New Start Up CNC Tooling Package

Need to tool up a new CNC machine?  

GDP|GUHDO has introduced a special priced CNC tooling starter package which provides a substantial savings on highest quality tooling.  This kit includes 8 HSK tool holders (choice of style based on collet style preferred (SYOZ, ER40 or ER32) and  corresponding 8 collets (choice of sizes).  In addition, the customer can select 14 solid carbide bits (4 downcut and 10 compression styles) and 10 drill bits based on sizes needed.  This package also includes a tool setup fixture, torque wrench with collet key and a spoil board cutter, which comes mounted on an heat shrink tool holder.  Finally, a box of replacement insert knives for the spoil board cutter are also included.

After receiving feedback from our customers regarding a desire for flexibility to get what is actually needed in a starter package, we customized this tooling package to allow the customer to choose which bits are needed.

This package is available at a special  price of $3499.00.

For more information, contact [email protected] or call us at 800-544-8436

8 x  HSK-F 63 Precision Tool Holders

(Made in Germany) supplied with ball bearing collet nuts (superior quality to static collet nuts).  Choice between ER32, ER40 or RDO 35/SYOZ25   collet style.

8  Collets

 Choice of collet style and size.
RDO 35 (SYOZ25), ER40 or ER32 style.

Spoilboard /  Surfacing Cutter on HSK Heat Shrink Chuck

The spoil board cutter is supplied mounted on an
HSK-F63 heat shrink tool holder.  Includes one box of replacement inserts.

Tool Setup Fixture  A tool setup fixture is essential for accurate tool setup and proper tool tightening.  It can be mounted to work bench or table.
Torque Wrench and Collet Key A torque wrench and a collet key which corresponds to the collet style being used.
Down-cut Spiral Bits (4) : Choice of 4 down-cut spiral bits  (any size 1/2″ or smaller)
Compression Spiral Bits (10) :

Choice of 10 compression style bits (any size 1/2″ or smaller), any carbide grade (for wood, composites or melamine) and chipbreaker style option if machining plywood.

TCT Drill Bits (10):     Choice of 10 drill bits of any standard diameter x 70mm overall length and choice of brad point, thru hole style or hinge boring bit.

 

Custom Profile Tooling from Concept to Completion

Custom CNC Tool with Drawing

Custom CNC Tool with Drawing

Custom Profile Insert Tooling is a Snap!  

From concept to completion, the process can take as little as 2 weeks!  Once we have a profile sample or drawing (even a dimensioned sketch) of what our customer wants to do, our expert tooling engineers get to work on designing the appropriate tool and preparing a production drawing which is then emailed to the customer for final detail approval.

Our custom tooling is all manufactured to strict European Safety Standards, feature precision ground tool bodies, dynamically balanced and we select the best carbide grade inserts for the material that a cutter is destined to cut, an additional step that guarantees exceptional cutting tool performance.  When compared to a carbide-tipped profile tool of the same dimensions, custom tooling is very competitively priced.   For more information on our custom tooling program, contact us or call us today at 800-544-8436 You can also visit our website for more information.

Custom Router Bit with Drawing

Custom Router Bit with Drawing

Precision CNC Tool Holder Options

HSK Collet Chuck, Collet and Router Bit

HSK Collet Chuck, Collet and Router Bit

Standard HSK collet chucks are currently the most common in use in the woodworking industry. They are relatively inexpensive, and highly flexible due to the wide range of collet sizes that are available and easy to interchange.   While HSK style collet chucks are a good choice for most applications, the multiple parts involved in tool clamping (holder, collet and nut). this style chuck does not provide the tightest possible tolerances or clamping pressure. This is one of the shortcomings that has made thermal heat-shrink tool holders popular. 

Thermal (Heat Shrink) Collet Chuck

Thermal (Heat Shrink) Collet Chuck

Heat-shrink tool chucks have been gaining popularity due to the very tight tolerances (0.003mm / .00012″) and extreme clamping pressures used to hold tools in place.  They are balanced to 30.000 rpm.   These chucks offer a slim, light weight design with very high clamping power and accuracy. This choice of tool holder is ideal for use with insert tooling.  When using solid carbide or PCD (Polycrystalline Diamond) tooling, tool changes must be completed by the use of either an in-house heating element or sent out to an existing tool supplier.  Heat shrink chucks have their specific advantages, but they also have limitations.  Not all  diameters are readily available, the cost is higher than standard collet chucks and the additional cost of a heating element for in-house flexibility, without depending on a third party to remove the tool from the holder, can be considerable.

