Have you ever struggled to consistently achieve straight walls and accurate sizing when machining mold insert chase pockets?
This video quickly outlines a solid approach to roughing, semi-finishing, and finishing the walls and floor of a deep, straight-walled pocket, with an eye toward helping you cut cycle times and reduce costly zero cuts. A few key takeaways:
Dynamic milling with a solid carbide end mill is all the rage, but you may be able to match – or beat – those removal rates and save significant money on tooling by ramping with indexable high-feed tooling.
Forget time-consuming starter holes and step cuts. High-feed helixing can shorten cycle times for large-diameter hole making to never-before-seen levels – even on a 40-taper machine.
3D milling involves a variety of tools and tool paths. In less than 5 minutes, this video demonstrates three different 3D shapes, what tools we recommend for machining, suggested for path generation for each.
If you’re milling at less than 50% of your cutting tool diameter, you can minimize your cycle time – and maximize productivity – by properly adjusting your programmed feed per tooth.
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