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CNC vs Laser Cutting Machines

CNC cutting machines and laser cutting machines perform a very similar function: they cut, shape, and drill materials like woods, plastics, and metals to produce commercial products or industrial machine parts. Computer numerical controlled (CNC) cutting machines use a variety of tools to cut and shape the material, such as Router cutters, Milling cutters and

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The Seven Types of Milling Machines

A milling machine is a type of industrial machine which removes raw material from a central block in order to carve tools, parts, of completed products from the chosen material. Milling machines work by fixing the chosen material and feeding it through a tool calling a milling cutter. The cutting tool will then rotate at

The Seven Types of Machining Tools

 Turning A turning machine, or lathe, removes material from a central piece of material by rotating it at very high speeds against a stationary cutting tool, which shaves material off the piece to create the desired part of product. Turning machines are best used to carve parts of products which are rounded, tubular, or cylindrical.

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What Can PCD End Mills Be Used To Machine?

Polycrystalline Diamond (PCD) is an incredibly durable materials used to tip end mills through a process of sintering – fusing tiny grains of PCD to the tool tip under great heat and pressure. This sintering process fuses these particles together with a tungsten carbide core, producing an insanely durable tip. PCD is one of the

Different Types of Milling

Computer numerical controlled (CNC) machining is used to craft a huge range of products and parts, from many different materials. Milling is just one type of machining that can be performed by CNC, but milling is far from just one process! Have a look below at the many different types of milling that can be

Types of End mills

Flat Head End Mills Flat head end mills, also known as square end mills, are the all-rounders of the industry, and tend to be used for general applications including slotting, profiling, and creating pockets. Flat heads cannot be used to contour rounded surfaces well. Ball Nose End Mills Ball nose end mills, sometimes simply referred

What is Super Alloy Machining?

If you asked a room of engineers and machine operators what they thought of superalloys, you’d probably get a mixed bag of a response. Those who work in industries that use these incredibly durable, heat-resistant materials most likely hold a great appreciation for their unique, hardy properties. Those who have to cut and machine super

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Composite Tooling Materials and Processes

Composite parts are formed in moulds, also known as tools. Tools can be made from virtually any material. The material type, shape and complexity depend upon the part and length of production run.  For parts that will be produced in low quantities and can be cured at ambient or low temperature, or for prototype parts,

The History of Carbide End mills

The revolutionary design of the end mill was created in the 1940s by Kenneth P. Stanback. Early on in his career he found that there was a gap in the selection of tools available for machining, leading him to dedicate countless hours perfecting the ‘constant spiral’ tapered end mill, which he promptly patented. Stanback was