Designed for micro turning and grooving applications in Swiss-type machines, the Multidec 1600 series tools use inserts ranging from 0.0019" to 0.108" thick with cutting edge repeatability of 0.0004". Capable of work measuring less than 0.125" in diameter, they are said to be especially useful for high-precision machining of 316 L stainless steel and 6AL4V titanium in orthopedic, medical tools and dental implants. To improve tool life, the series is ground from premium carbide grades.
The tools are available in a variety of coatings and with shanks as small as 7 mm to suit the smallest Swiss machines. Geometries are available for front turn, back turn, micro-threading and cutoff work, as well as “full radius” grooving and turning in standard increments. According to the company, the tools can be combined with special ID working holders to handle axial (face) grooving and ID work on larger parts.