Understanding Milling Tools and Their Applications

A collection of milling tools Modern CNC machining is one of the most efficient means of making equipment and components with the highest degree of precision.

To make this possible, it is imperative that every machine operator has a clear understanding of the milling tools to use in specific CNC machining processes. Here are the three common classifications:

End Mills

These are the cutters you often use in everyday milling operations for both center and non-center cutting. End mills come in a variety of diameters, lengths, and types, and find common usage in face, side, slot and plunge milling, as well as in ramping.

High-Speed Steel Mills

HSS mills make and enhance holes in materials. These mills include drills (twist, indexable, center, and spot drills), reamers for enlarging existing holes to precise tolerances and high-quality finish, and taps for cutting internal threads accurately in specific sizes and pitches in the least possible manufacturing time.

Tool Holders

You may think that these are not milling tools, but they are; you will need a use the right tool holder to secure machine tapers, machining parts and the material you are working on on the spindle for accurate milling in the required sizes and shapes. The success of your milling will depend highly on how firmly and accurately you will support the work and machining parts with the right tool holders.

There are, however, two specialty holders you should be familiar with; shrink fit and hydraulic holders, which use thermal expansion and fluid mechanisms, respectively, for excellent centering rigidity during machining.

A clear understanding of the above three common classifications of milling tools will help you perform CNC milling operations correctly and in the safest way possible. Should you need to discuss your CNC machining needs further, you can contact a reputable supplier of industrial equipment in Utah.

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