End Mills Reduce Moldmaking Cycle Times

Niagara Cutter, a subsidiary of Seco Tools, offers its MZN 410R and 510R solid carbide end mills. According to the company, the milling tools provide high-feed machining capabilities to reduce cycle times in moldmaking operations on hardened steels, cast irons and super alloys.

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Niagara Cutter, a subsidiary of Seco Tools, offers its MZN 410R and 510R solid carbide end mills. According to the company, the milling tools provide high-feed machining capabilities to reduce cycle times in moldmaking operations on hardened steels, cast irons and super alloys. The tools transfer cutting forces axially into the machine tool spindle, enabling mold shops to use lighter-duty machines to achieve results comparable to those from larger machines, the company says. Designed to generate less cutting tool pressure than ballnose or round inserted tools, the end mills are said to increase access to smaller corner radii on mold cavity floors and sidewalls.

The company will also exhibit a selection of other cutting tools, including its seven-flute S738 and nine-flute S938 multi-flute solid carbide end mills featuring unequal flute spacing to reduce vibrations and produce quality surface finish. The seven-flute cutters are available in diameters ranging from 0.25" to 0.5", while the nine-flute cutters are available sizes from 0.625" to 1" in diameter.

Also on display will be Niagara Cutter’s  NS240R long-flute finishing end mills offering a 5×D depth of cut. The tools feature a rigid design to produce highly tolerant, straight walls in deep pockets while maintaining a quality surface finish and are suitable for peripheral finish milling involving long axial engagement, the company says.

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