Speeds and Feeds Expert Guide


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Take the next step up from Beginner to Intermediate Feeds and Speeds Knowledge.  You’ll learn how to improve your surface finish, all about tool deflection, how to choose the best Cut Depth and Cut Width, Climb vs Conventional Milling, and a host of other valuable tips and techniques.

This page contains a library of resources to help you with these Expert Topics


Material Removal Rate [Optimizing MRR for Bigger Profits]

Here’s where you’ll learn how to optimize your Material Removal Rate, one of the key metrics affecting your CNC business success.

Carbide Drill Speeds and Feeds

Carbide Drills last 10-20x longer than HSS and Cobalt drills and they can remove material at 2-4x the rate.  While they are more expensive, their performance makes them the cheapest hole-making tool available.

High Speed Machining (HSM) [ Definitive Guide ]

Here’s where you’ll learn how High speed machining (HSM)–also called trochoidal milling, adaptive clearing, volumill, and more–is a milling technique that can increase material removal rates, reduce cycle time, and increase tool life.

Plunge Milling / Roughing: CNC Secret Weapon [ Complete Guide ]

Have you got a tough job ahead, either because your machine is too lightweight or because of challenging geometry on the part (deep pockets, for example)?  What about because of a tough to machine material like Titanium?  If so, maybe Plunge Milling (also called Plunge Roughing) is the answer.

Chatter in Machining: Stop Machining Chatter

In this resource you’ll learn what Chatter is and how to manage it.

Micromachining, Micro Drill, Milling, & Machines [ Definitive Guide ]

In this resource you’ll learn how to micro-machine.  Makino says micro-milling involves features smaller than about 0.001″ (what they actually say is smaller than 0.00098″). A little more common definition says it involves cutters smaller than 0.015″ in diameter and tolerances measured in tenths. Either way, these are very small numbers.

What is Cryogenic Machining?

In this resource you’ll learn what cryogenic machining is and how it might help you.

Trochoidal Milling

In this resource you’ll learn what trochoidal milling is and how it might help you.

Coming Soon

Tips for Longer Tool Life

Recipes for Increasing Workholding Rigidity

Recipes for Toolholders and Tooling

Long Reach Tools, Thin Walls, and Other Rigidity Challenges

Milling Tough Materials

Using a Cutting Knowledge Base to Beat Manufacturer’s Recommended Feeds and Speeds

Recently updated on March 17th, 2024 at 12:47 pm