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Guide: All You Need to Know About Oscillating Knives


  1. What is a CNC digital cutter machine?
  2. What is a CNC oscillating knife cutting machine?
  3. What is oscillating cutting?
  4. What is an oscillating knife? 
  5. What materials can be cut with an oscillating knife?
  6. What is a tangential knife? 
  7. Difference between an oscillating tangential knife and a tangential knife
  8. Buy oscillating knives for digital cutting systems

What is a CNC Digital Cutter Machine?

Summa Flatbed Cutting Table and Summa Vinyl Cutter Plotter - Sollex BlogFor graphic and precision cutting modern companies use CNC digital cutter machines, where CNC stands for Computer Numerical Control. This means that the movements of the CNC machine are set and limited by the computer according to specific designs entered through a computer-aided design program (most often CAD, but also CorelDRAW, Solidworks, Adobe Illustrator). This allows for highly accurate and complex parts to be produced in large batches, while allowing for flexible product changes. These digital cutters are favored for their ability to create complex and precise cutouts, engravings and 3D shapes quickly, flexibly and cost-effectively.

What is a CNC Oscillating Knife Cutting Machine?

Oscillating cutting machine is a CNC digital cutter machine equipped with an oscillating cutting tool. The oscillating knife tool cuts a wide variety of materials, but these materials must be flexible, soft or semi-soft. It is particularly effective for cutting softer and thicker materials such as sponge and foam materials, corrugated and sandwich board, rubber, felt, non-woven, fabrics. The oscillating motion allows the blade to cut smoothly through these materials without dragging or tearing.

What is Oscillating Cutting?

When oscillating cutting on the CNC digital cutter, the knife moves up and down at high speed. This oscillation allows the knife to cut through fairly thick material. The depth of cut varies and depends on the knife (its length and shape) installed in the oscillating tool. The oscillating or otherwise vibrating motion ensures clean and precise cuts, making it suitable for intricate shapes and designs. 

What is an Oscillating Knife? 

An oscillating knife is a knife designed to be installed in a corresponding tool / knife holder on a CNC cutting machine. Oscillating cutting is mainly used on digital flatbed cutting tables. You can read more about them here.

Types of oscillating knives - Sollex

Oscillating knives are made of solid tungsten carbide alloy. They have different shapes and designs depending on the manufacturers. Oscillating knives, which have a round blade shank, are mainly designed for installation in pneumatic oscillating tools and most often have a hollow to additionally be secured with a bolt. Example: Aristo 07265, Esko Kongsberg SR6313. But more common are oscillating knives with a flat shank. Example: Zund Z20, Z29, Z60

What Materials Can Be Cut with an Oscillating Knife?

Materials to Be Cut with an Oscillating Knife - Sollex

There are 2 types of oscillating cutting tools: Electric oscillating cutting tool and pneumatic (air driven) oscillating tool.

The electrical oscillating cutting tool is ideal for cutting soft and medium dense materials up to 28 mm thick. Materials to be cut with EOT: sponge and foam materials, corrugated cardboard, leather, woven, non-woven materials, displays.

Compared to electric oscillating tools, air-driven oscillating tools are more powerful and therefore designed for cutting denser, stiffer and thicker materials up to 50 mm thick. Materials for cutting with POT: sandwich cardboard, foam, corrugated cardboard, rubber.

What is a Tangential Knife? 

Knives T 36 T45 T60 for Summa cutting plotter - Buy online at SollexDigital cutting machines equipped with a tangential cutting tool allow the blade to be controlled, namely guided to the desired cutting direction according to a preset design, with the ability to lower and raise the cutting tool with the blade vertically when it is necessary to change the position of the blade or the necessary rotation. The tangential cutting tool lifts the knife out of the media, rotates it, and lowers it back into the media. Since the cutting tool is steerable, there is no need to offset the blade as in the case of drag knives

The tangential cutting technique is excellent for cutting complex patterns, small details, and letters. The tangential knife excels in precision and is capable of producing very accurate and clean cuts, especially in designs with sharp angles and detailed work.

Most commonly, tangential knives cut vinyl film, reflective film, sandblast, labeling and stickers, paper and cardboard in the production of promotional materials, signage, decals and other products.

Tangential knives are also made of tungsten carbide and most often the depth of cut is less than 10mm. Examples of tangential knives: T36, T45, T60.

Difference between an Oscillating Tangential Knife and a Tangential Knife

At first glance, one might think that these are the same knives, but the oscillating tangential knife and the simple tangential knife have differences. From its name, the oscillating tangential knife provides in addition to the properties inherent to the tangential knife also a vibrating movement, and also combines the property of the tangential knife - lifting the knife from the cutting material, rotating and changing the trajectory of the cutting knife, lowering it back into the material and cutting along a defined path. Oscillating knives are better for thicker, softer materials, whereas tangential knives are ideal for materials that require sharp, precise cuts.

Buy Oscillating Knives for Digital Cutting Systems 

Oscillating knife BLD-SR6223 for ESKO / Kongsberg cutting table in a pack - SollexIf you are looking for oscillating knives of high quality and durability, then the knives manufactured by Sollex are the right choice for you. In the category Knives for digital cutting systems you will find a wide range of knives suitable for plotters and digital cutting tables from manufacturers such as Zund, Summa, Gerber, Colex, ESKO, Atom, Aristo, Jwei and others. Blades are most often interchangeable and fit different cutting systems. You can find such information on the pages of knives for automatic digital cutting systems in the description section. If you need assistance in selecting the right cutting solution, please contact our support team and we will be happy to help you.


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