lucky that our machining software supplier has been at the
leading edge in the development of High Speed Machining (HSM) strategies
means that you, as a customer of ours, can benefit from
that can give excellent results in the minimum of time,
increasing your competitiveness and profitability.
A brief look at some of our HSM strategies:
- Raceline Machining:
With this option, the roughing passes are progressively smoothed out as
the toolpaths move further from the main form. The resulting paths
minimise any sudden changes in direction and so allow faster machining,
with less wear on the cutter and lower stress on the machine tool.
- Trochoidal Machining:
full-width cuts when machining by generating toolpaths that
progressively shave material from the block in a circular
- Automatic Trochoidal
Machining: This combines
offset roughing with trochoidal machining. This automatically avoids
high-load cuts that could occur with conventional offset strategies, by
switching to a trochoidal motion when the cutter encounters large
amounts of material.
- Rest Roughing:
The rest toolpath will remove material left by a previous larger tool
allowing only areas which require smaller cutters to be re machined,
so reducing milling times.
- High Speed Finishing:
For smooth consistent cutting conditions required to ensure rapid stock
removal and excellent surface finish. Three examples are 3D Offset and
Constant Z finishing and the Optimised Constant Z.
- Constant Z:
Lead in and out between Z levels eliminates 'witness marks'.
Plus the option of the toolpath being a
- 3D Offset Finishing:
This type of finishing gives an excellent surface finish because the
step-over is constant across all surfaces irrespective of whether they
are steep walls or shallow contoured areas. Spiral offset finishing
prevents ‘witness marks’ since the tool stays in
constant contact with
the model in one smooth spiralling shape.
- Optimised Constant Z:
Consistent tool loading and the fewest possible sudden changes in
direction are needed for high-speed finishing. So this strategy
uses 3D offset
finishing on flatter areas and Z-level finishing on steeper
The trouble with high speed
machines is that they get though the work super fast and they get
through programs super fast also.
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conventional CNC milling machines are capable of cutting hardened steel
speed machines are needed when using small cutters (<2mm) and of
course have the advantage of greatly increased throughput but
conventional CNC machines are quite capable of machining
steel with the right tooling.
We work with many customers who
use their conventional CNC machines for hard steel with excellent
results. We could help you reduce costs by cutting out
grinding work or electrodes.
All our machining programs are
supplied with our comprehensive and unique setting and data sheets -
for more details