Hydro Chuck

Hydro Chuck

 Hydraulic tool holders are an often overlooked option to thermal tool holders with the same accuracy and more flexibility.  The hydraulic tool holder works by using fluid to compress an internal membrane within the tool holder. The hydraulic fluid delivers uniform pressure around the membrane allowing it to compress equally around the periphery of the cutting tool (shank) providing an even hold on the tool shank. The hydraulic fluid is activated by the use of a T-handle wrench to turn and activate a pressure screw. To release the pressure and cutting tool from the tool holder, simply turn the pressure screw counterclockwise. In addition to the quick set and release feature, here are a few additional benefits and features:

  •  Precise tool clamping tolerance of 0.00012”
  • Transmission of high torque or clamping pressure
  • Quick tool set up and removal
  • No Heating element or torque wrench required
  • Hydraulic fluid provides vibration absorbing features
  • Flexible with the availability of collet reducers
  • Increased tool performance (finish quality & tool life)

 With clamping tolerances that are comparable to heat shrink tool holders, tool changes are simple and quick. In addition, no heating element is required for tool changes. And, like standard collet tool holders, hydraulic tool holders provide the ability to use different shank tools by the use of high tolerance (collet) reducers.

The ease of use, high clamping tolerances and torque can and will benefit your bottom line by extending tool performance and improving finish output.

For additional information, please contact us!

Tooling Basics for CNC Machining

Below is an article GDP|GUHDO contributed to FDMCdigital.com January 2015 edition (formerly FDM/Cabinetmaker) 
Understanding fundamentals of CNC tooling can make a huge difference in your costs, productivity, and efficiency.  Most CNC machining centers for wood, plastics and composite machining today are equipped with steep taper ISO/SK/BT style, or more frequently HSK style tool holders .  My favorite analogy when discussing tooling basics is the automobile (i.e. the CNC machine), the rims (the tool holders) and the tires (the cutting tool). The most well-designed car won’t go very far if it has bad rims and cheap or faulty tires. Let’s look at the importance of proper cutting tool selection and the outside factors that affect tooling choice as well as other considerations that will directly influence the machining cycle.
CNC Tool Holders - HSK 63F, RDO35 and ISO30

