Published at Saturday, September 08th 2018. by Kimberley Massey in Milling Machines.
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.
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.
If you have questions about a milling machine, ask around. These machines as they are becoming more and more popular with both individuals and large corporations. You can also log onto YouTube and watch many videos pertaining to milling machines. Finally, contact a dealer of milling machines. They will be able to answer your questions and help to guide you in the right direction if you are thinking about purchasing one for yourself or your business.
The CNC milling machines can be either purchased brand new or as a used product. There are companies who specialize in milling CNC machines that cater to specific industries. A used milling machine or machining center can be more cost effective and can come with some type of service and warranty package if purchased from the right dealer. With these types of machines, because of the larger expense that it can put onto a company, it is tempting to go with a cheaper, used version; however, that may not always be best. Make sure that if you do purchase a used machine that there is some kind of guarantee and that the machine was taken out while still in operation.
CNC milling machines usually use tools that have been standardized to an extent. While European manufacturers prefer SK tooling, those in the US prefer to use CAT tooling. The newer US versions include BT tooling, which due to its symmetrical design is supposed to be more stable at higher speeds. The hollow design of SK tooling gives it better gripping attributes and its stability at high speeds makes it the preferred choice for many users. While there is a lot of standardization in CNC milling machines, manual machines have little or no standard tools.
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