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COLUMN BY | NOEL ARCHIE

choosing router bits for cladding materials
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B UY AMERICAN

S U P P LY C H A I N

A LFAB INC.

Cladding, the application of a non-loadbearing "skin" to the outside of a building, is intended to
enhance the aesthetic appeal or, in some cases, to offer further protection from the elements. Today, there is a growing trend for buildings in industrial zones, apartment complexes, office towers,
commercial properties and even residential housing units to employ panels, facades and other
features to augment the attractiveness of the property. While the decorative trim may have started with an architect's design, followed by the building owner's approval, the manifestation of the
vision is often produced from materials cut by a CNC router.

L EGAL

T OOLS

K AYS ENGINEERING

All the Difference

Since a variety of materials are being
used for decorative trim, it is important to know what technology to use
when manufacturing cladding pieces.
Using the right tools minimizes the
likelihood for flaws to be created on
the routed (or knife cut) piece, even
at the very edges. Those flaws can be
magnified when a cladding panel is
hoisted above a retail shop door or
attached to the side of an office building. That means unhappy clients, remakes and scrap, and that's not good
for business.

Variables in tool selection
As with any other CNC router application, selecting the best tool
and programming it, using the optimum parameters available, is crucial
when cutting cladding materials. To
achieve maximum success, follow
these guidelines:
	 1.		Tooling	 considerations	 - Aluminum composites are often ideal with v-groove tools that allow
for the cladding piece to be folded on edges slightly larger than
the dimensions called for. They
are then finished by an extrusion
process to insure a cleaner end
product. Profile tools will differ
based on the material to be cut.
The one used for cutting compos14

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