|Publication number||USRE40297 E1|
|Application number||US 09/878,240|
|Publication date||May 6, 2008|
|Filing date||Jun 12, 2001|
|Priority date||Sep 13, 1996|
|Also published as||CN1086619C, CN1204976A, DE69726835D1, DE69726835T2, DE69734937D1, DE69734937T2, EP0874706A1, EP0874706B1, EP1013367A2, EP1013367A3, EP1013367B1, US5971673, US5988953, US20010033780, WO1998010881A1|
|Publication number||09878240, 878240, US RE40297 E1, US RE40297E1, US-E1-RE40297, USRE40297 E1, USRE40297E1|
|Inventors||Mattias Berglund, Fredrick Lundberg, Ingela Årbrink|
|Original Assignee||Seco Tools Ab|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (40), Non-Patent Citations (1), Referenced by (6), Classifications (21), Legal Events (1)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This application is a reissue of U.S. Pat. No. 5,971,673, which is a continuation of application Ser. No. 08/929,462, filed Sep. 15, 1997, now U.S. Pat. No. 5,988,953 which claims the benefit of priority to Swedish Application No. 9603325 filed Sep. 13, 1996.
The present invention relates to a tool for rotary, cutting machining, comprising a tool body and a cutting portion. The tool body has a front surface, and the cutting portion has a support surface provided to releaseably abut against the front surface in a substantially radial plane. The tool body and the cutting portion comprises means which cooperate for holding them together. The invention also relates to a cutting portion and a tool body as well as a method for mounting a cutting portion to a tool body.
It is previously known to use interchangeable cutting edges on different types of tools for cutting machining, especially when cutting a metallic workpiece. This technique however has practical limitations due to handling reasons when it comes to milling and drilling tools which rotate around a longitudinal axis.
Through DE-PS-367,010 and Burger U.S. Pat. No. 2,259,611, it is previously known to provide drills with lockable drill tips, wherein the drill tip is retained with the aid of dove-tail profiles or with press fit, respectively. The known tools however are impaired with drawbacks such as bad torsion transferring ability and troublesome mounting and dismounting.
The present invention has as one object to provide drilling and milling tools with interchangeable cutting edges, which eliminates problems associated with known techniques.
Another object with the present invention is provide a rigid tool preferably for drilling or milling wherein the cutting portion cooperates with the tool body via a bayonet coupling.
Another object of the present invention is to provide a rigid tool preferably for drilling or milling wherein the cutting portion can be easily exchanged by hand without time consuming screwing or soldering.
Another object of the present invention is to provide a tool with a self centering cutting portion.
These and other objects have been achieved by the present invention which relates to a rotary metal-cutting tool comprising, in combination, a tool body and a cutting portion attached to the tool body. The tool body includes a shank portion defining a longitudinal center axis, a front surface, and rear chip flutes formed in an external side surface of the shank portion for guiding chips rearwardly during a cutting operation. The cutting portion includes a rear support surface abutting the front surface, a front cutting face, and front chip flutes formed in a side surface of the cutting portion and intersecting the cutting face to form cutting edges therewith. The tool body and cutting portion are interconnected by a bayonet coupling formed by projections disposed on one of the tool body and cutting portion, and recesses formed in the other of the tool body and cutting portion. The projections are circumferentially offset with respect to the flutes and extend generally longitudinally. The recesses extend circumferentially from respective flutes. The flutes are sized to longitudinally receive respective projections during longitudinal insertion or removal of the cutting portion relative to the tool body. The cutting portion is rotatable about the center axis relative to the tool body to transfer the projections from the respective flutes and into the recesses while bringing the front flutes into alignment with the rear flutes.
The invention also relates to a method of mounting a cutting portion to a tool body to form a metal-cutting rotary tool. The tool body includes a shank portion, a front surface, and rear chip flutes formed in an outer surface of the tool body. The cutting portion includes a support surface abutting the front surface, a cutting surface having cutting edges, and front chip flutes formed in an outer surface of the cutting portion. One of the tool body and cutting portion includes longitudinal projections, and the other of the tool body and the cutting portion includes circumferential recesses. Each recess communicates with a respective flute and extends less than 180°. The method comprises the steps of:
The objects and advantages of the invention will become apparent from the following detailed description of a preferred embodiment thereof in connection with the accompanying drawing in which like numerals designate like elements, and in which:
The embodiment of a tool 10 according to the invention shown in
The drill tip 11 is provided with at least one cutting edge 19 in the forward end thereof facing away from the drill body 12, which tip is given different designs depending on the area of application.
The drill tip 11 is made of hard material, preferably cemented carbide and most preferably of injection molded cemented carbide, and comprises a front cutting surface formed by two upper clearance faces 15, a lower support surface 16 as well as first and second curved surfaces 41, 18 interconnecting the surfaces 15 and 16. All these surfaces and associated edges are integrated as one piece with the drill tip and consequently formed of the same material, i.e. preferably injection molded cemented carbide. The curved surfaces 18 form front chip flutes for conducting cuttings rearwardly. Lines of intersection between the chip flutes 18 and the clearance faces 15 form main cutting edges 19, preferably via reinforcing chambers, not shown. Lines of intersection between the first curved surfaces 41 and the chip flutes 18 form secondary cutting edges 19′. The chip flute is shown as helical but may alternatively be adapted for a drill body requiring straight chip flutes. The radially external parts between the chip flutes consist of protruding lands formed by the surfaces 41, each having a circumferential length G (FIG. 4). The largest diameter of the drill tip is the diametrical distance between the radially extreme points of the secondary cutting edges. The height of the drill tip is substantially the same as the largest diameter of the tip, in order to minimize the wear from chips on the joint between the drill tip and the drill body. Flushing holes 23, extending substantially parallel with the rotational axis 22, extend through the drill tip from the support surface 16 to the orifice in respective upper clearance surface 15.
