In the following slides we present the most common and cost effective router

In the following slides we present the most common

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In the following slides we present the most common and cost effective router bit options based on application. For straight cuts such as sizing, jointing, rebating, grooving and dados, the options available are solid carbide, carbide insert or PCD (polycrystalline diamond). For profile routing applications, options are either carbide insert or PCD and for proto-type or “one - off” needs, a corrugated head provides a cost-effective solution. In addition to the many standard tool designs, it is often necessary to customize a tool for a particular requirement in order to provide a more economical option over time. Many tools styles can effortlessly produce the same cut, so researching cost, time and yield based on tool choice can have a substantial impact on a tooling budget.
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1-800-544-8436 Solid carbide router bits come in a variety of tool geometries, number of flutes, and edge grind to include the most popular ones below and described in more detail on the following pages. O-Flute, Straight (Soft Wood/Soft Plastic) O-Flute, Up Cut (Plastics, Aluminum) Up Cut Ball Nose Up cut Down Cut Compression (Mortise Compression) Compression Chip Breaker Up Cut Chip Breaker Down Cut Chip Breaker Up Cut Rougher Down Cut Rougher Single, Two and Three Flutes SOLID CARBIDE BITS Remember: More flutes does not equal better finish! More flutes means you have faster feed rate capability! Refer to the chip load information later in this presentation to calculate your needs.
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1-800-544-8436 O-FLUTE BIT (SOLID CARBIDE) This image shows a solid carbide, straight O- Flute. The flute shape is ground into what looks like a half-circle. This particular geometry is used for cutting flexible plastics. The flute is straight and helps keep a light weight flexible plastic from moving or lifting on the router table during machining. Use this tool on materials such as: Polycarbonate ABS Polystyrene PVC and other flexible plastics
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1-800-544-8436 O-FLUTE UPCUT The O-Flute upcut bit features the same O-Flute geometry needed for efficient chip removal when routing plastic, and also has an upward shearing angle to bring the chips out of the cut and provide cleanest possible edge finish. This tool is the preferred router bit for hard and rigid plastic materials, such as: Acrylics Nylons Plexiglass and other rigid plastics.
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1-800-544-8436 UPCUT SPIRAL The up cut spiral bit is used when getting the chips out of the cut is critically important, or when the material is laminated or coated on one side only, and is being machined face down. This tool geometry does present a risk that the top of the material being cut can chip or fray. This tool is a good choice for mortise and tenon cutting needs and also provides an excellent option for short runs on Corian or phenolic. (longer runs should consider a PCD diamond bit as it is more cost-effective).
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  • Fall '19
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