All manufacturers in the metal machining industry face the same cutting tool dilemma: determining what machining processes to adopt while keeping cutting tool inventory and cost under control.
The balance of cost versus productivity does not always yield the best possible manufacturing solutions or allow for the latest in cutting tool technology. Some manufacturers make production sacrifices to minimize cutting tool inventory and control machining costs. Others may inventory unnecessary cutting tools knowing it is not important to their process.
Fortunately, cutting tool manufacturers are developing technology to ease this dilemma. The new trend of hybrid cutting tool geometries provides machinists and programmers the flexibility to perform multiple machining applications with one tool.
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