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TechSoft have developed a system of special
multi-purpose tool holding collets. This system utilises a
replacement upper and lower collet for use with the larger, more
sturdy 4.36mm (11/64 inch) tools which we supply. When using
more than one tool, the upper collet (if left on the cutter)
acts as a depth stop. This makes setup very quick and simple.
(One lower collet and two upper collets are included in the
TechSoft Training Pack supplied free with each machine.) Extra
collets are available as follows:
40 deg. carbide tipped vee point engraving tools, ground to an included angle of 40 deg. Suitable for engraving most materials, and recommended as a standard tool for all users.
Solid carbide vee point engraving tool ground to an included angle of 90 deg. Designed for making vee grooves in materials such as 2mm styrene. If the groove is machined “almost through” the material may be folded and glued, useful for box manufacture, etc.
A range of specialist PCB drills in tungsten carbide.
General purpose round ended cutters in carbide. They are ideal for 3D modelling, particularly in modelling wax or foam.
General purpose milling/drilling slot drills in solid carbide. These tools (particularly in sizes 2mm and above) are specially designed to produce a good surface finish on plastic materials such as styrene and acrylic, and non-ferrous metals such as aluminium. Due to their superior cutting action, they also run quieter than routing cutters. The drawback is a slightly smaller depth of cut compared to the equivalent router cutter, the flute length being typically 3 to 4 times the diameter.
Good general purpose tools for milling/drilling/routing in materials such as plastic and wood. Carbide tipped. The straight flute does not clear swarf very efficiently, thus care must be taken with deeper cuts.
Similar to the half round cutters, but slightly more inclined to clogging. However, they are very strong and relatively difficult to break if accidentally overloaded.