Liquid nitrogen helps slice through metals

June 3, 2004
An unconventional solution to metals cutting has been devised by Air Products, Lehigh Valley, Pa. (

An unconventional solution to metals cutting has been devised by Air Products, Lehigh Valley, Pa. ( Called Icefly machining technology, it uses a small amount of liquid nitrogen, aimed directly at a cutting tool, to rapidly remove heat and strengthen the cutting insert. The nitrogen gas vaporizes, eliminating coolant residue on parts and equipment. It is designed for hardto-machine materials such as titanium, hardened steels, and ferrous powdered metal. It is said to reduce tooling costs and machine downtime for tool changeovers. The ability to offset extreme temperatures normally generated during machining of hard materials lets manufacturers machine in the fully hardened condition, potentially eliminating processing steps such as heat treating.

Sponsored Recommendations

MOVI-C Unleashed: Your One-Stop Shop for Automation Tasks

April 17, 2024
Discover the versatility of SEW-EURODRIVE's MOVI-C modular automation system, designed to streamline motion control challenges across diverse applications.

The Power of Automation Made Easy

April 17, 2024
Automation Made Easy is more than a slogan; it signifies a shift towards smarter, more efficient operations where technology takes on the heavy lifting.

Lubricants: Unlocking Peak Performance in your Gearmotor

April 17, 2024
Understanding the role of lubricants, how to select them, and the importance of maintenance can significantly impact your gearmotor's performance and lifespan.

From concept to consumption: Optimizing success in food and beverage

April 9, 2024
Identifying opportunities and solutions for plant floor optimization has never been easier. Download our visual guide to quickly and efficiently pinpoint areas for operational...

Voice your opinion!

To join the conversation, and become an exclusive member of Machine Design, create an account today!