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High Speed Machining: Machining Difficult-to-Cut Materials

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Titanium, tool steels, stainless steels, hardened steels and other superalloys are important modern materials to meet the demands of extreme applications.  Despite their excellent properties against corrosion and fatigue, high temperature strength, and lower heat sensitivity, they are extremely difficult to machine, resulting in rapid tool wear.  By definition, these materials will be machined at high speeds due to the rapid wear risk, even though the actual machining speed could be substantially lower than the typical high processing speeds of aluminum.  We are calling for papers to be published in a special topic issue of High Speed Machining – Modern Manufacturing Technologies, focusing on technologies pertaining to the machining of difficult to cut materials.  Important topics include, but not limited to,

  • New materials and geometries for tooling and inserts
  • Through the tool cooling and lubrication methods
  • Tool wear characterizations and monitoring
  • Surface finish, integrity, and dimensional accuracy
  • Hybrid machining techniques, such as laser assisted machining or hydraulic jet assisted machining
  • Non-conventional machining, such as magnetic super finishing, EDM, etc.
  • Machine tool design for coping with high cutting forces and vibrations
  • Machining planning for difficult to cut materials.