Thread whirling with 'turbo' options

Posted on 14 May 2017 and read 376 times
Thread whirling with 'turbo' optionsTooling manufacturer Horn Cutting Tools Ltd (www.phorn.co.uk) has introduced tools for thread whirling with six or nine inserts, thereby providing a cost-effective way to produce single- and multi-start external threads and profiles.

According to the Ringwood-based company, short cycle times are achievable when used on sliding-head lathes, with the process offering many further advantages over single-point thread cutting.

With its base carriers and ring cassettes, the type M271 modular tool system offers a multitude of combinations tailored to the various Swiss-type lathes and drive units on the market.

It allows customers to choose either conventional whirling, with six or nine indexable inserts per ring cassette, or the new Horn turbo-whirling method, which uses nine precision-ground double-edged indexable inserts.

Three are for roughing, with the remainder being finishing inserts; all are tailored to the thread profile and material to be machined, and all the cutting edges are subject to equal load — an additional factor in extending tool life.

The inserts are held in place by a Torx screw, to ensure simplified insert replacement.

A tool ‘configurator’, which is available on the Horn Web site, helps the user to choose the right combination of machine, drive unit and tool.

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