Board material - Aluminium Composite Panels (ACP)

Modified on Mon, 04 Feb 2019 at 10:59 AM

  • Summa Routing systems with universal bits can route aluminum covered foam board, however the wear is rather high.  Specialized (bit) stores have specific bits for aluminum.
  • Some brands offer boards with a different alu coversheet thickness that impact the lifetime of the bit.
  • Bits that have been routing aluminum should not be used on other materials.
  • Settings 
    • Standard Router: 
      • up to 4 mm thick:  
        • 4mm Summa bit [#500-9852]
        • 1pass,  
        • 80 mm/sec,  
        • 25k rpm
        • Counter Clock whise,
      • > 4 mm : 
        • 4mm Summa bit [#500-9852]
        • Multipass (see further) 
        • 80 mm/sec,  
        • 25k rpm
        • Counter Clock whise,
    • HF Router:
      • up to 4 mm thick:  
        • 6mm Summa bit [#500-9857]
        • 1pass,  
        • 120 mm/sec,  
        • 35k rpm
        • Counter Clock whise,
      • up to 6 mm thick: 
        • 6mm Summa bit [#500-9857]
        • 1pass,  
        • 100 mm/sec,  
        • 35k rpm
        • Counter Clock whise
      • > 6 mm: 
        • 6mm Summa bit [#500-9857]
        • Multipass (see further)  
        • 100 mm/sec,  
        • 35k rpm
        • Counter Clock whise
  • Higher speeds are possible but affects the edge quality.
  • If the speed is set too low, the foam will melt and cause issues.
  • The edge quality is far better if the object is routed in one single pass. However, this may leave a lot of chips and debris on the table.
  • When routing in two passes, make sure the first pass is already in the bottom aluminum sheet.  If not, the melting foam may cause issues.
  • A cleaning pass is discouraged. The small offset may cause cracking of the lacquer on the aluminum sheets.


APC Brands: Dibond, Alubond, Skybond, ...


Synonyms: Aluminium Composite Boards, Sandwich Panel, ACM Aluminium Composite Material


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