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Tool Bits & Material Use

Tool Bits - Types and Material Uses


Our Solid Carbide Engraving Tools, End Mills, and Cutting Tool Bits are made from a Premium, Ultra Fine, Nano Grade, Solid Carbide for maximum tool strength and durability. 

We design and test our tools on many materials and manufacture in house to ensure we produce the finest cutters available.

The type of tool bit used and the material you are engraving or cutting will affect your end result. 

Our list below indicates the materials our cutters are frequently used on and is based on our testing and customer feedback. 

As the end result is strongly influenced by several factors you may need to try a few different tool styles or sizes to determine which fits your application best.

Tool Bits & Materials
Engraving Tools, Cutting Tools & End Mills

Materials For Engraving
Commonly Used
Engraving Tools
For Cutting/Machining
Commonly Used
End Mills/Cutting Tools

ALUMINUM

  • 2024 Aluminum
  • 6061 Aluminum
  • 7075 Aluminum
  • Aluminum - General
  1. Tough Tip Engraving Tool ® for Aluminum*
  2. Standard Conical for Softer Materials
  3. Conical Ballnose (single flute)
  4. 2 Flute Conical Ballnose
  5. Profiler for Softer Materials (for very small/fine engraving)
  1. Aluminum Cutting End Mills
  2. Multi-Purpose End Mills
  3. Chamfering Tools
  4. Spot Drills

ALUMINUM - ANODIZED

  1. Standard Conical for Softer Materials
  2. Tough Tip Engraving Tool for Aluminum*
  3. Conical Ballnose (single flute)
  4. 2 Flute Conical Ballnose
  5. Burnishing
  6. Profiler for Softer Materials (for very small/fine engraving)
  7. Diamond Tip (for very small/fine engraving)
  8. Carbide Point (for very small/fine engraving)
  1. Aluminum Cutting End Mills
  2. Multi-Purpose End Mills
  3. Chamfering Tools
  4. Spot Drills

ALUMINUM - HARD COAT ANODIZED

  1. Standard Conical for Softer Materials
  2. Tough Tip Engraving Tool for Aluminum*
  3. Conical Ballnose (single flute)
  4. 2 Flute Conical Ballnose
  5. Profiler for Softer Materials (for very small/fine engraving)
  6. Diamond Tip (for very small/fine engraving)
  7. Carbide Point (for very small/fine engraving)

For Hard Coat Anodized Aluminum try using a 90 degree included angle, with a .015" tip and larger.

  1. Aluminum Cutting End Mills
  2. Multi-Purpose End Mills
  3. Chamfering Tools
  4. Spot Drills

STEELS

 
  • 1018 - Low Carbon Steel
  • 1045 - Medium Carbon Steel
  • 4140 High Strength Steel
  • A36 Tool Steel
  • Carbon Steel
  • Cold Rolled Steel
  • Gun Steel
  • Nitinol Steel
  • P-20 Tool Steel
  • Tool Steel
  1. Tough Tip Engraving Tool ®*
  2. Standard Conical - General Purpose for Harder Materials
  3. Conical Ballnose (single flute)
  4. 2 Flute Conical Ballnose
  5. Quarter Round for General Purpose
  6. 2D Data Matrix Tools (for very small/fine engraving)
  7. Carbide Point (for very small/fine engraving)
  8. Profiler for General Purpose (for very small/fine engraving)
  1. Multi-Purpose End Mills
  2. Chamfering Tools
  3. Spot Drills

 

STAINLESS STEEL

  • 17-4 Stainless Steel
  • 303 Stainless Steel
  • 304 Stainless Steel
  • 316 Stainless Steel
  1. Tough Tip Engraving Tool*
  2. Standard Conical - General Purpose for Harder Materials
  3. Conical Ballnose (single flute)
  4. 2 Flute Conical Ballnose
  5. Quarter Round for General Purpose
  6. 2D Data Matrix Tools (for very small/fine engraving)
  7. Carbide Point (for very small/fine engraving)
  8. Diamond Tip (for very small/fine engraving)
  1. Multi-Purpose End Mills
  2. Chamfering Tools
  3. Spot Drills

 

