44 | CUTTING TOOLS | Strategies
it takes more than
sharp edges to
By Kip Hanson
oc ToBer 2017
Since the publication of the original Machinery’s Handbook in 1914, the
first thing machinists have done upon opening it is to dog-ear the speeds
and feeds section. Thirty editions later, their descendants might be using
Post-It notes instead of a folded corner, but machinists still refer back to
“The Bible” or equivalent tooling catalog for their cutting tool advice.
After more than a century, that might be changing. Thanks to several
new technologies, the days of plugging in “best guess” feeds, speeds,
and depths of cut might be coming to an end. No more chatter, no more
premature tool wear or unexpectedly broken cutters—just tell the machine
tool, computer, or mobile device what you’re trying to accomplish and the
software will take care of the rest.