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Published: 2/1/2017

Faster Cornering in Cavity Hogging Boosts Capacity

With a cutter capable of plowing through the corners at full speed, a Michigan moldmaker says it has doubled rough-milling throughput, freeing up machine time for mechanical polishing instead of tedious handwork.

Published: 10/1/2015

Cutter Sets New Standard for Heavy Hogging

A recent roughing application shattered this moldmaker’s expectations about the stability of a large face mill in long-reach contouring operations.

Published: 4/1/2015

High-Feed Face Mills Offer Speed, Versatility

Two new cutters not only improved machining speed at this mold manufacturer, but also showcased the potential of some high-feed tooling for heavier, deeper cuts.

Published: 5/1/2014

Raising the Speed Limit for Smaller Cutters

An auxiliary electric spindle enables this shop to handle small features and intricate finishing work without investing in a new machining center.

Published: 2/1/2014

Carving out Savings at the Front End

Positive-geometry cutting tools help this shop double-down on a key time-saving strategy by reducing machining time on aluminum MUD frame inserts.

Published: 10/1/2013

Supercharging Rough Machining Performance with Advanced Tooling

What is amazing is that the shop is confident it could run the Seco cutter at 500 ipm if the machine was capable. It is this reason that Build-A-Mold is in the process of acquiring newer, faster equipment.

Published: 5/1/2012

Precision Toolholding Optimizes Tire Mold Production

Case Study / Toolholding / Automotive

Published: 4/1/2012

End Mills Offer Quality, Accuracy and Affordability

Speed, accuracy and quality are this tool shop's main goals and exchangeable head end mills fulfill those requirements.

Published: 3/21/2012

Small Changes Yield Big Results

When working day-to-day with the same machines and complex parts, often the little things are overlooked.

Published: 3/21/2011

A New Milling 101: What Customers Demand

Part 5. For W Machine Works in San Fernando, a custom variation of the WIDIA-Hanita VariMILL II solid end mill proved especially effective in roughing and semi-finishing applications in stainless steels, high-temp alloys, nickel- and carbon-based al...