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Types Of Cutting Tools

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A cutter or cutting tool is a piece of hardware used to remove deformations or excessive material from a work piece. Typically mounted on various machine tools these pointed heads are essential in the process of cutting.

There are two basic types of cutting tools which are as follows:

types of cutting tools

Single Point

Making use of a single cutting edge, single point tools are used to remove deformities. They work with a sharp rounded tip that forms a nose radius which is used in the act of turning on the exterior diameter of a cast hole.

Multiple Point

As the name implies, multiple point cutting tools have more than one cutting edge which makes them a little more versatile in their application and use. Mounted on a machine they are then used by utilizing the point in a rotating motion. They are most often employed for jobs such as drilling or mining.

The other most common way to differentiate between different tools would be on the following factors:

Wear Resistance

BandagesIn the most basic terms, this is how well a tool can resist the rigors of continuous use. When exposed to the constant friction from the contact of the materials it is used to cut through, there is bound to be an amount of degradation. If the tool is not equipped or durable to withstand this pressure, it is bound to break or lose its shape.

Cobalt is used to increase tool longevity.

Strength & Toughness

DiamondThis is the tool's ability to withstand the pressures caused by working on complicated cuts. The vibrations caused when cutting can cause havoc to a weaker tool.

Both Nickel and Molybdenum are used in tool composition to combat this particular challenge.

Hot Hardness

Thermometer with heat risingWhen cutting through any material the prolonged contact and friction can produce a significant amount of heat. Hot hardness is the measure used to gauge a tools resistance to the temperatures it will face.

A tool needs to have a hot hardness that is more than the material it will be going through. Materials such as tungsten, aluminum, vanadium and molybdenum are used to improve a tools capacity in this area.

Tool Life

TimerTaking into consideration the other factors listed above this is the length of time a tool will take before it wears out. The industry standard equation to calculate this is the Taylor Tool Life Equation. This will look at the cutting speed, the tools life in minutes, the cutting speed of the tool given a life of 1 minute and the Taylor exponent.

There are still many other ways we can differentiate between different types of cutting tools, their longevity, applicability and suitability for your intended use. Give us a call or drop us an email today to talk to our friendly staff and receive an in-depth and informed consultation.

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