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GWS Coatings 101 – FX1: Tough, Heat Resistant, Long-lasting

Welcome back to our series on the different types of coatings we offer to make your cutting tools provide better performance. Cutting tool coatings are designed to improve wear properties via higher hardness, increased thermal stability and reduced coefficients of friction. In our first two posts, we discussed the properties and uses of AlTiN and […]

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GWS Coatings 101 – FX3: Strong, Stable, Durable

In our last post in this series, we introduced you to AlTiN, a great general purpose coating with a high aluminum content, which is used for machining steel, titanium alloys, Inconel, stainless, and cast iron in both wet and dry environments. In this article, we’re going to kick it up a notch with a coating […]

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Coating Tech Jose R. Enjoys Being Part of GWS Success Story

Meet Jose R., who started out as a material handler in our plant at GWS Massachusetts in 2011. Since then, he has mastered a variety of jobs, each one adding to his knowledge of the business and allowing him to advance to positions of increasing responsibility. In his time with us, Jose has learned about […]

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If You Haven’t Tried GWS Form Tools, You Might Be Missing Out

Let’s say you have to machine a part with a unique profile or feature. Would you rather use several off-the-shelf tools, each machining a different section of the contour, or just one tool that could do it all in one setup? Form tools, which are precision ground to machine a particular profile or contour on […]

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Ti-Feed: A Titan Among High Feed Endmills for Titanium

Not to brag, but one of our specialties is looking at a machining problem and coming up with ways to make your job a bit easier and more lucrative. Our Ti-Feed Series of high feed endmills is a great example of this. The series came about because popular multi-flute tools and iMachining tool paths are […]

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Autocam Medical Fights COVID-19 with a Little Help from Their Friends

Autocam Medical, with headquarters in Kentwood, Michigan, is a global contract manufacturer of orthopedic implants, spinal implants, precision instruments and orthopedic cutting tools. Like all of us, they have watched the coronavirus crisis unfold over the past few months. But unlike most of us, they were provided with an opportunity to make a life-saving difference. […]

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GWS Solves What Others Could Not

The Opportunity A global small engine manufacturer was dealing with an unacceptable scrap rate (3.03%) when drilling piston ring pin holes into pistons for the two-cycle engines that make up a large part of their product line. The parts are made out of high silicon aluminum castings. Upon placement of the pins, pistons were cracking due […]

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Custom Tool Spotlight: 10-Flute Form Tool for Defense

Welcome to our Custom Tool Spotlight, a series that takes GWS cutting tools and gives them mini biographies. Today, we’re talking about a custom 10-flute form tool to be coated with AlTiN for defense. What’s it for? This tool is specifically made for one our large tier defense/armament manufacturers. This tool will be used to […]

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Coating Technician Danny Cinnamon Knows How to Spice Up the Day

Meet Danny Cinnamon, a long-tenured employee at GWS-Florida, who helps make work there much more fun for everyone. Since 2011, Danny has tackled nearly every production job there is on the GWS shop floor. That includes everything from laser etching and cleaning tools to assisting the team with our CNC machines. If it needed to […]

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GWS Tools Up for Aerospace with a Line of PCD Holemaking Products

As a major provider of ​highly engineered custom, standard, and modified standard cutting tools ​to the aerospace sector, we have expanded our capacity in this area with a special emphasis on brazed PCD drills, reamers and countersinks with or without brazed threaded shank adapters. PCD (polycrystalline diamond) is made by fusing diamond grit with metal […]

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Custom Tool Spotlight: Ball Nose End Mill for Titanium

An army of GWS Custom Ball Nose End Mills Welcome to our Custom Tool Spotlight, a series that takes GWS cutting tools and gives them mini biographies. Today, we’re talking about a custom tapered ball nose end mill for Ti-6Al4V. This is a ⅛” 3FL .75 LOC 6.00 OAL ⅜ Shank 3° Taper per side. […]

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Aluminum Machining Goes from Awful to Awesome with GWS Tooling

Breiner Machine is a family-owned-and-operated manufacturing facility located in Brooksville, Florida. Their 11,000 square foot facility offers a wide range of services such as product development, precision CNC milling and turning, welding, and CNC sheet metal fabrication. The company produces components for a variety of manufacturing industries, including the Food and Beverage Industry, Aerospace, Aviation, […]

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The In’s & Out’s of Ball Nose End Mills

Ball nose end mills, also known as full radius end mills or ball mills, are cutting tools where the nose radius is equal to half of the diameter of the tool. This creates a constant single radius (or ball) at the tool end with no straight edge (sharp corners) in the profile. They are used for a host […]

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Team Effort Speeds Production of Intricate Titanium Aerospace Parts

