Now Here! GDP CNC TOOLING GUIDE!

At GDP|GUHDO, we have put our resources together to provide a comprehensive CNC Tooling Guide. This guide is designed to provide the knowledge to support the most efficient use of your CNC tooling.  We want to put the information into your hands any way that you can use it, so we also have a downloadable link to a PDF version of the presentation here.

Below is a directory for both the video presentation and the PDF presentation.

Topic Slide # Time
Introduction to CNC Tooling 1-7  0:00
Tool Holders and Clamping Systems 8-22  3:37
Drill Bits and Adapters 23-26  10:11
Sizing Jointing Rebates, Dado Cuts and Grooving 27-47 11:30
Other Common CNC Tooling 48-53 22:57
Material Specific Tooling 54-63  25:52
Profile and Custom Tooling 64-68 28:54
Saw Blade and Grooving Adapters 69-72  31:33
Other Tool Tips 73-80  32:32

 

Are PCD Blades Right for Your Shop?

Regardless of whether you’re a small to medium sized cabinet shop or a large production facility, if you haven’t considered PCD (polycrystalline diamond) saw blades perhaps now is the time!  Materials such as particle board, MDF, laminates and solid surface are all excellent candidates for diamond saw blades. When comparing Diamond v. Carbide, depending on the machine and the material application, diamond saw blades can outperform carbide by a ratio of 30-50 times!  

PCD Main Blade

PCD Main Blade

Over the years, diamond saw blade production has improved tremendously and as an industry, we’ve seen steady prices reductions.  With the multitude of suppliers now offering PCD tooling it’s important for you, the buyer, to do the proper vetting of the individual supplier.  There are many factors to consider when looking at the price of a diamond blade, including the plate and diamond quality, the amount of diamond used, and the cost to service the tool.

Here is an example use case from one of our customers:

A cabinet manufacturer located in Florida and utilizing a Holzma Model 430 beam saw found they were changing their carbide main and scoring blades on a daily basis! At the beginning of 2016, they invested in a 450 mm PCD main and 180 mm PCD scoring saw. The diamond saw blades were put into production on January 4th and were removed from production for sharpening on April 7th, 69 production days! Needless to say, a second diamond set was ordered.

From replacing carbide saw blades on a daily basis to running 69 production days on one diamond set! Considering the cost of a diamond set can be 10 – 12 times the price of a carbide set it leaves little doubt that in this case, the initial cost factor is far outweighed by the extended tool life most certainly justifying the investment. In addition, this doesn’t take into consideration the cost of having to maintain the huge number of carbide sets needed for rotation purposes or the machine downtime savings created. When deciding whether to switch, be conservative in your cost analysis and base your justification on the diamond tool lasting 25x longer than carbide.  You won’t be disappointed! 

GDP GUHDO Scoring Blade

GDP GUHDO Scoring Blade

GDP GUHDO has been a trusted supplier and servicer of PCD tooling for over 30 years.  If you are considering investing in technology, like diamond saw blades, we’re here to help analyze if PCD tooling is right for your requirements. In addition, we can help select the optimum tool to meet your production goals.  For additional information, including a cost comparison, please contact our team.

Opti-Cut Optimizing Saw Blades

Opti-Cut Saw Blade

Opti-Cut Saw Blade

GDP | GUHDO offers high quality saw blades for a wide range of machines and applications. New to our already impressive lineup of saw blades, the Series 2018 Opti-Cut Saw Blade is specifically designed for use on chop and optimizing machines.

Opti-Cut Tooth Configuration

Opti-Cut Tooth Configuration

Because of the high cycle speed requirements, the Opti-Cut Saw Blade features an extra stable body and higher tooth count than typical saw blades.  Depending on the specific machine, standard sizes available are 400, 450, 500 and 600 mm with tooth counts ranging from 120 to 172 teeth. The Opti-Cut Saw Blade is available with an alternate top bevel for cross cuts on soft and hard woods and is specifically designed for optimizing machine brands including Barr-Mullin, Cantek, Dimter, Kentwood, Omga, Paul, System TM and others. For additional information and pricing, please contact us!

Tooling for Alucobond

 From buildingindustry.org

Alucobond is a type of sandwich panel which was first introduced in 1969 and is now widely used in the residential and commercial construction industries. This ACM, (aluminum composite material) consists of two sheets of smooth 0.02” aluminum, thermobonded to a polyethylene core. The result is a light composite material that offers many benefits including perfect flatness, rigidity, weatherproofing, impact resistance and also features vibration dampening characteristics. These characteristics make this product truly unique and popular and it’s available in a wide variety of colors and textures.

 While standard tooling may be utilized,  you may find it a bit challenging.   We offer specific tooling for machining this unique product. For sawing, we offer a line of saw blades specifically engineered for quality results in terms of finish quality and extended tool life. These saw blades are designed for use on horizontal, vertical and most table saws and are available in sizes ranging from 250 mm up to 550 mm.

Positive Rake Angle Saw Blade

Positive Rake Angle Saw Blade

For folding applications, a “V-grooving” cutter head is available in two variations, 90 and 135 degree. This specialty cutter head is designed to be used on CNC aggregates, panel, vertical or table saws.  For CNC routing applications, a 90 and 135 degree profile router bit is also available for folding applications. These tools are specifically engineered to be used on Alucobond or similar products and will produce excellent results.

V-groove Router Bit

V-groove Router Bit

V-grooving Cutter Head

V-grooving Cutter Head

For additional information or questions,  contact Team GDP|GUHDO and we are happy to help you select the right tool for your specific application.