OSG Announces the Expansion of PHOENIX® PDZ series

We are pleased to announce the release of our NEW OSG PHOENIX® PDZ Flat Drill Series!
The OSG PHOENIX® PDZ is an indexable drill series designed for stable flat-bottom hole making. It is an ideal solution for a wide variety of materials such as carbon and alloy steel, stainless steel and cast iron.

The following list numbers are associated with the new OSG PHOENIX® PDZ Flat Drill series:

This series offers the following features & benefits:

  • High Precision finishing on flute improves rigidity, chip evacuation, and reduces cutting force
  • Flat bottom cutting edge for machining a wide range of applications including drilling, counter-boring, inclined surface drilling and more.
  • Superior chip breaking capability during drilling, counter-boring and turning with enhanced muscle breaker

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OSG Announces the Expansion of A Brand® AE-VM Series Expansion

We are pleased to announce the expansion of our A Brand® AE-VM series! The new additions feature new lengths & styles ideal for deep side milling and pocket milling of mold parts

The following list numbers are associated with the A Brand® AE-VM End Mill Series expansion:

This series offers the following features & benefits:

  • High efficiency for deep side milling and pocket milling of mold parts
  • Variable Geometry to suppress chatter
  • High rigidity to improve milling accuracy
  • Positive rake angle which reduces cutting force
  • Advanced multilayer DUARISE coating for superior surface quality

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OSG Announces the Expansion of A Brand® AE-N Series Expansion

We are pleased to announce the expansion of our A Brand® AE-N series! The new additions to our advanced performance DLC Coated end mills, are designed for non-ferrous materials in a wide range of cutting applications delivering efficient and quality processing.

The following list numbers are associated with the A Brand® AE-N End Mill Series expansion:

This series offers the following features & benefits:

  • Flat cutting edge achieves higher precision machined surface quality
  • Large core design for high rigidity to prevent chattering
  • Center cutting edge for plunging
  • Three cutting edges at center for high speed milling
  • DLC- IGUSS coating that delivers improved durability and effectiveness

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OSG Announces the Expansion of A Brand® AE-H series

We are pleased to announce the expansion of our A Brand® AE-H Advanced Performance Carbide End Mill Series for high-hardness steels.

 

The following list numbers are associated with the A Brand® AE-H End Mill Series expansion:

This series offers the following features & benefits:

  • Multi-Flute
  • Variable indexing for suppression of cutting vibration and chattering
  • Unique cutting edge geometry for stable machining of high-hardness steels up to 70HRC
  • DUROREY Coating for outstanding performance and tool life

 

EXOCARB® WXS End Mills- PHASE OUT

We are in the process of phasing out and discontinuing the following list numbers associated with EXOCARB® WXS End Mill series, which is being replaced by the NEW A-Brand® AE-H End Mills.

List #4540 WXS-EMS (metric)

Limited quantities of the above EXOCARB® WXS End Mill continue to be available, while supplies last. A crossover reference table is available on the following page below, and an electronic file of the crossover is available on the Distributor log in page of our website at www.osgtool.com.

 

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High Efficiency Milling in Inconel 718

VGM end mill boosts productivity and lowers cost per part in aerospace bracket application

Sean McIntosh | District Sales Manager

 

Founded in 1951 in Phoenix, Arizona, United States, Allied Tool & Die Co. is a family-owned precision machine and fabrication company that specializes in the manufacturing of quality parts for aerospace, medical, communications and commercial industries throughout the world. Seventy years since its establishment, this privately owned shop has grown with multiple facilities and an estimated 32,000 square feet of manufacturing space in Phoenix, Arizona.

One of the challenges Allied Tool & Die faced recently was the machining of aerospace brackets made of Inconel 718. As is with most shops, machining Inconel 718 is time consuming. Moreover, due to the material’s special high strength and heat resistance properties, short tool life is a common obstacle. In search for performance improvement, Allied Tool & Die CNC Process and Machining Manager Jamie Lerma reached out to his local OSG representative for new solutions. Lerma had worked with OSG previously on a 13-8 stainless steel application by utilizing OSG’s HY-PRO® CARB VGM series end mill to achieve high-efficiency milling.

CAD / CAM model of a part made from 13-8 stainless steel. Image courtesy of Allied Tool & Die.CAD / CAM model of a part made from 13-8 stainless steel. Image courtesy of Allied Tool & Die.

