• 5 Causes Of Chatter In Your CNC Router

    CNC Router

    It shows up when you inspect your CNC router. It’s not welcome; and it’s hard to find the real cause of it. It gets loud and obnoxious. It ruins your work quality and, it’s just not wise to let it persist once you’re aware of it. What is it? Chatter. That unwelcome vibration that reduces the […]

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  • Compression Tools in Sign Making

    Compression Tools in Sign Making

    In the sign making industry, it is necessary to treat each type of material individually for their specific properties, and selecting the best tool for each material can make a huge difference in your finished product. When selecting the best tool for the job, you can select a flute that is straight, upcut, downcut, or compression.

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  • 4 CNC Machining Myths and Misunderstandings

    4 CNC Machining Myths and Misunderstandings

    How long have you been a CNC machinist? Years? Decades? Are you considering just getting started? Every profession has its facts and misunderstandings. Today, we’re going to take a look at some of the exaggerations and machining myths out there. Here’s some you may have heard: If You’ve Had Success Running a Job Before, You […]

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  • 6 Advantages of CNC Machining Over Conventional Machining

    6 advantages of cnc machining

    Do you use conventional machines in your personal shop or business? They do have some benefits, but so do CNC machines. If you’re considering adding a CNC machine to your production processes, we’ve put together some reasons why you may or may not want to:

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  • 5-Axis WaterJet Machining: Opening a Wealth of Opportunities

    5-Axis Waterjet

    product-wj22With the revolutionary 5-Axis CNC cutting technology gaining momentum in the marketplace, many shops are transitioning to 5-Axis WaterJet CNC machining systems to satisfy a broad range of cutting needs. As the name suggests, 5-Axis CNC cutting allows the WaterJet machine to maneuver at five different axes simultaneously, which is a feature that has drastically changed the landscape of the CNC cutting marketplace. This feature differs from a more standard WaterJet device which moves along only 3 axes (X,Y,Z). 5-Axis technology gives machines the ability to create complex shapes in a single set up, ultimately enhancing production levels. This increase in efficiency is especially evident in waterjet machinery.

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  • Maintaining Your Tool Holder and Collet

    Maintaining your tool holder and collet

    The tool holder and collet are critical parts of the machine that are often overlooked for maintenance. We will discuss the parts of the collet and nut style tool holders, also how to look out for wear and tear.

    Parts of the tool holder include:

    ColletTaper – conical shaped area of the tool holder that enters the spindle when changing the tool

    Pull studs – screws into the top portion of the taper

    V-flange – part of the tool holder that the automatic tool changer locks into when moving the tool from the tool changer to the spindle and vice versa

    Collet pocket, collet and nut – the collet is inserted into the collet pocket and subsequently secured by a collet nut.

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  • How to Create the Right Warm-Up Routine for Your CNC Machine

    CNC Plasma Machine

    Think of your favorite athlete. While you rarely see them warming up on TV, every professional athlete has a warm-up routine they use. If they don’t, they risk injury, and they often don’t perform as well during the contest. Though not human, your CNC machine works the same way and needs a warm-up routine of […]

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  • CNC Plasma: Pierce Starts vs. Edge Starts

    In Plasma cutting there are two different types of starts, edge starts and pierce starts. They signify how the start of the cut will take place, and will have implications for other elements of the cut such as edge finish and quality. In addition the type of start used can affect your plasma consumable life. As a result it is important to understand the difference between the two types of starts in order to optimize your cutting experience.

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  • What To Do When Your CNC Machine Goes Down

    CNC Machine

    It’s your worst nightmare when running your CNC machine. You’re chugging along, happy with your productivity. Maybe even excited because you know you’re going to have something good to show your boss. And then your machine stops doing anything. Or, maybe your CNC machine didn’t even start up in the first place. It happens because […]

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  • 5-Axis Routing Benefits and Applications

    5 Axis Routing Benefits and Applications

    Boasting 5-axis technology, the 8000 series router opens you up to a wide range of possibilities you never thought possible on your CNC router. In addition to the standard 3 axes on routers (X, Y, and Z) the 8000 series has an A and a C axis. These additional two axes allow for a larger range of motion that creates many new applications. This enables the router to now rotate in 90% increments, meaning that the machine can work on all four sides of a piece of material as well as vertical machining from the top.

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