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cnc router tooling

What CNC router tooling to use?  A cutting guide to common materials used and thickness:

 

Please note: the following figures are to be used as a guideline only – Proper testing should be taken out on scraps of material before applying them to a specific job.  This should not be taken as 100% right but it will give you a good starting point for testing purposes.

 

  • Plywood (upto 18mm)
  • MFC or Laminate Board ) Up to 18mm)
  • Foamex (Up to 5mm)
  • High Density Foam (Up to 15mm)
  • Acrylic (Up to 10mm)
  • Dibond (3 mm)
  • Aluminium (3-5 mm)
  • Carbon Fibre (Up to 5 mm)
  • A2 Material (4 mm)
  • TRESPA (Up to 10 mm)
  • Hi-Mac or Solid Surface (10 mm)

Cutting Plywood

Tool(s)

60-100MC (1/2″)  |  61-410 (8mm)

Application

Profile & Slot

Cutting Data (Profile)

-Spindle Speed

-18000 rpm

-Feed Rate

-15000 mm/min – 18000 mm/min

Cutting Data (Slot)

-Spindle Speed

-18000 rpm

-Feed Rate

-10000 mm/min

(RAMP IN)

Cutting Data (61-410 – 8mm)

-Spindle Speed

-18000 rpm

-Feed Rate

-7000 mm/min

Cutting MFC (Melamine Faced Chipboard)

Tool(s)

60-100MC (1/2″) | 37-80 Series (90 Degree)

Application

-Cut and V Groove

Cutting Data (Profile) – As Per Plywood

Cutting Data (V Groove)

-Feed Rate

-1500 mm/min – 2000 mm/min

-Spindle Speed

-16000 rpm

Cutting Foamex

Tools

61-400 Series (6mm)

Application

Profile Cut & Shape

Cutting Data (Conventional)

-Spindle Speed

-18000 rpm

-Feed Rate

-4000 mm/min

Cutting High Density Foam – Great For Tool Boards

Tool(s)
52-700 Series (1/2”)

Application

Pocketing Inlays

Cutting Data (Conventional)

-Spindle Speed

-18000 rpm

-Feed Rate

-4500 mm/min

Cutting Acrylic

Tool(s)

63-800 Series (6mm)

PCD Saphir Tool (6mm)

Application

Letters / Shape Cut Out
Polish

Cutting Data (Polishing)

-Spindle Speed

-18000 rpm

-Feed Rate

-1000 mm/min

Cutting Data (Cut Out)

-Spindle Speed

-20000 rpm

-Feed Rate

-3000 mm/min

Cutting Dibond / Alcubond

Tool(s)

XGDA Series (Cut)

PLIH Series (12mm) (Fold)

Application

Cut and Fold

Cutting Data (Cut)

-Feed Rate

-4000 mm/min

-Spindle Speed

-20000 rpm

Cutting Data (Fold) 2.7mm DOC

-Feed Rate

-4000 mm/min

-Spindle Speed

-16000 rpm

Cutting Aluminium

Tool(s)

XGDA Series (6mm)

SM8 Cutting Fluid

Application (Climb)

Straight Cuts

Cutting Data

-Spindle Speed

20000 rpm

-Feed Rate

3000 mm/min

Cutting A2 Building Material

Tool  

6mm CUTA2D6

Application

Straight Cut ( 1.5mm DOC)

Cutting Data

-Spindle Speed

-16000 rpm

-Feed Rate

-1200 mm/min

Cutting Carbon Fibre

Tool(s)

66-900ALTIN Series (Cut)

86-150 (Drill – Aerospace)

Application

Drill Hole / Pocket

Cutting Data (Drill)

-Spindle Speed

-5800 rpm

-Feed Rate

-150 mm/min

Cutting Data (Cut)

-Feed Rate

-1200 mm/min

-Spindle Speed

-9000 rpm

Cutting Trespa (High Pressure Laminate or HPL)

Tool(s)

STRAT8 Cutter

Application

Straight Cut / Shapes

Cutting Data (Climb Mill)

-Plunge

-300 mm/min

-Spindle Speed

-10000 rpm

-Feed Rate

-2400 mm/min

Cutting Hi-Mac / Corian (Solid Surface)

Tool(s)
65-000 Series

52-700 Series

52-200B Series

Application

Cut and Groove

Cutting Data (65-000 Series)

-Spindle Speed

-18000 rpm

-Feed Rate

-4500 mm/min

Cutting Data (52-700 Series)

-Spindle Speed

-18000 rpm

-Feed Rate

-5200 mm/min

Cutting Data (Ballnose Groove) 2mm DOC

-Spindle Speed

-18000 rpm

-Feed Rate

-6000 mm/min

So there you have it – a quick break down and general guide for tooling that you may use for processing various materials and the types of tooling you should be using to acheive the right type of finish.

All the tools mentioned here can be purchased from CEC (Cutting Edge Carbide).  Visit them here

Other posts that may be of interest:

Cutting acrylic?

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