Cutting Tools

Cutting Tools and Science Fiction

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.
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Cutting Tools: Articles

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.  

Game Changer

Cambron Engineering drills the two Inconel plates with 1400 holes each, then must cut two grooves into the bore of each hole on this 25 hp Kuraki boring mill.
A twelve-tooth groove milling tool bites 19 hours off the 80-hour cycle time on a tough-to-machine part and keeps potentially outsourced work in-house – with greater profit.

High Feed Milling Cutter Reduces Cycle Times

MSX High Speed Milling Cutter achieves high feed rates of up to .055 IPT for significantly reduced cycle times.
The MSX mill from Sumitomo is ideal for ramping and helical applications using general steel, alloy steel, stainless steel and cast iron.

Turn Digital Tool Knowledge Into Machining Productivity

NOVO defines machining features, reduces the tool set to the ones that can do the job (based on material, tolerance, and machining sequence constraints for single tools and multi-tools), then ranks the best suited tools for the application – all in a fraction of time.
Take a look at how NOVO from Kennametal expands machine shop capabilities by efficiently turning digital tool knowledge into real-world productivity improvement.

 

Cutting Tools: Industry News

U.S. Cutting Tool Sales Up in March

U.S. cutting tool consumption rose almost 10 percent to $197.6 million.

Breckers Cutting Tools is New KOMET Partner

An official grand opening ceremony at the Breckers manufacturing facility in Roseville marked the start of the new partnership.
Breckers is licensed to refurbish and manufacture KOMET special solid carbide tools. 

Tri-State Tool Grinding Earns ISO Certification

Their ISO 9001:2008 certification reflects consistently high quality processes that meet regulatory requirements.

 

Cutting Tools: Products

End Mills Overcome Challenges of Machining Hardened Steels

Producing significant increases in tool life by changing corner geometries, a 50 deg helix angle, improved cutting edges and a more advanced AlTiNX coating to protect those cutting edges from heat generated in the cutting zone, even under extreme cutting conditions.
Omega M726 and M725 end mills from IMCO are ideal for machining hardened steels up to 58-62 HRC, running wet or dry.

Square Shoulder Mills for Heavy Cuts in Difficult Materials

R220.LN14 square shoulder mills provide four cutting edges with a 14 mm (0.551 in) cutting edge length to reduce cost per edge. 
R220.LN4 square shoulder mills from Seco Tools use four cutting edges to reduce costs and improve performance in demanding applications requiring large depth cuts.

Inserts Extend the Sweet Spot in Turning Difficult Materials

The Victory turning portfolio features Universal Roughing geometry for smooth chip forming and increased tool life.
Victory turning inserts from WIDIA deliver excellent chip flow for smooth machining, improved efficiency and extended tool life on difficult-to-machine materials in aerospace and medical applications.