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Insert Specifications
   Application:       
   Your choices are...         
   Boring       Designed for use in boring, the machining of an internal diameter in the workpiece. 
   Construction       Inserts for tools involved in construction and civil engineering applications such as milling of concrete or asphalt. 
   Cutoff / Parting       Insert for cut-off or parting applications on a lathe. 
   Drilling       Designed for use in drilling operations, typically with good thrust capacity in addition to radial load rating. 
   Grooving       Inserts for cutting a groove into shafts or other workpieces.  They may be square-edged, radiused, or of many other configurations. 
   Hobbing       Cutting of gear tooth profiles. 
   Milling       Designed for use with milling cutters; can include a wide variety of machining operations and tools. 
   Mining       Insert designed for mining and rock cutting of granite, marble, etc., and for general use in mining drilling operations. 
   Sawing       Inserts for saw blades, including rotary and reciprocating. 
   Shearing / Cutting       Inserts for knives or blades that shear, cut, perforate, etc. 
   Tapping       Designed specifically for use with taps to create internal threads. 
   Threading       Creating or chasing external threads on a cylindrical workpiece.  They are frequently used on lathes or turning centers. 
   Turning       Used in horizontal or vertical lathes and turning centers. 
   Brake Rotor Turning       Turning inserts specifically designed for turning and resurfacing of automotive brake rotors. 
   Other       Other unlisted or specialized application. 
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Geometry Specifications
   Geometry:       
   Your choices are...         
   Circular       Round or circular inserts are used in applications such as button mills or in radius groove turning.  Some types are adjustable to employ unused edge portions once part of the edge is worn. 
   Diamond       Four-sided insert with two acute angles used for material removal. 
   Triangle       Inserts with a triangular shape; three equal sides and three tips with included angles of 60°. 
   Trigon       Three-cornered insert resembling a triangle, but with a modified triangular shape, such as bowed sides or intermediate angles on the sides, to allow for higher included angles at the tips. 
   Square       Cutting tips are square with four equal sides. 
   Rectangular       Four sides, two of which are longer than the other two.  These inserts are often used for grooving, etc., where the short sides contain the actual cutting edge. 
   Rhombic / Parallelogram       Four-sided, with an angle on the sides for cutting point clearance. 
   Pentagon       Insert with five equal sides and angles. 
   Hex       Six equal sides. 
   Octagon       Eight-sided insert, typically indexable. 
   Ball Nose Mill       Inserts with a hemispheric "ball nose" whose radius is one half of the cutter diameter; useful for machining female semicircles, grooves or radii. 
   Radius Tip Mill       Straight inserts with ground radius on tips, typically for use on milling cutters. 
   Chamfer Tip Mill       Insert side or ends contain an angled section on tip to produce an angled cut or a chamfered edge on the workpiece.  Typically attached to milling cutter holders. 
   Dogbone       Two-edged insert with a narrow mounting center and, as the name implies, a broader cutting feature on both ends.  Often used for grooving.   
   Other       Other unlisted or specialized tip geometry. 
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   Tip Included Angle       
   Your choices are...         
   35°         
   50°         
   55°         
   60°         
   75°         
   80°         
   85°         
   90°         
   108°       Typical for pentagon inserts. 
   120°       Typical for hexagonal inserts. 
   135°       Typical for octagonal inserts. 
   Other       Other unlisted tip angle. 
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   I.C. (Inscribed Circle):       Insert size is generally categorized by the Inscribed Circle (I.C.), or the diameter of the circle that fits entirely within the insert geometry.  This is used for most indexable inserts, except for rectangular and some parallelogram inserts, where length and width are used. 
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   Thickness:         
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   Radius (if applicable):       Dimension of the radius on the cutter tips, if applicable. 
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   Chamfer Angle (if applicable):       Angle of cutter or of chamfer on cutting tip, if present. 
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   Features       
   Your choices are...         
   Unground       Insert blank or semi-finished blank where the final radius, rake and relief angles, etc., have not been ground. 
   Indexable       Insert may be indexed or turned to present a fresh cutting edge after one is worn.  Indexable inserts can typically be indexed without removing the tool holder. 
   Chipbreaker       Notches, grooves, or other edge or surface geometry to facilitate cutting chip clearance and removal. 
   Dished       Insert face is "dished," or has a recessed or radiused face.  This can allow for higher rake angles. 
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   Insert Attachment       
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   Screw-on       Insert has a hole for screw attachment to the tool holder. 
   No Hole       No center hole for screw attachment.  The insert is attached via clamping, brazing, etc. 
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Material & Coating
   Insert Material       
   Your choices are...         
   Carbide       Carbide grades are much harder than high-speed steel, and therefore last longer and wear less.  Several coatings are available to lengthen cutter life. 
   Micrograin Carbide       Micrograin carbide exhibits a small grain size that enables grinding to a very fine edge; often used for finish cutting where surface finish is a consideration. 
   CBN       Cubic Boron Nitride (CBN) is a synthetic abrasive.  It is used in grinding wheels and as a tool material with very good abrasion resistance. 
   Ceramic       Many grades of ceramic are used in the manufacture of cutting tools; ceramic grades are characterized by good wear and abrasion resistance, nonconductivity, and good thermal properties. 
   Cermet       Ceramic - metal composite in which ceramic powder in bonded with metal.  Good thermal characteristics prevent the work or chips from bonding to the insert surface. 
   Cobalt       Cobalt steel tools are somewhat harder than high-speed steel and are often used for milling stainless steel and other alloys. 
   Diamond / PCD       Industrial diamond grades such as polycrystalline diamond (PCD) are used for very long life, and sometimes for special applications such as very high-speed cutting. 
   High Speed Steel       Cost-efficient cutter material, used for general application metal machining. 
   Silicon Nitride       Ceramic grade noted for its good shock resistance and thermal characteristics.  It is often used for roughing operations, and other process such as scale removal, interrupted cutting, etc. 
   Other       Other unlisted or specialized cutter material. 
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   Coating       
   Your choices are...         
   None       Uncoated cutting edges. 
   TiN       Titanium Nitride.  Widely used general-purpose tool coating, used in most cutting operations.  Good adhesion and low friction; typically pale gold in color. 
   TiCN       Titanium Carbonitride.  Good hardness and smoothness, often used on drills and reamers for castings and nonferrous materials.  Often bluish gray in color. 
   TiAlN       Titanium Aluminum Nitride.  This coating actually forms an oxide-like layer on the tool substrate.  Typically used in high-speed or high heat dry-cutting operations; bronze in appearance. 
   AlTiN       Aluminum Titanium Nitride.  Variation of TiAlN with increased hardness and abrasion resistance.  Dark gray or black in color. 
   Al2O3       Aluminum Oxide.  Applications include high-speed cutting or turning of abrasive materials such as ductile irons.  Also used as an additive for other coatings, due to its abrasion and temperature resistance.  Depending on its grade, it can range from gold to black in appearance. 
   CrN       Chromium Nitride.  Good corrosion and oxidation resistance.  Used for plastics processing and cutting.  Low friction also makes it useful for drawing, forming, and extruding tools. 
   ZrN       Zirconium Nitride.  Typically used on nonferrous materials such as aluminum, brass, nickel alloys, plastics, etc., but can have applications for some iron and stainless steel grades.  Good abrasion resistance and lubricity; pale gold in appearance. 
   Diamond / DLC       Thin diamond films are applied to cutters to increase life and abrasion resistance.  Synthetic coatings similar to diamond films are sometimes referred to as diamond-like coatings (DLC). 
   Other       Other unlisted, specialized, or proprietary coating. 
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