• Leaders in Custom Manufacturing of diamond-tipped cutting tools
    Leaders in Custom Manufacturing of
    diamond-tipped cutting tools
  • Leaders in Custom Manufacturing of diamond-tipped cutting tools
    Leaders in Custom Manufacturing of
    diamond-tipped cutting tools
  • Leaders in Custom Manufacturing of diamond-tipped cutting tools
    Leaders in Custom Manufacturing of
    diamond-tipped cutting tools
  • Expertise
  • Advantage
  • History
  • Clients
  • Services
  • STF Precision is a leading manufacturer of diamond-tipped cutting tools, including polycrystalline diamond tools (PCD) and single-crystal diamond tools (SCD).
    We excel at manufacturing high-tolerance specials and hard-to-produce cutting tools.
    STF Precision has the equipment and experience to design, manufacture and regrind tooling for a wide variety of applications, including:
    • Turning
    • Boring
    • Grooving
    • Profiling
    Face-milling difficult-to-machine material such as:
    • High-silicon aluminum
    • Composites
    • Carbon-fiber
    • Plastics
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  • Exceptional Quality
    Because STF Precision only manufactures cutting tools tipped with diamond, we have acquired extensive knowledge of the behavior of diamond cutting tools, especially under very specific machining conditions. Since our expertise is so focused, we have the exceptional ability to:

    Select the precise diamond to use under different machining parameters such as:
    • Orient the planes of a single crystal diamond to achieve maximum edge life
    • Provide the precise grade of diamond that will produce the surface finish you require
      • Feed
      • Speed
      • Depth of cut
    Rapid Response
    We have created a unique position in our industry with our ability to react quickly and to supply custom diamond tooling weeks ahead of our competition. As a small, family-owned business, our process is efficient and our reaction time is fast. Our simple structure, internal flexibility and collaborative teamwork all contribute to our business agility.
    Exceptional Staff
    Each member of the staff at STF, from the individual craftsman in our manufacturing facility to the salesperson on the road, strives to be a leader in every aspect of their work. Our team of experts is exceptionally knowledgeable, highly integrated, supportive and focused on providing the optimal solution for our client needs. We can confidently guide our customers to the precise level of machining that minimizes tool changes and maximizes savings.
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  • A Family-Owned Business

    STF Precision Technologies & Tools, Inc. began operations in March 1992, when Ted Ford purchased Norton Company’s High Precision Diamond Product Line. As part of the purchase he acquired an extensive inventory of custom-built diamond lapping and grinding machines as well as an established customer base. Prior to the purchase, Mr. Ford had spent 20 years at Norton and was a recognized expert in diamond tooling. His expertise was evident as he successfully guided the growth of the company from 1992 to 2001.

    In June 2001, leadership of the company was passed to his son, Jason Ford, who became co-owner and President, and to his son-in-law, David Novak, who was named Vice-President. In addition, the trade name of the organization was changed to STF Precision.

    In January 2005, STF built and moved into a new, 15,000 SF production facility at 76 Old Shoals Road. Continued growth demanded another expansion in 2015, and STF began construction of an additional 40,000 SF facility. The new headquarters were opened in 2015, where STF’s 75+ craftsmen continue to produce quality diamond tooling for national and international customers.

    State of the Art Facility

    STF’s headquarters is a 50,000 square foot space that was designed and built specifically for our diamond tooling production. From the initial design we tried to take into account everything that would set us apart as a start of the art manufacturing facility.

    To maintain micron measurement consistency, and to allow for the cleanest and safest environment for our employees, the facility was designed with superior air quality in mind. Specially modified Trane (www.trane.com ) air handlers provide over 100 tons of conditioned air distributed throughout the shop by a DuctSox Textile Air Dispersion system (ductsox.com). Redundant Donaldson-Torit air scrubbers inside the facility further clean and recirculate inside air while dual 30 foot diameter overhead fans maintain constant air movement at 4 MPH.

    All interior and exterior doors are RFID and keypad controlled, and all CNC grinders and equipment are are monitored 24 hours a day 7 days a week by a 48 camera HD surveillance system. Production schedules, Key Performance Indicators, Safety Data and other relevant information are displayed and updated in real time on 40 inch LED TV monitors throughout the facility.

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  • BROAD CUSTOMER BASE
    The clients who use parts machined by STF come from a wide range of industries:

     

    • Clients Apple
    • Clients Boeing
    • Clients Bombardier
    • Clients Federalmogul
    • Clients Ford
    • Clients Gm
    • Clients Hitachi
    • Clients Honda
    • Clients Mercedes
    • Clients Nasa
    • Clients Toyota
  • Speed Is One Of Our Unique Advantages


    STF is large enough to design and tool up an entire production line, yet small enough to do it quickly. Our exceptional staff and efficient internal structure allow us to consistently turn projects around ahead of our competition.

    Tool Fabrication
    Our in-house engineering and CAD systems can design your tool “from scratch”. Once you approve your tool print, the STF full service in-house machine shop can produce a final product in four weeks or less.

    Tool Refurbishing
    We have capabilities to regrind nearly every type of PCD, CBN or SCD tool. The tools can be shimmed*, reground** or retipped with a new piece of diamond to new tool dimensions.

    Unique Tooling Programs
    STF offers two uniques programs:
    1. The Relap/replace Program
    2. The One Price Program: pay one price wheather we must regrind, re-type or completely replace a tool.

