Friday, April 17, 2009

Ingersoll Swiss-Style & Live Tooling Cutters

Exclusive Swiss-Style & Live Tooling Cutters

Ingersoll announces exclusive integral collet tooling for their Hi-PosMicro indexable end mills and Chip-Surfer solid carbide tipped tooling lines!

Replace worn tooling with less downtime on your machine with .0005î axial and radial repeatability. Precision threads with simultaneous fit heads maximize the rigidity of your tooling application and reap the benefits of increased productivity with higher feed rates, better finishes and longer tool life.

The economy of indexability and higher feed rate capability of the Hi-PosMicro end mill tips allow you to exceed your previous throughput at lower costs. The versatility and wide range of Chip-Surfer tips complete your tooling requirements while offering premium carbide grades and coatings to be applied to the widest range of materials.

For more information be sure to contact your local Ingersoll representitive

Sunday, April 12, 2009

BF Milling Cutter from Valenite

BF Milling Cutter from Valenite

No burrs - Outstanding surface finish quality!

Great for Facing:

Cast Iron
Bi Metal

  • Non-conventional milling cutter with a fully innovative design based on the broaching technology
  • Unique axial and radial positioning of the inserts which allows each of them to remove constant chip thickness
  • A single insert provides the quality of the machined surface
  • Maximum optimizing of the number of teeth.
What does this mean for you?

1. Facing with no deburring
2. Full control of the quality parameters of the parts
3. Outstanding surface quality
4. No insert adjustment
5. Reduction of the cost-per-part of 30%
6. 66% reduction in set-up time
7. High-feed machining with a reduced number of teeth

If you would like to learn more about the BF Milling Cutter or looking for Valenite Carbide Inserts, Google Keyword: Valenite Carbide Inserts

Friday, April 10, 2009

Quick Tips for Face Machining

Very Cool 5 Face Machining Center

Here are three easy recommendations to help choose the right tool for high performance in face machining operations.

1. Choose the widest possible insert and tool, according to the cutting width and geometry to be machined.

2. Choose the shortest tool blade overhang, according to the maximum depth required.

3. Choose the tool range with the largest diameter depending on the initial grooving diameter required in the application.

Follow these easy steps, and you should be well on your way.

Thank you to Taegutec for providing these machining tips.

For Taegutec Inserts pricing online Google Keyword: Taegutec Carbide Inserts

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Selecting Insert Width for Grooving

Video of Grooving Operation

Here are some quick tips for selecting the best insert width for your grooving applications.

1. Insert width strongly affects strength

2. For most efficient machining, select the widest possible insert.

3. Chipbreaking range depends on the insert width.

4. A narrower width means better chipbreaking at lower feed rates

5. Wider inserts and stronger blades require higher forces adn higher feeds rates to achieve a frontal clearance angle.

Use these few basis tips to give yourself the best chance at success in your machining operation.

Thank you to Taegutec for providing these machining tips.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Titanium and titanium alloys are most often found in aerospace applications due to its lightweight and high strength.

However, other industries are discovering the benefits of titanium as well. One of the more common alloys is Ti 6AL-4V. It is generally machined at a hardness ranging from approx. 28 to 37 Rc.

One the characteristics that makes titanium difficult to tap is its tremendous elastic memory. When tapping, the material closes tightly around the cutting tool, generating friction and heat, resulting in increased wear of the cutting edges. This material also easily work hardens.

To successfully tap titanium, a tap specifically designed with additional clearance to overcome the extreme elastic memory of the material is recommended.

Tap clearances would include extra back taper of the threads from the front to the back of the thread section, full radial clearance in the threads across the tap lands, and additional relief in the tap chamfer area.

All of these features are used to reduce friction and heat. In some cases, larger H limits might be required to overcome the shrinkage.

Premium grade materials are also used for heat and wear resistance. Obviously we offer these in our standard product lines.

Lubrication and proper pre-tapped hole size are vital to success. A compatible tapping fluid should be used that provides plenty of lubrication to reduce friction.

The drill should be selected to produce the largest hole size that is allowed by the thread class callout (2B or 3B).

Due to the additional clearances required on these tools, positive feeding of the tap is highly recommended.

Machining Titanium Tips

Inserts for Machining Titanium

Friday, January 16, 2009

Machining Aluminum

V8 Engine Block Machining From Solid Aluminum

Aluminum is Inexpensive, Lightweight and is Formable at Cold Temperatures

Aluminum is one of the most common materials used in manufacturing strong, lightweight parts. PMF manufactures parts made purely of Aluminum alloys as well as parts made from two or more materials such as Stainless Steel and Aluminum.

Common Forms of Aluminum (in various tempers)
6000's, 5000's, 1000's, 2000's, 3000's, 7000's

Benefits of Aluminum
  • Inexpensive
  • Lightweight
  • Formable at cold temperatures
Considerations of Aluminum
  • Softness can lead to tearing
  • Low tensile strength (approx. 1/3 that of steel)

Applications of Aluminum

  • Military munitions
  • Aerospace
  • Microelectronics
  • Automobile parts
  • Many others

Looking for inserts for machining aluminum? Find them at Your choice

PCD Inserts for Aluminum

Carbide Inserts for Aluminum

Monday, January 12, 2009

What is Induction Hardening

Definition: A widely used process for the surface hardening of steel. The components are heated by means of an alternating magnetic field to a temperature within or above the transformation range followed by immediate quenching. The core of the component remains unaffected by the treatment and its physical properties are those of the bar from which it was machined, whilst the hardness of the case can be within the range 37/58 Rc. Carbon and alloy steels with a carbon content in the range 0.40/0.45% are most suitable for this process.