Sutton Tools has invested in advanced research programs to ensure performance and process reliability for their cutting tools.
Sutton Tools’ investment in the Defense Materials Technology Centre (DMTC) for instance, has enabled the establishment of the Advanced Surface Solutions Facility (ASSF), incorporating equipment such as the Alicona Infinite Focus Microscope (IFM).
The Alicona Infinite Focus Microscope (IFM) can be used with the Real3D option to provide tool measurement, giving completely new perspectives and insight into the tool geometry, and enabling highly advanced measuring of surface finishing techniques to greatly increase tool performance and life.
The IFM with Real3D measures surface characteristics such as clearance, flank angles and thread pitch, with the tool’s automatic 360° rotation allowing complete form measurement from all directions to provide significant advantages in tool optimisation.
The IFM can also be used for wear measurement or the measurement of form deviations to a CAD dataset. Sutton Tools benefits from the detailed visualisation including true colour information, especially in tool design.
A key advantage of the IFM is the system’s ability to handle varied tool forms and sizes thanks to a large vertical travel range. Regardless of the surface finish, components can be measured at every stage of manufacture and development, providing Sutton Tools with new insights and assessment criteria in tool development.
Sutton Tools’ Harmony range of powdered metal and carbide milling cutters consists of cutting tools that combine advanced design principles with a variable pitch and helix to reduce the potential for harmonic build-up of vibrations in the system, resulting in chatter-free milling in various milling applications, and increasing both productivity and cutting tool life.