Version 13 of SmoothFlow machining technology from VX Corporation is designed to reduce milling time and extend tool life with optimal material removal. According to the company, traditional CNC programs do not automatically compute tool loading, thus requiring programmers to make conservative cuts at slower feed rates to avoid excess tool wear and breakage. These measures can increase cutting times and escalate tooling costs, the company says, adding that CNC operators often try to compensate by dialing in higher or lower feed rates to improve the overall process. Frequently, these same tool paths use sharp, 90-degree moves that are said to increase wear and tear on the machine, resulting in maintenance downtime.
The updated version of the milling technology is built to machine cavities and pockets safely and efficiently by maintaining constant material removal during roughing, thus extending tool life and reducing machine wear and tear. Higher feed rates are possible without the risk of tool breakage by reducing the radial pressure on the tool spindle. Additionally, the milling technology motion is said to be softly contoured, with corners and tight areas safely milled and without full width cuts, which prevents tool and spindle overload.