Monthly Archives: May 2013


Dry Machining – Milling, Grinding, Drilling with CO2 Coolant

May 14, 2013

Dry machining is essentially machining without the use of any cutting fluid or coolant. It is becoming increasingly popular due to:

  • Concerns regarding the environment
  • Operator Safety – Fumes and splashing coolant
  • Issues related to the use of conventional flood coolants
  • “Dry” may work better for certain metals (Example Aluminum)
  • Eliminates cleaning and messy work environment

Dry machining is typically reserved for certain applications, and it may never completely replace the use of cutting fluids, but developments are being made. A significant new advancement called the ChilAire™ cooling system, offers the performance benefits of a dry coolant and the environmental benefits of dry machining, all with great economics.