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A PCD tooling system to increase productivity in CFRP processing

News International-French

18 Nov 2014

Element Six introduces its Polycrystalline Diamond (PCD) product portfolio Aero-Dianamics, to achieve a 3 times improvement in productivity and reduced cost per finished part, in the processing of carbon composite materials, compared to tungsten carbide tooling systems.

Aero-Dianamics performance advantages have been validated in independent tests by two of Europe’s leading Aerospace precision machining research institutions, the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) in partnership with Boeing, at the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom and the Institute of Production Management and Technology (IPMT) at Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Germany.

For the first time, the Aero-Dianamics range allows a three-dimensional (3D) cutting geometry to be achieved, in a PCD mill or drill, representing a step change in tool design. The Aero-Dianamics product portfolio consists of five production-ready PCD round tool blanks, which when built into tooling systems, increase the ability of manufacturers to mill and drill CFRP faster, more cleanly, at lower temperatures and with lower tool forces. Consequently, CFRP airframe components can be produced more efficiently and rapidly, decreasing lead-times for the delivery of finished components for assembly.

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