Touch-screen friendly controls

allow full manipulation of the models on the machine

Customisation

through scripting is a unique feature of ANCA software

Integrated 3D graphics

make on-machine programming a breeze with grinding simulation performed after any parameter change providing instant visual feedback

Industry leading grinding software

ANCA's ToolRoom software provides industry renowned tool design flexibility, from the simplest to the most challenging tasks. With the benefit of over 40 years of grinding knowledge, ToolRoom ensures that your ANCA grinder will efficiently handle any manufacturing or regrinding challenge. Flexibility is further enhanced by the fact that ANCA develops all aspects of the machine in house - from the CNC control system and application software to the machine and its accessories. This allows for special software to be developed to suit your unique needs.

ToolRoom RN34

Exciting new features in RN34

NEW TOOLTYPES
 
Double corner radius


The double corner radius allows the design of barrel shape or lens shaped tools with larger to smaller or smaller to larger radius from the end of tool. Vibration and deflection are reduced with this style of geometry and the thinner chips that are formed provide longer tool life and enhanced performance.
 

  • Barrel shape – large radius to small towards the end of tool.
  • Lens shape – small to larger radius towards the endface.
  • Curved endface design.
  • Roughing operation for corner radius tools.
 
 
 
Lollipop cutter


A new ToolType is available from the endmill wizard to manufacture lollipop cutters. These cutters are widely used in the aerospace and die mould industries.
 

  • High helix angles for better surface finish and chip removal.
  • Shear lollipop for deburring applications.
  • Chip breakers for light work and the medical industry.
  • Use of iView and LaserPlus for measurement and compensation.
 
 
 
Countersink tool
 

A new wizard style ToolType has been added for countersink tools to support standard flute and fan gash flute style. The new countersink flute operation can define special flute shapes required for this application.
 

  • Support for RR, LL, RL, LR combinations.
  • Relief grinding using step editor sections.
  • Supports non-zero shear and upto 6 flutes.
  • Automatic CIM3D blank form.
NEW OPERATIONS
 
Threadmill
 

Manufacturing of a variety of threadmills is now possible with the addition of two new operations to the operations list. Threadmill grinding and cresting operations are supported with formed and standard fluting operations.
 

  • Support for drill threadmill, straight OD, tapered OD and all the combinations.
  • Possible to grind insert style or single rib threadmills.
  • LaserPlus support for large volume production.

     

Pocket grinding
 

Pocket grinding software allows the user to quickly and easily define PCD pocket geometry. This is required for PCD tools used mainly in the woodworking and aerospace industries for composite and non-ferrous materials.
 

  • Ability to specify pocket geometry as common or for individual flutes.
  • Position of pockets can be fixed or alternated based on number of flutes.
  • Supported with spindle speed increaser hardware on all platforms for mounted point wheels.

 

ENDMILLS - REVERSE INFEED IN SQUARE ENDMILLS

Support for reverse infeed when using large dish angles on square endmills where we can manage wheel wear with number of passes.
 
  • Ability to choose between forward and reverse infeeds.
EMBEDDED TOM FILES

This adds additional functionality in allowing one TOM file to be embedded into another TOM file.
 
  • Example: Corner radius with multi drill gash.
  • Like the iPunch operation in iGrind and KHP.
  • Some limitations exist, such as use of tool segments.
HELICAL FIR TREE CUTTERS

Support for a wide range of constant helix, constant lead and shear cutters widely used in the aerospace and power generation industries. All the above are supported for unmanned production with the support of the inbuilt LaserPlus which is fully automated.
 
  • Support for constant helix fir tree cutters.
  • Helical fluting with hook generating a flat flute surface.
  • Support for iView and LaserPlus.
TOOL BALANCING

 
Get the balance right with automatic balancing

Tool balancing is done on variable helix and pitch or single flute tools to minimise the eccentric weight distribution when using high speed machining. The benefits include reduced noise and vibrations, improved machine bearing life, and better surface finish.

The different methods of balance are:

 

  • Flute length extension
  • Shank notch
NEW BALLNOSE CYCLES - OD BALL FINISH AND BALL GASH


The new ballnose cycles allow end users to manufacture a range of ballnose tools suitable for finishing and roughing. The new designer edge can accommodate high helix on ball cutting edge for better fracture resistance and reduced vibration due to the irregular curve.
 
  • Ballnose with designer cutting edge.
  • New chisel edge grinding method.
  • Curvature gash – curved gash surface.
  • Flute gash – curved ball gash and fluting in single move.
  • Facet gash with periphery of 1A1 or 1V1 wheels.
  • Bullet and Bullnose style tools.
  • 11V5 wheel grinding methods for improved wheel life.
  • Square to ballnose blank roughing cycles.
  • Various other methods of OD grinding with 11M2 wheels.
NEW FLUTE FROM SOLID AND FLUTE POLISH CYCLES

The new fluting cycles are catered for manufacturing variable helix and pitch tools to eliminate the harmonics caused during high speed machining by varying the time intervals between the flute contact with the workpiece.
 
  • Support for the following option combinations:
    • Variable helix with NAS hook
    • NAS hook with radial land
    • Variable helix and pitch with radial land
  • Per–Flute programming options to control flute length, flute depth, core taper etc. individually.
  • Support for single flute tools to have depth equal or greater than tool radius.
ENDMILLS - OD CHIP BREAKERS

New operation in Endmill cycles to add OD chip breakers.
 
  • Automatic or manual modes.
  • Applicable to all straight OD profile to complement corner radius, ballnose, side and face cutters and endface operations. A library of all the ANCA supplied collet adaptors and collets are available for the user.
DRILLS - DOUBLE MARGIN FIXED OR FLOAT

A new feature is added to OD backoff/raised land fluting operation for drills, to be able to produce second margin towards trailing edge of the tool.
 
  • Double margin can be produced in both the backoff types OD and raised.
  • The second margin can also float at an offset angle from cutting edge of the tool.
  • This feature is made available to drills and step tools.
OTHER NEW FEATURES OF TOOLROOM RN34
  • Additional wizard support for shear in endmills and drills for manufacturing a range of shear endmills and drills.
  • Outer diameter measurement with probe in cylindrical grinding - use top and bottom measurement for OD measurement for compensation.
  • LaserPlus ball radius display instead of errors to log and compensate the ball.
  • Eccentric digitising for compression routers for manufacturing if there is runout from work holding.
  • Flat digitising into iGrind to accurately position flats with reference to endface.
  • Feedrate per element in profile step section to help and manage differences in stock removal.
  • Rolled profile operation which allows grinding of hob tools by introducing a "thread lead" used to add a lead to the profile form. The operation enables the grinding of hob tools without using a formed grinding wheel.
  • Ability to copy a step section a specified number of times, with an incremental offset applied to the geometry of each section.
  • New operation to digitise backface and set end of tool position.
  • Surface grinding operation in iPunch that performs reciprocal grinding, like a surface grinder.
  • New launch pad which can be activated from iGrind.
  • Profile compensation has been added for rolled profile step sections. Compensation may be applied manually or through iView.
  • A new feature of securing a TOM file which allows users to:
    • Create new secure TOM file
    • Convert existing TOM file to secure TOM file
    • Provide access defined criteria for the file with password and constraint to which machine can access.
    • Access secure TOM files in Loadermate, Tool Library, or Scripting.
  • Profile editor features:
    • Diameter coordinates synched with Y coordinate.
    • New line definition mode – start, angle, end X/Y.
    • Split element for circles – enters start angle.
    • Fillet support for splines and ellipses.
    • Trim to splines and ellipses.
    • Profile compensation support for splines.
 
 

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