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Milling and Machining Centers

Video Length: 31 minutes

Published: 11/01/2010
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Milling is a highly versatile machining process that uses rotating, multi-edge cutters to generate flat and contoured surfaces. Because of its effectiveness, cutting tool choices, and compatibility with automation, milling with machining centers is perhaps the most important high-volume manufacturing process for shaping materials.

This Milling & Machining Centers program provides a broad understanding of the milling process, including segments on: milling machine basics, CNC machining centers, toolchangers & cutting tools, workholding & workchanging, machining center accessories & programming, and operating parameters

The Milling Machine Basics segment defines and details the components of a knee mill, including: column, table, saddle, ram, head, quill, and spindle. Toolholders and workholding are also featured.

The CNC Machining Centers segment takes an extensive look at both vertical machining centers and horizontal machining centers, as well as axes of motion, rotary tables and indexers.

The Toolchangers & Cutting Tools segment explores toolchanger designs and capacities, and milling cutters and operations, including: face milling, edges, grooves, peripheral milling cutters, end milling, slotting cutters, chamfering, pocket milling, contour milling, and more.

The Workholding & Workchanging segment covers the various vises, clamps, tombstones, and multiple vices used in milling, as well as workchanging and pallet changing.

The Machining Center Accessories & Programming segment features the use of touch-trigger probes, tool presetting machines, toolholder types, and programming & simulation.

The Operating Parameters segment presents the variables of cutting speed, feed rate, axial depth of cut, and radial depth of cut, and looks at the impact cutting fluids and lubrication have on the milling process.