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How a High-Performance Milling Cutter is Born: Initial Internal Testing.

Preface

Certainly, when a customer purchases a tool, they expect to get from that product the maximum performance possible, a product that meets technical needs and is also advantageous from an economic point of view.

What are the steps to obtain such a product?
Through our blog, we illustrate the process that allows 3D Studio Engineering to create tools that meet these expectations.

How a High-Performance Milling Cutter is Born: Initial Internal Testing.

Following the production phase, the tools are tested within the company.

It’s well known that 3D Studio Engineering has invested, and continues to invest, significant resources in the “Performance Area“: a fully equipped mechanical workshop with cutting-edge 3- and 5-axis machine tools, a CAD-CAM department, and all the necessary equipment where machining tests are conducted to ensure continuous technological advancement for our products.

We usually start with one of the most commonly used materials in mold-making companies, 1.2343, provided to us by Bonomi Acciai (the first Italian partner of DEW) under the code BA43. We run roughing or finishing programs, depending on the type of tool being tested, using “standard” parameters identical across all material-coating combinations.

The initial tests are analyzed, and the following parameters are compared: tool life, wear condition, and the quality of the finished surfaces.

After the initial comparison, the best two tools are selected for the next step in this phase: fine-tuning of machining parameters and new tests on various types of materials (still within the range of those most used in mold-making).

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