March 19, 2013
This new router style end mill tool from Sandvik Coromant (2P230 series) as shown on an Okuma Genos M560V vertical machining center (VMC) enables the cutting of an aluminum part with one tool. It provides high feed rate cutting used for z-level roughing and, because of its versatility, allows for multiple cutting strategies, reduces the number of tool changes and allows roughing to near net shape.
The tool employs full slotting using single flute geometry for large chip clearance that makes it ideal for cutting pockets with a high rate of material removal. Other advantages include center cutting for straight plunging and high helical entry, side milling at full flute length, and semi-finishing at high speeds. In addition to aluminum, this tool works well on certain kinds of plastic materials.