We are very excited to announce that effective October 1, 2017 we will be representing Precision Cutting Tools Inc. in the California and Nevada market areas.
Precision Cutting Tools Inc. was founded in 1963 and ever since has specialized in the production of high-quality cutting tools. Today, with over fifty years of experience, PCT is a leading cutting tool manufacturer that distributes its products all across the United States and Mexico.
They have based their company’s success on their long-standing commitment to satisfy our customers’ needs, by utilizing the finest raw materials, introducing innovative cutting tools and providing excellent customer service.
We look froward to working with them to develop new Carbide, Cobalt & Powdered Metal end mill and drill substrates and geometries that will meet the material cutting needs we find uniquely on the West Coast.
We think you are in for a a real treat once we see what we're working on with PCT!!!
After 22 years, Next Generation Tooling has ended our relationship as an independent sales agent for MA Ford in the Northern California and Northern Nevada territories. Our last effective day will be September 30, 2017.
We truly appreciate and greatly value our long, successful relationship fostered by both MA Ford and NextGen since the inception of our company. We realize, with no reservation, that the wonderful people at MA Ford were a huge part of our success by working with us to develop technical solutions and will always value our memories and our personal friendships.
At the outset of our relationship in the late 1990's, we worked hand-in-hand with MA Ford to introduce their products to the unique applications and high speed machining that takes place in our markets.
In conjunction with the MA Ford engineering team we developed the 138 series end mills for use in aluminum and non-ferrous milling. As a result, many other end mill manufacturer's followed in the footsteps of that tool and began developing material specific tooling.
Because of the unique needs of our market, we suggested the expansion of LOC and OAL from what was commonly offered in "Stub, Standard, Long & Extra Long" lengths. The 138 series end mills where the first nationally recognized brand to offer 7 different lengths of cuts as stock standard.
We are very grateful to everyone at the MA Ford team who has worked with us hand-in-hand for so many years, and wish only the best for MA Ford in the future.
Designed for EXTREME aluminum milling! This MA Ford end mill (series 138) is offered in corner radius, square end and neck-relief options. Don't just take our word for it! Watch the video!!
DiACON, a part of M.A. Ford’s Advanced Product Group, features a wide range of high performance, polycrystalline diamond (PCD) tipped tools to improve your productivity in today’s metal, wood and composite material industries.
PCD tooling is ideal for more efficient machining of non-ferrous metals, plastics, composite materials, graphite and other hard to machine and abrasive materials.
DiACONTM offers end mills, drills, step drills, step reamers and countersinks. Special tools are quoted upon request.
According to MA Ford, "DiACONTM is dedicated to continually developing innovative products manufactured with efficient state-of-the-art technology while offering great value and top quality at reasonable prices."
The tools will be offered in the following standard configurations. Here are the series names and some information about them.
Here's some of the details on the new tools:
DES (DiACON End Mill Square) Series
A straight flute PCD tipped end mill available with 1 or 2 flutes depending on tool size and configuration. These end mills combine a PCD tip with a carbide body for maximum rigidity and optimal performance. Offers excellent results in CFRP (Carbon-Fiber-Reinforced Polymer), fiberglass, aluminum and other very abrasive materials.
A straight flute PCD tipped end mill available from 3 flute to 9 flutes depending on tool size and configuration. These end mills combine a PCD tip with a carbide body for maximum rigidity and optimal performance. Offers excellent results in CFRP (Carbon-Fiber-Reinforced Polymer), fiberglass, aluminum and other very abrasive materials.
DEB (DiACON End Mill Ball) Series
A straight flute PCD tipped ball nose end mill available in 1 or 2 flutes depending on tool size. These end mills combine a PCD tip with a carbide body for maximum rigidity and optimal performance. Offers excellent results in CFRP (Carbon-Fiber- Reinforced Polymer), fiberglass, aluminum and other very abrasive materials.
DSE (DiACON Spiral End Mill) Series
A spiral veined PCD end mill designed with a 30 degree helix (15 degree helix angleavailable as a special). Available in 2 flute for 6mm and 1⁄4” diameters, and 4 flute for larger diameters. A through hole can also be provided as a special on sizes 3/8” (10mm) and above. Offers excellent results in CFRP (Carbon-Fiber-Reinforced Polymer), fiber-glass, aluminum and other very abrasive materials.
