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Syntactic Foam for Plug Assist Module 3 Agenda Processing HYTAC Syntactic Foam A Best Practice Guide to CNC Milling HYTAC Syntactic Foam.

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2 Syntactic Foam for Plug Assist Module 3

3 Agenda Processing HYTAC Syntactic Foam A Best Practice Guide to CNC Milling HYTAC Syntactic Foam

4 Machining Syntactic Foam is Different Most machining experience relates to wood or metal Syntactic foam is a combination of hollow glass microspheres bound together by epoxy, copolymer blends or thermoplastic materials It is not like wood or metal It requires a different approach

5 General Machining Guidelines Syntactic foam behaves like plastic during machining Big chips are better than small chips Controlling the heat of the cutting tool is critical Start a conversation with your tool vendor

6 Goal: Consistent Surface Finish Feed rate = chip load x spindle RPM x # flutes Remove the largest chip possible as quickly as possible Avoid heat build-up in the tool

7 Where to Start: Milling Tools 2 flute Straight Z Solid Carbide or PCD Good for rapid removal of large amounts of material Reasonable floor finish Climb milling generally required Generally must be ramped 2 flute upcut spiral Solid Carbide Good for rapid removal of large amounts of material Excellent floor finish Conventional milling recommended May be ramped or plunged 2 flute Ball Solid Carbide Excellent finish for contoured surfaces Conventional milling recommended

8 Conventional vs. Climb Milling

9 Optimizing & Refining the Process 1.Increase feed rate until part finish begins to deteriorate 2.Reduce rate by 10% to get starting point 3.Decrease RPM by set increment until surface finish begins to deteriorate 4.Increase speed back to last good RPM where results were satisfactory

10 Optimizing & Refining the Process Coolant not required Pay attention to proper settings Keep tool at room temperature Thermoset Epoxy Syntactics Very Dusty (HYTAC-W, WF, WFT) Copolymer Syntactics Small shavings/curls (HYTAC-FLX, FLXT, C1R) Thermoplastic Syntactics Large shavings/curls (HYTAC-XTL or B1X)

11 Machining: Best Practices 1.Use sharp tools for abrasive plastics 2.Keep heat out of the tool 3.Understand the variables 4.Refine the process

12 Online Resources

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