Ball-Mills Versus End-Mills for Curved Surface Machining

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G. W. Vickers, K. W. Quan

University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C.

J. Eng. Ind 111(1), 22-26 (Feb 01, 1989) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3188728 History: Received January 26, 1987; Online July 30, 2009


The use of end-mills for machining low curvature surfaces is examined in relation to the more popular ball-mills. End-mills are shown to give a better match to the required surface geometry and hence reduce the number of surface passes required. They also have a much better efficiency of material removal and longer tool life. It is shown that the use of end-mills for curved surface work can typically reduce the overall cutting time by a factor of twenty-four.

Copyright © 1989 by ASME
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