Assembling the Jigsaw Puzzle of Special Cutting Tools

Courtesy of Christa Kettlewell, on American Machinist.

When you start to solve a jigsaw puzzle you face many choices. Is it best to separate the puzzle pieces by shape? By color? Should the outside edges be constructed first? What are the best techniques to create the image?

Like the process of assembling a jigsaw puzzle, creating special tooling challenges Allied Machine’s application engineers to determine where the tool will work more efficiently and effectively than standard tooling in specific holemaking and hole finishing operations. Additionally, their online utility, Insta-Quote, allows machine shops to design, quote, and order special tooling more quickly for simpler tooling requests. “Specials” can be an excellent choice in these instances, and provide great return on investment, but understanding…

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