HPC Milling Cutters Increase Manufacturing Productivity

High-performance milling cutters should be designed for high process speeds. Certain factors must be considered when selecting the advanced cutting tools in order to shorten primary processing and non-productive times and significantly increase productivity.

Certain factors must be considered when selecting modern high-performance milling cutters. These tools should be designed for high process speeds as resulting temperatures can promote premature tool wear and cause oxygen to become reactive. 

For users who primarily side mill components or mill slots, conventional roughing end mills with four cutting edges work and also work well for if the surface of the component also must be milled flat. For milling deeper, full slots with more than 1× diameter and for machining delicate components, a knuckle form roughing cutter works well. Ramping, helix milling or drilling are often necessary for carving out pockets when machining components. And modern HPC milling cutters leave behind such a smooth surface in some cases that the required finishing cut is no longer necessary except for in some instances like components produced using processes such as additive manufacturing or modern casting processes.

Read the article, “Selecting the Right Milling Tool” for more on how advanced cutting tools can substantially shorten primary processing and non-productive times and significantly increase productivity by eliminating tool changes and superfluous work steps. Check out the tech brief here