Ball Nose Technical Considerations

  • Always use anti-seize compound on threads and screw body.
  • Thoroughly clean pocket and screw at each insert change.
  • Change insert screw every 10 inserts.
  • Use high quality tool holders for rigidity and concentricity: milling chucks, heat-shrink and mechanical shrink holders are recommended; collets and end mill holders are not recommended.
  • Cutter bodies will wear and fatigue over time; inspect tool before each use.
Recommendations for ball nose finish milling

Recommendations for Finish Milling

  • Maximum Depth of Cut (DOC) for finishing should be less than or equal to 10% of ball diameter.
  • Stepover should be greater than or equal to DOC.
  • Ball nose tools are not designed for roughing. Use high-speed machining techniques (light DOC and high feed rates) for stable and fast cuts where greater metal removal is required.
  • Climb milling is preferred.
  • When plunging with Ball Nose, use pecking cycle with a maximum of .002" FPT; maximum recommended depth is 30% of ball diameter.
  • Back Draft and Flat Bottom Inserts are not designed for plunging; ramp in at a maximum angle of 2°.
  • Compensate for Effective Cutting Diameter (see Feed, Speed & Diameter Compensation).
  • Compensate for chip thinning with Feed Rate Adjustment (see Feed, Speed & Diameter Compensation).
  • Surface finish (RMS) is a function of stepover and feed per tooth.
  • Try to work within recommended surface footage and chip loads.
  • Decrease feed rate coming into corners to reduce chatter.
  • For long-reach applications, utilize the Carbide Shank/Carbide Core cutting tools for increased rigidity and reduced chatter.