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OSG's Exotap A-Tap series is designed to achieve better chip evacuation, especially during blind hole tapping. According to the company, the all-purpose taps’ variable helix flute geometry stabilizes chip evacuation by producing tightly compacted chips. The taps are constructed with powdered high speed steel and a V coating to accommodate a range of cutting conditions. Designed for sharpness, the A-Tap is suitable for machining general, stainless and mild steel.
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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.