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Tool Drills, Removes Core from Composites in One Step

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Controx Neuhauser introduces its Decoring Cut tooling, which both drills through honeycomb composite panels and undercuts the skins (thus removing the cores) in a single labor-saving step.

Typically, this is a two-step process. First, the upper skin and honeycomb section must be penetrated before the tool interpolates to create a hole in the correct insert size. Then, the panel is manually removed from the machine table for a manual undercut operation.In contrast, the Decoring Cut features an end-tooth design that can cut through the top skin precisely and without delamination. After the plunging operation, the tool interpolates to undercut the skins as deep as necessary to meet aerospace industry norms. A diamond-shaped tooth design ensures the removal and pulverization of the material without “push back,” the company says. The end result is reduced time for core removal, tool changeout and machining; reduced risk of error and defects; and reduced labor costs.

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