ModuleWorks has added support for barrel mill cutters to its 5-axis machining strategies. According to the company, recent testing has shown the benefits of this as part of the main 5-axis component and also in the MultiBlade application.
Barrel mill cutters’ unique geometry form has a number of benefits in the machining process. The effective radius of engagement is larger than a standard cutter form, which will result in smaller cusps between passes and a better surface finish. Larger step over values can be used, resulting in shorter machining times.
The ModuleWorks 5-axis component allows barrel mill tools to be used with all of the existing machining strategies. The feature is available to ModuleWorks’ partners who license the main 5-axis component or the MultiBlade application.
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Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.