Swiss Tools for Micro Grooving, Turning
Designed for micro turning and grooving applications in Swiss-type machines, the Multidec 1600 series tools use inserts ranging from 0.0019" to 0.108" thick with cutting edge repeatability of 0.004".
The tools are available in a variety of coatings and with shanks as small as 7 mm to suit the smallest Swiss machines. Geometries are available for front turn, back turn, micro-threading and cutoff work, as well as “full radius” grooving and turning in standard increments. According to the company, the tools can be combined with special ID working holders to handle axial (face) grooving and ID work on larger parts.
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.
Economic efficiency is an important consideration when choosing tools for challenging metals.
With macros and canned cycles resident in the CNC on most contemporary turning centers, single point turning of OD threads can seem like almost a default process decision. However, for numerous applications, OD thread rolling has inherent advantages as an alternative to cutting threads.