Adding Cutting Axis Allows Machining from Additional Angles

Originally titled 'Cutting Axis Allows Machining from Additional Angles '

NT Tool’s angle heads have added a cutting axis to existing machines, allowing machining from additional angles without the need for tilt tables so machining plants can save on setup costs and investments in new machinery.

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NT Tool’s angle heads add a cutting axis to existing machines, allowing machining from additional angles without the need for tilt tables. By building an axis into the toolholder itself, machining plants can save on setup costs and investments in new machinery, the company says.

The angle heads come in fixed angles of 45 degrees and 90 degrees, as well as a flexible model which can be set to any angle in between as needed to reach otherwise inaccessible areas. On both models, the angled portion of the holder can be rotated freely 360 degrees, allowing the axis to face any direction required. All fixed models come with an external nozzle for directing coolant at the cutting surface, and center-through coolant can be added upon request. 

These models utilize a range of collet sizes, which allow any tool from 0.5 mm (0.02”) to 20 mm (0.787”) to be chucked. Taps can be chucked, using tension/compression tap adapters. According to the company, the plunger used to lock the unit in place to a machine spindle is offered in many different lengths, which allows installation on spindle surface configurations.