Zone: Milling Tools

OVERVIEW: 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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External-Coolant Live Tooling Heads Get an Upgrade

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High-feedrate mill

Taking The Plunge

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The Key Points Of Helical Holemaking

VIDEO. Have you considered milling holes through helical ramping instead of drilling them? This brief animated video covers the high points, including tool diameter selection and the potential for savings....MORE

Ingersoll Cutting Tools Hi-FeedMidi milling cutters

Milling Cutters Equipped with Through-Coolant

The Hi-FeedMidi family of high-feed milling cutters from Ingersoll Cutting Tools is based on the company’s Hi-FeedMini, but is capable of a 0.060" depth of cut. ...MORE

Toolholding System for any ER Collet System

Rego-Fix’s latest versions of its secuRgrip anti-pullout toolholding system can be used in any ER collet system as well as applied in the company's milling chucks.  ...MORE

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PCD Cutter Enables Efficient Chip Production

Lach Diamant’s PCD monoblock Cool Injection-Plus cutter integrates its Cool Injection cooling system and Plus chip controller for high-speed cutting. ...MORE

High-Feed Milling Cutters Offer 0.060" Depth of Cut

Ingersoll offers its Hi-Feed Midi family of milling cutters featuring strong, positive rake face angles, four insert indexes, rigid clamping and high tensile screws, designed for efficient, cost-effective machining. ...MORE

Milling Catalog Offers Comprehensive Machining Data

The expanded ATI Stellram Milling Catalog includes the latest product offerings as well as comprehensive cutting conditions data to maximize cutting tool performance. ...MORE

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