Measurement of force during cutting to develop and assess tools and materials

Constantly escalating demands for ever more complex geometries and increasing material hardness make process design more and more challenging. Monitoring the cutting force is an efficient way of checking and optimizing the quality and cost-effectiveness of the process design. Kistler's cutting force sensors can be used to measure the cutting forces and torques arising in the process itself. The piezoelectric technology on which all Kistler dynamometers are based enables highly dynamic measurements such that the forces can be broken down to the level where it is possible to see the engagement of every single tool edge.

Kistler applications during the measurement of cutting force for the development and assessment of tools and materials

  • Optimization of tools and clamping devices under real world conditions
  • Evaluation of coolants
  • Determining the ease with which materials can be cut
  • Verifying simulations and process models
  • Establishing unique product features

Benefits of piezoelectric measurement technology

  • The high rigidity and natural frequencies make it possible to identify of the engagement of individual cutting edges
  • Measurement of 3 force directions and torque
  • Measuring range extends from micro and heavy duty machining
  • Robust and coolant-resistant (IP67)
  • Easy to integrate and handle thanks to compact design
  • Exceptionally durable


  • Turning, milling, drilling, sawing, tapping, broaching, hobbing and much more
  • Grinding, honing, polishing and much more




Janet Loss
Sales Representative
Janet Loss

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