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Special cutting tool from AAG ensures perfect edge finish

The Marathon Compression Tool in use on a AXYZ CNC router
The Marathon Compression Tool is just one of a range of special-purpose routing/cutting tools available through the CNCShop facility.

One of the most significant benefits of ownership of an AXYZ routing/cutting system supplied by AAG is the access it provides to arguably the most comprehensive range of essential spare parts, accessories and consumables. These are available 24/7 from AAG’s online CNCShop  Division and include special-purpose tools that have been designed for applications in which standard spiral tools are not an ideal solution. The leading thermoplastics distributor to the signage and display sector, specialising in a next day cut to size service, spent much of 2020 supplying substrates to UK fabrication businesses manufacturing Covid-19  protective goods including critical worker sneeze screens, medical centre partitioning, medical equipment and hand sanitisation units.

A typical example of these special-purpose tools is the Marathon Compression Tool. This has been designed specifically for the processing of materials (typically sold woods and particle woods like MDF) and laminates, the edges of which are liable to fracture or fray if standard spiral tools are employed. Consequently, it has proved an important machining enhancement for sign manufacturers using these materials for outdoor architecturally and/or environmentally sensitive projects.

Supplied in a choice of diameters and lengths to accommodate different material processing requirements, the Marathon Compression Tool embodies an advanced geometry and a special coating that protects the cut edge of the material from the high temperature generated during the routing/cutting process. The combined upward/downward motion of the tool ensures a clean and perfect edge finish on the top and bottom surfaces of the material, an attribute of special significance when handling double-sided laminates.

The Marathon Compression Tool is just one of a range of special-purpose routing/cutting tools available through the CNCShop facility. These also include a Diamond Cutting Tool for the processing of acrylic and plastic sheets and a Long Reach Tool for cutting foam and similar ‘soft’ materials. This customer support facility also includes a vast range of standard tools and accessories, including high-quality router bits, collets and cones, various types of spindle and oscillating and tangential cutting blades, all of which are sourced and updated by AAG from leading global suppliers“Our long relationship with Schelling UK has supported our ability to process record volumes of materials this year with our dedicated teams ensuring supply to our customer base, many of whom have been providing an invaluable manufacturing service in the effort to protect keyworkers and the general public this year,” said Keith Piggott, PDL Managing Director.

CNCShop has recently undergone a major upgrade, making the site much easier and faster to navigate and to locate selected products and services. The site also enables customers to now engage with AAG technical engineers in one-to-one live discussions to ensure only the most appropriate and cost-effective product is selected for a given application. Video links to products in application and training courses complete this wide-ranging customer support facility provided by AAG.

For further information, visit https://uk.cncshop.com or telephone 01952 291600 to speak with a member of the AAG technical team.