A two flute PCD tipped microstop countersink manufactured on a high speed steel body allows for exceptional performance in aircraft composite applications. Available in inch and metric sizes and also can be reconditioned for maximum cost per hole.
A three flute PCD tipped microstop countersink manufactured on a high speed steel body allows for exceptional performance in aircraft composite applications. The three flute design allows for optimal wear resistance. Available in inch sizes and also can be reconditioned for maximum cost per hole.
A two flute PCD tipped integral pilot microstop countersink manufactured on a high speed steel body allows for exceptional performance in aircraft composite applications. Available in inch and metric sizes. Due to the integral pilot design, tools are not typically reconditioned, but can be quoted if needed.
DWD (DiACON Spiral Wafer Drill)
The spiral wafer drill offers excellent performance in CFRP (Carbon-Fiber-Reinforced Polymer), fiberglass, aluminum and other very abrasive materials. Available as a special from 1/8” to 1/2” and 3mm to 16mm.
DND (DiACON Nib Drill) Series
DiACONTM’s Full Nib Drill has been specifically developed for the drilling of CFRP and CFRP/Metal stack used on all modern aircraft today. The high performance point and
fluting geometry greatly reduces separation and delamination in the drilling process. The DiACONTM Full Nib Drill can also be reconditioned two to three times for improved cost per hole. Available as a special in sizes from 1/8” to .354” and 3mm to 10mm.
The famous actress Judy Garland is said to have adlibbed about fellow child-star Micky Rooney: "It's the little things that matter". For central Indiana based Greenwood Machine, little burrs in a 1mm slot, mattered a lot.
With 25 years in the business, Greenwood Machine's owner Fred McWilliams has loads of experience producing small, complex parts. His business began machining small, precision parts (primarily RF connectors) for the electronics industry, and has grown to include a variety of quick-setup, short run jobs, and also some high-end bicycle components.
When the opportunity to manufacturer the air pump came up, Fred decided to move quickly and increase capacity by purchasing a bar-fed, Citizen/Cincom M32 CNC swiss-type turning machine to expedite production of the air pump.
This configuration allowed them to perform 3 operations at once, giving them a big advantage in cycle time. Their customer asked that they produce prototypes within 3 weeks of the CNC machine hitting their floor.
During the few weeks they had to set-up the machine and begin running prototypes, the deburring problem was discovered by Manufacturing Engineering Manager Joe Bowman. Joe's background includes experience with ISO 9001 certification and 8 years in CNC machining. He manages all the manufacturing processes even down to the CNC programs and setups.
The parts and pins are placed in a deburring container and media solution is added. Next, the container is put into the machine and the cycle time and rotation speed is set. While it runs the pins are activated by a rotating magnetic plate underneath the deburring container. This causes the pins to rapidly reverse polarity, and jump up and down from 1 to 3 inches while rotating in the deburring container along with the parts. The parts and pins "spin" together to perform the deburring. The sPINner can even deburr internal cavities like slots and cross-drilled holes other media cannot reach.
Michael Harris, Vice President at Earth Chain said: “The sPINner works best on small, precision parts made from non-ferrous metals including aluminum, brass, copper, stainless steel, and even titanium.” The aggressiveness of the deburring is controlled by programming the speed of the magnetic plate and selecting from a variety of media sizes. The machine is easily programmed and can run unattended.
Allied Machine & Engineering has just announced the introduction of i6149 (Metric) style AccuPort 432 Port Contour Inserts made from C-3 carbide with AM200 coating. These inserts have the same geometry as the C-5 carbide TiAlN coated inserts which allows our customers to produce a finished port in one step!
They are stocking both ridged & non-ridged configurations.
Allied expects that the new C-3 AM200 coated porting tools should greatly improve tool life in gray iron manifold applications of up to 50% over their standard C-5 TiAlN inserts. You gotta love when companies like Allied who keep improving their own products when they're already a leader in the field!
Here's how the part numbers work:
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