resin and powdered metal system can be mixed in small quantities in thicknesses to suit particular application requirements.
Cortec’s VpCI-368 coating has just become more powerful with the addition of extra vapor-phase corrosion inhibitors. Already, VpCI-368 provides excellent protection to metal substrates exposed to harsh outdoor conditions.
Sandvik Hyperion's new AM60 carbide grade is an advanced substrate developed to increase machining productivity and performance for applications that require CVD diamond coating.
Sandvik Hyperion offers Compax veined PCD. This product offers diamond sintered within slotted veins oriented along a 30 degree helix angle. Its nibs are designed specifically for use in machining of CFRP and CFRP-metal stacks.
Sandvik Hyperion's carbide grade AM70 is an advanced substrate developed to increase machining productivity and performance in titanium and ISO M materials. The AM70 grade is comprised of a combination of submicron carbide grains that provide the perfect mix of toughness and wear resistance.
Sandvik Materials Technology offers Sanmac, a stainless steel material that can significantly increase machining rates. Year on year Sandvik Research & Development has applied and tested process improvements upgrading the melt of Sanmac material. The result is the introduction of new generation Sanmac, a dedicated stainless steel material available in a range of grades.
Sandvik Hyperion's BZN V-Series PCBN grades provide versatility in three key aspects of machining of hardened ferrous materials. First, the grades are able to work in case hardened, bearing steels, powder metal alloy steels, and tool steels.
MK Tools solid-carbide round tools from Monaghan Tooling Group introduces new "Speed-Drill R4" geometry, reportedly offering unparalleled cutting speeds and unprecedented tool life when cutting gray cast iron, ductile iron and forged steel, which are popular materials in automotive engine and chassis components. With a new corner radius design which is tangential to the drill point but nontangential to the diameter, these proven designs address challenging, high production drilling applications.
Walter says it has unveiled a technology that promises to dramatically improve machining effectiveness. Called Tiger·tec Gold, it is the latest iteration of Walter’s successful line of Tiger·tec and Tiger·tec Silver coatings.
Dorner’s newly redesigned 2200 series modular belt conveyor features additional belt options, a sleek open-frame design, a universal T-slot and is ideal for applications within the metalworking, packaging, assembling and general manufacturing industries. The product redesign includes a number of improvements.
Harrington Hoists Inc. has introduced its RCB Ex-certified spark-resistant hand chain hoists and RPT/RGT manual push and geared trolleys. These products are manufactured with materials that will reduce risk of sparks produced by impact or friction in heavy-duty industrial applications.
Compact and flexible, the AeroGo Air Caster Rigging Kit contains everything necessary to move heavy, awkward or delicate loads using compressed air. The kit is housed in a rugged and lockable storage box. The rigging kit system can be configured to accommodate numerous and varied load requirements in a variety of applications, handling load weights as heavy as 64,000 lbs.
Harman Corp. announces the availability of low-cost dip molding for custom shipped caps, plugs or handgrip applications. Harman offers in-house design and tooling capabilities and can provide prototypes within 7 working days. Tooling costs for dip molding are 1/10th the price of injection molding, according to the company.
Fast response, high bandwidth and force, and virtually unlimited resolution make piezoelectric transducers invaluable to modern high tech applications including flow measurement, distance gauging, bio-medical dispensing and aerosol generation, as well as metrology, semiconductor testing, and aerospace technology. PI offers value-added piezo components by adhering flexible printed circuits for easy application integration.
Raptor-ready dovetail blanks from TCI Precision Metals are custom produced to your specifications and are machine-ready—order from one to thousands with quick turnaround. Each Raptor-ready dovetail blank includes a dovetail feature to match your specified fixture model and arrives machine-ready to go from receiving directly into your CNC machining centers.
The Magswitch Integrated Solutions (MIS) division is introducing new end of arm tool (EOAT) degaussing technology for magnetic material handling in industrial automation. This reportedly allows for a whole new range of material handling applications.
