Easy machining of lightweight wood-based panels

Pappelsperrholzplatte konventionell
Round opening in a poplar plywood processed by means of a carbide-tipped turnover knife cutter: The end grain layers (across the grain) in the plywood are raw, the longitudinal cut areas (along the grain) show an acceptable surface quality.

Pappelsperrholzplatte p-System
Opening in the same poplar plywood processed by means of a diamond-tipped LEUCO p-System tool. It can be seen and felt that all layers have a smooth and clean surface in spite of the difficult fibrous wood type poplar.



LEUCO p-System Schaftfräser


This completely new way of wood processing leads to a smooth cut obtaining highest cutting quality even in fibrous materials. Thanks to the diamond cutting edges the cutter reaches clearly increased edge lives compared to a carbide-tipped cutter.



"LEUCO p-System" solves a difficult technical application

It is not easy to machine lightweight plywood, or multiplex boards and obtain a good cutting quality as the described material has a fibrous structure which prevents a good surface quality. Now it has become possible thanks to the "LEUCO p-System" cutter.

Lightweight wood-based panels
Not only the sector of ready to assemble furniture requires lightweight construction but also in the case of wood-based panels such as plywood, multiplex or wood core plywood the trend is towards a low-weight version. Especially in aviation industry, wagon construction industry, caravan industry and even in shipbuilding industry panel weight is a decisive criterion.
In the case of these lightweight panels, the construction of the panel cannot be simply changed e.g. with honeycomb cardboard. Only by changing the used wood types the weight of the workpiece materials can be reduced.

Why is it problematic to process lightweight woods?
The boards are made of lightweight woods such as poplar, Ceiba etc. These wood types however, are very fibrous and the cutting of the fibres is difficult. The materials can be easily processed, however, it is not easy to obtain a smooth surface.

Why is the LEUCO p-System the ideal tool system?
Especially thanks to the LEUCO p-System fibres can be cut extremely well. This results in a good cutting quality not only along the grain but also across the grain. Thus, in wood-based panels such as plywood a clearly increased surface quality can be obtained already by milling as the critical cutting direction across the grain determines the cutting quality of these materials. The round opening on the pictures clearly shows the difference in quality. The p-System cut separates all layers cleanly, the turnover knife cut creates a raw surface in all layers across the grain.
Machining of solid wood with a diamond-tipped tool
In addition, we want to point out that the LEUCO p-System tool is a diamond tool with a much longer edge life than a carbide-tipped turnover knife tool. So far, the meaning was that such materials consisting of solid wood layers require the sharper cutting edge of tungsten carbide. 

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