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How using Near Net Shape Carbide Blanks can save you time!

One goal of the H.B. Advantage is to save our customers time when machining our blanks.  By providing near net shape blanks, we can reduce the overall grinding time required to finish the blanks.  We do this by adding features such as diameters, flutes, pockets, flats, coolant holes, etc.   All ...
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Improving the Upper Machining Process with the SRT Reamer

Star SU is currently involved in process improvement for machining the Upper Rail system for AR-15’s, AR-10’s and M-4 carbines with several independently owned contractors. Process improvement includes: Concentricity improvement (TIR) critical to non-critical bore Cycle Time Reduction Surface finishes of Ra ≤ 0.8 Typical current process: Rough Drill Ream ...
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Rifle Barrel Manufacturing with the Star SU High Performance Gundrill

Star Cutter Company manufactures rifle barrel making products including gundrills, push and pull reamers, and rifle buttons to geometrical quality with exceptional finishes.   We custom design and build these tools using our guidelines to achieve customer part requirements. We assign a unique tool number to every tool we produce with ...
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How using Near Net Shape Carbide Blanks can save you time!

March 27, 2019

One goal of the H.B. Advantage is to save our customers time when machining our blanks.  By providing near net shape blanks, we can reduce the overall grinding time required to finish the blanks.  We do this by adding features such as diameters, flutes, pockets, flats, coolant holes, etc.   All machining is done in the […]

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Improving the Upper Machining Process with the SRT Reamer

January 17, 2019

Star SU is currently involved in process improvement for machining the Upper Rail system for AR-15’s, AR-10’s and M-4 carbines with several independently owned contractors. Process improvement includes: Concentricity improvement (TIR) critical to non-critical bore Cycle Time Reduction Surface finishes of Ra ≤ 0.8 Typical current process: Rough Drill Ream non-critical bore End mill critical […]

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Rifle Barrel Manufacturing with the Star SU High Performance Gundrill

January 11, 2019

Star Cutter Company manufactures rifle barrel making products including gundrills, push and pull reamers, and rifle buttons to geometrical quality with exceptional finishes.   We custom design and build these tools using our guidelines to achieve customer part requirements. We assign a unique tool number to every tool we produce with revision control, ensuring our customers […]

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Improving the Process of Machining the Firing Pin Hole with the Solid Carbide Twist Drill

January 3, 2019

With the industries increased volumes, there is a need to reduce cycle times in machining the firing pin hole in gun bolts. This is what the Star SU process is looking to improve upon compared to the traditional process. The traditional process is outlined below: Pilot Tool Single Flute Gundrill Solid Carbide Internal Chamfer Gundrill […]

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Achieving perfect concentricity with the SRT Reamer

October 19, 2018

The SRT, or Super Round Tool, is a patented reamer designed by the Northern Tool division of Star Cutter Company to create the best quality reamed hole across a spectrum of applications.  Its combination of straight and helical flutes drives the tool to center and keeps it there for the duration of the cut. The […]

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The NXT generation of tool grinding has arrived

June 11, 2018

Elk Rapids Engineering a division of the Star Cutter Company and manufacturer of the Star brand of CNC tool and cutter grinders has been hard at work designing, testing, and refining their next generation (5) axis machine. Similar to Colonel Steve Austin in the science fiction movie Six Million Dollar Man, Engineers at Elk Rapids […]

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Gear Solutions – April Issue: Star SU Company Profile

May 1, 2018

In today’s competitive gear manufacturing market, to be considered local — whether that’s North America, Europe, or China — is a good way to get left behind. That’s why Star SU LLC has gone to great lengths over the years to expand its presence on a global scale, offering its machines, cutting tools, and services […]

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In depth: Eliminating the physical shifting axis on the G 160 Gear Grinding Machine

March 20, 2018

The Samputensili G 160 gear grinding machine is ideal for automotive gear manufacturing applications requiring high efficiency, low maintenance, reliability and fast production. One of the key features of the machine is the elimination of the physical shifting axis. Threaded grinding wheels need to be shifted along the axis between workpieces to create a “clean” […]

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In depth: The Barrel Reaming Process

February 20, 2018

Rifle barrels are made a number of ways, but the most common method starts with a gundrill, followed by reaming, and finally rifling with a button.  Other popular methods would include hammer forge, honing, or cut rifling. No matter the method, drilling a deep hole is necessary.  Star SU reamers, drills, and buttons focus on […]

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In-depth: NTG-6RL Robot Loading System

January 16, 2018

The NTG – 6RL CNC tool and cutter grinder uses a Fanuc 200iD robotic loader with a custom gripper system designed by Star. The robot can change part blanks ranging from 3-32mm in diameter in various workplace lengths, all with the same set of gripper fingers. There is no requirement to change inserts, no re-alignment […]

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In-depth: Shank Hobs

September 19, 2017

Gear hobbing is the most common manufacturing process for pre-machining of gears. A hob can be designed as a bore type or a shank type hob. Both types of hobs do have their own advantages. A bore type hob has a high flexibility to the machine tool interface. Due the choice of the most common […]

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In-depth: The Scudding® Process

August 15, 2017

The choice of the soft machining process for gears depends on the component geometry, the required quality and the productivity. In the automotive and commercial vehicle sector; hobbing, shaping and broaching are the dominating processes for soft machining of gears. A highly productive alternative to the methods mentioned above is SCUDDING® from Profilator. SCUDDING® combines […]

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