Cutting tool and tooling system producer Sandvik Coromant is introducing its CoroMill 390, which features a cutter body produced using additive manufacturing. The lighter overall weight of the tool helps to minimize vibration and improve security during machining with long overhangs.
Additive manufacturing can produce complex structures with high precision and without joints. Use of the process can make components lighter, stronger and more flexible. With regard to tool bodies, additive manufacturing allows for the generation of shapes and features not possible with metal cutting. Additionally, virtually any material can be printed, as in this case, a titanium alloy.
“When designing our new lightweight CoroMill 390, material has been tactically removed to create the optimal cutter design for minimizing mass,” explains Thomas Wikgren, manager product application management, Sandvik Coromant. “This is called topological optimization, and it makes the cutter more compact and significantly lighter than a conventional version, thus helping machine shops to boost the productivity of their long-overhang milling operations. Moreover, a shorter distance between the damper in the adapter and the cutting edge improves performance and process security.”
According to the company, process security is paramount in a number of metal-cutting applications, not least when milling with long overhangs, which is a common requirement in components used by the aerospace and oil and gas sectors. Here, the generation of features such as deep cavities can be compromised by vibration, leading to slower production, shorter tool life, and poor surface finish. The new CoroMill 390 could provide the solution. Combined with Silent Tools milling adapters, this tooling combination is intended to subdue vibration to help maximize productivity and process security in demanding applications involving long overhangs.
The CoroMill 390 can perform long-reach face milling, deep shoulder and side milling, cavity milling and slot milling. The tool is available in 40 mm (arbor 16 coupling) and 50 mm (arbor 22 coupling) diameter variants. Three or four inserts (size 11) can be specified to suit the application. Differential pitch and internal coolant are provided on all cutters.
For more information please visit www.sandvik.coromant.com/en-us/products/coromill_390