Published at Saturday, September 08th 2018. by Shawn Goodwin in Milling Machines.
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.
Hobby CNC milling machines are even available for the small shops or the individual hobbyist. The milling machine is available in many different sizes and forms. From commercial grade to homemade milling machines, this is definitely a machine that is desired for the workshop.
CNC milling machines can eliminate a lot of the manual labor for you. The CNC machine is controlled through a computer software program. The computer tells the machine exactly what to do by the way the software program is written. CNC machines are operated on several different axes and the software program has to written to accommodate the different axis. In other words, if the Z axis is left out in the software program, the machine will not move up and down. The computer software program is essentially the brain of the machine.
Be sure that you understand the benefits of having CNC milling machines before you start purchasing them.
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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