Half a century of Wohlhaupter’s MultiBore

Allied Machine and Engineering, a manufacturer of hole-making and finishing cutting tools for the metal-cutting industry, is celebrating 50 years of Wohlhaupter’s MultiBore, the world’s first modular boring system. Making headlines in 1973, Allied Machine says that Wohlhaupter’s MultiBore was the first of its kind that allowed users to change boring tools directly at the spindle. While still a best-seller 50 years later, MultiBore now has applications in a much wider range of machining operations.

Until the early 1970s, machine shops used universal facing and boring heads for rough and fine boring. These boring heads had an integrated shank designed specifically for the machine spindle of the corresponding machine manufacturer. However, every machine manufacturer had its own facing and boring heads, even if some of these came from the same manufacturer, in many cases Wohlhaupter. There were no standardised spindle connection points, so users required their own tools for each machine type.

This situation ultimately created demand for universally applicable modular tools. Instead of a one-piece boring head, it made sense to design tools modularly to fit on all machine tools (with different basic holders), while also offering the capability for individual assembly into complete tools adapted to the workpiece. Wohlhaupter implemented this idea with MultiBore and presented the new product for the first time at the Hannover Trade Fair in 1973. Renowned machine manufacturers quickly decided to supply their machining centres with these new tools, marking the beginning of Wohlhaupter’s success story.

Today, MultiBore comes in a complete diameter range of 0.4 to 3255 mm. MultiBore boring tools fit directly into the master shanks, or users can take advantage of intermediate modules to create full assemblies adaptable to the workpiece and fixtures.
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