CNC Routers are primarily used for cutting wood or plastic, but they can also cut aluminum, provided it’s done properly. Metals have a smaller sweet spot for speed and feeding, so use a calculator (such as the G-Wizard). Be careful not to slow the feed rate too much. Use cutters specifically made for aluminum that are no more than 1/4″ diameter. As aluminum can be sticky, be thorough about clearing chips, lest you risk breaking the cutter. Furthermore, use lubrication mist and try using fewer flutes to reduce chip clutter. Follow these tips and you’ll find that machining aluminum with a CNC Router is perfectly doable.
- The CNC cookbook offers software that benefits metal tool owners in a number of different ways.
- Use the software to keep your tools clean, the finish pristine and free of dulling substances.
- Getting a longer life out of your tools, can begin in a matter of minutes, because installation is fast and easy.
“There are a couple of things to remember about how aluminum (and other metals) are different from wood or plastics. First, they have a much smaller “sweet spot” for optimal feeds and speeds.”
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