The Basics Behind Cutting Tools

Cutting tools

Cutting tools are extremely important for many aspects of engineering. Cutting tool manufacturers give people tools that can create as well as shape. Cutting tool technology has come a long way since these tools were originally created, and for that reason we are able to get more accurate results from tools that have several different applications. The range of these tools is probably more diverse and complex than most would imagine — they aren’t simply made for one function or another, and can be used in a variety of different ways. Below, we’ll look into the different kinds of products being released by cutting tool manufacturers, as well as how they can be used. Perhaps just as important is knowing how cutting tools should be cared for and stored. A damaged or improperly kept cutting tool can easily become useless, or yield poor results. There’s no room for error in the world of cutting tools — a damaged cutting tool can also hurt the user. Safety in general is an important issue when dealing with cutting tools. With all of that being said and done, let’s look into how cutting tools can be used, and what sorts of cutting tools are available.

The Cutting Tool Market

Cutting tool manufacturers create, as mentioned above, a wide range of products. While some cutting tool manufacturers create only a specific type of tool, others work to provide a much broader category. One of the more common types of cutting tool is that carbon steel tool. The carbon steel tool is inexpensive and used most often for low-speed machining operations. Typically, their composition is .6% to 1.5% carbon with a very small amount of Mn, Si. Other types of cutting tools include cemented carbide tools, as well as ceramic cutting tools. High-speed steels have also come into the market, and are used in many different applications. While all tools function very differently from one another, with some being used in ways that others cannot be used, it shouldn’t be said that one is solely different from another. One tool is simply better suited for a specific task than others, perhaps. Even high-tech, newer tools cannot necessarily outdo older tools in certain functions. This is why tooling manufacturing isn’t about “throwing out” older types of tools in favor of new ones — tools that have been around for a long time are still produced and used.

The Applications Of Cutting Tools

Cutting tools are limited in their functions, depending on what they are made of and what kind of conditions they’re used within. A carbon tool, for example, possesses very good machinability. However, it cannot be use in temperatures about 250 degrees Celsius. This leaves it out of most high-temperature applications. While a carbide tool may have a different level of machinability, it is also very hard and can withstand temperatures above 250 degrees Celsius and can handle high-speed operations. Actually, these cutting tools are so strong that they’ve been known to handle temperatures above 1000 degrees Celsius. A ceramic tool can outdo that, withstanding temperatures of 1800 degrees Celsius, and for that matter they’re quite fast. They’re 10 time faster than high speed steels, which were developed around 1900 to be four times faster than the carbon steels they replaced. Once you know the limitations of these tools, you are better equipped to decide how they should be used and when.

The Care And Keeping Of Cutting Tools

Cutting tools should be stored in cool, dry locations. If any kind of rusting becomes apparent, they should be cleaned and if necessary, replaced. Replacing an expensive cutting tool isn’t easy, but it’s a far better decision than letting it continue as a damaged tool. Damaged cutting tools not only produce poor work, but are hazardous to whoever uses them. If a cutting tool is damaged beyond repair, try going to the manufacturer and buying a new one — it’s the best choice for everyone.

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