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An Additive Approach to Produce Cutting Tools for Machining Titanium

December 2019
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Author: C. Saleschke
Company: IndustryArena GmbH
An Additive Approach to Produce Cutting Tools for Machining Titanium

To demonstrate that additively manufactured steel cutting tools can machine Ti6Al4V equal to or better than their conventionally manufactured HSS counterparts, Jimmy Toton, a mechanical and manufacturing engineering Ph.D. candidate at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia, conducted research. Using laser metal deposition equipment at RMIT University’s Advanced Manufacturing Precinct, the director of which is Toton’s supervisor, professor Milan Brandt, Toton 3D-printed tool blanks with the chemical composition Fe25Co15Mo. Sutton Tools Pty. Ltd., Thomastown, Australia, then ground the blanks on a CNC tool and cutter grinder to produce endmills. Toton has worked at Sutton Tools as an intern.

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