Tooling selection

The selection of the right metal cutting tool is critical for achieving maximum productivity during machining.

Our engineers are experts in tool selections to achieve quality components at optimum cost and time.

Selecting tool is complex process that depends of variables like,

  • Material being processed,
  • Geometry of components,
  • Finish required,
  • Machine being used,
  • Quantity requirements,
  • Other specification on product drawing.

All of these factors are related to each other and can affect the selection of tooling for a job.

Certain factors affect how the cutting tool impact cycle times. Critical process variables include factors mentioned above and condition of the tools used, as well as its geometry and coating characteristics. With the right tool, the right material, and the right machinability properties, cutting can be performed with precision and the speed you need. Following are the tool considerations that has major impact on overall performance.

Types of tooling used
Selecting a tool to use on a CNC machine mainly depends on the type of tooling material being used, the type of work to be done, the quality of finish and the number of components to be produced.

Direction of cut
The direction of cut affects the life of a tool, the quality of the cut and surface finish of the material you are working with. When selecting a tool it’s important to consider material being used, the product requirement and the specifications of the CNC machine.

Cutting speed
Cutting speed is the peripheral speed of the tool. You need to know the cutting speed and RPM for the tool you have selected on the CNC machine you are using. Just remember that cutting speed is in relation to the tool itself while feed speed is in relation to the movement of the tool.

Feed rate
Feed speed is the rate at which the work piece moves into the cutter. It is always determined in relation to the spindle speed. Using the wrong feed speed can produce too much dust or burn the work piece. To determine the optimum feed speed you can use a feed speed table or calculate it mathematically.