I have an upcoming job that requires 1" thick Paperstone for the tops. My understanding is that it can be cut/routed like solid surface. Does anyone have any experience with the product or tooling suggestions? I want to cut the 5 x 12 sheets on our CNC. I have read about "O" Flute bits for solid surface, but do not know how they differ from standard 2 flute, down shear or compression bits.
From contributor B:
I use a roughing bit (1/2 in.) to first get it down close to my size, leaving about 1/32 inch. Then use a finishing bit (1/2 in.) to bring to size. I would suggest down shearing bits for both operations. As far as speed and feeds, you will be confined to your machine specs and horsepower. Getting this material in a 5x12x1 up onto the machine and into position is going to be a challenge. I don't know what the total weight will be, but it will be more than I could ever lift on my best day. You will need an army to load it. No doubt. It does machine very well, but it is hard as rock.