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Cutting Tools for Composites

Machining composites presents unique challenges compared to metals. Reinforcement fibers are abrasive, shortening tool life. The plastic matrix carries away little heat, unlike metal chips, and overheating can melt the matrix. Composites can delaminate, and burrs and fibers show on poorly drilled holes or poorly trimmed edges. Other challenges include machining or drilling laminate stacks […]

AMAMCO Tool

AMAMCO Tool has built a legacy as a custom solutions provider for more than four decades. A privately held manufacturer of machining tools, AMAMCO has expertise in cutting tools for composite materials that are uniquely specified by aerospace, automotive, marine and other industries. It serves both private and public customers, as well as Department of […]

No Coolant Needed

With nearly 3,500 F-35s still scheduled for production during the life of the Joint Strike Fighter program, it is imperative to look at every aspect of the manufacturing process to reduce costs while ensuring a high level of quality. That is exactly why a team from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, the Enterprise Drilling Center of Excellence […]

How to Go Custom with Cutting Tools

A lot of machining plants use custom cutting tools, although the amount varies. For some, it’s standard; for most, it’s occasional, even rare. The question is: When should a machining operation consider custom over standard tools? Here, Andrew Gilpin, business development manager of cutting tool manufacturer AMAMCO Tool, in Greer, S.C., discusses the factors that […]