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Milling Tools

Milling is the work of producing a flat or precision-contoured surface on a machined workpiece by using a rotating tool, and generally by taking multiple parallel passes with that tool. The work can be done on a machining center or milling machine, and can also be done on a lathe, turning center or turn-mill machine that happens to have rotary tool (or “live tool”) capabilities. The tools for milling include both solid tools and inserted tools—the latter consisting of a tool body that uses replaceable cutting inserts. Carbide is the most likely material for milling tools, though high speed steel is another choice, as are ceramic, cermet and diamond tools in certain more demanding milling applications. A common milling tool variety is the “end mill,” which generally describes a relatively narrow cylindrical tool that can mill on both its tip and its side, and can reach into various constrained features and spaces. The end mill can be flat-bottomed for flat surfaces, or ball-nosed for milling up, down and along the contours of complex milled shapes such as die and mold surfaces. Another common milling tool variety is the “face mill,” a generally larger-diameter tool designed for efficiently milling a wide, flat surface in an economical number of passes.

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Video: Hard Pocket Milling


Relieved end mills and pre-machining of corners are two important considerations for accurate pocket machining in hard steel.



Webinar: Increase Milling Output on Your Existing Machine

By: Peter Zelinski
It is not always the strength of the tool or the power of the machine that limits your depth of cut. In many cases, the limitation is the tendency to vibrate. Learn how to mill more productively by selecting spindle speeds tailored to your machine’s dynamics.

High-performance thread mills.

Thread Milling Cutters Deliver Coolant to Flutes

By: Edited by Julianne Mobilian
SCT offers high-performance thread mills equipped with its Cool Flute technology.

High-Q-Line cutting tools.

Range of Cutting Tools, Inserts Available

By: Edited by Julianne Mobilian
Iscar’s High-Q-Line range of cutting tools and inserts is designed to enable high feeds and speeds for productive machining operations.

Tangential Milling, Slow-Motion Video Address Slotting Bottleneck

By: Edited by: Emily Probst
By switching to tangential milling from Ingersoll Cutting Tools and using a slow-motion video to identify and overcome a lack of horsepower, Busche Enterprise was able to reduce cycle time and tool cost.

Thread Milling Cutter

Thread Milling Cutters Resist Tool Breakage

By: Edited by Julianne Mobilian
Sandvik Coromant introduces a range of small CoroMill Plura thread milling cutters intended to counter the threat of tool breakage and component damage associated with conventional taps.


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