The Widia TDMX Modular X drilling line is the ultimate choice for demanding drilling applications and the new MS geometry delivers stable modular drilling for general engineering and energy applications on steel and stainless steel.

The new MS geometry insert for the Widia brand’s best-selling TOP DRILL Modular X (TDMX) drill now sees the TDMX platform offer three material-specific inserts. This addition to the line-up broadens the platform’s application capabilities to include inclined entry and exit, stacked plates and cross-hole drilling in steel, stainless steel, superalloys and cast iron.

“The launch of the MS geometry insert for our TDMX portfolio gives customers a versatile tool for multiple workpiece materials and applications,” said Ashokkumar D, WIDIA global portfolio manager.

“This new MS geometry is designed to perform in different types of stainless steels and superalloys, making it an ideal choice for customers looking for excellent stability and reliability in general engineering operations.”

In a recent customer test, the TDMX body, paired with the new MS geometry insert, achieved a 60% increase in tool life when trialled against competing solutions while machining a 13-8 Hyper Chrome 110 KSI workpiece material at 3XD with a cutting speed of 75m/min. The drill has an ‘X’-shaped pocket and a tapered seat that combine to provide stability in challenging applications.

Added to the stability is an ease-of-use with the new design making it easy to change the insert without disassembling the body from the holder. These key design features reduce unstable cutting conditions experienced with other drills. The TOP DRILL Modular X (TDMX) also achieves higher penetration rates and it reduces overall machine set up times and costs.

All three inserts can be reground to extend the life of the tool. The TDMX is available in both imperial and metric sizes in 1.5xD, 3xD, 5xD, 8xD and 12xD with a diameter that ranges from 16 to 40mm. Orders for the TDMX and MS geometry insert as well as other WIDIA metal cutting tooling can be placed through the drilling experts at ITC.