Faced with new technologies such as laser, plasma or water jet which have developed the field of machining in terms of speed, precision and productivity, knife cutting, an older technique, has retained all its specificity and attractiveness.
Knife cutting (or blade cutting) uses different technologies and tools (fixed, oscillating or rotating knives, ultrasounds) which allow it to be applied to the range of existing materials. It is perfectly adapted to complex cuts on flexible or semi-rigid materials in sheets, in 2D (including in high thicknesses) as well as in three dimensions. The fineness of the knife cut thus allows an optimal work on composite materials, foams, rubber, plastic, but also on textile, leather, glass fabric, cardboard, wood and its derivatives.
The fineness of the knife cutting process allows for optimal processing of composite materials, foam, rubber, plastic, textile, fabric, cardboard, glass, but also noble raw materials such as leather or wood.
Using a knife cutting machine
The operation of a knife cutting machine is as simple as that of a CNC milling machine on which the knives can be installed. This type of industrial tool can be the most suitable solution if you need extremely fine and precise cutting for many materials other than food products.
Indeed, knife cutting is fully suitable for CNC machining of metal parts in many sectors of industry. The numerical control system adds to the precision of the blade for burr-free cutting whatever the material being cut.
MECANUMERIC, manufacturer of industrial equipment, also offers consumables for knife cutting machines such as flat cylindrical blades from 11 to 103 mm, pointed cylindrical blades from 5 to 35 mm or flat blades.
Although its field of application is vast, knife cutting offers the best of its efficiency in the fields of POS, signage and packaging, for which its high quality of finish allows a significant gain in productivity by reducing to a minimum the operations of reworking (deburring, finishing ...).
Knife cutting can also be used in the field of luxury goods and crafts (wood and glass cutting, for example), as well as in the manufacture of leather and textile furniture and watchmaking parts.
In this respect, Mécanuméric's MECAPRO range can be equipped with knife cutting heads in addition to the milling head, thus allowing great versatility and fine and precise cutting.