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Choosing The Right Cutting Tool Material

Key factors when selecting cutting tools for any machining process are cutting data, tool path, workpiece material and cutting tool geometry. Perhaps one of the most important considerations is the material from which the cutting tool is made.

The Sandvik Coromant Knowledge Center explains the differences between cutting tool materials and construction that affect various machining applications. These include:

  • Coated cemented carbide ­– used for a wide variety of applications
  • Uncoated cemented carbide – often used for titanium and other exotic materials
  • Cermet – designed for smearing applications
  • Ceramics – a variety of grades available for high-speed turning, grooving and milling
  • Polycrystalline cubic boron nitride – can be used as a replacement for grinding operations
  • Polycrystalline diamond – for non-ferrous materials


Sandvik Coromant also addresses the various types of workpiece materials and the appropriate cutting tool options for each within this tutorial.


Of course, a cutting tool is only as good as the machining equipment involved. With more than 95 years of service to the metalworking manufacturing community, Gosiger has the applications expertise to help you select the right machines and accessories for your specific requirements. In addition, Gosiger Engineering Services will help you refine your process to reduce cost and time-to-market. To learn more, contact your local Gosiger facility.