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March 29, 2014

Techniks ShrinkPRO Quencher Shrink Fit Tool Change Machine

Techniks ShrinkPRO Quencher Shrink Fit Tool Change Machine video

General Cutting Tools is your complete Techniks tool source.

March 25, 2014

Techniks ShrinkPRO ShrinkFIT Machine

Pro features in a small footprint machine.

Techniks distributor Chicago – General Cutting Tools

Should I use shrink fit?
If you do high speed, or high torque machining you should seriously consider the benefits of shrink fit technology. Your investment will pay for itself many times over.

Change tools in only 6 seconds.

With shrink fit toolholders vibration is reduced and cutting is noticeably faster and smoother. Manufacturing times can be reduced while maintaining the quality and accuracy demanded by today’s competitive markets.

How it works.

Shrink fit uses the expansion and contraction properties of metal to provide extremely powerful tool holding. The bore is slightly smaller than the tool shank, and when heated it expands just enough to allow the tool to be inserted. When it cools, the contraction of the metal holds the cutting tool with 10,000 lbs of force.

Safe, controlled induction heat from the shrink fit machine expands the inside diameter of the tool holder bore so the tool shank can be inserted.

Automatic air cooling contracts the bore to hold the tool with up to 10,000 lbs of holding power creating an extremely rigid connection between the spindle and the cutting tool.

• Automatic air cooled after heat cycle
• Touch-screen simplicity – easy to operate
• For carbide or HSS shank sizes 1/8″ to 1-1/4″ (H6 shanks recommended)

Touchscreen Operation

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Features and Flexibility

This machine truly has it all; touchscreen simplicity, state-of-the-art induction heating for fast tool changes, and automatic cooling cycle using your shop air.

Best of all, the ShrinkPRO state-of-the-art electrical circuitry operates on a wide range of power supply voltages from 208VAC 3 phase through 480VAC 3 phase power.

Includes Everything You Need

ShrinkPRO comes with induction rings for 1/8″ up to 1-1/4″ shank sizes. Tool seats for BT30/CAT30, BT40/CAT40, BT50/CAT50, and HSK40, 50, and 63 are included.

Quencher High-Capacity Unit

Ask about our Quencher version of this unit that cools tools in only 30 seconds – ideal for production environments.

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Shrink Fit Tooling Features & Benefits

10,000 lbs. Holding Power

  • T.I.R. 0.0002″ max.
  • Permits increased feeds & speeds
  • All but eliminates the chance of slippage

Shrink Fit Tool Changing

  • Change tools in as little as 6 seconds
  • Pre-set tools off-line
  • Eliminate collets and nuts
  • No need to use torque wrenches or vises
  • Works with carbide and HSS tools

Highest Rigidity

  • Permits increased chip load
  • Improved accuracy and repeatability
  • Improved carbide tool life and reduced tooling costs
  • Increase spindle bearing life

One-Piece Tool Holder

  • Best possible balance
  • Thin profile for machining hard to reach areas
  • Allows short gauge lengths for increased rigidity

General Cutting Tools is a complete Techniks tool seller.  Contact us for more information on ShrinkFIT or any other Techniks products.

February 7, 2014

Ingersoll Cutting Tools T-MINI Inserts

New Indexable system of boring bars and inserts for small component machining

Ingersoll cutting tool distributor in Chicago

Steel shank and carbide shanks

Right hand and left hand

To meet the increasing demand for boring small parts such as machined medical implant devices and micro-sized electronic components, Ingersoll introduces a new line of miniature, indexable boring bars and inserts.

The unique T-MINI boring bar configuration improves chip evacuation and can be applied in boring applications where the minimum bore diameter is as small as .197” (5mm). Optional 16mm and .625” sleeves are available to provide a simple and secure means of holding of the boring bars.

T-MINI inserts feature sharp cutting edges that help lower cutting forces and vibration. This enables precision turning and excellent surface finish capabilities. Inserts are available in ground and pressed versions depending on the shape, and contain a smooth, homogenous surface finish that prevents chipping while extending tool life.

