QMT Features: December 2014
Alicona gives Technicut the edge

Rotary cutting tool specialist Technicut opts for Alicona edge measurement technology for its research and development activities

Sheffield-based Technicut is a leading UK provider of innovative and high performance tooling solutions for the aerospace & allied industries.

As part of this it needs to understand fully the effect of edge geometry, edge prepping and surface finish on the standard and custom tools it manufactures, which is why it has chosen to invest in the Alicona InfiniteFocus Edgemaster equipment.
The IF-EdgeMaster is an optical 3D measurement device to automatically measure cutting tools regardless of type, size, material or surface finish. Users can measure edge radii > 2µm as well as wedge and clearance angle of cutting edges and surface finish on all types of inserts and shaft tools.

Technicut’s Manufacturing Director, Warwick Spearing, said: “We’ve used optical 3D measurement to verify edge rounding for a number of years but the Alicona system offers some significant advantages particularly for R&D and analysis of wear mechanisms.

“The resolution which now goes down to 20nm allows the extreme detail of the cutting edge to be checked including direct surface roughness measurement even of polished surfaces. The software options are also very impressive and the Difference module allows us to overlay new and used cutting edges for detailed analysis of wear. We are always working to improve tool performance in order to offer our customers the best possible value and the Alicona system in now an essential part of that process.”

Technicut joins companies such as the Sandvik Coromant Group, Sutton Tools and Ceratizit in becoming the latest tool manufacturer to use Alicona in its R&D and quality assurance. The AMRC in Sheffield also uses Alicona technology in many of its cutting tool projects.
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