Cutting Tool Technologies

Understanding cutting tool technologies can be daunting for newcomers and established machinists alike. Knowing your options helps increase efficiency, reduce lead times, and improve customer satisfaction. PDQ can help you find the right solution for your jobs.

What type of cutting tools do I need?

Metalworking came a long way in the last century. From steam engines to computer aided design and computer-numerical cuttin, advances were plentiful. Current manufacturers tend to fall somewhere between the use of solid tools and custom indexable tools.

Despite the advances, the types of tools you need are still highly task specific. The durability of metal and other materials, heat of cutting and grinding, and the need to keep your assembly lines running make specific tools necessary.

Types of Cutting Tools

There are two types of cutting tools, solid and indexable. Solid tools are rigid and single body without custom, rotating cutting edges. For small tasks and inconsistent work, they may be a better choice.

Indexable cutting machines help high production manufacturers save money over the long run by allowing you to rotate out cutting inserts. Saving 50 to 70 percent over the cost of replacing or sharpening a solid tool often outweighs the higher initial costs.

Workholding Equipment

Workholding advanced far beyond vices and clamps as well. Today’s workholding machines exert thousands of pounds of pressure on thousands of pounds of materials. They hold almost any material in place as you cut.

Custom workholding devices help you make the perfect cut on oddly shaped and unique components. Workholding is one of the most important tools in your arsenal for reducing error and increasing accuracy and precision.

Hydraulic components are one advance that helps hold heavy duty components in place. They offer flexibility and immense amounts of pressure.


Nothing in workholding works without the right pallets. Designs create space for many different types of tools.

Modern materials ensure a solid base. Advances in materials science continue to allow for customization.

Help Finding the Perfect Solution

As the number of available options continues to grow, understanding how to build your machine shops can create a significant competitive edge. This requires talent, skills, and engineering.

PDQ consultants help clients design tools, pick the right equipment, and install products on the floor. We want our customers to succeed from day one.

Custom Designs

If nothing fits your needs we can build it for you. Our engineering staff turns requirements into advanced cutting tools built to last.

We build our carbide composite edges for inserts and solid tools using the latest technologies.Our shop continues to offer increasing levels of detail with the help of the latest computer numerical cutting machines.

Using the Right Cutting Tool Technologies

Using the best cutting tool technologies for your task is important. The right designs increase accuracy and precision while cutting down on the number of rejected parts and products.

PDQ consultants are ready to help you build out your machine shop. We offer a full range of services to get you running on day one. Get in touch with our team for a free quote today.

Cutting Tool Technologies