Tools for modern lightweight materials

Fibre-reinforced plastics, titanium, aluminum, nickel-based alloys, CFRP-metal multilayer composites, aramide, honeycomb, plastics

More and more applications are making use of lightweight materials

Where weight reduction with consistent stability plays a major role, modern materials are capturing ever more applications. Products of lightweight design, particularly those made of fi bre composite materials and multimaterial systems (CFRP-metal multilayer composites), are also becoming increasing common in the automotive sector, as they spread from their origins in the aerospace industry. Here lightweight design is also playing a crucial role in the introduction of electric mobility. Lightweight materials have in the meantime become established in wind energy converters and are increasingly common in machine tools, industrial robots and the consumer sector. In intensive collaboration with our customers, for example from the aerospace sector, MAPAL has created a comprehensive range of tools for the reliable machining of modern materials. 

The basics for machining modern lightweight materials:

  • During tool design the focus is on the avoidance of delamination, formation of burrs or fibre projections on the part. 
  • PCD-tipped inserts or special diamond coatings on solid carbide tools provide long tool lives even with extremely abrasive materials. 
  • The MAPAL range includes tools for drilling, milling and reaming CFRP, GFRP, titanium, aramide, soft foam, plastics and CFRP-metal multilayer composites (stacks). 

Jens Ilg

Tel.: +49 73 61 / 5 85 - 14 60

E-mail: jens.ilg(at) 

Modern lightweight materials

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