Superalloy Manufacturing Solutions Corporation offers turnkey components for aircraft engines and other mechanized systems in the commercial and military sectors. As you can well imagine, their customers are very particular about quality and delivery time. When an order came in for a titanium pylon part for aircraft landing gear, Marcia DeVeny, Superalloy Senior CNC Programmer, […]

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Cutting Tools Forecast: Ready for a Banner Year in 2020

In order to perfect our product line and the service we provide to our customers, GWS Tool Group continually analyzes the feedback we receive from our end users, distributors and employees. As the New Year approaches, we’d like to take this opportunity to share with you some of our findings, look at some industry trends […]

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Sales Call: The Right End Mill Cuts Cycle Time for Aerospace OEM

The Opportunity  A contract aerospace manufacturer was supplying attachment brackets made from 17-4 stainless steel to a major aerospace company. They were being machined on a 40 taper horizontal machining center with 2 parts mounted to each tombstone. They were using a competitor’s end mill and the quality was okay, but tool life was short […]

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Gina Hong Learns Something About Custom Cutting Tools Every Day

Gina Hong has been a GWS Tool Group Machine Operator in our Springfield, Massachusetts plant for three and a half years. She’s a skilled maker of our custom cutting tools, and if you told her four years ago it’s where she would be, she probably would not have believed you. Since she was undecided about […]

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5 Signs You Need Custom Cutting Tools for a Better Bottom Line

Cutting tool catalogs are full of very good off-the-shelf options for a lot of machining applications. But not every situation has a standard answer. Is it possible that you may save time and even more money by going to a tool tailor-made to your needs? Here are 5 signs that you might be better off […]

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Milling Titanium is a Lot Easier with Specialty Tools from GWS

Here’s a true story for you. A Tier One supplier was fulfilling a defense contract for titanium components using conventional 40 taper vertical machining centers. The part had a simple turning operation and then was put into the VMC and machined to its final stage. Total cycle time: 5.5 hours. Enter Mike Littlejohn, Senior Applications […]

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How GWS Cutting Tools Go from Custom to Standard

Many of the tailor-made cutting tools we engineer for customers are so innovative they are easily adaptable to a wider range of applications than originally anticipated. This doesn’t happen by accident. Our organization is full of highly experienced and talented people who have a knack for both listening to customer feedback and seeing the future […]

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GWS Custom Inserts Last Longer by a Wide Margin

Continually changing worn out cutting tools can be a real profit breaker. If you’re machining automotive and aerospace components made out of hardened steel or nickel-based alloys, you really know what we mean. How do you avoid the costly downtime and excessive tooling costs typically associated with these super-hard materials? Find yourself a tougher tool. […]

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GWS Increases Tool Life 4000% for Semiconductor Parts Maker

Manufacturing valves, manifolds and fittings used for the delivery of ultra high purity gas for semiconductor production is a demanding job. Part of the problem is that the components are primarily made with heat resistant super alloys and stainless steel. One manufacturer came to us with a situation that is not unusual in the industry. […]

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Capital Expenditures: An Investment in Our Customers

Capital expenditures are often thought of in a negative light. After all, no organization likes to spend down their profits. But, in reality, the company that does not take the opportunity to enhance capability, create more throughput and/or to address an efficiency issue is not going to be in business for long. One way to […]

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Cutting Tool Breakage: The 3 Most Common Mistakes

Cutting tool breakage is a fact of life in this business. But you should be able to get your money’s worth out of them before it happens. There’s nothing like premature cutting tool breakage to get a machinist steamed. Not only is it slowing the operator down, it’s costing money. The problem is, there are […]

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Max Out 5-Axis Value with the Right Cutting Tools

Demand for faster cycles times in industries such as aerospace, die and mold, automotive and medical continue to drive OEM’s and their manufacturing suppliers to find ways of reducing production costs. This has given rise to a parallel popularity in 5-axis machining. That’s why there are more and more machine builders offering 5-axis machine platforms […]

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Boost Productivity with the Right Cutting Tool Coating

Do your cutting tools head south much sooner than you would like? Are you going through them by the gross? Is their performance less than satisfactory? If you answer yes to any (or all) of these questions, you might want to take a look at what kind of coating is protecting your tool. Cutting tool […]

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GWS Takes Aim at Gummy Materials with PYSTL Series End Mills

Some materials just like to gum up the works. You know the ones we’re talking about–stuff like 303, 304 and 316L stainless steel, or Ti-6Al4V and other titanium alloys. These bad boys have a tendency to generate excessive heat at the contact area. This results in those long continuous chips that can weld on to […]

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The Secret to Faster Turnaround Times for Custom Cutting Tool Orders

Whether it’s custom or standard cutting tools, they’re made with the utmost quality and precision at GWS. But when it comes to custom cutting tool orders, we have established a valuable differentiator in the industry: the ability to design, manufacture and deliver those specials in less time. It didn’t happen overnight, but thanks to years […]

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