T-MINI Boring bars

  • Minimum bore diameter as small as .197” (5mm)
  • Carbide and steel shanks
  • Right hand and left hand

T-MINI Inserts Shapes:

  • CCGT
  • TBGT
  • WBGT
  • VCMT

Grade: CT3000 – Uncoated Cermet

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Cutting Tools Chicago aka General Cutting Tools is a Ingersoll T-Mini distributor.  Contact us for more information on Ingersoll Cutting Tool’s T-Mini tooling system or any other Ingersoll product.

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February 5, 2014

Onsrud Solid Carbide Spiral Router Bits

LMT Onsrud Three and Four Flute Solid Carbide Spiral Router Bits for Glass-Reinforced Plastic, Fiberglass and Composites

General Cutting Tools, aka Cutting Tools Chicago is your complete source for Onsrud cutting tools.

Updated line of three and four flute tools for machining glass-reinforced plastic. Geometry has been optimized to shear the glass fibers while creating a chip which removes heat from the cut to avoid melting of the material. Tools are coated to withstand the abrasive characteristics inherent to glass-reinforced plastic (GRP).

These tools are available in upcut, down cut, in both metric and fractional sizes.

Contact us for more information.  We are here to help.

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February 3, 2014

Ingersoll Hi-Quad Plunge

Ingersoll Cutting Tools Hi-Quad plunge roughing cutter

Roughing in Iron, Steel, Stainless Steel, and High Temperature Alloys

General Cutting Tools, Cutting Tools Chicago is your complete, one stop shop for Ingersoll Cutting Tools including the Hi-Quad Plunge roughing cutter.

Hi-Quad Plunge cutters are available in a range of sizes.  From 2″ diameter to 4″ diameter, 5 insert configuration to 9 insert configerations available too.

Features and Benefits
.45″ max. radial depth of cut capability (depending on corner radius)
Excels in general purpose roughing and long reach plunge applications
Perfect for roughing on small spindle machines
Inserts offered with clean shearing Hi-Temp Alloy geometry and strong Flat Top geometry
Internal coolant supply

Cutter                           Diameter          #of insertshi-quad plunge
QHU-20015D1R01          2.0                        5
QHU-20015D1R02          2.0                        4
QHU-25015D1R01           2.5                        5
QHU-30017D3R01          3.0                        7
QHU-30017D3R02          3.0                       5
QHU-40023D5R01          4.0                      9
QHU-40023D5R02         4.0                       7

This high performance cutter uses SDMS1305 and SDES1305 inserts with four cutting edges.  These inserts are available in grades IN2530, IN2535, IN4005, IN4015, IN4030, and IN4035.  Multiple chip breakers and corner radii are also available.

General Cutting Tools is a complete authorized Ingersoll Cutting Tools distributor.  For more information on these Hi-Quad plunge cutters, Ingersoll’s Chase line of tools, or any other Ingersoll product, feel free to contact us.  We are here to help.

January 31, 2014

Ingersoll QwikReam Insert Head Change

Below is a video on how to change the carbide insert head on your Ingersoll Cutting Tool QwikReam high performance reaming system.

General Cutting Tools, Cutting Tools Chicago is your source for Ingersoll Cutting Tools QwikReam, as well as any other Ingersoll cutting tool product.  Contact us for more information.  We are here to help.

January 29, 2014

Ingersoll Cutting Tools QwikReam Application

Ingersoll Cutting Tools QwikReam in action with the video below.

General Cutting Tools aka Cutting Tools Chicago is a complete, authorized Ingersoll Cutting Tools seller.
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January 27, 2014

Ingersoll Cutting Tools QuikReam Guidelines

QwikReam Guidelines for High Speed Reaming

As the cutting speed and feed are much higher than in conventional reaming, the following guidelines should be adhered to:

The machine being used should be in good condition, meaning:

  • Very rigid, to minimize vibration and low runout
  • Equipped with an internal coolant spindle

The reamers being used for high speed reaming are usually coated or made from PCD/CBN.

Conventional reaming should be considered:

  • When the machine is not sufficiently rigid.
  • If only external cooling can be used.
  • In special applications such as thin walled tubes or when reaming soft materials (plastic, etc).
  • When there is a demand to use floating adapters (GFI).

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The reaming heads are available in IN2005 grade which is a submicron substrate, TiAlN PVD coated. IN2005 is Ingersoll’s most versatile grade, covering a wide range of workpiece materials and machining conditions. IN2005 features very high fracture and wear resistance which is required for efficient high speed reaming. A special coating process of the TiAlN PVD coating ensures very accurate and uniform coating thickness keeping a sharp cutting edge.

