Published at Wednesday, 01 August 2018. Milling Machines. By Gilda Puckett.
CNC milling machines can come in many different types. There are gun drilling machines, horizontal boring mills, five axis milling machines, and many more. There are several different manufacturers of these machines that include top brands such as: Heidenhain, Phoenix, TOS and VTEC just to name a few. If interested in purchasing a top of the line machine, make sure that the dealer offers service solutions to help with upkeep and maintenance of the machine in the early stages until someone from your company can learn how to do it. Well established dealers can offer rebuilding services of old CNC milling machines. This too can be a cost effective alternative to purchasing brand new.
Some of the tasks that a milling machine can perform are: drilling, cutting, planing, keyway and slot cutting, diesinking, routing, rebating and so much more. If you truly want a machine that can do it all, especially when it comes to metal, then the milling machine is the perfect solution for you.
There is a variety of different tools that can be used with this type of machinery. In the US, the most common CNC miller tooling is the CAT tooling; however, now a better alternative called BT tooling as raised the bar. BT tooling can be easily confused with CAT, so be careful.
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