A part made from 13-8 stainless steel that was machined by OSG’s HY-PRO® CARB VGM end mill.

A part made from 13-8 stainless steel that was machined by OSG’s HY-PRO® CARB VGM end mill.

 

OSG’s HY-PRO® CARB VGM is a high performance variable geometry end mill series. Its variable index and unique flute geometry enable the reduction of vibration and chatter, promoting smooth and stable cutting with low cutting forces. With the addition of OSG proprietary multi-layer EXO coating, higher wear and heat resistance is achieved to prolong tool life. OSG’s VGM offering features 5-, 6- and 7-flute lineups, and is available with multiple lengths of cut, with both square end and corner radius variations. This series is suitable for carbon steels, alloy steels, die steels, stainless steels, cast iron, nickel alloy, titanium, and hardened steels up to 45 HRC.

For the 13-8 stainless steel application, the VGM end mill dominated the machining result by extending tool life from seven parts to 21 parts per tool. The parts were also completed in half the time and the tool cost is also cheaper than the competitor tool. Lerma was so impressed by the VGM end mill that he decided to apply the tool to the Inconel 718 aerospace bracket application.

CAD / CAM model of an aerospace bracket made from Inconel 718. Image courtesy of Allied Tool & Die.

An aerospace bracket made from Inconel 718 that was machined by OSG’s HY-PRO® CARB VGM end mill.

 

Allied Tool & Die was previously using a high feed indexable milling cutter for the Inconel 718 aerospace bracket application. However, the amount of time and money spent on changing the inserts was less than desired. The previous competitor tool was used at 150 SFM (45.7 m/min), 0.009 IPT (0.23 mm/t), 0.05 Aa (ap = 1.27 mm) and 0.75 Ar (ae = 19.05 mm). After reprogramming to utilize OSG’s 0.5-inch diameter 5-flute VGM carbide end mill with a 0.030-inch (0.762 mm) corner radius and 1.25-inch (31.75 mm) length of cut (EDP# VGM5-0143), the cutting parameters were changed to 250 SFT (76.2 mm/min, 2,548 min-1), 0.0022 IPT (0.056 mm/t, 713 mm/min), 0.75 Aa and 0.035 Ar. The application went from a 4-hour cycle time to just one hour and 45 minutes. Allied Tool & Die no longer had to keep stopping the machine to rotate or change inserts, which they were doing four times per part previously. By switching to the VGM end mill, the tool was loaded, and the job did not have to be tended to until the part was completed. In terms of efficiency improvement, Allied Tool & Die estimated that the tool change has generated a cost savings of $6,875 USD on the Inconel 718 aerospace bracket parts. Moreover, with a lower tooling price versus the previous milling cutter, the cost of tooling also decreased by almost $100 USD per part. With the VGM end mill, Allied Tool & Die was able to machine Inconel 718 at an astounding 250 surface feet per minute (76.2 m/min) – a speed that is only commonly seen in alloy or stainless steels, not HRSA materials.

With the recent successes, Allied Tool & Die’s CNC Programmer John Hernandez decided to apply the VGM end mill into most jobs he programs. Being such a versatile tool, the VGM can be used to machine anything from common carbon steels up to the nickel alloys required by the aerospace industry.

From left, Allied Tool & Die CNC Process and Machining Manager Jamie Lerma, CNC Machinist David Dao and CNC Programmer John Hernandez.

 

“This VGM end mill saved us a ton of time,” said Allied Tool & Die CNC Process and Machining Manager Jamie Lerma, who has started ordering the VGM series end mill to keep in inventory for whatever job comes up.

For more information on OSG’s VGM end mill series and Allied Tool & Die Co.

 

 

OSG Featured in Mold Making Technology Article

Why Mold Builders Should Consider Barrel Cutters and Lens Tool If They Haven't Before

Author: Steve McBride, High-Speed Machining Specialist, OSG USA 

Published: August 2021 

 

When mold shops made the jump from traditional machining to high-speed machining, they greatly reduced finishing cycle times. The high-speed machining centers offered more rigidity, higher rpm spindles (10K to 15K), better accuracy and faster controls. These same improvements have been made to cutting tools, which can also reduce cycle times and lengthen cutter life.

