Armor for Cutting Tools

Selecting the right coating for tooling —based on the application— is one of the most important factors to ensure effective machining. The right choice of coating can cut tooling costs per job or per piece because it can lead to reduced friction; less heat development, less cold welding, reduced cutting forces; increased feed and speed […]

Composite Materials Market for Automotive Worth 11.26 Billion USD by 2020

The report “Composite Materials Market for Automotive by Material Type (PMC, MMC, & CMC), Application & their Sub-Components (Structural, Powertrain, Interior, Exterior, & Others), Vehicle Type (PC, LCV, HCV, & Rolling Stock), & by Region – Global Forecast to 2020″, The market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 12.94% from 2015 to 2020, to reach […]

Composites Machining for the Lockheed Martin F-35

How can precision machining be made less expensive? That question—in one form or another—occupies much of the attention of various Lockheed Martin engineers. If the same kind of precision five-axis milling used in the F-35 skin parts could be applied cost-effectively throughout the plane, the result would be higher-performance aircraft that are far less expensive […]

AMAMCO Diamond Coated Carbide Composite Drill vs. PCD

Machine Tools Process Change Nets 450 Percent More Holes Drilled Per Bit Life Cycle When faced with a tooling change, testing at Lockheed revealed that precise cutting edge geometries allowed operators to greatly reduce span time and increased feed rates. The resulting tool and process change netted a 450 percent increase in the number of […]

The Composite Cutting Tool Challenge

The largest aircraft manufacturer in the world, an emerging fabricator, and a family-operated machine shop all have one thing in common, they must carefully choose the best cutting tool for their next job. Increasingly, those jobs involve work on composites, complex man-made materials that typically combine carbon fibers and diverse lightweight materials to produce maximum […]

How to Go Custom with Cutting Tools

A lot of machining plants use custom cutting tools, although the amount varies. For some, it’s standard; for most, it’s occasional, even rare. The question is: When should a machining operation consider custom over standard tools? Here, Andrew Gilpin, business development manager of cutting tool manufacturer AMAMCO Tool, in Greer, S.C., discusses the factors that […]