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The milling process removes material by performing many small, separate cuts, typically using a high-speed cutter. In face milling, the end corners of the cutter are used to cut flat surfaces into the metal being worked.

The cutters in milling usually move perpendicular to their axis, ensuring that cutting occurs of the circumference of the cutter. Through shear deformation, metal is pushed off the surface of the piece being milled.

The face milling process produces a very flat surface, but can leave visible marks from the cutter. An intelligent monitoring system with classification software will automatically detect any surface defects that fall outside of acceptable parameters.
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