End Mills Accurately Contour Irregular Shapes
Ingersoll has released the Chip-Surfer line of modular, solid carbide end mill tips.
Ingersoll has released the Chip-Surfer line of modular, solid carbide end mill tips. These cutters feature high-feed geometry for roughing near-net shapes. They are well-suited for roughing small pockets, contouring irregular forms and picking out corners, according to the company. A shallow depth-of-cut strategy accommodates aggressive feed rates compared to ballnose tools.
The face mills are ideal for long-reach applications. These tools are available in both neutral- and positive-geometry options. They are also available with coolant-through options as well. For repeatability, the tips go on and off the shank in seconds with ±0.0005" accuracy.
Liquid coolant offers advantages unrelated to temperature. Forced air is the fluid of choice in this shop...but even so, conventional coolant can't be eliminated entirely.
Reducing cutting fluid use offers the chance for considerable cost savings. Tool life may even improve.
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.