Cutting-tool manufacturer Fraisa reduced set up from hours to five minutes through the new tool balancing feature in Anca’s latest ToolRoom RN34.
A specially designed software package for the aerospace, mould and die, general machining and power-generation industries, the product was officially launched at EMO last month. Customers can get improved productivity or minimise chatter through the intuitive design of high performance, complex end mills, says the company.
“ToolRoom RN34 is aimed to be the differentiator among many suppliers of end mills by allowing customers to design complex geometries and achieve increased tool life, productivity and cutting volume, as well as increased quality and precision of the workpiece,” says Thomson Mathew, Anca software product manager.
The constant-helix ball-nose option, for example, is replaced by a graphical drag-and-drop designer. This ball-nose type of tool, with optimised irregular helix curves to reduce vibration, can be achieved with near-instant visualisation by switching from 2D projection of the cutting edge, to 3D.
Douglas Franke, production manager at cutting-tool firm Fraisa, says: “With Anca’s balancing software we generally have a tool balanced within five minutes. Some of our more complex tooling can take a little longer, up to 20 minutes. This drastically decreases our machine set-up time, which could previously take several hours. Our biggest success story has been an aerospace customer who is running our 25 mm roughing tool for aluminium at 25,000 rpm.”
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