Cutting Tools New face milling platform can handle different machine conditions and setups

Editor: Alexander Stark

A new face mill launched by Widia has been designed for rough to semi-finish machining of a variety of steels, stainless steels, cast and nodular irons.

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M1600 face mill loaded into a holder before performing a test on a DC55 machine in Cast Iron GGG60, Steel 42CrMo4 and Stainless Steel 1.4301.
M1600 face mill loaded into a holder before performing a test on a DC55 machine in Cast Iron GGG60, Steel 42CrMo4 and Stainless Steel 1.4301.
(Source: Widia)

Widia announced the release of the M1600 face mill for roughing to semifinishing operations in steel, stainless steel, cast iron and nodular iron materials. With 16-cutting edges and a smart insert design, the M1600 performs in various machining conditions including low-power machines, unstable, non-rigid set ups, long overhangs, weak machines or weak fixture conditions. The platform represents a turnkey solution for general engineering, energy and automotive customers.

The 16-edged, precision-ground insert with a positive geometry enables low cutting forces and low power consumption resulting in higher tool life and a favourable cost per edge. The M1600 has one universal insert geometry in three versatile grades: WP35CM, WK15CM and WU20PM.

The WP35CM grade targets all types of steels, while the WK15CM grade is designed for cast iron materials and performs best in dry applications but can also be used in wet conditions. The universal WU20PM grade can be used for the machining of steel, stainless steel and high-temperature alloys in both dry and wet applications. The “smart” insert design features a seating surface below the cutting edge that promotes smooth chip flow and reduces cutting forces on the tool. The insert also has a curved cutting edge and is axially positive resulting in reduced power consumption. These key design features coupled with 16 cutting edges make M1600 an economical face milling option.

M1600 face mills are available in six metric diameter ranges between 50 mm and 160 mm. Inch diameters will follow in the fall of 2021.

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