Cutting Tools

Efficiency Reigns Supreme

In the aircraft manufacturing supply chain, one thing is certain: process improvements – both large and small – can have a massive impact on the bottom line.
Cutting Tools: Articles

Grinding Gamma Titanium Aluminide

Titanium aluminides possess many characteristics that make them very attractive for high-temperature structural applications in aerospace industries. For example, their high specific strength, high-temperature stability and oxidation resistance relative to conventional titanium and nickel alloys, make them beneficial for use in low-pressure turbine blades for aerospace engines.
New grinding technology is being researched on this intermetallic to help lower the costs of manufacturing aerospace engine components, develop grinding expertise, and design custom-bonded abrasive and superabrasive grinding solutions that are ideal for efficient and damage-free grinding of components made of titanium aluminides.

Breakthrough In Aluminum Face Milling

Ward Production Engineering uses a Mazak 6800 horizontal CNC with a 10,000 rpm spindle to machine aluminum diesel engine manifolds with Tedimill PCD face mills from Ingersoll Cutting Tools. Face milling setup on diesel manifolds at Ward Production engineering, Fort Wayne, IN. The shop was able to double throughput on this 24/5 operation by using the simple drop-in replacement cutters.
This machine shop halved its cycle time on producing diesel engine manifolds and rocker arms, saved $300,000 a year in machining costs and sidestepped a $500,000 capital expenditure. All with one tool.

Cutting Tools and Science Fiction

Adveon software helps streamline and optimize cutting tool planning and preparation for shops now, but looking ahead, it will be a vital part of the comprehensive smart manufacturing systems that integrate manufacturing intelligence across the entire production operation. (Photo courtesy of Sandvik Coromant)
We are quickly moving from information technology to intelligent technology, toward a time when a worn cutting tool insert will know when it’s time to be replaced by a fresh one and will ask an available robot to get a new one and make the change.

Cutting Edge Technology for Cutting Tool Production

The Accu-tool offers a simple automatic screen calibration process and magnification capabilities from 20X - 470X zoom that meets any shop's cutting tool measuring needs. The specially designed software works seamlessly with the Windows operating system supplied with each machine.
These advanced laser cutting and inspection systems enable cutting tool manufacturers to achieve results that were formerly unattainable.

A New Look at Stainless Steel Machining

Runners are the heart of all hydropower machinery. They are very sophisticated water wheels made of stainless steel that can weigh up to 15 tons and spin at up to 1,000 rpm to generate electric power. For hydrodynamic efficiency and dynamic balance in service, all finished runners must be accurate to 0.010 in with a 32µ finish. 
Canyon Hydro sped up deliveries by two months – without raising machining costs – with a last minute processing switch and a new multipurpose mill that roughs out 4,500 lb of chips in one-third the time of conventional face mills.  


Cutting Tools: Industry News

Sandvik Coromant Acquires Prometec

This deal expands their digital capabilities in machining applications.

Sandvik Coromant Appoints New President of the Americas

Sean Holt, Sandvik Coromant “I am excited for this new challenge. Sandvik is in a good place with a strong market position and we will continue to build on that."
Sean Holt assumes responsibilities as head of the Americas organization.

U.S. Cutting Tool Orders Down in November

Cutting tool consumption of $153.7 million fell 13 percent from the previous month.


Cutting Tools: Products

New Cutting Tools

Ideal for high-speed milling and peel milling applications that involve high temperatures and abrasive workpiece materials such as titanium and pH stainless steels, S638 and S638R six-flute end mills from Niagara have an AlTiN coating and an eccentric OD relief that provides a stronger cutting edge to take larger radial depths of cut as compared with the seven- and nine-flute tools. (first view)
These latest tool innovations keep pace with new demands on machining that confirm how reliable machining is no longer assured with traditional geometries.

Small Diameter, Multi-Edge High Feed Endmill

The small-diameter MFH Mini high-feed endmill from Kyocera uses a unique design that reduces impact on the insert when making initial contact with the workpiece to achieve smooth cutting with low resistance, reduce chatter and increase feed rates. The MFH Mini also exhibits high chip evacuation due to its newly developed chipbreaker.
The MFH Mini endmill from Kyocera supports the higher precision rough processing required for mold applications.

Improved Machining of Cast Iron

The GC3225 grade insert from Sandvik is ideal for secure and trouble-free machining, even in the most difficult conditions, in cast iron turning applications. By using the insert in machining of nodular cast iron it was possible to increase tool life by 70 percent compared to a competitor grade.
New GC3225 and GC3210 grade inserts from Sandvik Coromant provide turning and machining reliability and productivity in intermittent cuts, high cutting speeds, wet or dry machining, machined surface or light cast skin.