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Machining Center Selection: Three Things to Know

By |2019-03-19T13:49:06-08:00March 19th, 2019|Categories: CNC Tips, CNC Vertical Machining Centers|

Machining Center Selection: Three Things to Know Let's face it: if you're shopping for a CNC machining center, there are a number of good choices out there. And just like picking out your next car or a vacation home, there’s a lot to consider before buying one. Kent CNC recognizes this. We encourage our customers to [...]

Feeding’s Faster: Three Reasons to Avoid Slugging

By |2019-02-20T12:58:39-08:00February 20th, 2019|Categories: CNC Tips, CNC Turning Centers|

Feeding’s Faster: Three Reasons to Avoid Slugging In the previous blog post, I offered four good reasons to save yourself some hard-earned cash and skip the bar feeder on your next lathe purchase. These include floor space, material waste, spindle speed limitations, bar preparation, and the not-insignificant cost of the bar feeder (I guess that’s five [...]

Slugging it Out: Four Arguments Against Bar Feeders

By |2019-02-20T12:51:31-08:00February 20th, 2019|Categories: CNC Tips, CNC Turning Centers|

Slugging it Out: Four Arguments Against Bar Feeders   Let’s pretend you just ordered a KLR-series 2-axis horizontal turning center from Kent CNC. Congratulations, but how are you going to keep it fed? One of the biggest decisions anyone can make upon ordering a new CNC lathe—whether it’s ours or someone else’s—is what kind of bar [...]

Keep Cool: Five Things You Should Know About High-Pressure Coolant Systems

By |2019-01-22T12:32:46-08:00January 22nd, 2019|Categories: CNC Tips, CNC Turning Centers, CNC Vertical Machining Centers|

Keep Cool: 5 Things You Should Know About High-Pressure Coolant Systems If you’ve purchased a new end mill or slotting cutter lately, chances are good that it’s riddled with coolant holes. There’s an excellent reason for this. Unless you’re machining gray cast iron, high-carbon or hardened steels, or using ceramic cutting tools—cutting dry, in other words—you’ll [...]

Five Tips for Keeping Cutting Fluids in Tip-Top Shape

By |2019-01-22T12:32:58-08:00January 22nd, 2019|Categories: CNC Horizontal Machining Centers, CNC Tips, CNC Turning Centers, CNC Vertical Machining Centers|

Five Tips for Keeping Cutting Fluids in Tip-Top Shape Nobody likes a stinky machine tool. When cutting fluids are poorly maintained, anaerobic bacteria blossoms, feeding on the way lube and other unavoidable contaminants that collect within any machine sump. This is why Kent CNC’s KVR-series vertical machining centers are equipped with automatic coolant tank skimmers and [...]

3 Chip Management Tips for CNC Machine Operators

By |2018-11-13T14:46:30-08:00November 13th, 2018|Categories: CNC Horizontal Machining Centers, CNC Tips, CNC Turning Centers, CNC Vertical Machining Centers|

3 Chip Management Tips for CNC Machine Operators There’s one basic rule of shop floor economics that everyone should know: if the machines aren’t making chips, the business is losing money. But the shape of those chips and their removal from the work area is every bit as important as producing them in the first place. [...]

Spindle Chiller – Does your VMC need it?

By |2018-10-01T14:09:20-08:00August 8th, 2018|Categories: CNC Tips, CNC Vertical Machining Centers|

Back when a 6,000 rpm CNC vertical machining center was considered ridiculously fast, there was little worry about heat buildup in the spindle. Thermal growth of the Z-axis was quite manageable, and the spindle bearings could be expected to last years before servicing became necessary. That all began to change as spindle speeds hit 8,000 rpm, [...]

10 Tips to Better CNC Turning

By |2018-10-01T14:13:03-08:00October 5th, 2017|Categories: CNC Tips, CNC Turning Centers|

10 Tips to Better CNC Turning No shop wants to see their part ruined and scrapped at the end of the finishing stage. And although having a combination of proper technique and the right tools to keep jobs in spec and on time, there are other variables that should be considered before arriving at the finishing [...]

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Shopping for a Vertical Machining Center – What to Look for

By |2018-10-01T14:08:27-08:00August 14th, 2017|Categories: CNC Tips, CNC Vertical Machining Centers|

Shopping for a Vertical Machining Center – What to Look for Before making any major purchase, such as a Vertical Machining Center (VMC), it would be wise to take stock of your application requirements. These machines, across the board, can vary in price and functionality. With the recession behind us, many businesses are still taking their [...]

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A Quick Guide to CNC Turning Centers

By |2019-03-19T13:47:43-08:00August 3rd, 2017|Categories: CNC Tips, CNC Turning Centers|

A Quick Guide to CNC Turning Centers You can trace the history of the lathe’s origins as far back as 1300 B.C. as it was used by ancient civilizations like the Egyptians, Assyrians, and the Greeks. Over the centuries, we have seen the lathe evolve from a two-person, bow-driven machine during ancient times to the explosion [...]

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