Featuring a nickel filler, Master Bond EP21TDCN-LO is an electrically conductive two-component adhesive/sealant that is particularly effective for grounding, shielding and static dissipation applications. It is a toughened system and is capable of withstanding rigorous thermal cycling, mechanical vibration and shock.
Vollmer of America's CHD270 is a sharpening machine with 8 CNC-controlled axes and a measurement device, and it's intended for the automatic machining of carbide-tipped circular saw blades with various diameters and tooth geometries on face and top. 
Harrington Hoists Inc. has introduced its new CX005 mini hand chain hoist. This hoist has a rated capacity of ½ ton and is the second model in the company's line of small and lightweight hand chain hoists.
For more than 550 Chainflex continuous flex cables, the process of stripping the cable jacket is quick, easy, and able to be done by hand. With an integrated “CFRIP” tear strip, the cable’s jacket is openable like a zip fastener, allowing up to a 50 percent reduction in stripping time.
Tech-Etch specializes in the photo chemical etching of tungsten. Because tungsten is extremely dense, 71 percent heavier than lead, it is used in medical applications, including grids used to collimate and attenuate stray X-rays in CT scanners, as well as ID tags used in implanted medical devices.
TigerStop offers an entirely updated version of its user-friendly, on-board, touchscreen material automation solution, TigerTouch. The new TigerTouch v1.2 is now capable of pack and panel processing and has greatly expanded printing capabilities, which include any printer with a Windows driver.
High-value tooling such as toolholders, workholding and turret press tooling takes on an attractive, protective black oxide finish when finished with the TRU TEMP low-temperature, nonpolluting black-oxide system from Birchwood Technologies. Extremely durable, the TRU TEMP process provides a satin black magnetite coating, 20 millionths thick (0.54 micron) with no effect on component material hardness or tensile strength.
Eriez suspended magnets, drum magnets and AIP magnetic pulleys are used to safely and efficiently recover ferrous metals. Technological advancements in separation equipment enable recovery of valuable ferrous and nonferrous metals less than 1-inch (2.54 cm) in diameter from the fines waste stream.
General Carbide has expanded its operations to produce more than 40 standard and custom sizes of wire EDM blocks for a range of stamping and fabricating applications. To help ensure that blocks are of the highest metallurgical quality and reach customers intact and quickly, the company processes every order in sinter-HIP furnaces, ships the blocks in durable packaging, guarantees turnaround of 3 to 5 business days and tracks shipments door-to-door.
Crystallume is pleased to present an extensive new catalog, highlighting all of its diamond tools and DCC coating services. The 24-page catalog is rich with information to help machinists navigate the immense selection of diamond tools available for all of your machining needs
International Mold Steel Inc. announced the results of a study that showed reduced vibration with Toolox 44 (made by SSAB) toolholders. A recent study conducted at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology of Sweden, compared Toolox 44 with conventional tool steel alloyed with chromium, molybdenum and vanadium.
In 2013 Eriez introduced the supersized 76 series vibratory feeder to satisfy customers’ largest application demands while enabling increased overhang. “Over the past 3 years, the 76 series vibratory feeder has demonstrated success in operations across various and diverse industries,” says Rob Yandrick, product manager-vibratory. “The 76 has become a popular choice to use with bucket elevators as well as bulk bag unloading, scale feeding and other challenging applications.”
Cortec VpCIs offer a range of innovative options for reducing manufacturing costs and corrosion. In the case of VpCI-371, Cortec’s protection reportedly rivals the corrosion resistance of stainless steel while significantly reducing material costs.
Manufacturers needing immediate corrosion protection on small quantities of parts can get it with all of the quality of larger finishing systems using Birchwood Technologies’ Mini PRESTO BLACK line. The BK-1 line is a low-cost alternative and/or substitute for large scale finishing. This mini PRESTO BLACK room-temperature blackening system for iron and steel from Birchwood Technologies is great for small production operations that require robust corrosion resistance and galling protection on critical surfaces for machine components.
Shape-Master Tool Co. has developed new combinations of PCBN grades and tool coatings for hard turning applications. The coatings are applied specific to each application. Manufacturers have experienced improved cutting performance and tool life.
