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Basic Milling Procedures

Basic Milling Procedures

The Basic Milling Procedures course covers the setup and use of the horizontal milling machine, and describes the functions of basic cutters and attachments. Uses "hands-on" projects so trainees actually gain experience on the milling machine. Includes a work-holding fixture project that can have practical value in the shop when finished. A prerequisite to this course is 323 - Machine Shop Job Analysis.

TPC Training  is authorized by IACET to offer 0.5 CEUs for this program.

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TPC Training is authorized by IACET to offer 0.5 CEUs for Basic Milling Procedures online training.

Lesson 1 - Using the Horizontal Milling Machine


Milling machine parts and functions; Vertical milling attachments; Speed and feed; Depth of cut; Lubricants; coolants

Learning Objectives:
– Identify the major parts of a universal horizontal milling machine and their functions.
– Define the use of a vertical milling attachment.
– Compute the milling spindle speed and the machine table feed rate.
– Install and align a workpiece in a V-block.
– Install and align a workpiece in a milling machine vise.

Lesson 2 - Slab Milling Procedures


Slab milling cutters; Installing the arbor and cutter; Speed and feed selection; Depth of cut; Alignment; Trial cut; Rough milling; Finish milling cut

Learning Objectives:
– Select and install a slab milling cutter on a Style B arbor.
– Install a Style B arbor with cutter, spacers, key, and bearing sleeve into a horizontal milling machine.
– Complete a rough slab milling cut on a workpiece.
– Complete a finish slab milling cut on a workpiece.

Lesson 3 - Milling Slots and Angles


Aligning cutter and workpiece; Milling a slot; Angle milling; Angular milling with a vertical milling attachment; Milling a dovetail

Learning Objectives:
– Mill a slot with the cutter in a horizontal and a vertical spindle position.
– Use a T-slot cutter in both a horizontal and vertical spindle position.
– Angle mill a bevel from both a horizontal and vertical spindle position.
– Use adapters for shank-type cutters.
– Cut a female dovetail in a workpiece using a dovetail cutter.

Lesson 4 - Straddle, Side, and Face Milling


Selecting, mounting, and aligning the cutters; Machine setup; Making the first cut; Using trig functions for the final cut; Face milling

Learning Objectives:
– Select, set up, and align straddle milling cutters on a Style B arbor.
– Straddle mill a workpiece.
– Cut an angular step using a side milling cutter.
– Face the side of a workpiece with a shell end mill.
– Face a broad workpiece surface using a face mill.

Lesson 5 - Milling Keyseats, Squares, and Flats


Keyseats for square and woodruff keys; Selecting and installing the cutter; Depth of cut; Speeds and feeds; Using automatic feed controls; Milling squares on round work; Milling tangs and flats

Learning Objectives:
– Select and install a standard Woodruff keyseat cutter.
– Mill a keyseat with rounded ends (for a square key) and a Woodruff keyseat (for a Woodruff key) in a workpiece.
– Make a plunge cut with a two-fluted end mill.
– Mill a square on the end of a shaft.
– Mill a tang and a flat on a cylindrical workpiece.