Machining tools Eliminate long cycle times: New solid carbide barrel cutter shapes

Editor: Alexander Stark

The new solid carbide barrel machining tools from Seco Tools for 3D components enable larger stepovers at the same cutting speed and ensure high surface quality. Since fewer stepovers are required overall, the time required is reduced. Users can significantly reduce finishing operations and only require a lean tool inventory.

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The Seco solid carbide barrel milling tools with patented HXT coating are also suitable for machining medical components such as femoral implants.
The Seco solid carbide barrel milling tools with patented HXT coating are also suitable for machining medical components such as femoral implants.
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The 3+2 or 5-axis pre-finishing and finishing of tough ISO-M as well as ISO-S materials such as titanium, precipitation-hardened steel or stainless materials can require low cutting speeds and the use of a wide variety of tools. In addition to long cycle times when using conventional ball nose end mills, the use of new, technically demanding machining strategies in metal cutting often poses a challenge.

Innovative geometries for faster finishing

The new barrel machining tools from Seco Tools shorten time-consuming finishing processes by up to 80 percent compared to conventional ball end cutters. The innovative tool geometries and shapes enable fast machining with large stepover without increasing the cutting speed. Users benefit from shorter cycle times, fewer tool changes and high reliability as well as consistent surface quality.

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Seco Tools supports process integration

The generation of the required tool paths for the barrel cutter technology is done via special CAM programming modules. The barrel cutters can be easily integrated into the CAM programming. This ensures the required surface quality and minimises the machining time.

Numerous standard and special solutions

Typical areas of application for barrel machining tools are tool and mould making, the aerospace industry and medical technology. These industries require high surface qualities of the components, which are time-consuming to manufacture. The new barrel machining tools from Seco Tools are available in three different shapes (conical shape, tangential shape and lens shape) in a total of 24 standard dimensions. In addition, Seco Tools offers a wide variety of special solutions. Users always get the right tool for their individual finishing processes.

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