Harrington Hoists Inc. offers the ED-V Mini electric chain hoist. It is a single-phase, single-speed hoist that features Smart Speed Technology, which allows users to change the factory set speed to a higher speed by making a simple adjustment inside the hoist when necessary.
Accudyne Products bar pullers, the EZ-Puller and the BigEZ, have a range of 0.093" to 1.750" and 1.625" to 3.00", respectively, and provide automatic bar stock advancement for CNC lathes.
CECOR heavy-duty carts can be fitted with frames that allow users to dump loads from a forklift or hook hoist. The frame is secured to the cart with trunnion pins, which can be adjusted to accommodate loads that range from light and bulky to heavy and dense.
Mersen USA offers ultrafine-grain graphite for sinker EDMing. The top-performing DS4, featuring the DarkStar ultrafine-carbon particle, helps users confidently handle challenging EDM operations while saving money, according to the company. The easy-to-machine and strong DS4 imparts a fine surface finish and intricate detail.
GenSwiss, Westfield, Mass., recently partnered with Louis Belet SA to become the exclusive North American representative for Louis Belet precision carbide cutting tools and PCD-tipped milling tools, according to a Feb. 17 news release from Genevieve Swiss Industries Inc.
Birchwood Technologies three brush-on metal blackeners—Presto Black BST4, Antique Black M24, and Aluma Black A14—are now available in smaller, quart sized (32 oz.) bottles for easier application and handling, at a new lower price point.
Walther Trowal GmbH & Co. KG, Haan, Germany, recently introduced "trowalplast HDC," a newly developed, fast-cutting plastic media said to be ideal for grinding and surface smoothing of metal workpieces, especially die-castings, the company announced in a Feb. 11 news release.
Tungaloy Corp. has introduced the AH8000 series of PVD grades and chipbreakers for turning heat resistant alloys. The new PVD grades feature impressive resistance to both wear and fracture due to the world’s first nano-multi-layered AlTiN coating with high Al content and dramatically reduces notch wear, crater wear and built-up edge in machining heat resistant alloys.
PFERD Inc., Milwaukee, Wis., today introduced Cast Cut, a new line of high-performance carbide burs specially designed for work on cast iron. The burs, which are characterized by an extremely high stock removal rate, reportedly offer a smooth milling action that significantly reduces vibration and noise. Cast Cut achieves stock removal rates up to 100 percent higher than conventional double-cut burs, thanks to its innovative tooth geometry—a major plus for automotive customers given the industry’s relentless drive to boost productivity and save time. Other key market applications include foundry, welding and general industry.
Fischer Technology Inc., a Windsor, Conn.-based manufacturer of instrumentation for coating thickness, material testing, nanoindentation and material analysis, announced plans to open a new office in Livonia, Mich., to provide technical sales and service support for the Michigan area.
Fischer Technology Inc., a Windsor, Conn.-based manufacturer of instrumentation for coating thickness, material testing, nanoindentation and material analysis, announced plans to open a new office in Livonia, Mich., to provide technical sales and service support for the Michigan area.
Dormer Pramet now offers Pramet SF and SM geometries for machining of high temperature alloys and stainless steel, the company announced Jan. 27. The SF geometry features a sharp positive geometry with an inclination cutting edge of 14.5° while the SM chip-breaker is a wear-resistant, universal geometry for medium machining.
In a news release issued Jan. 16, Walter USA LLC, Waukesha, Wis., unveiled its P6005-WKK45C point drill insert that reportedly brings new levels of performance and cost effectiveness to drilling cast materials (ISO K) as well as other materials. The P6005-WKK45C insert design features a new high-performance geometry for maximum productivity in cast iron materials, and 110° prismatic seat for minimal run-out and stable positioning.
The new TruPrint 1000 LMF 3D printer works like a selective laser melting 3D printer, using a powder bed process to build 3D parts by laying down a thin layer of metal powder materials onto the build surface while a 200-watt laser fuses the layer of powder along the contour of the part being printed.

