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  1. What are the differences between HSS, Powder Metal & Carbide?

    HSS, Powder Metal & Carbide all contain different properties which make them better suited to different applications and performance levels. Which substrate you choose can depend on a variety of criteria including: Material(s) being machined. What type of machine you are using (manual or CNC). What cutting data you want to run the tool at

  2. How to select the correct tap for your job

    Tapping is the process of cutting or forming a thread inside a hole which can be done either by hand or using a machine. There are many types of tap: spiral point, spiral flute, straight flute, roll tap and hand taps, which we will go into more detail on later.   What to consider When tapping, there are many things to consider when

  3. Understanding Thread Gauges

    In manufacturing, component production is governed by an international standard. Each standard has set dimensional limits and tolerances that a manufactured component must meet to be accepted. These dimensions need to be checked and are often recorded. A range of metrology equipment is readily available to measure diameters, lengths, surface

  4. How to get the best results when drilling and reaming

    This blog will include some techniques and methods to achieve the perfect reamed hole and some alternatives to the spot / drill / reaming process. When drilling and reaming a hole, do you ever think that you’ve done everything right, only to find that the hole’s been reamed too big or the hole is not fully round? Drilling and reaming

  5. Top Tips for Milling & Drilling High Hardened Steels

    For many precision engineers, machining hard materials such as tool steel, D2 or H13 hardened steel seems like a difficult challenge. However, by picking the correct work holding and tool holding alongside a high performing, purpose-made cutting tool, it can be made to look easy.   What Substrate Should Be Used For Machining For Hardened

  6. What are the Benefits of Machining with Ceramic Turning or Milling Inserts?

    When you mention ceramic indexable tooling (ceramic turning or milling inserts), the memory of white ceramic inserts exploding in cut comes flooding back for some engineers. However, with today’s technological advancements in the manufacture and application of ‘modern’ ceramic cutting tools, manufacturing costs can be reduced dramatically


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