Mold builders aiming to reduce machining cycle times and improve surface finishes for mold work should consider barrel cutters and lens tools. Here we’ll explain their features and functions, niche applications and benefits—backed up with test cut data to illustrate the value of these cutting tools to mold builders.

Figures 1 and 2.

If workpieces have larger free-flowing surfaces for which a shop typically uses a ball end mill or an end mill with a corner radius for finishing, it may be time to check out barrel cutters and lens tools. These cutting tools were developed for machining aerospace parts with large free-flowing surfaces (see Figures 1 and 2) and not very small, intricate parts. Medium to large cavities and cores, plastic injection and compression molds, forge dies, die-cast dies and some stamping dies are ideal applications for these cutting tools.

Figure 3.

When using barrel cutters and lens tools for finishing operations, step-overs and step-downs are very large compared to ball end mills or bull nose cutters. Most machining time is spent using ball end mills or bull nose tools to finish surfaces that require small depths of cut and step-overs (0.003 to 0.01 inch). However, barrel and lens tools can offer 0.08 inch for depth of cut and step-over. Also, surface finishes are much better due to fewer cusps compared to ball end mills and bull nose tools (see Figure 3). 

 
 

Doing the math will reveal a dramatic reduction in finishing cycle times by half and more.

 
You can view the original article by clicking HERE
OSG Announces the Expansion of A Brand® AE-H series

We are pleased to announce the expansion of our A Brand® AE-VM series! The new additions feature new lengths & styles to enhance our advanced performance anti-vibration carbide end mill offering!

The following list numbers are associated with the A Brand® AE-VM End Mill Series expansion:

This series offers the following features & benefits:

  • DUARISE coating provides excellent lubricity, superior friction resistance and high-oxidation temperature.
  • Sharp positive rake angle reduces cutting force.
  • New flute form enables excellent chip evacuation.
  • Variable-index and variable-lead geometry suppresses vibration.
  • Unique cutting edge featuring a Gash Land for enhanced chipping resistance.

Check out the new tools HERE

 

New Feature Video on OSG USA's YouTube Channel

HY-PRO® CARB VGM: High Efficiency Milling
 
Looking to decrease cycle time and increase your tool life all while paying less cost per cool? In just a short couple of months since the VGM has been released, OSG has received an overwhelming amount of stellar reviews. Check out our newest feature video on YouTube to learn more about the VGM series and hear what everyone is saying!
 
Check out the video HERE
OSG Announces the Expansion of A Brand® AE-H series

We are pleased to announce the expansion of our A Brand® AE-H Advanced Performance Carbide End Mill Series for high-hardness steels.

The following list numbers are associated with the A Brand® AE-H End Mill Series expansion:

Features & benefits include:

  • Multi-Flute
  • Variable indexing for suppression of cutting vibration and chattering
  • Unique cutting edge geometry for stable machining of high-hardness steels up to 70HRC
  • DUROREY Coating for outstanding performance and tool life

EXOCARB® WXS End Mills- PHASE OUT

We are in the process of phasing out and discontinuing the following list numbers associated with EXOCARB® WXS End Mill series, which is being replaced by the NEW A-Brand® AE-H End Mills.

List #4540 WXS-EMS (metric)

Limited quantities of the above EXOCARB® WXS End Mill continue to be available, while supplies last. 

 

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OSG Announces EXOCARB® AM Series Expansion & OSG PHOENIX® PXHF-AM Release

We are pleased to announce the expansion of our Additive Manufacturing Series with EXOCARB® AM End Mills and OSG PHOENIX® PXFH-AM exchangeable heads.

The following list numbers are associated with the expansion to the Additive Manufacturing Series:

Features & benefits:

AM-EBT:

  • Extremely negative rake angle for superior performance in high-hardness steels and welded materials
  • Large chip pockets to handle large variations in chipload
  • Large relief to prevent re-cutting and enable polishing
  • DUROREY coating optimized for high hardness steel machining

AM-CRE:

  • Extremely negative rake angle corner radius offers greater protection in high-hardness multi-layered parts
  • Large chip pockets enable cutting with large allowances in chipload
  • Unique geometry that enables smooth cutting and polished surface finish
  • DUROREY coating optimized for high hardness steel machining

AM-HFC and PXHF-AM:

  • Optimized with a composite radius for flat surface machining.
  • Features coolant-through to improve chip evacuation and prevent chip packing
  • DUROREY Coating for outstanding performance and tool life