AB Tools has six ANCA CNC grinding machines installed to produce high-performance rotary-cutting tools at its shop in Lincoln, Calif.
ANCA’s MX7 Linear is a CNC grinding machine designed for the high-precision and availability of production grinding. It is capable of handling varied batch sizes with minimal set up time. The MX7 Linear is driven by LinX cylindrical linear motors (on the X and Y axes) that provide greater performance, higher feed rates, and a superior surface finish on the ground tool.
The Shear-Hog is a cutting insert for rough milling or finish face-milling aluminum and nonferrous material. “My father, Alan Baker, designed the Shear-Hog insert 25 plus years ago,” AB Tools president Jon Baker explained, "and it immediately became our number one product — and it has been ever since.”
Speed and skill
“Years ago it was difficult to be competitive in producing special tools due to the time and labor involved,” explained Alfred Lyon, AB Tools’ shop supervisor and top grinder. He credits the ANCA simulation functions, set-up speed, and grinding proficiency in the growth of the developers’ high-tech business.
Revolutionizing rotary tools
Cutting-tool developers like AB Tools must respond to manufacturers’ needs with new developments, as well as high-quality products. “The ANCA simulation software allows us to create the tool, with all the given parameters, and see what the finished tool will look like. That, combined with being able to program off machine, has revolutionized how we make cutting tools,” according to Lyon.