Cutting Round in Circles

Author Chuck Mathews
Published
October 01,2008 - 12:00pm

Related Glossary Terms

  • gang cutting ( milling)

    gang cutting ( milling)

    Machining with several cutters mounted on a single arbor, generally for simultaneous cutting.

  • milling

    milling

    Machining operation in which metal or other material is removed by applying power to a rotating cutter. In vertical milling, the cutting tool is mounted vertically on the spindle. In horizontal milling, the cutting tool is mounted horizontally, either directly on the spindle or on an arbor. Horizontal milling is further broken down into conventional milling, where the cutter rotates opposite the direction of feed, or “up” into the workpiece; and climb milling, where the cutter rotates in the direction of feed, or “down” into the workpiece. Milling operations include plane or surface milling, endmilling, facemilling, angle milling, form milling and profiling.

A demonstration application shows that trochoidal milling can cut narrow, wavy slots in hardened steel at up to 12 times the normal rates.

Author

Vice President

Chuck Mathews is vice president of DP Technology Corp., Camarillo, California. For more information, call 805-388-6000 or visit www.dptechnology.com.