Machining Tips for Mold & Die Shops

Forget about time-consuming starter cuts, step holes, and processes that eat through your cutting tools!

Helixing with high-feed indexable tooling is a super-fast, flexible approach – especially when large, deep holes are required. See how fast we machined a 4" diameter hole in 2.5" thick 4140 PH steel on a 40-taper machining center, and learn the ins and out of helical interpolation.

Tips for machining deep, straight-walled chase pockets

A smarter approach to machining chase pockets

Have you ever struggled to consistently achieve straight walls and accurate sizing when machining mold insert chase pockets? Learn a solid approach to roughing, semi-finishing, and finishing the walls and floor of a deep, straight-walled pocket, with an eye toward helping you cut cycle times and reduce costly zero cuts.

Dynamic milling vs. high-feed ramping

High-efficiency milling vs. high-feed ramping

Dynamic milling with a solid carbide end mill is all the rage, but you may be able to match – or beat – those removal rates and save significant money on tooling by ramping with indexable high-feed tooling.

3D milling tips

Tips for more efficient 3D milling

3D milling involves a variety of tools and tool paths. In less than 5 minutes, this video demonstrates three different 3D shapes, what tools we recommend for machining, suggested for path generation for each.

Maximize feed rate with radial chip thinning

Maximize feed rate with radial chip thinning

If you’re milling at less than 50% of your cutting tool diameter, you can minimize your cycle time – and maximize productivity – by properly adjusting your programmed feed per tooth.

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