PAINTED METALS / PRONE TO CHIPPING

  1. 2D Data Matrix Tools (for very small/fine engraving)
  2. Standard Conical for Softer Materials
  3. Carbide Point (for very small/fine engraving)
  4. Diamond Tip (for very small/fine engraving)

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OTHER HARD METALS

  • Hastelloy
  • Inconel
  1. Tough Tip Engraving Tool*
  2. Standard Conical - General Purpose for Harder Materials
  3. Conical Ballnose (single flute)
  4. 2 Flute Conical Ballnose
  1. Multi-Purpose End Mills
  2. Armor Mill™
  3. Chamfering Tools
  4. Spot Drills

ARMOR / ARMOR PLATE

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  1. Armor Mill™
  2. Armor Drill
  3. Multi-Purpose End Mills
  4. Chamfering Tools

SOFTER/GUMMY METALS

  • Brass
  • Bronze
  • Copper
  • Titanium
  1. Standard Conical for Softer Materials
  2. Tough Tip Engraving Tool for Aluminum*
  3. Conical Ballnose (single flute)
  4. 2 Flute Conical Ballnose
  5. Quarter Round for Softer Materials
  6. Profiler for Softer Materials (for very small/fine engraving)
  7. Diamond Tip (for very small/fine engraving)
  1. Aluminum Cutting End Mills
  2. Multi-Purpose End Mills
  3. Chamfering Tools
  4. Spot Drills

 

STONE, ETC.

  • Granite
  • Marble
  • Stone
  • Brick
  1. Tough Tip Engraving Tool*
  2. Standard Conical - General Purpose for Harder Materials
  1. Armor Mill™
  2. Armor Drill

ACRYLIC

  • Acrylic 3D/Reverse Engraving
  1. Conical Ballnose
  2. Standard Conical for Softer Materials
  3. 2 Flute Conical Ballnose
  4. Quarter Round for Softer Materials
  5. Profiler for Softer Materials (for very small/fine engraving)
  1. Plastic and Wood Cutting End Mills
  2. Downcut End Mills for Plastic and Wood

PLASTICS

  • Engraving Plates
  • HDPE
  • Nylon
  • Plastic - General
  • Polycarbonate
  1. Standard Conical for Softer Materials
  2. Conical Ballnose (single flute)
  3. Tough Tip Engraving Tool for Aluminum*
  4. 2 Flute Conical Ballnose
  5. Quarter Round for Softer Materials
  6. Profiler for Softer Materials (for very small/fine engraving)
  1. Plastic and Wood Cutting End Mills
  2. Downcut End Mills for Plastic and Wood
  3. Chamfering Tools
  4. Spot Drills

COMPOSITES

  • Carbon Fiber
  • Epoxy Composite
  • Glass Filled Fiber
  • Graphite
  • Honeycomb Materials
  • Modern Composite/Laminates
  • PC Boards
  • Wood Composite
  1. Composite Tool
  2. 2D Data Matrix Tools (for very small/fine engraving)
  3. Tough Tip Engraving Tool*
  1. Multi-Purpose End Mills
  2. Chamfering Tools
  3. Spot Drills

 

GLASS

  1. Diamond Tip (for very small/fine engraving)
  2. Carbide Point (for very small/fine engraving)
  3. 2D Data Matrix Tools (for very small/fine engraving)
  4. Tough Tip Engraving Tool*

 

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JEWELRY APPLICATIONS

  • Gold
  • Jewelry
  • Silver
  • Wax
  1. Profiler for Softer Materials (for very small/fine engraving)
  2. Standard Conical for Softer Materials
  3. Conical Ballnose (single flute)
  4. 2D Data Matrix Tools (for very small/fine engraving)
  5. Diamond Tip (for very small/fine engraving)
  6. Pyramid
  1. Plastic and Wood Cutting End Mills

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Corian
  • Woods - Various
  1. Standard Conical - General Purpose for Harder Materials
  2. Profiler for General Purpose (for very small/fine engraving)
  1. Plastic and Wood Cutting End Mills
  2. Downcut End Mills for Plastic and Wood
  3. Chamfering Tools
  4. Spot Drills

* The Tough Tip Engraving Tools™ are covered by U.S. Patent 8,021,085.

 

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