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Milling machining process
Jan 16, 2018

Milling is another process that uses rotating cutters to remove material, but the difference lies in how the equipment works. A milling machine features a moveable table on which the material is mounted. In most milling machines, the cutting tools are stationary and the table moves the material so that the desired cuts can be made. Other types of milling machines feature both table and cutting tools as moveable implements.

Some of the operations a milling machine is capable of performing include planing, cutting, rebating, routing, die-sinking and other complex tool-paths, making the milling machine one of the more flexible pieces of equipment in a machine shop.

Milling machines offer versatile operations and maintenance is low-cost; since they generally have a long and glitch-free life, the investment return is high. There are four types of milling machines—hand milling machines, plain milling machines, universal milling machines, and omniversal milling machines—and they feature either horizontal cutters or cutters installed on a vertical axis.. As expected, the universal milling machine allows for both vertical and horizontal mounted cutting tools, making it one of the most complex and flexible milling machines available.