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Manufacturing Tools of the Trade: Machines to Buy in 2020

Manufacturing Tools of the Trade: Machines to Buy in 2020

Xometry CNC Machinist Tim Bowman recommends these 5 machines to build your machining portfolio. These machines are predicted to maintain capacity because of the high demand of customer parts that are suited for these machines.

The Weird Thing About Gauge

The Weird Thing About Gauge

What is a gauge anyways, and why is it such a strange unit of measurement? Can we even call a gauge a form of measurement?

Tackling Drill Bits Part 02: Chipped Lips and Damaged Points

Tackling Drill Bits Part 02: Chipped Lips and Damaged Points

Have you or your loved ones been personally victimized by broken drill bits, bad tolerances or terrible finishes? In part 02 of tackling common drill bit issues machinists might run into, we look at chipped lips, damaged points, and more.

Tackling Drill Bits Part 01: Drill Bit Breakage and Tool Life

Tackling Drill Bits Part 01: Drill Bit Breakage and Tool Life

Have you or your loved ones been personally victimized by broken drill bits, bad tolerances or terrible finishes? We’ve put together a list of common drilling issues machinists might run into, as well as some of the causes and fixes that might help you get up and running again.

Drill Bit Tips and Tricks

Drill Bit Tips and Tricks

Let’s talk drill bits, their differences, and how to choose the right one for your work, and to help keep it all straight, we’ve put together a reasonably robust look at drill bit anatomy, common terms, types, and uses.