Properties and Features of High Performance End Mills
By Kelly Fu Preston
Companies in the carbide cutting tool industry are under pressure to provide precision tools according to the specifications laid out. Getting a carbide cutting tool is not enough, quality and precision play a crucial role.
End-mills are the primary precision tool used by vertical mills. This is a kind of milling cutter which is usually used as a cutting tool in industrial milling applications. It is like a drill bit but varies in terms of geometry, application and manufacture. A drill bit can only cut in the axial direction while a milling bit can cut in all directions, though very few cannot cut axially. Solid Carbide End Mills can be found in a variety of industries, including medical, aerospace, power generation, mold & die and general machining. The quality and style also vary. The most common ones are the 2-flute, 4-flute, 6-flute end mils. You can buy them individually in sets or individually.
It is an industrial must that high performance carbide mills be designed with accuracy. Your carbide cutting tool will continue to perform consistently throughout, lasting longer, which helps to keep your quality production line of products on schedule. The success of projects depend on the consistency and reliability of the machines being used. Long tool life increases machine up-time, which provides greater production capacity without investment in additional equipment. The 6 flute carbide-mill is for Radial relief with a thicker carbide core that provides higher strength. This is an excellent choice for nickel/high temp alloys, titanium, carbon steels and stainless steel.
End mills provide significant savings for industries in several ways. Almost two to three times faster cutting speed as compared to conventional tools. The quality of the work piece will speak for itself. They also offer excellent dimension control. The result is consistent finishes resulting in minimized scrap rates. Two important properties that have to be considered to determine the efficiency of cutting tools include abrasion resistance and toughness.
High performance end mills have been specially engineered for the roughing and finishing of steels and exotic materials. They are made from the highest quality fine grain carbide available, these end mills work where others fail. They have been engineered with a variable pitch design for increasing depths of cut and increased feed rates with reduced chatter.
It is increasingly common for traditional solid carbide mills to be replaced by more cost-effective inserted cutting tools. While purchasing an end mill, make sure you check the material, level of hardness, heat treatment, quality and finish.
LakeShore Carbide distributes High Performance End Mills at the lowest prices possible. They use of high-quality American carbide, unique geometries, and high-quality coatings.