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The Composite Cutting Tool Challenge

The largest aircraft manufacturer in the world, an emerging fabricator, and a family-operated machine shop all have one thing in common, they must carefully choose the best cutting tool for their next job. Increasingly, those jobs involve work on composites, complex man-made materials that typically combine carbon fibers and diverse lightweight materials to produce maximum […]

Tool solutions for machining composites

There is a continuing demand for tool innovations to cut, shape and drill composite material applications in almost every industry sector. Composites, each presenting a unique composition, are rapidly replacing traditional building materials – steel and aluminium in aerospace applications, as well as within marine, building supply and automotive industries. Commercial and military aircraft now […]

Custom Tool Solution Helps Launch Satellite Program

Faced with aggressive deadlines to deliver specialized satellite parts, San Diego’s Vanguard Composites Group started a search. They needed to reduce the time required to machine thick composite sandwich panels before assembly. The large flat panels, made in a variety of measured thicknesses, serve as support structures for satellite antenna reflectors. Vanguard is one of […]

AMAMCO Diamond Coated Carbide Composite Drill vs. PCD

Machine Tools Process Change Nets 450 Percent More Holes Drilled Per Bit Life Cycle When faced with a tooling change, testing at Lockheed revealed that precise cutting edge geometries allowed operators to greatly reduce span time and increased feed rates. The resulting tool and process change netted a 450 percent increase in the number of […]