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Chip Holm

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Aerospace Machining Case Study: Solving Jet Engine Thread Issues

Posted by Chip Holm on Mar 5, 2021 2:09:52 PM

Developing Operating Procedures to Avoid Future Complications

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Topics: Aerospace Machining, Case Study

Solving Stainless Steel Machining Issues

Posted by Chip Holm on Feb 26, 2021 4:24:31 PM

Avoiding Timely and Expensive Problems

If you are in an industry that requires parts machined from stainless steel, you know that thin cross sections over singular and multiple diameters can become distorted and cause runout and concentricity problems.

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Custom Machining of High-Temperature Alloys for Industry

Posted by Chip Holm on Jan 6, 2021 2:16:42 PM

Parameter Considerations When Manufacturing High-Temp Alloys

At Specialized Turning, we are well-versed in machining high-temp alloys, electrical and controlled expansion materials. These alloys are preferred in many industries including aerospace, medical, electrics, sensing, and other industries where products require durable, heat-resistant components. They show high strength and stability at extreme temperatures, as well as exceptional environmental and creep resistance.

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Topics: Custom Machining

Why Are Difficult-to-Machine Parts So Expensive?

Posted by Chip Holm on Jan 6, 2021 1:34:23 PM

Explaining the High Cost of DTM Parts

It’s no secret that difficult-to-machine (DTM) parts are expensive. To compound that, from a customer standpoint, the number of shops willing to entertain machining Inconel, titanium, Hastelloy, Kovar, invar and other DTMs are few and far between. When it comes to pricing, material, labor, and tooling, are all very expensive in the machining process.

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Topics: Insider, titanium price, inconel price

Specialized Turning Receives AS9100:2016 Certification

Posted by Chip Holm on Dec 21, 2020 8:59:59 AM

Commitment to Quality Continues for Precision Machined Parts

Peabody, MA—December 17, 2020—Specialized Turning has received the AS9100:2016 certification, which is applicable to precision machined parts for aerospace, defense, and other industries. Company culture at Specialized Turning is driven by continuous improvement, with the goal of supplying superior parts and service for their customers.

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Topics: Quality, News

Solving Bulge and Finish Issues when Machining Inconel

Posted by Chip Holm on Aug 20, 2020 4:00:59 PM

Avoiding Timely and Expensive Problems

If you are in an industry that requires equipment to work in extreme heat environments— aerospace, military, chemical, petrochemical, nuclear, etc.—you probably use inconel for your parts and components. The various types of inconel are workhorse materials due to their weldability (718) while having high strength and toughness (625), corrosion (600) and oxidation (718) resistance. While they deliver high performance in environments that test most metals, this metal tests most machinery when forming it.

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Topics: Inconel

A Message to Our Customers Regarding COVID-19

Posted by Chip Holm on Apr 16, 2020 9:02:54 AM

At this time, Specialized Turning will continue normal operations and will remain open as an essential business. We continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 situation and are prioritizing the health and well-being of our employees, customers, and vendors.

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Topics: covid-19

What Does it Take to Machine Zeron 100

Posted by Chip Holm on Jun 19, 2019 10:10:10 AM

Specialized Turning Now Has Zeron 100 Machining Capability

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Topics: Machining Zeron 100

What Should I Know About Machining Hastelloy?

Posted by Chip Holm on May 8, 2019 11:12:15 AM

Considerations of Costs and Qualities of Hastelloy

It’s well-known that Hastelloy, also known as C276, is among the most difficult materials to work with—due to, in part, the toll it takes on the tooling but also its heat- and-corrosion resistance properties. This material is in high demand in industries like pharmaceutical, petrochemical, chemical, oil and gas, nuclear, pollution control, etc.,—anywhere there is extreme heat and a caustic environment, so there is good reason to discuss why it is sought after.

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Topics: hastelloy, hastelloy machining, Qualities of Hastelloy

What Should I Know About Machining Inconel?

Posted by Chip Holm on May 7, 2019 2:47:30 PM

 Considerations of Costs and Qualities of Inconel

It’s well-known that inconel is among the most difficult materials to work with—due to, in part, to the toll it takes on the tooling but also its heat resistance properties. This material is in high demand in industries like aerospace, petrochemical, chemical, military, nuclear, pollution control, etc., anywhere there is extreme heat so there is good reason to discuss why it is sought after.

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Topics: Inconel, inconel tooling, inconel price, machining inconel