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The company offers cost-reducing tooling options for turning machines (single-spindle, multi-spindle and CNC), including the SAW-lutions systems, which employ circular saws that can be used for cutting off, grooving and forming. According to the company, benefits include more pieces per bar and per hour; reduced or no secondary operations; better quality parts (little/no nib, less burr, square, flat); increased capabilities (thin-walled tubing, irregular shapes, exotic materials); and easier material handling (fewer bars of material needed, no stringy chips).
The company says cutting with a saw instead of a single-point tool reduces waste, lowers operations costs and reduces energy usage. Chips are fewer and granule-like rather than coiled, so oil recovery and chip disposal are said to be easier and require less energy. Faster cycle times and a reduction in machinery requirements equates to less energy used per job.
The company’s self-contained B&S systems have a one-piece drive system for easier mounting and portability, the company says. Also available are the circular solid carbide and HSS saws and various attachments for cross-drilling, cross-milling, straddle-milling and end-milling.
Can 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.