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close this bookCutting by Milling - Course: Techniques for Machining of Material. Instruction Examples for Practical Vocational Training
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Instruction example 6.2.: Measuring point

A strip shaped bar stock at a length of 550 mm has to be cut with a metal slitting saw blade into one-off parts by cutting by milling.


St 60 (structural steel, tensile strength 600 - 750 MPa)



20 x 24 x 50 mm (finishing sizes)

Milling machine

Horizontal milling machine


End face mill (Ø 100 mm), metal slitting saw blade (Ø 125 - 160 mm x 2.5 - 3 mm), cutter arbors (short and long), machine vice, chucking screws, flat file, keys

Measuring and testing means

Vernier caliper, bevelled edge square, steel square


Separating jaws for the machine vice, stop bar for the separating jaws, chip brush, hand broom, cleaning rag, T-slot cleaner, tongues for the machine vies

Required previous knowledge

To read a drawing, to measure and to test, to set-up and to operate horizontal and vertical milling machines, face milling

Sequence of operations


1. Batch-quantity (number of the bars) and length control

Comparison with the specifications of the work accompanying data sheets

2. Functional test and lubrication of the milling machine

Lubrication and oil-level check according to the lubrication schedule

3. Fixing and adjusting the machine vice (along the machine table)

Adjustment, localization by means of tongues and steel square

4. Clamping in the cutter arbor (short) and fastening of an end face mill (about Ø 100 mm)

The short arbor and the end face mill are provided for face milling of one side of the bar stock.

5. Setting-up the coolant and the milling protective systems

6. Clamping in the bar stock in multi-piece clamping (2-4 bars)

The workpieces should be clamped in so that they stand out from the vice only short.

7. Fixing the cutting values for face milling

The values should be taken from the nomogram or a table.

8. Position the milling table into working position

9. Scratch marking at rotating mill and "clean milling" of the end faces

"To mill clean" does mean that the cut is as low as possible.

10. Declamp the workpieces, deburr, clean and control of the angularity and surface finish

Use proper files only - otherwise there is an injury hazard!

11. Changing the cutter arbor and the milling tool - fixing the coolant and the milling protective systems

Clamping in the cutter arbor (long) and fastening the metal slitting saw blade.

12. Placing the separating jaws into the machine vice

Separating jaws should only be used batchwise.

13. Clamping in two bars for cutting by milling after having fixed a length feed stop

When clamping in the work-pieces, they should be arranged with the milled end face to the length feed stop.

14. Fixing the cutting values for cutting by milling

The values should be taken from the nomogram or a table.

15. Position the milling table into the working position

To be positioned into the X-Y-Z-direction

16. Start cutting with the rotating metal slitting saw blade by manual adjustment of the milling table

Make a dimensional inspection and a possible correction after having started cutting (length size 50 mm).

17. Cutting by milling of the first workpiece after a possible correction of the length size

The rotating metal slitting saw blade should be observed permanently and in case of disturbances (e.g. "standstill") the machine should be switched off.

18. Declamp, deburr, and clean the workpiece and do a quality control.

Control of the dimensional accuracy angularity, parallelism and surface finish

19. Continuation of the cutting by milling at a permanent control of the quality requirements

With a large number of pieces a timely changing of the metal slitting saw blade is recommended.

Measuring point