Composites Tooling Enables Feed Rates as High as 400 ipm
Controx presents the Panel Cut line of tooling enabling feed rates as high as 400 ipm for high productivity and a clean surface finish.
Controx presents the Panel Cut line of tooling enabling feed rates as high as 400 ipm for high productivity and a clean surface finish. Designed for machining lightweight composite sandwich panels, these shank tools employ tool geometry to drill through sandwich panels with no delamination on the glass or carbon fiber skins and no flagging of the honeycomb in between. The tooth design features stabilized tips for increased tool life. Additional relief on router tips provides added strength for profiling and drilling demanding materials like Nomex, Kevlar and aluminum. In solid carbide, the tooling is available in diameters of 0.25" and 0.50" (±0.0005"), and cut lengths of 0.625" and 1.250" so that panel sizes as high as 1.250" can be machined in one pass.
Composites are replacing metal in certain applications. What does this mean for machining?
The combined up-cut and down-cut spiral flutes on these cutters compress layered composites to prevent delamination during machining.
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