This article commences with a schematic illustration of a wide range of cutter configurations available for use in milling operations. It describes the various types of milling machines classified based on the type of construction, such as knee-and-column type, bed-type, planer-type, and special type. The article discusses mechanical-electric, mechanical-hydraulic, mechanical-electric-hydraulic, and numerical control of milling machines. It describes various types of milling cutters, such as peripheral mills, face mills, end mills, and special mills. Milling cutters, such as solid milling cutters, inserted-blade cutters, and indexable-insert cutters, are also discussed. The article explains the capabilities and limitations of peripheral milling, face milling, and end milling methods. It concludes with a comparison of milling with broaching, planing or shaping, and grinding.
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