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CNC milling machine is mainly for cutting, carving, and milling various metal, plastic and wood materials. It can process planes, grooves, split parts, spiral surfaces, and curved surfaces, and also be used to process surfaces and inner holes of a rotary body. The machine falls in many types, such as elevating table, gantry, single-column, worktable non-lifting, and also the type for instrument, tool, and other purposes.

What is the cnc milling machine?

MA CNC milling machine is a CNC machine that uses a milling cutter/end bits to mill a workpiece of metal, wood, plastic, acrylic, etc. By changing end bits, you can mill different material and get different efficiency and cutting edge. The machine with high efficiency can not only mill planes, grooves, gear teeth, threads, and spline shafts, but also process more complex profiles, and is widely used in machinery manufacturing and repair departments.

Common classification of CNC milling machine

  1. Elevating table CNC milling machines: Elevating table milling machines mainly include universal, horizontal and vertical, etc., which are mainly used for processing small and medium-sized parts.
  2. Gantry CNC milling machines: They are including Gantry milling and boring machines, planer milling machines and double-column milling machines. And these CNC milling machines are used to process large parts.
  3. Single-column milling machine and single-arm milling machine: The horizontal milling head of the former can move along the column guide rail, and the worktable is fed longitudinally; the end milling head of the latter can move horizontally along the cantilever guide rail, and the cantilever can also adjust the height along the column guide rail. Both are used to process large parts.
  4. Worktable non-lifting milling machine: There are two types of rectangular work table and round work table. It is a medium-sized milling machine between the lifting table milling machine and the gantry milling machine. The vertical movement is completed by the milling head lifting on the column.
  5. Instrument milling machine: A small lifting table milling machine is used for processing instruments and other small parts.
  6. Tool milling machine: They are used for mold and tool manufacturing, equipped with various accessories such as end milling head, universal angle table and plug. In addition, drilling, boring, and slotting are also available.
  7. Other milling machines: There are including other machine such as keyway milling machines, cam milling machines, crankshaft milling machines, roll journal milling machines and square steel ingot milling machines, etc.

Which materials CNC milling machine can process?

The CNC milling machine can process various types of materials. These materials include steel, titanium, copper, bronze, zinc, PVC, nylon, wood, plywood, extruded polyurethane, stone, etc. In addition, the CNC milling machine can also process stainless steel, carbon steel, alloy steel, alloy aluminum, zinc alloy, titanium alloy, copper, iron, acrylic, POM rods and other metals and non-metallic materials.

Which industry the CNC milling machine can be used in?

  • Cabinets
  • Furniture
  • Woodworking
  • Instruments
  • Aluminum machining
  • Prototyping and modeling
  • Sculpture
  • Signs
  • Automobiles
  • Ships
  • Military industry
  • Rail transit
  • Aerospace
  • Electronic communication equipment
  • Molds
  • Power generation equipment
  • Construction machinery

What cnc milling machine can do?

This machine is mainly for the cutting, carving, and engraving of metal, plastic, wood, etc.

We can deal with planes (horizontal planes, vertical planes), grooves (key grooves, T-slots, dovetail grooves), split parts (gears, spline shafts, sprockets), spiral surfaces (thread, spiral groove) and various curved surfaces. In addition, this type of  machine can also be used to process the surface and inner hole of the rotary body and perform cutting work.

How dose cnc milling machine work?

When the machine is working, the workpiece is fixed on the table or by the indexing head and clips. The rotation of the end mill bits is the main motion parts.

There are two kinds of feeding ways: table moving to feed, and gantry moving to feed.

  • Table moving is mainly for two kind machines: high accuracy machine, such as metal milling machine for steel mold, and small scale CNC for saving cost;
  • Gantry moving is more popular and the best choices for woodworking CNC table because it saves more space.

No matter what kinds of feeding ways, they are all right and every kind of CNC has its industrial principles, please follow our sales manager's advice, and don't worry about this issue.The high-speed end tool bit meets and mills the workpiece to get the designed surface. It can process flat surfaces, grooves, and various curved surfaces and gears.

Category and how to choose the right machine?

According to the working material and curved surface, milling machines classifieds as hard metal milling machines for steel, complex surface milling machine, mini milling machine for hobbyists, or small shops.

As said above, according to different feeding ways, there are table moving CNC and gantry moving CNC. For milling of wood, soft metal, plastic, acrylic, MDF, plywood, the best choice is gantry moving CNC.

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