An aggregate tool is a combination of a gear box and a right angle adapter.  Aggregate tools allow us to drill or cut from the side of a part instead of just from the top on a typical 3 axis machine.

 Here is an an example of an aggregate tool.  The top of the tool attaches to the spindle and turns at a speed of 10,000 rpm.  Different drills or cutting tools can be attached to the collets at either end.

Here is an an example of an aggregate tool.  The top of the tool attaches to the spindle and turns at a speed of 10,000 rpm.  Different drills or cutting tools can be attached to the collets at either end.

 This is a saw blade attached to the aggregate head mounted to the spindle of the machine.  The machine is about to cut a part for a customer made from aluminum extrusion.  The extrusion is mounted in a custom fixture on our C-axis router.

This is a saw blade attached to the aggregate head mounted to the spindle of the machine.  The machine is about to cut a part for a customer made from aluminum extrusion.  The extrusion is mounted in a custom fixture on our C-axis router.

 Here is the finished angle cut on the end of the extrusion.  Conventional tools would have to be very long to make a cut like this from the top plane and would not have the great finish and accuracy that the aggregate saw tool has. 

Here is the finished angle cut on the end of the extrusion.  Conventional tools would have to be very long to make a cut like this from the top plane and would not have the great finish and accuracy that the aggregate saw tool has.