Non-ferrous metals

Non-ferrous or light metals are increasingly gaining in importance due to the on-going quest for lightweight construction in the automotive- and aerospace industries. And non-ferrous metal also play an important role in sectors such as medical- or dental- and mechanical engineering.

  • Non-ferrous metals

    Milling non-ferrous/light metals

    The milling and drilling of non-ferrous metals is always a matter of burr-free processing, to avoid post-processing as far as possible.  Beyond that, manufacturers of components made from non-ferrous metals expect an extremely long tool service life combined with a high surface quality.

    It is important to achieve comma-shaped chip formation, as evenly as possible, in order to avoid damaging the component surface or clogging up the chip flutes of the tool.

    • High feed rates and infeeds

      HUFSCHMIED tools excel with the material-appropriate micro-structure of the blade, the coordinated substrate material, the coating and a geometry with an outstanding resistance to wear.  This enables the user to deploy their machine with the utmost efficiency, with high feed rates and infeeds, thus significantly lowering their cost per component.

      These are mainly tasks for tools from the PROTO-Line.

  • Copper

    Milling copper

    Copper is used in electrical engineering, tool-making and mould construction.  In tool- and mould-making, it is used for electrodes that are needed for components with high demands on surface quality.

    Copper processing needs tools exhibiting both a high resistance to wear and a high rate of chip removal.  This is the only way to avoid burrs and surface imprints caused by built-up edges.

    For the efficient, burr-free machining of copper, Hufschmied provides the 63CWI and 63CWIR Piranha shank cutters and the HM905 and HM915 mini milling cutters with a TL5, SLX or the thin, patented DIP diamond coating.

    For the HSC processing of copper alloys, Hufschmied provides the HC910 with TL5.

    • Excellent dimensional- and runout accuracy

      Our tools for copper processing excel with the highest dimensional- and runout accuracy.  Their special characteristic: a polished finish at the chip space and at the first clearance angle of the circumference.  A long tool life and short processing time make their use very economical.  Due to our wide range of products, we are able to offer a tool for virtually every application.

  • Magnesium

    Milling magnesium

    Due to its low density, magnesium is very light, about a third of the weight of aluminium.  It also exhibits a high specific strength and thus is ideally suited to lightweight construction.  Currently, magnesium is once again gaining in importance in the automotive industry in particular.

    HUFSCHMIED has been focussing on the high-speed machining aspects when milling and drilling magnesium.  Drills and milling cutters from the Proto-Line with their highly-polished chip flutes are optimised in their frictional properties against the magnesium chip, so that an ignition of the material can be avoided, even with a relatively small chip thickness.  Furthermore, the tools are available with internal cooling.  The blast air keeps the machining process at a cool temperature.

    Processing tools by Hufschmied have been configured to deal with the high-speed machining of this material.  Drills and milling cutters from the Proto-Line with their highly-polished chip flutes are optimised in their frictional properties against the magnesium chip, so that an ignition of the material can be avoided, even with a relatively small chip thickness.  Furthermore, the tools are available with internal cooling.  The blast air keeps the machining process to a cool temperature.

  • Titanium

    Milling titanium

    In aeroplanes and vehicles, titanium is used for components that are subject to extreme stresses, but still have to be lightweight.  Titanium of varying grades are used, for example, for compression blades in engines. In medical engineering, titanium is used for medical implants.  In contact with air, titanium forms an extremely stable oxidic protective layer and also provides high resistance to corrosion when used in alloys.  This makes the material interesting for applications involving sea water or media containing chloride.

    In order to process titanium in an economic fashion, special tool geometries are necessary.  On the one hand, they have to be designed for the high abrasion values in milling titanium, on the other hand, they must avoid the formation of burrs at the components.  Since the characteristics of different grades of titanium are very diverse, we are providing several types of tools for this mode of processing.  All our tools are equipped with highly-polished chip flutes that, in combination with flute numbers and geometries, offer a complete product range of shank-, torus- and ball nose cutting tools, ensuring the perfect, cost-effective high-performance machining of any type of titanium material.

    • Optimised tools for any degree of hardness

      Most commercially available titanium comes in five grades.  The special substrates and coatings of our various tool geometry ranges allow the user to find a specific solution for their processing tasks on a variety of processing machines. HUFSCHMIED provides three-, four- and five flute torus and ball nose cutters, also in combination with chip breakers suitable for titanium.  They allow both wet- and dry processing.  Polished chip flutes and guide chamfers prevent the gumming-up of material and lower the chip temperature.

  • Brass

    Milling brass

    Brass is of technical importance where both good conductivity and mechanical stability are essential.  It still plays an important role in electrical engineering – from plug-in connectors and crimp contacts to semiconductor junctions.  Prerequisites here are flawless surfaces and burr-free edges.

    HUFSCHMIED tools from the Proto-Line can meet these demands.  The user can choose from a wide variety of two- and three-flute milling tools from our range that are perfectly suited to the respective brass alloy.  All cutters are available as torus- and ball nose mills.  The polished chip flutes ensure a stable and smear-free machining process.

  • Superalloys

    Milling superalloys

    Superalloys, such as titanium aluminide and gamma titanium aluminide, are new materials of a complex composition that were specifically developed for the construction of high-stress components in aero- and other engines.
    Do you have any questions about the machining of superalloys?  We are looking forward to hearing from you.  Together with our Technical Consulting Team we will find the perfect solution for your processing task.

Technical Consulting for the processing of non-ferrous metals

Increase your productivity when milling and drilling non-ferrous metals

To increase the productivity of your company, we can support you with technical consulting about the milling and drilling of non-ferrous metals. We can analyse the requirements of your company and develop tailored technical solutions for you. With our expertise and the options available at the HUFSCHMIED engineering centre we can optimise your manufacturing processes.

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