What is Milling?

Milling is a process that involves cutting metal material into pieces like complex shapes using a machine/rotating tool. With the help of our CNC machines, 3D surface, conventional and vertical milling is possible. We specialize in shaft keyways, facing and milling details on castings and unique fabrications, extrusions, flow straighteners, diffusers, suction bells, rotors, keys and shaft adapters, to name a few.

Incisive Potential

Clear cutting and chipping is the main key factor in the milling process. This creates pieces for parts using adjustable inserts as needed from edges. Parts like steel shafts that require precise diameters in length for deep keyway cutting can quickly be done using a lathe machine. Exact specifications and fabricated parts will undergo the milling process (also known as the milling cutter) and then move on to post-process stages of production.

Involves Different Angled Shoulders/Slots

Different angles can be used during the milling process where the axis of rotation fluctuates during the surface being cut. Side milling, face milling, vertical/horizontal and end milling are terms used for sculpting the geometry of the parts. With different axis/spindle milling machines, incorporations of the x- and y-axis are rotated and cut in different angles. Such complex surfaces, such as seen in ball nose workpieces, use end milling as a technique.

High-Speed Process

Milling can go as far as producing duplicate parts, as seen in gang milling for high-speed efficiency. When it comes to surface finishing, the feed rate can increase depending on the distance between the ridges and for quantity purposes. The drilling and turning of the machine can reach up to thousands of RPMs with the help of our CNC machine, which is more versatile than manual milling. 

Performance with Different Cuts

Different milling machines require various tools for specific pieces. This will vary among shapes, sizes and spacing. The drill bit is most commonly used with tools like a tap with vertical and horizontal machines changing as well. A professional must know which machine to use and which features correspond to the part. At B&S Machine Shop, we look at the smallest details and use milling machines that have various rotation/tilting heads and axis capabilities. We aim for big performance with speed bands that get the job done right every time. While the milling process can be a complex procedure, our team is ready to handle any repairs or replacing parts!

The B&S manufacturing team is prepared to handle any of your parts and service requirements! Please review our extensive machinery inventory, which is housed in our 12,000-square-foot building and supported by a staff that shares the same values to satisfy customer needs and requirements. Give us a call at 251-928-5291 or visit bsmachineshop.com and allow us the opportunity to serve your Manufacturing and Machine Shop needs.

What is Milling?
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