CNC Tooling: Understanding Your Shrinkfit Options

In the world of CNC tooling, there are several brands of tools and equipment available. While which option is best largely depends on your company's budget, it helps to know what the options provide should you ever decide to upgrade. Right now, we will look at three models of a particular brand of CNC tooling machines.

The Basic Tooling Machine

This particular machine holds and controls about a half dozen tools at the same time. You can bore, scrape, shape, and drive screws or nails all on the same machine with minimal downtime to switch tools. It takes less than thirty seconds for the machine to switch to the next tool you need, all with the tap of a finger on the touchscreen controls. It is a much smaller, more compact machine. Therefore, it is better suited to the manufacturing environment that does not need innumerable CNC functions on a larger machine or frequent operation of the machine.

The Intermediate Machine

This machine holds a few more tools than the basic. It quickly becomes your one-stop tool shop within your factory. Better still, it can switch tools on command in less than ten seconds—66 percent faster than the basic machine.

The Advanced Machine

This machine can switch tools in three seconds or less. That is one-third the time of the intermediate model. If speed is what your production line needs, then this is the machine you need.

In addition to the maximized, supersonic speed, this machine boasts the ability to hold equally as many tools as the intermediate one, with no loss of efficiency or speed during the tool transition part of the process. It can cool its used tools in under thirty seconds within its own cooling chamber, a feature not found in the other two machines. (The other two models use shop air to cool overheated tool bits, which, while effective, does not cool them half as quickly as this machine does.)

Trying the Machines Before You Buy

A representative from a company like Sharp Tech Inc. can show you how the machines operate. You can also travel to the company's production plant and test these CNC machines to see if they would be a good fit for your plant. You can take measurements of the machines, take note of all of the tools you can use in these machines, and then make a decision about which machine to purchase.