» Mission

The aims of the center for ACTT are to enable member companies:

  • To use not only private resources but also federal and state support to fund high risk technologies
  • To utilize leading research universities as their reliable and cost-effective R&D wings
  • To achieve more technology deliverables with less research investment through financial leveraging
  • To develop human resources early by tapping into the pools of the best and brightest minds among university students
  • To team up with technology and market partners in a non-competitive environment

The Advanced Cutting Tool Technology Center strives to:

  • Provide a consortium of manufacturing and cutting tool industries to address new challenges.
  • Improve existing machining processes with better cutting tools, (better coolants, alloys, & machines)
  • Develop new innovative processes such as Minimum Quantity Lubrication (MQL) & Dry machining with advanced cutting tools.
  • Develop the technologies necessary to select optimum tool and to design and process advanced cutting tools
  • Conduct projects in collaboration with industry and transfer the results to the member companies.
  • Train future engineers with the fundamentals and practice of metal cutting science and technology
  • Help members to find an optimum machining strategy
  • Understand the causes of wear in order to improve machining operations
  • Provide the technologies that will enable industry to deal with new
    trends (e.g. new work materials such as titanium alloys and new cutting
    tool coatings
  • Act as a consortium where issues affecting the cutting tool and
    machining industries can be openly discussed and effective solutions
    can be determined.
  • Develop advanced cutting tools & provide experimental trials of new cutting tools
  • Promote knowledge sharing and development cost sharing
  • Offer collaborative R&D projects (group sponsored projects)
  • Improve competitiveness of U.S. industry with high-tech solutions

Motivation for ACTT Center:

  • Lack of Fundamental Knowledge
    • Complex phenomenon affected by many factors (Work material, Tools, Machine tool, Cutting Conditions)
    • Wear Mechanisms
  • Applications
    • As ‘simple' as, right tools by sharing experiences
    • Process development by sharing experiences
    • Customized Tooling
  • Development of Advanced Cutting Tools
    • New alloys and materials
    • New Processes - Minimum Quantity Lubrication (MQL) and Dry Machining
    • Design & Fabrication of Advanced Cutting Tools such new coatings and Multi-layer cutting tools
    • Rotary tools