CNC Tool Holders – HSK 63F, RDO35 and ISO30

Start with parameters
Depending on the cutting process that needs to be accomplished, understanding the machine parameters, output, spindle, clamping and tooling options is essential. Material hold-down and dust collection setup will all play a role in the process, as will the quality, density, abrasiveness and surface finish of the material to be machined. Cutting tool selection will be predicated on the basis of understanding the foregoing properties that are already pre-determined, the expectations of anticipated feed speeds to be achieved (capacity) and cost efficiency. These all contribute in making the decision of what tooling is most suitable and cost-effective for the job.
Most CNC machining centers for wood, plastics and composite machining today are equipped with steep taper ISO/SK/BT style, or more frequently HSK style tool holders (Picture 1). The standard HSK tool holders have very high levels of accuracy, with a runout tolerance of 0.003mm (.0001”). A tool holder that is supplied with a ball bearing collet nut, rather than a single piece static nut, is preferred. The ball bearing uncouples the inner ring from the torque/threaded part of the nut (Picture 2) so the circular motion of the nut is completely converted into clamping force without any frictional loss. Advantage: more clamping force, less wear and the tool holder can be used to run both clockwise and counter-clockwise.
The most common versions of tool holders used in wood/plastics/composites utilize ER32, ER40 or RDO35 (SYOZ25) collets and their differences are shown in this chart:
Collet Style Overall Length Clamping Tolerance Max Size Diameter Available
ER32 40mm 1mm 20mm 3/4″
ER40 46mm 1mm 25mm 1″
RDO35/SYOZ25 52mm 0.15mm(premium) or 0.5mm 25mm 1″
HSK63 F tool holders, with any of the above collet types, are interchangeable between machines as long as the same “A” dimension (the dimension from top of the HSK shoulder to the bottom of the collet nut) is the same.
Specialty tool holders
While standard collet chucks are excellent clamping choices for most applications, there are heat shrink and hydro tool holder options for more specialized applications. Heat shrink tool holders are beneficial in high speed machining operations and do not use a collet system as the tool shank is mounted straight into the heat shrink chuck. A heat shrink chuck can only accommodate one size tool shank and generally requires an additional (and sometimes substantial) cost investment for heating equipment to mount and remove the tool from the chuck. It’s a great choice for carbide insert tooling, for instance, where tool and chuck are assembled at the manufacturer and won’t need to be removed for service. See Picture 3.
Another option is the hydro chuck, which also has the advantage of bypassing a collet system reducing compounded tolerances between machine and tool. Hydro chucks are balanced to 25,000 rpm and available in all common metric sizes. (10mm to 25mm). See Picture 4.
Cutting tool options
Moving on to the cutting tool options, it’s important to understand that this is the wrong place to worry about initial tool cost. Accurate cutting tool cost is measured by cost per linear foot machined. Choosing the wrong tool can severely restrict and limit the machine’s capabilities and even give back some of its selling features.
Accuracy, cost-effective production, superior finish quality, waste reduction and maintaining the integrity of machine and spindle all boil down to tool holder and cutting tool selection. Poor quality tool holders or out of balance cutting tools will end up costing far more than might initially meet the eye. Whether the choice is solid carbide spiral tools, insert tools, custom profile tooling or PCD (polycrystalline diamond) tooling, a close look at the pros and cons of each type is something well worth researching and understanding. One company can easily waste thousands of dollars if using ¾” 2-flute solid carbide compression bits to machine table tops, for instance, when a comparable 2-flute carbide insert compression bit will easily out-perform for a small fraction of the cost.
A phenolic fabricator may go through many solid carbide bits every day when a polycrystalline diamond (PCD) bit (special design for phenolic) will run considerably longer and reduce overall machining cost. Someone purchasing a carbide-tipped round-over bit to run on a CNC machine will buy a lot more bits and never maintain uniformity, when an insert tool will maintain constant diameter and hold dimensional accuracy throughout at a lower cost.
Use tools correctly
Whatever tool choice is made, the most important aspect will be using it correctly. The best cutting tool can only perform well if it is used within the parameters it was designed for. The basis of successful cutting tool performance is a synergy of machine quality/integrity, material hold-down, dust extraction, the clamping system (tool holder/collets) and tool and material composition operating under correct machining parameters.
The most important point to consider with any cutting tool is the actual chip load it will generate during the cutting cycle. If the chip load is not within the ideal range for the material being machined, it will result in either overheating of the tool and very short tool life, or, pushing the tool beyond its limits resulting in tool failure (breakage). A very prominent notion is, for instance, that more flutes on a router bit will yield a better finish. This is absolutely not the case. What leads to the best cutting results is the cutting edge moving through the material at the right speed, i.e. chip load. This single factor is probably the most responsible for tool life.
Understanding chip load
So, what is chip load? Simply put, it is the size/thickness of the chip being removed per flute/cutting edge with every revolution of the tool. So, going from a 2-flute bit to a 3-flute bit, the size of the chip is reduced by 33% if the feed rate is not adjusted accordingly. A smaller chip will increase the heat generated during the cut as the chips cannot be extracted out of the cut fast enough and are re-cut into yet smaller particles. Chip load charts found online or provided by tooling manufacturers should all be considered as a starting point/reference range only and it is up to the user to find the ultimate “sweet spot” that provides a combination of the longest tool life, finish and cost efficiency.
The chip load formula is as follows:
                  Chip Load = Feed Rate (inches per minute) / (RPM x number of flutes)
Example:
                   Chip Load = Feed Rate 600”/minute / (18,000×2 flutes) Chip Load = 0.017”
Increasing the chip size per tooth will decrease the quality of the cut, while decreasing the chip size per tooth will shorten the tool life, so it’s important to find the ideal middle where both finish and tool life are optimum.
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3 flute diamond tipped bit for fast feed rates.

Cutting direction
Another consideration is whether to climb cut or conventional cut. With climb cutting, the direction of the feed is identical to the direction of the cutting edge. (As an important side note, this method of cut should never be attempted with a manual fed operation as it can result in very dangerous material kick-back). Climb cutting provides a better finish quality. When conventional cutting, on the other hand, the material is feeding against the direction of the cutting edge which exerts less cutting force on the tool and increases the tool life accordingly.
In summary, cutting tools and clamping systems play a paramount role in a CNC machining center delivering its promise of optimization, capacity, waste reduction and cost savings, as none of these promises can fully materialize without the contributions of high-quality tooling and accessories.
Karin Deutschler, president of GUHDO USA Inc., has been selling diamond tooling since its introduction in the U.S. in 1982. You can contact her and the GDP|GUHDO team at 1-800-544-8436 or www.guhdo.com.
This article appeared in FDMC, January 2015. ©Copyright 2015, All Rights Reserved.