While most people simply associate high-speed machining with faster spindle speed, there’s more to it than just having a faster spindle. The entire machine must be considered. This includes machine integrity, machine construction, thermal compensation, motion control systems, tool retention and many more features that must be considered before deciding any machine is up to the task.
In the past, the finish machining was conducted with the use of EDM technology. The process was effective, but it left most shops looking for more efficient and quicker ways to produce their products. This led to the evolution of CAD/CAM software and technology and as new and more efficient toolpath generation became readily available the inclusion of these advanced CAM systems began to grow as well. While these advances were mainly focused on the industry revolving around die molds, it has become much more widespread in its use and well-known across the globe. It is now present in all areas of manufacturing. While it has proven quite effective at removing large segments of material quickly, it has also proven to be effective when machining thin-walled features also.
While the machine tool itself must be strong and equipped well enough for high-speed machining, the real awesomeness is found in the toolpath created by today’s advanced CAM software packages. The skill to produce a cutter path with constant chip load and tool engagement is where the real magic is found. Controlling the toolpath and controlling the amount of material that the tool will engage allows for a much greater increase in cutting parameters. Even small diameter tooling can be pushed far past the traditional limitations it faced in the past.
To learn more about our machining processes and how we can help you with your project, contact our machine shop in San Jose, CA.