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New YG-1 Fiberglass Routers Designed to Machine Composites Better, Faster

By YG-1 Press Release

YG-1 has launched four new solid-carbide fiberglass routers for CNC or hand routers to handle machining processes for fiberglass and other high-performance fibers. The new routers are optimized in composition, cutting angles, flute strength and stability for longer life and lower cost per part, according to the company. Four distinct cutting ends make these fiberglass/composites routers ideal for roughing, finishing, edge trimming, slotting, grooving, drilling or interpolation, achieving the same quality results on a CNC machining center or hand routing:

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  • Type I (NC end) – Mostly for side milling, roughing or finishing passes for high-quality finish
  • Type II (burr end) – Excellent for plunging without damaging side flutes
  • Type III (mill end) – Best for surface milling molds or grooving with surface finish requirements
  • Type IV (drill end) – Use as a router and a drill; very good for interpolation to achieve final hole diameter or slotting with a corner radius

More applications include machining in carbon fiber, Kevlar and other aramid blends, natural fiber-based composites and thermoset resin/thermoplastic blends.

According to YG-1, these router designs resolve the challenges of machining composites and stacked materials so shops and production facilities can help customers maximize the cost and weight reductions and other benefits of composites use.

YG-1 CFRP routers are made with solid carbide and feature special CVD coating for cost and time savings.YG-1 engineering teams developed the double-angle point geometry specifically to counteract or eliminate the machining problems typically encountered with CFRP characteristics. YG-1 CVD coating increases abrasion resistance from the fibrous materials and extends tool life by factor of five to 10, at minimum, according to the company.

Combined with guidance margins and open flutes, these specialized routers also drill holes with no dust jams or pressure overload. Suited to manual hole-making, countersinks and counterbores, hand drilling reduces delamination and fiber pullout and increases opportunities for dust-free drilling, improving operator comfort, health and safety, according to YG-1.

Fiberglass/composite routers are available in a range of sizes, including market standards and specials designed for unique applications.

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