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Machine tool for cutting up bars of material or for cutting out shapes in plates of raw material. The cutting tools (saws) may be thin metallic disks with teeth on their edges, thin metal blades or flexible bands with teeth on one edge, or thin grinding wheels. The tools may use any of three actions: true cutting, grinding, or friction-created melting.
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