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Watch as Tyson Moore cuts aluminum and acrylic on his Shapeoko CNC machine using Amana Tool®’s 1/16”, 1/8” and 1/4” diameter Solid Carbide Router Bits to make this #teamTOOLSTODAY sign.

When cutting acrylic, the up-cut bits pull the chips up evacuating them from the cut where a down-cut bit forces the acrylic chips down and can potentially melt them together. Evacuating the chips better reduces any excess friction caused by the chips resulting in less of a chance of melting the acrylic. Top edge will stay crisp with an up-cut bit in acrylic.

Tyson says "This is the first time ever cutting aluminum on the CNC it was a bit messy but things went pretty smooth for the most part. These bits are rated to be able to handle more than I threw at them but I wanted to slow things down since this was my first time. I really enjoyed test cutting and carving into this orange acrylic”.

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Music: “TheRacer” by Tristan Barton @artlist.io

Feed, Speed, Chip Load & Step Down CNC Running Parameters

1/8" Dia. Solid Carbide, ZrN Coated Aluminum Cutting Up-Cut Spiral Flute Router Bit with Mirror Finish No. 51474-Z
Feed Rate (IPM): 45
Speed (RPM): 18,000
Chip Load (Per Tooth): 0.002"
Ramp Down (IPM): 25

1/4" Dia. Solid Carbide, ZrN Coated Aluminum Cutting Up-Cut Spiral Flute Router Bit with Mirror Finish No. 51479-Z
Feed Rate (IPM): 100
Speed (RPM): 18,000
Chip Load (Per Tooth): 0.005"
Ramp Down (IPM): 50

1/16" Dia. Solid Carbide, Spektra™ Coated Plastic Cutting Up-Cut Spiral Flute Router Bit with Mirror Finish No. 51441-K
Feed Rate (IPM): 70
Speed (RPM): 18,000
Chip Load (Per Tooth): 0.004"
Ramp Down (IPM): 35

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