Horizontal Milling Machine Vertical Milling Machine
Used for general purpose milling operations, column and knee type milling
machines are the most common milling machines. The spindle to which the
milling cutter is may be horizontal (slab milling) or vertical (face and
end milling). The basic components a re:
Bed type Machines
In bed type machines, the work table is mounted directly on the bed,
which replaces the knee, and can move only longitudinally. These machines
have high stiffness and are used for high production work.
Planer machines are similar to bed type machines but are equipped with
several cutters and heads to mill various surfaces.
Rotary Table Machines
Rotary table machines are similar to vertical milling machines and are
equipped with one or more heads to do face milling operations.
Tracer Controlled Machines
Tracer controlled machines reproduce parts from a master model. They
are used in the automotive and aerospace industries fro machining complex
parts and dies.
Computer Numerical Control(CNC) Machines
Various milling machine components are being replaced rapidly with computer
numerical control(CNC) machines. These machine tools are versatile and
are capable of milling, drilling, boring and tapping with repetitive accuracy.