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The Little Things – A Mini Mill Article: Part 1

The Little Things - A Mini Mill Article: Part 1

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It’s the little things. It’s the little things. Many times in life it’s the little things that make the biggest difference. The same goes for machining in many ways. You could have the best benchtop milling machine or lathe in the world, but if you don’t consider the “small” details of the machining process, you will never be able to produce a well machined part. Not to say that the quality of your mill itself is not important, because it is and without a rigi...

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The Little Things – A mini cnc mill article: Part 2

The Little Things - A mini cnc mill article: Part 2

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The first and best resource for anyone with a mini CNC mill is having a copy of the Machinery’s Handbook. Considered the “Bible for machinists”, this in depth book will answer all your questions. Its big and scary looking with an over load of information, but don’t be deterred. The best way to use the Machinery’s Handbook is to look up just exactly what you need to know and study that section. For our example it would be the Feeds and Speeds section. It will cov...

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Which 5-axis Mill is best for you

Which 5-axis Mill is best for you

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In this post I would like to go over the different 5-axis milling machine models MDA Precision offers, including their capabilities and which applications they are suited for. To begin, lets go over the TN5-V8-TC8 5-axis Mill. This system has a F1410LF mill base with Linear Guides. Compared to the standard metal on metal dove tail guides, linear guides offer many benefits including: - Less friction leading to better positioning accuracy. - Internal self lubrication ...

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The Machining Process: Benchtop Milling Machine

The Machining Process: Benchtop Milling Machine

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The Machining Process: When people think about machining, they normally visualize a mill or a lathe system making a part with chips and coolant flying around. What is important to remember is that the actual machining of a part is just one of three important steps of the machining process. The 3 major steps in the part creation process include: Step 1. CAD (Creating a 3D model of the part): Step 2. CAM (Creating a Tool Path/Machining Strategy): Step 3. Machining...

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