The Main Characteristics of One of the Most Popular Types of Machine Tools: The Milling Machine

No matter if you work in an industrial environment, have a business based on the manufacturing of parts or are a metal sculpture enthusiast, you probably are aware of the most useful tools that you require so as to succeed in your endeavors. However, if you are only remotely interested in this field or are an absolute beginner in the field of machines tools, a brief description of some of their specifications might be mandatory.

There are of course a lot of tools that are self explanatory such as the bandsaw or the press brake, whose principles are fairly easy to understand (even though before purchase some time must be invested in making the right choice), but there are also some cases in which further reading is required even if wanting just to grasp the concept.

Such an example is the milling machine, a tool used to manufacture parts from solid materials. The modern models are known for their versatility, being able to perform a large variety of tasks such as cutting and drilling or even contouring and die-sinking. They may be manually operated, mechanically automated or computer numerically controlled.

Even though the main criteria of differentiation is the orientation of the spindle axis (which directly influences the types of procedures that the power tool can undertake) which determines the two main types of milling machines, horizontal and vertical, there are a lot different variants of milling machines from you to choose from. Before deciding on a specific tool, you should read more about bed mills (rather rigid with an movable spindle), box mills (ideal for the average workbench), floor mills, knee mills and quite a few more.

Another relevant detail on which you must decide on (especially if buying the machine tools for large scale professional usage) is how you want it to be operated. As expected, smaller variants of the milling machine are generally operated manually, but if you want something that can easily guarantee a higher production for your business, the cnc milling machines are the right choice for you. Being by far the most versatile and durable from any other types of machine tools due to the fact that they are numerically controlled, any cnc equipment will surely increase any parameter you desire.

Always remember that there is no ideal choice and that further investigation is required before making a final choice on which machine tool to buy.