Partnership Software matched to cutting tools slashes machining times

Editor: Eric Culp

Mastercam supplier CNC Software has been working with cutting-tool maker Iscar for a number of years, and the company explains how their partnership has helped shops reduce cycle times and tool wear.

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Formulas for cutting tools from Iscar are embedded in the Mastercam software to help shops extend tool life and lower cycle times.
Formulas for cutting tools from Iscar are embedded in the Mastercam software to help shops extend tool life and lower cycle times.
(Source: Iscar)

Cutting tool suppliers typically employ specialists who visit machine shops and recommend tools and machining parameters that improve productivity on specific jobs, according to software supplier CNC Software. It noted that such a service can be valuable if the job is run repeatedly, but only of marginal value if it is run infrequently.

Forming a partnership to provide easier machining

Tool and die shops can also make their own CNC program modifications by referencing tables and formulas, but CNC programmers and machinists often do not have enough time to master and apply this knowledge unless it is for a high-value job.

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If cutting tools were more like computers, their performance characteristics under various conditions could be embedded in the software. With this information, machining parameters could be modified to optimise productivity for all jobs, even routine ones, by making a few adjustments in the user interface.

CNC Software, which offers the Mastercam suite, and Iscar, a supplier of cutting tools, are working together in a project for users of the Iscar Chatter Free (CF) and the “all-in-one” solid carbide endmills. This collaboration is said to have made it possible for such users to quickly and easily configure Mastercam’s Dynamic Milling tool path to take advantage of Iscar’s High Efficiency Machining (HEM) formulas.

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