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Designed specifically for the oil and gas industry, Greenleaf Corporation’s expanded Ring Max line of ring groove tooling is suited for difficult to machine materials. Combined with the company’s WG-300 or WG-600 whisker-reinforced ceramic inserts, the ring groove cutters can reduce cutting times from 30 min. to less than 1 min., the company says.
The line can rough and finish API ring grooves in Inconel 625-clad overlay in less than a minute. Also, it creates industry-standard API grooves, including BX, R and RX styles. The adjustable and replaceable cartridge design makes maintenance easy, the company says.
Editor PickCan Additive Manufacturing Increase Milling Feed Rates?
With PCD tooling, yes it can. The diamond cutting edges demand a large number flutes to realize their full effectiveness. Traditional methods for making cutter bodies limit the number of flutes, but 3D printing is delivering tools with higher flute density and other enhancements as well.