Drill-Tap, Mill-Trim Three-Axis Machining Cells
Zagar’s multi-axis machine station is designed for automatic production drilling and tapping as well as light milling and trimming. Use of standard, modular components enables application-specific X- and Y-axis travel lengths. Ballscrew actuated, quill-feed units are applied to the cutting tool feed or Z axis with optional 6" to 14" travel lengths and 1- to 15-hp spindle motors. To view video about the machine station, visit zagar.com.
Running rotary milling cutters at the proper speeds and feeds is critical to obtaining long tool life and superior results, and a good place to start is with the manufacturer's recommendations. These formulas and tips provide useful guidelines.
Creating threaded holes in titanium alloys calls for proper techniques based on an understanding of both the properties of these materials and the peculiarities of the tapping process.
Applying ceramic inserts is not a simple substitution of one cutting tool material for another. There are significant process considerations that shops should examine carefully in order to realize performance and tool life expectations from ceramic inserts. Here's a look at some of the ways they are used.