Traditional vs. Free Cutting Finishing Core Tools: Which Is Right for Your Application?

Precision cutting plays a pivotal role in the manufacturing of honeycomb core. CoreHog, a leading provider of composite cutting solutions, offers two distinct styles of Finishing Core Tools: Traditional Finishing Core Tools and Free Cutting Tools. In this post, we explore the advantages and limitations of both Traditional Finishing Core Tools and Free Cutting Core Tools, helping you determine the right choice for your unique manufacturing needs.

CoreHog’s Large Core Finishing Tool

Advantages of Traditional Finishing Core Tools:

CoreHog’s Finishing Core Tools are designed to handle substantial cutting tasks, efficiently. With three size ranges available, they excel at removing high volumes of material and boast excellent tool life, making them ideal for production applications.

Assembly Configuration of CoreHog’s Large & Free Cutting Finishing Core Tools


However, these tools may pose limitations in specific applications. Traditional tools exert tool pressure, but depending on the tool geometry and part profile, the pressure may be too much for the part. This becomes more pronounced when cutting knife edge features such as chamfers and bevels, where the pressure exerted by the tool can cause the part to arch, dislodging it from the table, and ultimately causing it to deviate from specifications.

Introducing Free Cutting Core Finishing Tools:­­

To address the limitations of traditional honeycomb core finishing tools when cutting knife edge features, CoreHog offers Free Cutting Finishing Core Tools. The innovative design reduces tool pressure seen in both the Coreslicer and CoreHogger. The Free Cutting Coreslicer features a more acute and sharper angle, reducing the upward pressure exerted on the part during cutting.

 Differentiation of angle between the Large Coreslicer and the Free Cutting Coreslicer

Further, these tools feature a CoreHogger with a reduced diameter, allowing for greater offset between the CoreHogger and Coreslicer. This allows the Coreslicer to be more forward and free cutting, engaging with the material prior to the CoreHogger and reducing the resulting pressure typically exhibited by the CoreHogger.  

Reduced diameter design of Free Cutting CoreHogger decreases tool pressure on the part.

When to Use Free Cutting Tools:

CoreHog’s Free Cutting Core Finishing Tools are particularly well-suited for applications involving chamfering, beveling, and cutting angled profiles in honeycomb core materials. By reducing pressure and preventing lifting on the part, these tools ensure precise cuts without compromising part quality.

­­Traditional vs. Free Cutting Core Finishing Tool: Summarized

In conclusion, choosing the right cutting tool is crucial for achieving precise results in composite manufacturing. While traditional finishing core tools excel in handling substantial tasks, they may pose challenges when cutting angled profiles in honeycomb core materials. CoreHog’s Free Cutting Core Finishing Tools offer a solution by minimizing pressure on the part, making them ideal for chamfering, beveling, and most other angled profiles. However, in finicky applications where the knife edge part is extremely shallow, a Valve Stem Cutter may still be necessary to achieve your desired cut. By understanding your specific cutting requirements, you can select the most suitable tool for your application, ensuring optimal results in your honeycomb manufacturing processes.

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