Taking Stainless Steel Machining to the Next Level

By Geoff Giordano, SME Staff

Tips for choosing cutting tools, toolpaths and machines wisely

Stainless steel is far from an unknown quantity in machine shops. Yet, particularly in automotive and aerospace applications, tools and cutting methods continually evolve to optimize output—particularly as parts get more complex.

Take aerospace components. A bracket that might have been a separate component is likely to be incorporated into a larger part, requiring more machine precision and flexibility.

For popular grades like precipitated hardened 15-5 and 17-4, machine builders and toolmakers continue to innovate machining options. Learning how to machine stainless steel continues to evolve.

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