Tooling specialist Dimar Tooling is entering the UK composites market by launching a range of products specifically designed for composite materials.

Previously, Dimar has supplied tooling solutions to the industrial woodworking industry and has developed proprietary grades of carbide, along with tooling geometry, to combat similar challenges in the composite market.

Composite materials, being very abrasive, are difficult to machine and material delamination is one of the difficult areas to overcome, so cutting material efficiently and effectively with little stress is therefore very important.

Dimar’s entry into the composites market came about after composite engineers asked Dimar to help overcome these delamination problems along with short life-time on existing tools. Using their experience in working with wood composites, which creates similar problems when cutting, engineers at Dimar set about developing proprietary grades of tungsten carbide which, combined with the geometry, resulted in a new range of tools which can avoid delamination and can give up to eight times the life against other carbide tools, the company claims.

Dimar has already launched its new composite cutting tools in the USA and is now working closely with aerospace partners, including contractors for a leading aerospace company.

This story is reprinted from material from Dimar Tooling, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.