The following grades can be provided on request:

  • PCD grade for machining aluminum
  • PCBN grade for machining cast iron
  • Cermet

QwikReam Range

The standard QwikReam line will cover the range of .4528” – 1.2600” (11.500 – 32.000mm). There are 5 bayonet sizes with their corresponding bayonet screws and clamping keys covering this range.

General Cutting Tools aka Cutting Tools Chicago is a complete  authorized Ingersoll Cutting Tools seller.
Contact us for more information.

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January 24, 2014

Ingersoll Cutting Tools QuikReam

Quik-Ream

Ingersoll distributor Chicago – General Cutting Tools – Cutting Tools Chicago
Your complete source for Ingersoll QuikReam and any other Ingersoll Cutting Tool product.

QwikReam indexable thru coolant, high speed reaming system is now able to generate a diameter range of .4528”-1.2600” (11.50-32.00mm) for both blind and thru- hole applications. It offers the ability to machine bores with 30-40x’s higher feed rates when compared to conventional reaming methods thus resulting in a major reduction of cycles times.

This QwikReam system consists of a 3 piece, patented frontal loading/indexing mechanism including a toolholder, bayonet screw, and replaceable reaming head. The head can be indexed while still in the machine/arbor resulting in virtually ZERO set up times and while also reducing the risk of components becoming dropped or lost during indexing.

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QwikReam Application Range

The QwikReam system is designed for high speed reaming. In comparison to the conventional method, this advanced solution allows increasing the feeds dramatically (more than 30 times faster). This feature is most advantageous in mass production industries. When large quantities of workpieces are involved, the savings in machining time, labor cost and productivity are multiplied greatly.

The QwikReam system is more expensive when compared to a conventional reamer. However, due to its high productivity, shorter production time and elimination of setup time, the tool cost per part is significantly lower.

QwikReam Bore Types

The QwikReam can be used for blind and through holes as well as for holes with cross holes or keyways. Moreover, they can be used for a very wide range of workpiece materials. Attached is a table with recommended machining data.

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QwikReam Advantages

  • High speed/high production.
  • No setup time.
  • Low runout (maximum 3μm).
  • One shank can be used for a range of hole diameters and various types of cutting edges.
  • Durable, due to the combination of a carbide head and steel shank.
  • No fear of losing any clamping parts which may fall during indexing.
  • Internal coolant directed optimally to the cutting edges.
  • Possibility of applying Minimal Quantity Lubrication (MQL) systems.
  • No need to remove the tool, due to the frontal indexing system.

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QwikReam Range

The standard QwikReam line will cover the range of .4528” – 1.2600” (11.500 – 32.000mm). There are 5 bayonet sizes with their corresponding bayonet screws and clamping keys covering this range.

General Cutting Tools aka Cutting Tools Chicago is a complete  authorized Ingersoll Cutting Tools seller.
Contact us for more information.

January 21, 2014

Ingersoll Cutting Tools Drill-IN

ISO Standard Pre-Thread Drilling Solution

Ingersoll Cutting Tools distributor Chicago – General Cutting Tools – Cutting Tools Chicago

Ingersoll’s solid carbide drill—the versatile ISO solid drill—has been expanded as a cost effective solution for pre-thread hole drilling in chamfering of blind and through-hole applications.

Solid pre-thread drilling is a complex operation across a wide range of applications and is engineered for use on all kinds of materials.drill-in_2

This standard drill performs economically on standard ISO M pre-thread hole applications from M4 to M10.

The solid pre-thread drill enables positioning accuracy with repeatability. Moreover, customers can expect high quality holes with increased productivity.

Features:

  • Cost effective solution for standard pre-thread hole drilling
  • Optimized performance on standard ISO M pre-thread (M4-M10) hole applications

HB003312T7R00    3.30mm primary drill diameter for ISO thread M4
HB004215T7R00    4.30mm primary drill diameter for ISO thread M5
HB005018T0R00    5.00mm primary drill diameter for ISO thread M6
HB006824T1R00    6.80mm primary drill diameter for ISO thread M8
HB008530T2R00    8.50mm primary drill diameter for ISO thread M10

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