In the R&D Lab - Machining Automotive Components in 4340 Steel
Believe it or not, occasionally our R&D Lab engineers are kind enough to let me visit the lab and sometimes even let me share some of the projects they’re working on. Today was one of those days. They have granted me access to share their latest challenge – improving a client’s current manufacturing process for an automotive component in 4340 steel by reducing spindle time and temperature. Of course, this is a client project so some specs must be kept private for client confidentiality purposes, but check out the results below.
Challenge: Reduce Spindle Time and Temperature in 4340 Steel Industry: Automotive
Customer’s Current Specifications: Current Process: .7500” Diameter Fully Engaged Time: 7.5 Seconds Results: Heavy chatter and high cutting temperatures
R&D Lab Solution: Tool: Fantom 2.0 Advanced Performance End Mill New Process: 20% Radial Controlled Engagement, Dry Machining Time: 4.5 Seconds (40% faster) Results: 800 SFM at 92 IPM Temperatures: Fantom 2.0 with FC 20 Coating Cutting: 116 Degrees | Part: 110 Degrees
Temperatures: Fantom 2.0 with FC 18 Coating Cutting: 145 Degrees | Part: 120 Degrees
For this project, the Fantom 2.0 with FC-20 coating is the recommended solution for this client’s application. It’s also a great example of how our R&D team works closely with clients to help establish the best tool for their application, whether standard or specialized.