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NTB Teams with Siemens, Sandvik, Iscar, Kennametal to Make GTC Data Exchange Format Available

Press Release - NTB Interstate University of Technology Buchs, Iscar, Kennametal, Sandvik Coromant, Siemens PLM


NTB Interstate University of Technology Buchs, an institute that specializes in engineering informatics, today announced a new website,, which provides information to the public on the Generic Tool Catalog (GTC) cutting tool data exchange format. The GTC data exchange format was developed through collaboration among machining hardware and software leaders Siemens PLM Software, Sandvik Coromant, Iscar and Kennametal. Full Article

Workholding Keeps Holding Manufacturing Steady

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


Manufacturing processes such as grinding, burring, machining and drilling holes have one thing in common—very little can be done unless the piece being worked on is still. Like much about manufacturing, that’s easier said than done. Workholding equipment—such as clamps, vises and chucks—is being called upon to hold still bigger and thinner pieces without distorting or damaging them in the slightest way. Full Article

High-Volume Shop Thrives on Tooling Success

Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz


Vickers Engineering (New Troy, MI) is a Tier I supplier of machined castings mainly to big automotive OEMs such as Toyota and Honda, as well as to the energy and other industries. Producing five-million parts a year, Vickers continuously strives to improve cycle times and tool life, whether to win a new job or to improve upon one that’s been recurring for years. Full Article

How to Reap the Most Benefit from Advanced Cutting Tools

David Conigliaro, Product Manager, CNC Software Inc.


 What do typewriters, telephone booths and toolpaths for conventional CNC roughing have in common? A: They are all obsolete. Full Article

US Cutting Tool YTD Consumption Down 3.4% in October

AMT press release


October US cutting tool consumption totaled $177.2 million, according to the US Cutting Tool Institute (USCTI) and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. Full Article

Mastercam Integrates Adveon Tool Library

Press Release - Sandvik Coromant


CNC Software, Inc. and Sandvik Coromant have announced that they will be working together to integrate the Adveon™ Tool Library with Mastercam®. Adveon will help Mastercam users to further improve machining productivity and security, and save time during machine set-up. By reducing the engineer’s input, both consistency and quality of data are improved. CNC Software’s Mastercam is the world’s most widely used CAD/CAM software, providing solutions from the simplest to the most complex design and machining problems. Full Article

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