Cutting tool material

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The type of material and any surface coating used in the cutting insert determine the ability of the tool to cut different workpieces.

The most common material types for inserts used in the cutting process or CHIP BREAKING PROCESS, are:

High Speed Steel (HSS)
CEMENTED CARBIDE
Cermet
Ceramics
Polycrystalline diamond
Polycrystalline Cubic Boron Nitride

Chip breaking
The way in which a chip breaks
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Inserts
Cutting inserts which are reversible to reveal a new cutting edge
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