Drilling, Back-Spotfacing Tools Highlighted
Heule Tool Corp. covers its full product line in a 228-page catalog that includes technical data, illustrations, programming and instructional information, as well as application reference material. New tools offered include the Micro-Cofa (Cofa 2 and 3) tool starting at 2 mm; the Vex-P drilling and front/back chamfering combination tool; and the BSF 2.3×D back-spotfacing tool. The publication is available via the company’s website.
One of the most common methods of tapping in use today on CNC machines is 'rigid tapping' or 'synchronous feed tapping.' A rigid tapping cycle synchronizes the machine spindle rotation and feed to match a specific thread pitch. Since the feed into the hole is synchronized, in theory a solid holder without any tension-compression can be used.
Applying ceramic inserts is not a simple substitution of one cutting tool material for another. There are significant process considerations that shops should examine carefully in order to realize performance and tool life expectations from ceramic inserts. Here's a look at some of the ways they are used.
Reducing cutting fluid use offers the chance for considerable cost savings. Tool life may even improve.