    Rapid Turnaround
    STF employs two shifts daily to turn orders around faster than our competition. New tools are usually shipped within four weeks and regrinds within two weeks. Expedited delivery is available for a nominal fee, and if necessary, we can courier tools to your plant to keep your lines running.

    * The diamond is reheated, pushed out on the shank and ground to a new tool dimension.
    ** The tool is ground sharp to a smaller precision.

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PRODUCTS

AUTOMOTIVE WHEEL TOOLS

AUTOMOTIVE WHEEL TOOLS

CARBIDE ROUND TOOLS

CARBIDE ROUND TOOLS

CBN TOOLS

CBN TOOLS

INTEGRAL BODY MONOBLOCK TOOLS

INTEGRAL BODY MONOBLOCK TOOLS

PCD TURNING TOOLS

PCD TURNING TOOLS

POLYCRYSTALLINE DIAMOND TOOLS

POLYCRYSTALLINE DIAMOND TOOLS

ROTARY PCD & SCD TOOLS

ROTARY PCD & SCD TOOLS

SINGLE CRYSTALLINE DIAMOND TOOLS

SINGLE CRYSTALLINE DIAMOND TOOLS

Applications

  • AUTOMOTIVE

    STF has the capability to supply entire automotive tooling packages, from part print to production. Because our tooling engineers are so highly specialized in PCD tools, they are extremely experienced and knowledgeable regarding all aspects of these tools. STF has a large network of very satisfied automotive engineers who rely on STF for timely delivery of custom PCD tooling. In addition to timely delivery, STF excels in supporting these customers by:

    • Understanding their needs
    • Providing complete solutions that meet these needs
    • Responding quickly
    • Saving money

    Our staff is dedicated to maintaining the highest standard of support and service for all of our customers. Experience the difference we can make by calling us for your next tooling order (800-798-3686).

  • AEROSPACE

    Because of its unique properties, diamond has been increasing in popularity as the cutting tool material of choice in the aerospace industry. PCD (polycrystalline diamond) tipped drills, countersinks and routers offer several significant advantages over carbide:

    • PCD tools are cost effective. Savings can be significant because these tools can be reground multiple times and can be resharpened at a fraction of the cost of a new tool.
    • STF Precision has state of the art 6 axis grinding and erosion machines that produce drills and routers with a true uninterrupted helix from the carbide all the way through the diamond tip.
    • The technology of producing PCD tooling has evolved and resulted in competitive pricing and broader usage of these tools.
  • OPTICS

    STF Precision has developed a full line of diamond tools for the contact lens and intra-ocular lens (IOC) markets. The benefits of our products are:

    • Our insert and shank style tools are available in both natural and synthetic diamonds
    • We can control waviness to ½ micron or less, hold angles to +/- 2 minutes and generate radii from 10 microns to 4000 microns
    • Tools are inspected at 750X magnification, and pictures can be provided at our customers’ request.
  • CUSTOM HI-TECH

    STF continues to keep pace with the rapid advances in technology and supply innovative companies with the tools they need to maintain their competitive edge. These diamond tools include tolerances that split microns and sharpness that passes inspection at 10,000X magnification. STF has a history of meeting all challenges in tooling and always finding a solution for their customers’ tooling needs.

  • ROTOGRAVURE

    STF Precision manufactures a full line of diamond tooling for the Rotogravure industry. This includes the following:

    • Engraving stylus: includes angles ranging from 50° to 150° for all Deatwyler engraving heads and HelioKlipsograph engraving heads
    • Burrcutters and Slideshoes: Natural diamond wear parts to enhance the function of the stylus for both the Deatwyler and Helio machines
    • PCD tools: Regardless of the machine used to prep cylinders for the engraving process, STF make a PCD tool that will give the finish needed for this exact process

    Our Gravure products are distributed in the U.S., Europe and the Orient through Precision Products. For more information, contact:
    Vince Braswell
    800-214-5164
    www.precision-products.com

Resources

  • LITERATURE

    STF has a number of resources available online. Please download any of our product flyers and articles, or call 800-798-3686 for additional information.

  • ONLINE INVENTORY SYSTEM

    STF offers an online service that maintains an inventory of all of your diamond tools. The advantages of our system are:

    1. It is real time
    2. All tools are indexed by number, type and print
    3. Responding quickly
    4. Specific product information is maintained:
      1. Relap date
      2. Radius size after relap
      3. Diamond height after relap
      4. STF craftsmen’s notes
      5. Number of parts run by you
      6. Notes from your technician
    5. SECURE/password protected
    6. Available online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
    7. Updated immediately in real time

    Click here to access our online inventory system where tool statistics such as number of relaps and wear patterns can be reviewed.

    Call us today for additional information and to create a FREE account!

Quality

  • QUALITY POLICY

    To design, produce and refurbish cutting tools used to machine all materials in a wide variety of industries and applications. We are trusted providers to the automotive industry with a growing presence in the aerospace and medical industries, with our objectives of on time delivery, fair and accurate pricing and zero defects. We are committed to the satisfaction of our customers and our end users and all applicable regulations. We have a corporate commitment to continuously improve in our quality and our processes.

  • PURPOSE & SCOPE

    To design, produce and refurbish cutting tools used to machine all materials in a wide variety of industries and applications.

  • STRATEGIC DIRECTION

    We are trusted providers to the automotive industry with a growing presence in the aerospace and medical industries.

STF PRECISION
75 Old Shoals Road
Arden, North Carolina 28704

800.798.3686

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