Inovatools Eckerle & Ertel Optimised tools reduce machining time by up to 60%, reduce wear on cutting edge
Germany – Tool manufacturer Inovatools will be exhibiting a range of high-speed, low cutting force trochoidal speed-cutting (TSC) tools.
Tool manufacturer Inovatools will be exhibiting a range of high-speed, low cutting force trochoidal speed-cutting (TSC) tools. The company claims that, in combination with recent advances in machining cycles, machining time can be reduced by up to 60% compared with conventional full-slot milling, depending on the application.
According to Inovatools, static and dynamic TSC is a combination of circular and linear slot milling with higher feed rates, large cross-sections and high engagement depths. Using small tool diameters, the special trochoidal machining path allows for a much larger cutting diameter than that of conventional full-slot milling. In addition, the entire length of the cutting edge on TSC tools is utilised evenly.
The company claims that users will see significant productivity benefits, even when machining hard-to-cut materials. The primary aim of TSC milling is to reduce the cutting force and thus cut the build-up of heat. Inovatools says this is achieved by using a smaller cutting arc angle. As the end mill does not completely fill the slot, all chips are quickly removed from the contact zone and the heat from cutting is also dissipated. In order to further reduce machining time, a greater number of teeth is used, which enables the feed rate to be increased. Despite the extreme cutting parameters, it is claimed that there is less wear on the cutting edge than with conventional milling methods.
Inovatools offers TSC tools that have been optimally adapted in terms of substrate, geometry and chip clearance for various materials, such as special alloys, hardened steel, tempering steel, Inox, general construction steel, aluminium and plastic. Examples include the five-edge TSC Titan end mill (diameter: 6–20 mm) for machining special alloys such as titanium or Inconel. The three- to four-edge Hardmax end mill features a particularly robust design. With diameters ranging from 2.5 to 20 mm, it is particularly suitable for TSC-milling hardened steel (55–60 HRC). The SC end mill TSC Inox is available in diameters of 6 to 20 mm.
The company says that TSC allows for significant performance increases in aluminium cutting, also. The two- to four-edge lapped end mill TSC Alu, which is available in diameters ranging from 4 to 25 mm, is designed to meet these special cutting requirements. For plastics, Inovatools offers lapped SC end mills (diameter: 3-25 mm).
Inovatools also provides an online cutting database – Inocut – which can be accessed from a range of devices, including PCs, tablets and smartphones.