High Speed Machining

High speed machining typically refers to making light milling passes at high spindle speed and feed rate to achieve a high metal removal rate. This practice can be effective for machining intricate core and cavity geometries in mold machining, and for quickly machining large, complex aircraft structural components out of solid blocks of aluminum.
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The cover of Modern Machine Shop's August, 1997 issue called high-speed machining
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MMS Looks Back: 1990s - High-Speed Strategies for a High-Speed World

Amid rapid advances in information technology, machines and tools designed for more powerful controls and more capable software enabled shops of the 1990s to mill faster than ever before. This story is part of our 90th anniversary series.

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Hardware for High Metal Removal Rates

Spindle power and shrink-fit toolholding are two assets this shop seeks to use to the extremes of their capabilities.

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Applications Advance for Solid Ceramic End Mills

All they need is speed! Tools for roughing nickel-based alloys can be used in the same processes as carbide tools, just with high rpm and no coolant.


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