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    Default Knurl Cutting Tool

    Hi, new here!

    I'm looking at making a knurl cutting tool for some oil caps I'm making in aluminium. I've based the design off of another diy tool I found on google
    cut_knurler_0.jpg

    Here's my design, I've incorporated a 25mmx25mm bar on the back so it can be mounted on the turret on our cnc lathe.

    knurl-cutting-tool-v7.jpg

    Now my main question is, what wheels do I need to produce a diamond knurl? I've been looking at some 15 degree 1mm pitch wheels from cutwel (I'm from the UK) Does it matter what wheel is mounted on top or bottom and what way they face as long as theyre opposite? As I've seen there's left hand and right hand wheels.

    As far as setting the wheels up, again I'm gong to use the same method from the other diy one I found, where you make effectively a protractor gauge that goes between the 2 wheels, and put a bit of small rod in the side of the round bar and line it up with whatever degree is needed, and then do the same but opposite for the other wheel.

    cut_knurler_adj.jpg

    I think I've covered all the topics I can think of so hopefully someone can shed some light if I'm on the right tracks or not!

    Sean

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    This may not be much help, But I have taken a commercial Zeus cut knurl and made a ne shank for it to use on a gang tool lathe. The knurls I use are straight(no angle). The Zeus head may have different geometry than your set up and that may make the difference. One thing on mine is the spacing between the knurls is changed for different OD work.
    Checked again the spacing between the shafts stays the same but the shafts are geared so they rotate at the same angle and that angle is what changes for different diameter of work.

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    I prefer scissor style knurls. There is no problems with deflection as one roller is on one side of the bar and the other roller is on the opposite side of the bar.Not so much of a problem in Aluminum, but harder materials they are the best. IMO

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    to get a diamond knurl you use straight wheels (at least I did). Here's one I made, did it as a build series in home shop machinist. I makes great knurls, single pass at speed. What makes this tool really nice to use the height adjustment and geared rotation of the arms....they can otherwise be a real pita get an even pattern with. Probably more than you were asking for, but that imo is what you want out of a cut knurling tool.






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    I built Michael's (McgGyver) design and can vouch for it. Only a slight mod for a QCTP so it added a dovetail and used the height adjust standard for tool posts. A good design and as usual, beautiful work.

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    Mcgyver

    Do you know what issue the knurler appeared in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MiniMadSean View Post
    I've based the design off of another diy tool I found on google
    cut_knurler_0.jpg
    Looks similar to what I use. Once the tool is on center to the work I find it easy to adjust the angle of the wheels. Set one then tweak in the other one.

    HARDINGE C30A KNURLING Tool H-388 - $149.99 | PicClick

    Quote Originally Posted by MiniMadSean View Post
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    Sometimes I insert a piece of tin between the tool shank and the allen screws to protect my pretty little tool.

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    5 Issues starting Mar/Apr 2010.

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    HARDINGE T8 5/8" Knurling Tool w/ 5/8" Shank H-396 - $149.99 | PicClick

    This Is what I use on Screw Machines. Just have to change the angle of the rolls to get whatever knurl you want.

    I even put a drill in it to drill and knurl in the same pass when needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbregn View Post
    I prefer scissor style knurls . . .

    Have you ever used a cut-knurl? Whole different concept, better result:
    Quote Originally Posted by Mcgyver View Post
    . . .it makes great knurls, single pass at speed. . .
    Check out the pictures in post #4.

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    This style will get you a straight knurl, which I prefer for better grip (old fingers). This is from a Guy Lautard design.
    imgw2172.jpg

    This is how I sharpened the cutting edge, I used whatever angled knurl I happened to have. Not sure this would stand up to CNC pushing out work but likely good enough for testing the concept.
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    Last edited by gerritv; 11-16-2019 at 12:54 PM. Reason: add another photo

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