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Helical Introduces HXF End Mills



"Manufacturers that machine steels and exotic materials, especially aerospace and medical titanium, now can turn to Helical Solutions' family of HXF multi-flute end mills for finishing tools that offer smoother cutting, better finishes and optimized production time," said a company spokesperson.

"The HXF and HXF-RN end mill series features corner radii for added strength and high-helix angle flutes for smoother cutting and a better finish. The tools are designed for small radial depths of cut up to 6 percent of cutter diameter and axial depths of cut up to 1 to 1.5 times cutter diameter. However, with the tool's increased number of flutes, along with the proper use of 'radial chip thinning techniques,' a customer will undoubtedly experience an increased metal removal rate and improved tool life."

"It's not uncommon for people to run finishing end mills a bit too slow," said Scott Tiehen, National Sales Manager. "The HXF's multiple flute options, along with chip-thinning techniques, can really enhance their finishing operation and reduce cycle time. Of course, the final feed rates will depend on the finish requirement of the part. Customers using the HXF multi-fluted finishing end mills must also look at using high-quality tool holders that run true and induce very little run out."

HXF and the longer-reach, reduced-neck HXF-RN end mills are crafted of certified premium sub-micron grain carbide and feature geometries specifically engineered to cut difficult material, the company said. The tools are available with an AlTiN (titanium aluminum nitride) coating for oxidation resistance and extreme hardness for peripheral milling stainless and other steels, cast irons, titanium alloys as well as cobalt- nickel- and iron-based high-temperature alloys.

"These tools can be used for any finishing and light (radial depth of cut) roughing at high feed rates in difficult-to-machine materials commonly found in aerospace and medical applications," said Tiehen. "And with the higher MRR and increased tool life they provide, our HXF tool will offer significant benefits in efficiency and cost per finished part."

The HXF-RN series is designed for applications requiring extended reach into pockets or machining around obstructions. The stub flute length and a reduced neck contribute to tool rigidity even considering the greater tool length.

Both the HXF and HXF-RN are available in 1/4, 3/8, 1/2, 5/8, 3/4 and 1-inch cutting diameters along with a selection of 7 to 14 flutes, depending on the cutter diameter.

For more information contact:

Helical Solutions

29 Sanford Drive

Gorham, ME 48038

866-543-5422

www.1helical.com

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