Methods And Skills For Milling Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is a relatively common and difficult material to machine, but with some cutting skills, cutting is not as difficult as you think.

The characteristics of milling stainless steel are: the adhesion and fusion of stainless steel are strong, and the chips are easy to adhere to the cutter teeth of the milling cutter, which deteriorates the cutting conditions. During up-milling, the cutter teeth first slide on the hardened surface, increasing the The tendency of work hardening; the impact and vibration are large during milling, which makes the teeth of the milling cutter easy to chip and wear.

Except for end mills and some end mills, which can be used as milling cutter tooth material for milling stainless steel, other types of milling cutters are made of high-speed steel, especially tungsten-molybdenum and high-vanadium high-speed steel, which have good results. The tool durability can be 1-2 times higher than that of W18Cr4V. Carbide grades suitable for making stainless steel milling cutters include YG8, YW2, 813, 798, YS2T, YS30, YS25, etc.milling-tools


When milling stainless steel, the cutting edge needs to be both sharp and shock-resistant, and the chip flute needs to be large. Large helix angle milling cutters (cylindrical milling cutters, end milling cutters) can be used, the helix angle b is increased from 20° to 45° (gn=5°), and the tool durability can be increased by more than 2 times, because at this time the work of the milling cutter The rake angle g0e is increased from 11° to more than 27°, and milling is brisk. However, the b value should not be too large, especially for end mills with b≤35°, so as not to weaken the teeth.

Using wave-edge end mills to process stainless steel pipes or thin-walled parts, the cutting is light, the vibration is small, the chips are fragile, and the workpiece is not deformed. High-speed milling with carbide end mills and milling of stainless steel with indexable end mills can achieve good results.

Milling 1Cr18Ni9Ti with silver chip (SWC) end mill, its geometric parameters are gf=5°, gp=15°, af=15°, ap=5°, kr=55°, k′r=35°, g01= -30°, bg=0.4mm, re=6mm, when Vc=50~90 m/min, Vf=630~750mm/min, a′p=2~6mm and the feed per tooth reaches 0.4~0.8mm , the milling force is reduced by 10% to 15%, the milling power is reduced by 44%, and the efficiency is greatly improved. The principle is to grind a negative chamfer on the main cutting edge, and artificially generate a built-up edge during milling, so that it can replace the cutting edge for cutting. As a result, the built-up edge is subjected to a thrust parallel to the cutting edge generated by a rake face and becomes secondary chips outflow, thereby taking away the cutting heat and reducing the cutting temperature.

When milling stainless steel, climb milling should be used as much as possible. The asymmetric climb milling method can ensure that the cutting edge is smoothly cut away from the metal, the chip bonding contact area is small, and it is easy to be thrown off under the action of high-speed centrifugal force, so as to prevent the chip from impacting the rake face when the cutter teeth re-cut into the workpiece. Peeling and chipping phenomenon, improve the durability of the tool.

The spray cooling method has the most significant effect, which can increase the durability of the milling cutter by more than one time; if the general 10% emulsion is used for cooling, the flow rate of the cutting fluid should be fully cooled. When milling stainless steel with carbide milling cutter, take Vc=70~150 m/min, Vf=37.5~150 mm/min, and make appropriate adjustments according to different alloy grades and workpiece materials.

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