Surfware and Swift-Carb CNC announce cutting tools built specifically to optimize TrueMill’s custom cutter path. The TrueMill Certified series of cutters is said to produce faster cycle times and extended tool life through the use of the company’s “engagement angle” or “TEA” method.
A major problem in milling is the inability to control the cutting tool’s engagement with the material, which makes it difficult to keep the load on the tool constant, forcing machines to run at longer cycle times. According to the company, the series of cutters is built to solve this problem, as the motion of the tool path is designed with consideration for the in-process material boundary along the tool path to ensure that the tool is never overengaged for any part geometry. The company adds that the series has an advantage over other cutting tools because of the substrate, geometry and coatings used on the tools.
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