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In the 22 years since the 8th Edition Metals Handbook volume on machining was published, material removal operations have undergone dynamic changes. The mechanics of the cutting process are better understood, new cutting tool materials have been developed, machine controls and computer-aided engineering have rapidly advanced, and nontraditional machining methods continue to be refined. The difficult challenges faced by industry have necessitated these developments. Requirements for high-strength materials and the introduction of difficult-to-machine structural ceramics, composites, and electronic components have placed new and greater demands on machining technology, and have also spurred continued research and development in material removal techniques.

Volume 16 of the 9th Edition describes the evolution of machining technology comprehensively, with great attention to detail and accuracy. In addition to providing valuable information on recent developments, the Handbook devotes exhaustive coverage to more standard, traditional machining methods. This new Volume is also the final step in the fulfillment of ASM's commitment to coverage of metalworking technology in the 9th Edition, taking its place alongside Volume 6 (Welding, Brazing, and Soldering), Volume 7 (Powder Metallurgy), Volume 14 (Forming and Forging), and Volume 15 (Casting).

This enormous undertaking was made possible by the combined efforts of many dedicated and selfless authors and reviewers, the ASM Handbook Committee, and the ASM editorial staff. Special recognition is also due to Metcut Research Associates Inc. and its president, William P. Koster, for permission to use tabulated data published in Volumes 1 and 2 of the Machining Data Handbook (3rd edition). To all the men and women who contributed to the planning and preparation of this Volume, we extend our sincere thanks.

Richard K. Pitler
ASM International
Edward L. Langer
Managing Director
ASM International

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