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    PaperStone

    I'm fairly new to cnc routing PaperStone. Currently using Vortex Tool #3135 (De Viper) "1/2 Compression bit. It cuts just fine however the PaperStone material is a very strong material and turns out is quite abrasive/hard on tooling. Cutting between 6-8 sheets before the bit becomes dull and needing replacement. Just curious what other peoples experience with PaperStone is and what they use for tooling? Thanks

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    Re: PaperStone

    It's a solid material; ;why are you using a compression bit? That's usually used because you don't want to disrupt the veneers of plywood. An ordinary upcut bit would probably work fine in paperstone. You might try a diamond-coated bit if the abrasion factor is a big issue for you.
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    Re: PaperStone

    Well it is what the company I work for was using to the best of their knowledge before I was hired. I mean the compression bit leaves a clean cut edge. Paperstone in my limited experience with it so far I have noticed it can chip on the edges just a bit, so perhaps that is why they were using a compression bit idk. And yes we just ordered and tried a new (PCD) Diamond Coated Compression bit yesterday, seemed to work great but the key is how long will it last. Thank you for your input Andrew.

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    Re: PaperStone

    Let us know how much cutting you get out of that PCD-coated tool, and how much it cost versus the uncoated version - I know they stay sharp longer, but not if it's really worth the extra cost (if you don't value your time spent changing bits, anyway).
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    Re: PaperStone

    I've only cut Paperstone once or twice in the past, but if cutting a lot of it, I'd try an Amana DRB-208 or similar.
    I use them when I need to cut a lot of abrasive materials, as they'll last 10x longer than carbide.
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    Re: PaperStone

    The PCD-200 tool only lasted 8 cuts before I started to see cut quality begin to diminish. Soon after I realized we were running that tool way too fast according to manufacturers feed rate recommendations. Gonna try a new bit, same one but at 140ipm, we were running 200-300.

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