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Precision Metal Cutting for 2-Axis Cutoff: How to Achieve the Best Results for Your Close Tolerance Small Metal Parts
There are many variables to consider when deciding on a 2-axis cutoff method for your precision part. This definitive guide will help you make the right choice for your specifications.
5 Things You Need to Know about OD/ID Concentricity
Tubing OD and ID measurements with concentricity requirements can add up to one big headache. Yet, sometimes concentricity is required. Read more about why this tolerance is used and how to avoid it.
5 Fascinating Facts About Eddy Current Testing
Eddy current testing is an important method of nondestructive testing that is often used to inspect for flaws in the surface or sub-surface of metal materials.
Circularity Tolerance in Small Metal Parts
Circularity tolerance based on diameter helps to control roundness and ensure that small precision metal parts fit properly, move smoothly, and wear evenly.
Comparing Precision Cutting Methods: A Reference Guide
This visual reference guide can help you narrow the choices and quickly see which method(s) to consider for your 2-axis metal cut off application.
Why Use a Surface Finish Chart?
A surface finish chart is a handy reference tool for characteristics such as measurement units and typical Ra values according to the metal cutting method used.
Deburring in Mass Production of Small Metal Parts
For deburring of small metal parts, mass production requires the action of hand tools to be re-created by mechanical devices suited to high-volume applications.
How to Fine Tune Your Quote Request to Your Maximum Advantage
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GD&T Tolerances in Parts Manufacturing
GD&T tolerances provide manufacturing guidance that must balance the need to make a part functional with the need to produce the part cost-effectively.
Metal Tubing in the 21st Century: Who Needs it?
Metal tubing continues to play a critical role in medical device manufacturing, but with the array of available plastic materials it can be hard to determine which material is the right one.
Abrasive Cutting Pros & Cons
Thin-wheel abrasive cutting is an ideal method for high-volume 2-axis metal cutoff that requires precision, tight tolerances, no burrs, and a smooth end finish.
Barriers to Lights Out Operation in Precision Machining
The idea of replacing humans with a gadget that will do the same job faster/better/cheaper is deeply ingrained in manufacturing. But there are limits to lights out. Find out more.
8 Principles of Centerless Grinding
Learn more about the principles of centerless grinding and how it can be used to achieve tight tolerance surface finishes on small cylindrical metal parts.
What Is Lapping?
So, what is lapping exactly? In the right hands, this little-known process can produce parts with highly polished ends, tight length tolerances, and extraordinary flatness.
Utilizing Tungsten Wire in Applications for General Industry
There are a variety of products in general industry, ranging from filaments to furnaces, in which tungsten wire is used and remains without substitute.
Tungsten Wire 101: Overview of a Uniquely Useful Material
Tungsten wire continues to be a product that has a large number of diverse applications, for many of which there is no known substitute. Find out why tungsten remains widely used.
How Do Tolerances Really Stack Up?
When designing a part, remember that different tolerances may require different processes, and not all processes can produce results to the same tolerance.
How to Avoid the Issues of Non-Standard Material Size
Designing parts to use standard size materials whenever possible will help to control costs, streamline manufacturing, and avoid sourcing issues.
Find Out How Default Tolerances Can Lead to a Blame Game