Milling Tools

Milling produces a flat or contoured surface on a workpiece with a rotating tool. The work can be done on a machining center or milling machine, and can also be done on a turning center that has rotary or “live tool” capabilities. The tools for milling include both solid tools and “indexable” tools—the latter consisting of a tool body that uses replaceable cutting inserts. Carbide is the most likely material for milling tools, though other options include high speed steel as well as, ceramic, cermet and diamond tools for certain more demanding applications. The end mill can be flat-bottomed for flat surfaces, or ball-nosed for milling up contoured shapes. 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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Big Kaiser EWN2 32E x ES32 boring head on the Storck’s Okuma LB 3000 MWY

Boring Head Enables Sculpture Hardware to Be Machined on a Lathe

When small job shop Ansonia Manufacturing took on a tricky hardware component job for a “live” glass art sculpture, it realized a boring head would be needed to machine the part complete on its live-tool lathe.

Milling Splines Increases Quality, Enhances Versatility

Instead of using a hobbing machine to generate splines in PTO shafts, Weasler Engineering milled them with modified Ingersoll cutters to improve both the flexibility of its machining operation and its part quality.

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Sandvik Coromant's CoroMill 390 Reduces Vibration with Optimized Cutter Body Design

Sandvik Coromant’s CoroMill 390 features an additively manufactured cutter body for lighter overall weight, which reduces vibration and improves security when machining with long overhangs.  



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