Ball nose end mill is a type of milling cutter used in machining applications. It has a hemispherical tip that is designed to create rounded contours, grooves, and other 3D shapes on a workpiece. Ball nose end mills are commonly used in the manufacturing of molds, dies, and other complex parts that require intricate shapes and contours.
The ball nose end mill is typically made of high-speed steel or carbide, and it comes in a variety of sizes and shapes to suit different machining applications. The diameter of the ball nose end mill can range from a few millimeters to several centimeters, with larger sizes being used for roughing and smaller sizes for finishing operations.
When using a ball nose end mill, it is important to consider the material being machined, the depth of cut, the spindle speed, and the feed rate. These factors can have a significant impact on the performance of the end mill and the quality of the finished part. Properly selecting and using a ball nose end mill can help achieve high-quality machining results and improve productivity in manufacturing operations.
Advantages of Carbide Ball Nose End Mills
Carbide ball nose end mills have become a popular choice for machining applications because they offer numerous advantages over other types of end mills. Not only are they very hard and wear-resistant, but they also have high rigidity and low deflection which allows them to create precise and accurate cuts with tight tolerances. Furthermore, they can withstand high-speed cutting and heavy loads without becoming dull or breaking. Additionally, carbide ball nose end mills are available in a wide range of sizes and shapes, which makes them suitable for a variety of machining applications. Lastly, they can be coated with various materials like titanium nitride (TiN) and titanium carbonitride (TiCN) to improve their performance and extend their tool life.
Parameters of a Ball Nose End Mill
The parameters of a ball nose end mill vary depending on the application and the manufacturer. Some of the common parameters include:
- Diameter: The diameter of the ball nose end mill is typically measured in millimeters or inches and refers to the size of the tool's cutting edge.
- Flute length: The flute length of the end mill refers to the length of the cutting portion of the tool. This parameter is important for determining the maximum depth of cut that the end mill can achieve.
- Number of flutes: The number of flutes on a ball nose end mill refers to the number of cutting edges on the tool. End mills can have 2, 3, 4, or more flutes, with each additional flute providing additional cutting edges and potentially improving the surface finish of the machined part.
- Shank diameter: The shank diameter of the end mill is the size of the portion of the tool that is held in the tool holder. This parameter is important for ensuring that the end mill is compatible with the machine's spindle.
- Overall length: The overall length of the end mill refers to the total length of the tool, including the cutting portion and the shank. This parameter is important for determining the tool's reach and for ensuring that it can be used in the desired application.
- Coating: The end mill may be coated with various materials to improve its performance and extend its tool life. Common coatings include titanium nitride (TiN), titanium carbonitride (TiCN), and aluminum titanium nitride (AlTiN).
- Cutting parameters: The cutting parameters for a ball nose end mill include the spindle speed, feed rate, and depth of cut. These parameters will vary depending on the material being machined, the size of the end mill, and the desired surface finish.
How Ball Nose End Mills Can Be Used
Ball nose end mills are versatile tools that can be used to machine a wide range of materials. Some common materials that these tools can be used to machine include metals, plastics, composites, wood, ceramics, and glass.
Metals such as aluminum, copper, brass, and steel can be machined using ball nose end mills for roughing, finishing, and contouring operations. Plastics such as acrylic, polycarbonate, and nylon can be cut into complex shapes and contours with tight tolerances. Ball nose end mills can also be used to machine composite materials like carbon fiber and fiberglass without causing delamination or other damage.
When it comes to wood and other soft materials, ball nose end mills can be used to machine furniture, cabinetry, and other wooden products. For ceramics such as alumina, zirconia, and silicon nitride, ball nose end mills can be used for cutting with high precision and without causing cracking or chipping. Moreover, ball nose end mills can be used to machine glass, although specialized tools and techniques may be required to create intricate patterns and shapes.
SUPAL Double Flute Ball Nose Milling Cutter Milling Tool
This SUPAL milling cutter is a double flute ball nose milling tool with a cutting edge angle of 45°, cutting edge length of 15mm, shank diameter of 6mm, radial rake angle of -7°, and corner radius of 0.5mm.
It is made in Changzhou, Jiangsu, China.
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The Ball Nose End Mill is packaged and shipped in a cardboard or wooden box. The box should be large enough to accommodate the mill and any accessories. The box should be secured with tape and labeled with the customer's information. The box should then be placed in a larger shipping box and securely sealed. The shipping box should also be labeled with the customer's information and the contents of the package.