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Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Milling is the most common form of CNC. CNC mills can perform the functions of drilling and often turning. CNC Mills are classified according to the number of axes that they possess. Axes are labelled as x and y for horizontal movement, and z for vertical movement. CNC milling machines are traditionally programmed using a set of commands known as G-codes. G-codes represent specific CNC functions in alphanumeric format. During CNC milling, the computer translates the design into instructions on how the drill needs to move to create the shape. Typically, the drill can move up down, or tilt at an angle, and the table moves the part laterally. For complex parts, the part may need to be rotated at some point in the milling process. Because the process is run by a computer, high resolutions, and greater throughput are possible.


All cutters that are used in milling can be found in a variety of materials, which will determine the cutter's properties and the workpiece materials for which it is best suited. These properties include the cutter's hardness, toughness, and resistance to wear. Milling can be performed on workpiece in variety of materials, including most metals and plastics. The materials that are used in this milling is aluminium alloy 2024. Aluminium alloy 2024 is an aluminium alloy, with copper as the primary alloying element. It is used in applications requiring high strength to weight ratio, as well as good fatigue resistance. It is wieldable only through friction welding, and has average machinability. This material has a dimension of 100mm x 100mm x 26mm and weight of 2 kg.

Figure 2.1 Material use; Aluminium Alloy 2024


Milling cutters are cutting tools typically used in milling machines or machining centres to perform milling operations. They remove material by their movement within the machine or directly from the cutter's shape. Milling cutters come in several shapes and many sizes. There is also a choice of coatings, as well as rake angle and number of cutting surfaces. Cutting tool in CNC milling such as flat End mill, counter drill, drill, face mill, slab mill, counter bore, and countersank.

Figure 3.1 Milling cutter tools


End milling -An end mill makes either peripheral or slot cuts, -determined by the step-over distance, across the workpiece in order to machine specified feature, such as a profile, slot, pocket, or even a complex surface contour.

Figure 3.2 End Mill Toolpath


Drilling -A drill enters the workpiece axially and cuts a hole with a diameter equal to that of the tool. -produce a blind hole, which extends to some depth inside the workpiece, or a through hole which extends completely through the workpiece.

Figure 3.2 Drilling Toolpath


Chamfer milling - A chamfer end mill makes a peripheral cut along an edge of the workpiece or a feature to create an angled surface. -A 45 degree angle, can be machined on either the exterior or interior of a part and can follow either a straight or curved path.


Face milling -A face mill machines a flat surface of the workpiece in order to provide a smooth finish. -The depth of the face, typically very small, may be machined in a single pass or may be reached by machining at a smaller axial depth of cut and making multiple passes.

Figure 3.3 Chamfer Mill Toolpath

Figure 3.2 Face Mill Toolpath