Tuesday, January 31, 2012

JoePa at IMTS

Almost ten years ago we had just moved to Penn State's Innovation Park and we manned their booth at the school section of IMTS. They gave us a stand-up Joe to bring with us so we got him a badge.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

How BlueSwarf Works: In a Nutshell

Every combination of milling tool, toolholder and machining center has specific speeds, feeds and cutting depths where it WANTS to run. And there are speeds, feeds and cutting depths where it CAN'T run. Why? Because every milling tool is flexible. No matter how big it, no matter how short it is. When a tooth of the cutter enters the workpiece it deflects. How much it deflects in the first place  is dependent on how wide and how deep you cut. When the tooth exits the cut it snaps back. If the timing is off, it snaps back too early or too late, overloading or underloading the next tooth. This causes premature tool failure, poor surface finishes, inaccurate dimensions and chatter. Response to chatter is to slow down and reduce cutting depths, compromising performance. There is no tool design that can eliminate the need to know where the tool wants to run and where it can't run. How do you find out?

BlueSwarf measures the tool point flexibility and calculates the stable speeds, feeds and cutting depths for the machine tested. The results are presented in an interactive Dashboard and Dashboards are delivered in the password protected Tooling Cloud that organizes a shop's machines and tooling.