The support surface 16 according to
The drill body is made of a material which has a lower Young's modulus than cemented carbide. The drill body has helical rear chip flutes 18A (or straight chip flutes if required) and these can extend along the entire outer surface of a shank portion 40 of the body or along only a part thereof. The drill body 12 is provided with a front surface 24 at the end facing towards the drill tip 11, which surface 24 abuts against the support surface 16 of the drill tip 11. The largest diameter of the support surface 16 is larger than the largest diameter of the front surface 24 in order to minimize the wear from chips on the joint between the drill tip and the drill body. The drill body also includes curved surfaces 41A forming lands. The front surface 24 is substantially planar but comprises a projection 60 at the transition between the front surface 24 and the jacket surface of each land 41A. The height of the projection is somewhat less than that of the depth of the recess 50.
Each projection 60 comprises a first free or end surface 61 perpendicularly connected to the jacket surface 41A, said surface 61 also perpendicularly connected to a second free surface 62, which in its turn forms an acute angle π with a first guiding surface 63. The surface 63 connects to a second guiding surface 64 oriented parallel to the rotational axis 22. The surface 64 connects to the front surface 24 via a radius 65. The surface 63 is oriented parallel to the surface 53 so as to face generally radially outwardly and longitudinally forwardly. As illustrated in
The smallest diameter of the front surface 24 is smaller than the largest diameter of the drill tip but larger than the smallest diameter of the drill tip. The projection 60 extends in a tangential direction from the chip flute 18A to about the midpoint of the circumferential tangential length G′ of the associated land 41A.
The stop surfaces 56 and 66, respectively, should be as far from the rotational axis as possible for best moment transfer, i.e. they are arranged diametrically opposed each other. The drill tip must be symmetrically formed in order to retain the tool's concentrically at varying strain, i.e. in order to keep the drill tip centered relative to the drill body. The projections 60 and the recesses 50 lie at a distance from and substantially rearwardly of the associated cutting edge 19 in the tool's rotational direction R.
Mounting of the drill tip 11 on the drill body 12 is done as follows. The drill tip 11 is brought in the axial direction towards the drill body 12, so that each projection 60 is received in the associated chip flute 18 and so that the support surface 16 abuts against the front surface 24 thereby bringing the generally dove-tail shaped projection of the drill tip 11 into mating engagement with the generally dovetail-shaped recess of drill body 12. Then, the drill tip is rotated in the direction R within an angle interval φ which is less than 360°, preferably less than 60°, relative to the drill body so that each projection 60 moves with a slide fit in the respective recess 50 until the stop surfaces 56 and 66 abut against each other. The drill tip 11 is now anchored in the drill body 12 in a satisfactory manner. Thus, the preformed spaces defined by the chip flutes 18 are used as the entrance and the exit of the bayonet coupling.
When the drill tip 11 must be replaced, the mounting procedure is reversed. The drill tip 11 then can be removed from the drill body 12 and be exchanged, preferably with the aid of a suitable key in engagement with the chip flutes on the drill tip. The key is preferably also used during mounting of the drill tip.
The surfaces which during the drilling operation must be in engagement are surfaces 53 and 63 as well as the support surface 16 and the front surface 24. The surfaces 53 and 63 cooperate to hold the drill tip such that it cannot loosen in the feed direction, for example during retraction of the tool. The surfaces 53 and 63 are preferably designed such that their cooperation results in some elastic deflection of the projection 60 due to the slide fit. A limited contact surface between surfaces 54 and 64 can be allowed, but this implies an increased moment at the radius 65. The drill tip is self-centering in the tool body, i.e. it moves such that its axis coincides with the rotational axis 22 if it has been displaced during the machining operation. The surface 55 will allow the radius 65 of the tool body to be relatively large. The surfaces 52 and 62 should not be in engagement with each other during the machining operation. That is realized by extending the surface 53 (see FIG. 6). The clearance surfaces 51 and 61 should not be in engagement with each other during the machining operation, and therefore a gap P is always present between them (see FIG. 6). The gap P is in the range of 0.1-1.0 mm. The support surface 16 will be pressed by the feed force against the front surface 24 during the machining operation, which means that the elastic deflection of the projection 60 tends to decrease somewhat, which however is counteracted because the projection 60 will be bent radially inwardly due to pressure on the front surface 24 from the feed force.
The invention is useable also for milling cutters. The drill tip is preferably coated with layers of, for example, Al2O3, TiN and/or TiCN. In certain cases, it can be well-founded to apply super hard material such as CBN or PCD on the cutting edges. Alternatively ceramic material can be used at injection molding of the drill tips.
Although the present invention has been described in connection with a preferred embodiment thereof, it will be appreciated by those skilled in the art that additions, modifications, substitutions and deletions not specifically described may be made without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention as defined by the appended claims.
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|U.S. Classification||408/1.00R, 408/144, 76/108.6, 408/231, 408/226, 408/230|
|International Classification||B23B51/02, B23B51/00|
|Cooperative Classification||Y10T408/9097, B23B2251/50, Y10T408/78, B23B2250/12, Y10T408/907, Y10T408/03, Y10T408/9098, B23B51/02, B23B2205/02, B23B2251/02, Y10T408/89, B23B2251/14|