Panel Cut Tools for Composite Sandwich Panels

June 02, 2017
Panel Cut Tools for Composite Sandwich Panels

Controx presents the Panel Cut line of tools, which reportedly allow feed rates up to 400 ipm for maximum productivity and a clean surface finish. Designed specifically for machining lightweight composite sandwich panels, these shank tools employ sophisticated tool geometry to drill through sandwich panels with no delamination on the glass or carbon fiber skins or flagging of the honeycomb in between. 

A special tooth design with stabilized tips provides increased tool life.  Additional relief on router tips provide added strength and aggressiveness for demanding materials like Nomex, Kevlar, and aluminum.  They are ideal for profiling operations as well as drilling.

Available in solid carbide, Controx stocks the Panel Cut in ¼” and ½” diameters (+/-0.0005”), and in 5/8” and 1-1/4” lengths of cut so that panel sizes up to 1-1/4” can be accomplished in one pass.

Controx also stocks a tool with a sophisticated tool geometry for aluminum skinnned sandwich panels.


Related Glossary Terms

  • feed


    Rate of change of position of the tool as a whole, relative to the workpiece while cutting.

  • inches per minute ( ipm)

    inches per minute ( ipm)

    Value that refers to how far the workpiece or cutter advances linearly in 1 minute, defined as: ipm = ipt 5 number of effective teeth 5 rpm. Also known as the table feed or machine feed.

  • profiling


    Machining vertical edges of workpieces having irregular contours; normally performed with an endmill in a vertical spindle on a milling machine or with a profiler, following a pattern. See mill, milling machine.

  • relief


    Space provided behind the cutting edges to prevent rubbing. Sometimes called primary relief. Secondary relief provides additional space behind primary relief. Relief on end teeth is axial relief; relief on side teeth is peripheral relief.

  • shank


    Main body of a tool; the portion of a drill or similar end-held tool that fits into a collet, chuck or similar mounting device.


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