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MILLING. QUESTIONS. What are the 2 main categories of milling. Name the 3 categories of milling machine and state which is used in the workshop. State clearly the difference between Horizontal & Vertical milling machines.

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  • What are the 2 main categories of milling.
  • Name the 3 categories of milling machine and state which is used in the workshop.
  • State clearly the difference between Horizontal & Vertical milling machines.
  • List the 4 types of column & knee type milling machine and explain how they differ
  • Sketch the machine and label 6 parts.
  • What are arbors.
  • List and give the use for (a) arbor mounted

and (b) chuck mounted milling cutters.

what do you need to know
What do you need to know ?
  • The types of machines and cutters…
  • The parts of each…
  • Different operations…(linked to cutters)
  • Workholding methods…
what is milling
What is milling ?
  • Milling is a metal cutting process
  • The cutting tool rotates
  • The cutting tool has several cutting edges
  • The work is fed linearly against the cutter
2 principal types of milling
2 principal types of milling

1. Face Milling.

2. Peripheral (side) Milling.

types of machine
Types of machine.


  • Horizontal spindle machines
  • Vertical spindle machines
main parts of the machine
Main parts of the machine.
  • The Base
  • The Column
  • The Knee
  • The Saddle
  • The Table
  • The Spindle
  • The Arbor
  • The Overarm
milling process

Milling Process

i.e. How the cutters cut

milling processes
Milling Processes


Milling is a metal removal process by means of using a rotating cutter having one or more cutting teeth Cutting action is carried out by feeding the workpiece against the rotating cutter.

Thus, the spindle speed, the table feed, the depth of cut, and the rotating direction of the cutter become the main parameters of the process. Good results can only be achieved with a well balanced settings of these parameters.

up cut milling
In up cut milling, the cutter rotates in a direction opposite to the table feed.

It is conventionally used in most milling operations because the backlash between the leadscrew and the nut of the machine table can be eliminated.

Up Cut Milling
down cut milling
In down cut milling, the cutter rotates in the same direction as the table feed.

This method is also known as Climb Milling

can only be used on machines equipped with a backlash eliminator or on a CNC milling machine.

This method, when properly treated, will require less power in feeding the table and give a better surface finish on the workpiece

Down Cut Milling

Plain MillingPlain milling is the milling of a flat surface with the axis of the cutter parallel to the machining surface. It can be carried out either on a horizontal machine or a vertical machine

End MillingEnd Milling is the milling of a flat surface with the axis of the cutter perpendicular to the machining surface
gang milling
Gang milling is a horizontal milling operation that utilises three or more milling cutters grouped together for the milling of a complex surface in one pass.Gang Milling
straddle milling
In straddle milling, a group of spacers is mounted in between two side and face milling cutters on the spindle arbor as shown. Straddle Milling
cutting tools for horizontal milling
Arbour Mounted

a. Slab Mills

For heavy cutting of large and flat surfaces.

Cutting Tools for Horizontal Milling
b. Side and Face Cutters

This type of cutters has cutting edges on the periphery and sides of the teeth for cutting shoulders and slots.

c. Slitting Saws

For cutting deep slots or for parting off.

cutting tools for vertical milling
Chuck Mounted

a. End Mills

Commonly used for facing, slotting and profile milling.

Cutting tools for Vertical Milling
b. Rough Cut End Mills

For rapid metal removal.

c. Slot Drills

For producing pockets without drilling a hole before hand.

d. Face Milling Cutters

For heavy cutting.

swivel base and vice
Swivel Base and Vice

The plain milling machine vice is used for holding work which has parallel sides. The vice is bolted directly to the table using the T-slots in the machine table. The plain vice can be accompanied by a swivel base as shown below enabling the vice to be rotated to different angles.

universal angle milling vice
For machining operations involving compound angles, a universal vice is commonly used

The universal vice allows the operator to tilt the workpiece 90 degrees in the vertical plane as well as swivel it 360 degrees in the horizontal plane

Universal Angle Milling Vice
using the vice
Locate the part in the center of the vice. This equalizes the pressure on the vice jaws

Holding the workpiece off center puts unequal pressure on the vice jaws.  This can cause the piece to loosen up.

Keep the workpiece as low in the vice as possible

Work that extends out of the vice has a greater chance of loosening up under cutting conditions.

v blocks
  • V-Blocks hold and support round work for milling or drilling
v blocks are typically clamped directly to the table
V-Blocks are typically clamped directly to the table
  • A V-Block and a strap clamp being used to clamp a round part to the table.
angle plates
Angle Plates
  • An angle plate is an L shaped piece of Cast Iron or Steel that has tapped holes or slots to facilitate the clamping of the workpiece.
  • Angle plates are used when parts need to have machining operations performed at a 90 degree angle to the axis of the table.
direct mounting to the table
Direct Mounting to the Table
  • Work that is too large or has an odd configuration is usually bolted directly to the table. This method of work holding takes the most ingenuity and expertise.
  • Parallels are pieces of steel bar stock accurately machines so that the opposing sides are parallel to each other.
  • Parallels are provided in sets of two with identical dimensions.
Parallels are used in order to provide clearance under the work so the cutting tool does not damage the machine table or the vise base
dividing head
Dividing Head
  • A dividing head is a tool that is used to divide a circle into equal divisions.

Indexing Plates

Sector Arms