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Rollomatic Adds Sharpening Tool Capability

Rollomatic LaserSmart 510 laser cutting and ablation machine incorporates technologies to sharpen thick-film, diamond-coated carbide tools to keep cutting edges sharp.

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Rollomatic added capabilities to allow sharpening of thick-film, diamond-coated carbide tools in its LaserSmart 510 laser cutting and ablation machine. The company says the Rollomatic CNC Laser Cutting Machine LaserSmart incorporates technologies that facilitate probing the surface of the coated cutting edge to detect the exact shape and position. According to the company, the laser cutting process removes just enough diamond coating to make the cutting edge sharp. Only a predetermined amount of the coating (just around the cutting edge) is removed by the laser cutting process. The company states that in‐field tests have demonstrated the tool life can increase significantly with a sharpened thick‐film coated tool compared to conventional diamond-coated cutting tools, and such cutting tools can be a cost‐effective alternative to PCD tools. It is said the new capabilities also provide highly accurate, near‐perfect total indicator runout, fast cycle time, simulation of the tool path after edge detection, and the same machine can laser cut PCD and other super‐hard materials.