CNC Milling Solutions: Precision, Accuracy and Efficiency
Different sectors within the manufacturing industry heavily depend on CNC machining. If you want components produced for an industrial project, you can count on MGM Baltic’s CNC machining services. At MGM Baltic, CNC mill ing operation is the de facto machining process because it has allowed us to serve multiple clients in various industries and has also taken our machining business to the next level.
What is CNC Milling?
CNC (computer numerical control) milling is an industrial process that brings together multi-point, rotating cutting tools and computer control to manufacture a custom-designed component or product. The CNC mill process helps to machine a wide variety of materials, including metal, wood, glass and plastic. CNC machine milling incorporates mechanical, electrical, chemical, and thermal processes in one.
Production Stages of CNC Milling
CNC machine milling operates and manipulates industrial equipment to cut and sculpt stock material. This procedure involves the following stages:
• Designing a 3D or 2D CAD prototype.
• Converting the prototype into a CNC system project with the help of software.
• Assembling the CNC equipment ready for milling.
• Executing the milling procedure.
Once the milling process begins, the machine starts spinning the cutting instrument at speeds exceeding several thousand RPMs.
CNC Milling Operation Types
There are many different CNC-milling operations. However, the most common types are:
Face milling describes milling operations in which the axis of rotation of the cutting tool is perpendicular to the surface of the workpiece. The process uses face milling cutters equipped with teeth not only on the tool face but also on the periphery. The peripheral teeth are primarily used for cutting purposes. The face teeth help with finishing applications. As a CNC milling company, we employ face milling to create contours and flat surfaces on the completed workpiece. The process produces a higher quality finish than other milling processes.
Also called slab or surface milling, plain milling indicates milling operations where the cutting tool’s rotation axis is aligned with the workpiece surface. The process incorporates plain milling cutters which use peripheral teeth for the cutting operation. Based on the milling project specifications, such as cut depth and the workpiece dimensions, both wide and narrow cutters are used. Wide cutters are used to cut large surface areas, while narrow cutters facilitate deeper cuts.
Also referred to as angle milling, angular milling denotes milling operations where the axis of rotation of the cutting tool is at an angle relative to the workpiece surface. The operation uses single-angle milling cutters to produce angular attributes, such as serrations, chamfers and grooves. At MGM Baltic, angular milling is commonly used for dovetail production, with dovetail cutters of 60°, 55°, 50°, or 45° used according to the dovetail design specification.
Form milling is a milling operation that involves irregular surfaces, outlines, and contours, such as components with flat and curved surfaces. This milling process uses fly cutters or formed milling cutters dedicated to one particular purpose, e.g. concave, corner-rounding and convex cutters. At MGM Baltic, form milling is generally used to create semi-circular and hemispherical cavities, contours, and beads, as well as complex parts and intricate designs, all employing a single machine arrangement.
Other MGM Baltic milling operations include straddle milling, gang milling, profile milling and gear cutting.
Advantages of CNC Milling
CNC automated milling is efficient for prototyping, short-run fabrication of complex pieces, and the production of precision components and parts. Employing computer programs to control machine tools helps to dramatically boost shop productivity by automating highly labour-intensive and technical processes. Automated cuts enhance both the accuracy and speed with which model components can be created. Manual milling is still viable for some tasks, but it cannot match the precision, quality and speed of our CNC mill.
Machining processes often warrant the use of different tools to affect certain desired cuts. But CNC machines commonly specify and command their tooling requirements in advance. Multi-axis machines can flip parts over automatically, allowing the removal of work material as required. This negates the need for workers to flip the model material, allowing cutting from all sides without any manual intervention. Generally speaking, completely automated cuts are considerably more accurate than the results which could be achieved via manual input alone.
Why Seek CNC Milling Services?
CNC machine milling can be used to perform secondary or finishing touches on a workpiece that has already been machined – offering definition to or creating component features such as slots, holes, and threads. The milling process can also be used for shaping a piece of stock material from start to finish. A completed component needs various machining passes to attain the desired tolerances and level of precision. Geometrically complex parts may warrant multiple machine setups to finish the fabrication process. Regulated milling via CNC control can achieve this and lots more when it’s handled by professionals, such as our experts at MGM Baltic. So why not search for ‘CNC milling near me?’
Besides milling, MGM Baltic employs CNC machining to emboss patterns, images, texts and shapes on different materials. Therefore, contact us for any milling projects you may requires. We have vast experience in milling different materials, including acrylic plastics, natural wood, acrylic artificial stone, linoleum, aluminium composite panels and rubber.