Swiss-Type Company Zooms in on Micro Drilling

Shops focused on Swiss-type turning should add GenSwiss Booth W-1592 to their IMTS exhibitor “hit lists,” according to GenSwiss Marketing Manager Scott Laprade. He says the company differentiates itself by focusing solely on Swiss-type machining.

Article From: 9/14/2012 Modern Machine Shop, ,

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The coolant-through Multidec CUT3000 series toolholder is very precise in the direction it aims the cooling jet.

The company’s HyperAccurate micro drill holders can be especially useful for drilling 0.030-inch-diameter or smaller holes, or for holding any tool with a small shank diameter.

Shops focused on Swiss-type turning should add GenSwiss Booth W-1592 to their IMTS exhibitor “hit lists,” according to GenSwiss Marketing Manager Scott Laprade. He says the company differentiates itself by focusing solely on Swiss-type machining.

“There aren’t a lot of companies that only cater to Swiss-type machining like we do,” Laprade explains. This laser-focus has enabled the company to develop-customer-requested products for specific applications.

GenSwiss has one of those new products front and center in its booth this year—its coolant-through Multidec CUT3000 series Swiss-type toolholder, the HyperAccurate micro drill holder for extreme precision micro drilling and additional Swiss-type slitting saw arbors for precision saw holding in CNC Swiss machines.

The HyperAccurate micro drill holders are the result of a GenSwiss customer’s idea. “The customer said he was already doing something kind of like this,” Laprade says, “but he didn’t have the time to make it himself, so he asked us if we would like to do it.”

The collet holders can be especially useful for drilling 0.030-inch-diameter or smaller holes, or for holding any tool with a small shank diameter.

“We guarantee 0.0002-inch max TIR,” Laprade says. “However, customers have been reporting that they can’t even get a reading using a ten-thousandths indicator on tools mounted with the HyperAccurate holders.”

The company is also introducing a toolholder that Laprade says manufacturers of turning tools have been trying to implement for a while—one that integrates coolant lines into the holder shank itself. The coolant-through Multidec CUT3000 series toolholder is very precise in the direction it aims the cooling jet, so users don’t have to worry about bumping a cooling line or moving one out of the way while doing a tool change. “Every single time, the coolant is going to be right where it needs to be,” Laprade says.

GenSwiss’ entire product line is featured at the show, including the Utilis turning line and its cutting oils. Also on display is the company’s rotary broaching line, which has grown since the last IMTS, according to Laprade. Thread whirling experts are on hand in the booth to discuss possible applications. 

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