The heart of a CNC router is its tooling - where technology gets down to the business of cutting wood. The fundamentals in best practices for tool mounting and machining were covered in a recent webcast at Woodworkingnetwork. Presenters noted that when selecting a tool to use for an upcoming project there are four considerations that should be factored into the decision.
1. Shorter Tooling Is Better
First, selecting a tool that has the shortest overall length possible, will guarantee that the tool is as rigid as can be. Maintaining a level of rigidity ensures the operator of high performance.
2. Set Shanks True
Second, adhering to proper collet setting techniques will safeguard against damaging the tool and shortening its life. The shank should also fill at least 75 percent of the internal diameter of the collet.
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3. Match Tool Diameter to Material
4. Choose Proper Rotational Direction
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