Published at Saturday, 04 August 2018. Milling Machines. By Corine Patrick.
The introduction of CNC milling machines have taken repetitive work out from the hands of humans and safely placed them in the confines of these computer controlled machines. Whether it is a small piece of jewelry, the engine of an automobile or a custom-made metal or wooden part of an airplane, it would surely have been touched by a CNC milling machine.
Different from drill press, where in the work piece is held fixed and the drill is the one to move vertically to make a way to the material, milling too involves movements of the work piece adjacent to the rotating cutter, but it is capable of cutting to cut up the sides along with the tips. The movements of the work pieces and cutters are accurately controlled, usually via the precision ground slides along with the lead-screw or with analogous technology. Milling machines can be operated manually, by mechanical automation or by digital automation via the Computer Numerical Control or CNC.
With that being said, you will have to know how to write a program that the machine can read and it will have to written to certain specifications that the project requires. If one little mistake is made, then the final product will not be to the right specifications. This can cause many problems.
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