Tuesday, May 15, 2012

News: TiTAN X-TREME launched at MACH 2012


Rotherham-based Nikken Kosakusho Europe Ltd and Sheffield's Techicut Ltd have formally launched a new system for machining titanium and other exotic materials.

The TiTAN X-TREME was launched at MACH 2012 and combines the new X-Treme variant of the Nikken Anniversary Type Multi-Lock Milling Chuck with Technicut's TiTAN Rippa carbide cutter.

Milling titanium is different from other metals because of the risk of heat build-up and the metal's low thermal conductivity can result in combustion.

The new system underwent cutting trials using Titanium H6 at The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing on the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham.

This has helped to increase removal rates to 267cm³ of material every minute and the combination is able to take cuts of 50mm depth. Tool life has also been increased to over an hour where the industry average is as low as 15 minutes before the cutter needs to be sent for re-grinding and calibration of any complex geometry.

Tony Bowkett, group managing director of Nikken Europe Ltd, said: "This landmark partnership between Nikken and Technicut had the potential to revolutionise cutting practices especially in the aerospace sector where there is a real focus on the use of Titanium and other exotic metals."

Mark Kirby from Technicut, stressed that what "Technicut had been able to achieve in terms of performance metrics with the TiTAN Rippa had not been possible in other milling chucks that they had tested from other tooling suppliers."

Nikken Kosakusho Europe is a subsidiary of Nikken Works Limited Japan and their headquarters on the Barbot Hall Industrial Estate opened in 1999.

Nikken Kosakusho Europe website

Images: Nikken Kosakusho Europe


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