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  • What Is a Milling Cutter?

    What Is a Milling Cutter?0

    A milling cutter is an essential component of a milling machine. As the name suggests, it’s the cutting tool that’s responsible for scraping material out of a workpiece. All milling machines have a cutter. During a typical milling operation, the cutter moves perpendicular to its axis, allowing it to remove material from the workpiece on

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  • The 4 Steps of High-Pressure Die Casting

    The 4 Steps of High-Pressure Die Casting0

    Also known as traditional die casting, high-pressure die casting is a metal casting process that involves injecting molten metal — steel, zinc, copper, aluminum, lead, magnesium, etc. — into a three-dimensional mold. The base metal is heated until it achieves a liquid, molten state. It’s then forced into the mold’s cavity, allowing it to take

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  • A Beginner’s Guide to Facing Operations

    A Beginner’s Guide to Facing Operations0

    Facing is a common machining process that involves the use of a lathe or milling machine to remove material from the end and/or shoulder of a workpiece. After the workpiece is placed on the machine, a cutting tool is pressed against it at the end or shoulder. Either the workpiece or the cutting tool will

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  • The Dreaded Burr: How Workpieces Are De-Burred

    The Dreaded Burr: How Workpieces Are De-Burred0

    In the manufacturing industry, it’s not uncommon for workpieces to have one or more burrs after being machined. Machining operates can change the shape, size and other physical characteristics of a workpiece. Milling, for example, cuts away material from a workpiece using a rotating cutting tool. Stamping, on the other hand, involves compressing a workpiece

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  • How a Punch Press Works

    How a Punch Press Works0

    Manufacturers use a wide range of machines to manipulate and work raw materials into finished processes, one of which is a punch press. If a particular type of raw material is too hard to manually cut, a manufacturer may use a punch press. This large, heavy-duty machine is able to easily cut through hard materials,

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  • How Arbor Milling Machines Differ From Other Milling Machines

    How Arbor Milling Machines Differ From Other Milling Machines0

    Milling machines rely on the use of a rotating multi-pointed cutting tool to remove material from a workpiece. Unlike with lathes, milling machines don’t feature a stationary cutting tool. Rather, they use a cutting tool that rotates as it presses against a fixed, stationary workpiece. While all milling machines use this process to reshape workpieces,

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