According to Star Cutter (Farmington Hills, MI), additive manufacturing is more reliable than traditional manufacturing methods in achieving designs with complex details and effective chip evacuation. This ability to optimize coolant hole and cooling channel locations can improve tool life by 30 percent or more and is well suited to the growing, environmentally-friendly trend of MQL (minimum quantity lubrication).
With 3D printing, there is about a 30 percent reduction in tool weight, yet it has the equivalent torsional stiffness of a steel ground body tool. Lighter weight can play a big role in large, heavy tools that take a toll on the machine spindle, helping to reduce preventative maintenance. These improvements can be significant when producing aerospace and automotive components, including electric vehicle parts, where existing spindle interfaces are not always ideal for some of the size/weight of tools.
Also available are 3D-printed chip deflectors for applications that require total elimination of chips from the workpiece. These deflectors are mounted on the body of the tool so that when the tool is in the cut, the chip has no way to exit except through the flute channel.
The 3D-printer technology is typically applied to large reamers, interpolating and milling cutters. Star Cutter offers printing in a variety of materials, including plastic, aluminum, titanium, steel, and stainless and sells its cutting tools through Star SU LLC (Hoffman Estates, IL).
Vention and OnRobot Partner to Bring a One-Stop Shop for Cobot Applications to Manufacturers Globally
Vention Inc. (Montreal, Canada) has announced a partnership with OnRobot A/S (Odense, Denmark). Vention offers a manufacturing automation platform (MAP), OnRobot makes tools for collaborative applications.
Absolute Machine Tools Earns Diamond Partner Status from Mitsubishi Electric Automation
Absolute Machine Tools Inc. (Lorain, OH) has earned the title of Diamond Partner Systems Integrator from Mitsubishi Electric Automation Inc. (Vernon Hills, IL). The partnership is expected to expand opportunities for and bring value to both companies.