ProvenCut recipe 551 shows how to achieve a high material removal rate while maintaining a reliable cut using a light-duty machine with a 6.35 mm (0.25") endmill to slot 4140 alloy steel.
The video, a supplement to our Shop Operations column in the June 2020 issue of Cutting Tool Engineering, shows the slotting operation in action. To learn more about when full-diameter steel slotting is the only option, read the related Shop Operations column.
Related Glossary Terms
Milling cutter held by its shank that cuts on its periphery and, if so configured, on its free end. Takes a variety of shapes (single- and double-end, roughing, ballnose and cup-end) and sizes (stub, medium, long and extra-long). Also comes with differing numbers of flutes.
Machining, normally milling, that creates slots, grooves and similar recesses in workpieces, including T-slots and dovetails.