January 7, 2022

Type of milling machines and their uses

What is milling?

Milling is the process of cutting and removing material from the surface of a workpiece. The milling process uses cutting tools rotating at set speeds. Bring the cutting tools with the workpiece to start removing materials when they come with the workpiece.
Milling removes crevices from the surfaces of metals that cause corrosion and gets rid of excess material off the surface of a workpiece. The process prepares metals for the application of corrosion-resistant coating.

What are milling machines?

They are machines in which the cutters rotate to remove the material from the workpiece, taking the direction of the angle with the tool axis. Milling machines allow operations and functions starting from small objects to large ones.

A CNC milling machine has built-in tools for drilling and cutting. The materials are inside a milling CNC machine and the computer leads the tools to drill or cut them. CNC machines are available in 3 to 6-axis configurations.

They produce gears like spur gear and drills. The workpiece bore slots by inserting part programs into the system. It is easy to operate for mass production, such as a capstan and turret. There is no programmed feed system. The parts made by this machine are precise in dimensional tolerance.

Different types of milling machines and their uses

Conventional milling machine

The conventional milling machine features a cutter that rotates against the direction of the feed. Conventional milling is the standard approach when cutting. The backlash is eliminated and reduces the load from the cutting edge. That is how it leaves a better surface finish.

Manual milling machine

A manual milling machine is a material cutting tool not controlled by a computer. Milling machines break down the material into smaller pieces. The universal capability of the milling machine made it popular. A single milling machine handles several different types of cutting. It is ideal for machine surfaces, inner holes, and deep and heavy cuts.

Horizontal milling machine

A horizontal milling machine is a milling machine tool with a spindle parallel to the worktable. It processes various planes:

  • inclined planes, and grooves with cylindrical milling cutters,
  • disc cutters, angle cutters, forming cutters,
  • end mills, and more tools.

Vertical milling machine

Vertical milling machines have the spindle perpendicular to the table. The spindle head mounts to a vertical column that rotates at an angle, and the cutting head is on the spindle. Vertical milling machines allow the adjustment of the spindle either upwards or downwards. Vertical milling machines are for precision work.

Universal Milling Machine

Universal milling machines are milling machines that perform all kinds of milling operations. They feature a table fitted with all motions and a dividing head with change gears. The table can pivot at any angle up to 45 degrees in both directions.

Column Milling Machines.

The column milling machine is a vertical column attached to the bed consisting of all gear drives which rotate the knee and saddle. The knee is on the base that provides vertical motion to the workpiece or moves up and down.

Bed Type Milling Machines

A bed-type milling machine features a stable and a low-vibration machine bed. It is rigid and stable. What makes it versatile are its multitasking capabilities. You can choose to have a heavy-duty bed-type universal milling machine for large format work.

Simplex Milling Machine

Simplex milling machines feature a spindle that only travels in one direction. Most of these machines only travel in a vertical direction. It is so powerful that it has made it in an industrial setup.

Tracer Controlled Milling Machines

Tracer-controlled milling machines are for machining cams, grooves, contoured surfaces. They feature copying capabilities through tracer control. This reproduces external or internal geometries in two dimensions.

C-Frame Milling Machines

The C-Frame milling machine is robust and runs on a hydraulic motor. It is more powerful than a turret and ideal for industries. It also produces duplicate parts based on the master model. What makes them competitive in the market is their sturdiness and power.

Turret Milling Machines

The turret milling machine is for small and medium-sized jobs, such as making plaques and parts for toys. Turret milling machines are for those who wish to work on heavy solids such as metals. It is a milling machine that works vertically and creates a wide range of objects.

Drum Milling Machine

Drum milling machines are for production work. It comes with a vertical central drum that rotates on a horizontal axis. During operation, the drum- fixture rotates slowly, carrying the work against the rotating cutters. There are four cutter spindles, and the operation is continuous.

CNC Milling Machine

A CNC milling machine has built-in tools for drilling and cutting. The materials are inside a milling CNC machine. The computer leads the tools to drill or cut them. Most of the CNC machines are available in 3 to 6-axis configurations. They produce gears like spur gear and drills. The workpiece bore slots by inserting part programs into the system. It is easy to operate for mass production, such as a capstan and turret. The parts made by this machine are precise in dimensional tolerance.

Flour Milling Machine

Floor milling machines make use of table rows. They have a horizontally oriented spindle that moves across a set of tracks alongside the table rows. However, floor milling machines have been de-popularised by Computer Numerical Control milling machines. They remain relevant to small businesses and hobbyists as they continue to use them.

Box Milling Machine

The box Milling Machine is also known as a box mill. It is a simple, low-end machine capable of performing basic milling processes. They are box milling machines because they feature a cutting tool in a box way. It can move up and down to remove material from the underlying workpiece.

Rotary Table Milling Machine

The Rotary Table Milling Machine is a new version with higher speed and higher clamping torque. That makes it suitable for machining complex components like turbine blades. Rotary Milling performs 2D and 2.5D machining cycles around or on the end of a cylinder. The tool does not move parallel to and around the rotary axis. The milling tool is always oriented radially to the centreline of the rotary axis.

Triplex Milling Machine

Triplex milling machines have a spindle that can travel in all three axes, such as XY and Z. They are strong and have high tolerance intensity. They work in different industries such as refineries, steel, construction sites. Easy installation, high quality, and durability have made them popular. They are highly efficient and effective.

Duplex Milling Machine

Duplex milling machines are two milling machines positioned opposite each other. They either work independently as one machine with two simultaneous spindles and travel both horizontally and vertically.

David D. Hughes
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