Manufacturing trends are moving toward lighter, stronger, more efficient, and recyclable materials. Machining these materials, such as carbon-fiber-reinforced plastics (CFRP), poses very different challenges compared to machining metals.
For these challenges you need a different kind of tool … and we have it.
Kennametal’s high-performance solid carbide routers for CFRP machining were designed with each challenge in mind.
Machining CFRP can cause rapid tool wear to the cutting edge. Our solid carbide routers are diamond coated to prevent rapid flank wear and extend tool life.
Equally challenging is that composites like CFRP don’t produce chips when they’re machined. Instead, the edge breaks off the material. Our routers are designed with unique geometries and are free cutting to reduce heat at the cutting edge to produce a higher quality cut with less fiber pullout or detamination.
Our CFRP routers are available in four styles:
- Compression style – right-hand and left-hand flutes combined; first choice for side milling/routing
- Burr style – with many thin flutes, it’s the first choice for about 80% of CFRP applications
- Down-cut style – left-hand flutes for fiber compression; first choice for pocketing and surfacing
- Ball-end style – standard ball nose with specific CFRP substrate; ideal for pocketing and profiling in CFRP