« THE PRODUCTION SPEED IS MORE THAN TWICE AS FAST AS IT IS WITH COMMON CNC MACHINES. AND NOT ONLY THE SPEED IS MUCH BETTER, BUT ALSO THE ROUGHNESS QUALITY GOT IMPROVED. » Andrea Collavo, Product Development EngineerThe machining operator manages to program a tool in approximately 10 to 20minutes and produces the tool in another 10 to 20 minutes. This is realized by designing the tools in a perfect way for laser production and eliminating any unnecessary processing steps. Production times can be cut in half, while enhancing cutting edge quality, e.g. in roughness by a factor of three leading to better products for MICTU’s customers leading to a strong competitive advantage on the market. Tool design was adapted for optimal laser beam accessibility with respect to the tool body, in order to access the cutting edge in an ideal way. In terms of PCD grit size, MICTU is currently developing strategies to produce tools using larger diamond grains for higher tool lifetime. EWAG’s software LaserSoft integrated tool for automatic 3D model generation based on a simple DXF curve of the tool without modelling axial or radial angles is great, but usually MICTU’s operators prefer to work directly in 3D in order to give the tool the desired shape.
« IT’S A BIG ADVANTAGE TO HAVE AN OPEN SOFTWARE, WHICH ALLOWS MULTIPLE TESTS AND THE FREEDOM OF SHAPES AND FORMS. »
Andrea Collavo, Product Development EngineerThink LASER! The benefits of laser technology in tool manufacturing are demonstrated by MICTU’s excellence and knowledge in tool design and quick adaptability for novel tool manufacturing processes. Still new features, shapes and geometries are to be tested and long-time analysis of customer’s feedback is still to be awaited but the quality, ease of programming and fast lead times from design to manufacturing render the LASER LINE PRECISION by EWAG ideal for today’s and the future market in cutting tools.
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