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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 […]

Super Drills

More sophisticated drills enable shops to tackle superalloys with ease No one can put as fine a point on how complex drilling has become during the past few decades than a veteran machinist like Peter Diamantis. Diamantis recalled that when he started out 30 years ago drills held a status in the tooling hierarchy not […]

Coated Carbide Cutting Tools Offer Superior Cutting Geometry and Longer Tool Life

After rigorous testing, Lockheed Martin chose coated carbide tools made by AMAMCO Tool (Duncan, SC) for machining composite wingskins on the F-35 strike fighter project. When Lockheed first began assessing router and drill tools for the plane’s production in its DST machining center (Dörries Scharmann Technologie GmbH, M önchengladbach, Germany), it used a polycrystalline diamond […]