Buyers Guide Companies for Materials

Minicut Intl. Inc. 514-352-6464 http://www.minicut.com
Form Tool Technology 803-788-3686 http://www.formtooltech.com
Fusion Alloys Inc. 248-410-2477 http://Fusionalloysinc.com
Copper Development Association Inc. 212-251-7200 http://www.copper.org
Sandvik Coromant Co. https://www.sandvik.coromant.com/en-us/pages/default.aspx
Radyne Corp. 414-481-8360 http://www.radyne.com
Desmond-Stephan Mfg. Co. 937-653-7181 http://www.desmond-stephan.com
Crystallume 408-653-1700 http://www.crystallume.com
Accusharp Cutting Tools 020 2712 9016 https://www.accusharp.co.in/
Birchwood Technologies 952-937-7931 http://www.birchwoodtechnologies.com
RedLine Tools 763-742-1206 https://www.redlinetools.com/
CLDMarcomm LLC 212-334-2455 http://www.hexion.com
Tungco Powder Procurement 270-825-0000 https://tungco.com
Rene Swiss Corp. 203-879-4822 http://www.reneswiss.com
Cortec Corp. 651-429-1100 http://www.cortecvci.com
Roll-Rite Inc. 815-645-8600 http://www.rollriteinc.com
Dayton Coating Technologies 937-278-2060 https://toolgrindcoat.com/
Caplugs 716-876-9855 http://www.caplugs.com
DEV Industrial Corp. 561-368-0057 http://www.dev-group.com
voestalpine High Performance Metals Corp. 630-883-3000 https://www.voestalpine.com/highperformancemetals/usa/
Danobat USA 281-812-4259 http://www.danobatusa.com
Eifeler Coatings Technology 630-587-1220 https://www.eifeler.com
Chemcoaters Inc. 219-977-1929 http://www.chemcoaters.com
Tungco Powder Procurement 270-825-0000 https://tungco.com
Arkema Inc. 610-205-7000 http://www.arkema-americas.com
Botek USA Inc. 630-893-5300 http://www.botekusa.com
Dillon Chuck Jaws 937-325-8482 http://www.dillonmfg.com
Erasteel Inc. 973-335-8400 http://www.erasteel.com
Walter USA LLC 800-945-5554 https://www.walter-tools.com/en-us/pages/default.aspx
Transor Filter USA 847-640-0273 http://www.transorfilter.com
Bodle Diamond Industries 800-607-3798
Kyocera Precision Tools 800-823-7284 http://www.kyoceraprecisiontools.com
Titanium Coating Services Inc. 714-860-4229 http://www.pvdamerica.com
ICO Surface Coatings Inc. 330-225-3939 http://www.icosurfacecoatings.com
Fusion Alloys Inc. 248-410-2477 http://Fusionalloysinc.com
Shape-Master Tool Co. 815-522-6186 http://www.shapemastertool.com
Mastercut Tool Corp. 727-726-5336 http://www.mastercuttool.com
Cole Family of Companies 586-757-8700 http://www.colecarbide.com
Wall Colmonoy Corp. 248-585-6400 http://www.wallcolmonoy.com
The Charles C. Lewis Co. 413-733-2121 http://www.charlesclewis.com
Erasteel Inc. 973-335-8400 http://www.erasteel.com
Grizzly Industrial Inc. 570-546-9663 http://www.grizzly.com
The Charles C. Lewis Co. 413-733-2121 http://www.charlesclewis.com
Lieber & Solow Co. 212-354-4060 http://www.lieberandsolow.com
voestalpine High Performance Metals Corp. 630-883-3000 https://www.voestalpine.com/highperformancemetals/usa/
American Natl. Carbide 281-351-7165 http://www.anconline.com
Particular Technology Inc. 847-625-1602 http://www.particulartechnology.com
Quaker Houghton 610-832-4000 http://www.quakerchem.com
Cryoplus Inc. 330-683-3375 http://www.cryoplus.com
PCETCO 888-406-1228 http://www.pcetco.com
