Published at Saturday, September 08th 2018. by Mari Salas in Milling Machines.
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.
There are different types of milling such as contour milling, slot milling, face milling, etc that require special machines. There are two basic types of these mill machines, vertical and horizontal. The vertical machines consist of turret mills where the spindle does not move during cutting while the table itself can be moved in both perpendicular and parallel motions in relation to the axis of the spindle.
Easy to resume milling operations after making necessary adjustments to the cutting tools - When the components manufactured are not within the precision range, it is possible that you temporary halt the machine operation, then, modify related fields of data or make necessary adjustments to the cutting tools (when cutting tools need minor repairs), and then, resume the milling operations as usual.
The most advanced of the milling cnc machines are the 5 axis machines that offer a wide range of capabilities. Horizontal milling machines are available and this is usually the lines of the 5 axis CNC milling machines. Basically, with the 5 axis machines, virtually any project can be done. One could sculpt the human head with ease with one of these 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.
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