November 8, 2011

Bolton Emerson Americas: Carbide Bits


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It has been well over a week since I last posted an image from Bolton Emerson Americas so I thought I’d present this one as a Tuesday Treat. I know … I can’t contain my excitement either. Try to control yourself.

This is exactly the type of shot I was hoping to get in this round images from BEA. A little detail shot that alone doesn’t mean much, but fits nicely into the bigger picture.

This is a spattering of the little carbide bits that do the cutting on the massive King Milling machines. These tiny bits have such a huge impact on the final product.

I like this writeup about Carbide from How Stuff Works:
“Carbide (or more specifically tungsten carbide and titanium carbide) is a very common material on any sort of cutting tool: For example, saw blades, lathe bits, drill bits, router bits and dental drilling tips are generally made of carbide. Carbide is so popular in these sorts of tools because it stays sharper longer than most other materials. Additionally, some ball-point pens use carbide balls because it helps the pen last longer.”

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