Plasma Coatings 901-867-9911 http://www.plasmacoatings.com
Diamond Alternatives LLC 734-755-1505 http://www.diamondalternatives.net
Accusharp Cutting Tools 895-644-7073 https://www.accusharp.co.in/
Hoffmann Group USA http://www.hoffmann-group.com
Precision Brand Products Inc. 630-969-7200 http://www.precisionbrand.com
Griggs Steel 248-298-0540 http://www.highspeedsteel.com
VinTech Nano Materials 479-725-8008 http://www.nanomech.com
Lunzer Technologies Inc. 201-794-2800 http://www.lunzer.com
Ulbrich Stainless Steels & Special Metals Inc. 203-239-4481 http://www.ulbrich.com
voestalpine High Performance Metals Corp. 630-883-3000 https://www.voestalpine.com/highperformancemetals/usa/
Gerber N.A. 336-653-1425 http://www.gerber-maschinen.ch
Controx Inc. 937-325-2888 http://www.controx.com
Enhanced Pressed Materials LLC 814-594-5900
carbide.ca 416-895-4769 http://www.carbide.ca
IMCO Carbide Tool Inc. 800-765-4626 http://www.imcousa.com
Hyperion Materials & Technologies 614-438-2300 https://www.hyperionmt.com/
Marlborough Foundry 508-485-2848 http://www.marlboroughfoundry.com
Oerlikon Balzers Coating USA Inc. 847-619-5541 http://www.oerlikon.com/balzers/us
Kyocera Hardcoating Technologies Ltd. 330-686-2136 http://www.kyocera-hardcoating.com
Toyotape Electronic Materials Co.Ltd 86-185-596-7792 https://www.toyotape.com
Ceratizit USA Inc. 800-783-2280 https://cuttingtools.ceratizit.com/us/en.html#ls
Aurora Scientific Corp. 604-207-0633 http://www.aurorascicorp.com
H.B. Carbide Co. 989-786-4223 http://www.hbcarbide.com
MWI Eloquence 212-869-5160 http://www.mwieloquence.com
Certified Tool & Grinding 714-334-8245 https://toolgrindcoat.com/
Lucifer Furnaces Inc. 215-343-0411 http://www.luciferfurnaces.com
AFC America Ltd. 847-599-9550 http://www.afcarbide.com
Star SU LLC 847-649-1450 http://www.star-su.com
Vergason Technology Inc. 607-589-4429 http://www.vergason.com
Carmex Precision Tools 262-628-5030 http://www.carmexusa.com
MachiningCloud 805-437-4171, x149 https://www.machiningcloud.com/
WDS Component Parts Ltd. +44-0-113-2909852 http://www.wdsltd.co.uk
Ceratizit USA Inc. 800-783-2280 https://cuttingtools.ceratizit.com/us/en.html#ls
E.C. Kitzel & Sons Inc. 216-267-6850 http://www.kitzel.com
Master Bond 201-343-8983 http://www.masterbond.com
Tool Systems Inc. 440-461-6363 http://www.toolsystemsinc.com
New Tech Ceramics Inc. 515-868-0055 http://www.newtechceramics.com
Castlebar Corporation 330-451-6511 http://www.castlebar.us
Advanced Superabrasives Inc. 828-689-3200 http://www.asiwheels.com
Lach Diamond Inc. 616-698-0101 http://www.lach-diamond.com
Casso-Solar Technologies LLC 845-354-2010 http://www.cassosolartechnologies.com/
Cryoplus Inc. 330-683-3375 http://www.cryoplus.com
Advent Tool & Mfg. Inc. http://www.advent-threadmill.com
Mueller Corp. 508-583-2800 https://muellercorp.com
Endurance Carbide 989-777-7950 http://www.endurancecarbide.com
Mastercut Tool Corp. 727-726-5336 http://www.mastercuttool.com
Rene Swiss Corp. 203-879-4822 http://www.reneswiss.com
Guhring Inc. 262-784-6730 http://www.guhring.com
Contour360° 207-625-4000 http://www.contour360.com
Vapor Technologies 303-652-8500 https://www.vaportech.com