Mechanical milling is the process by which a large machine uses all manner of tools to create certain effects on metal, wood, and plastic. The machines can bore, cut, chisel, miter, bolt, fasten, and even weld materials. While this is fairly common knowledge, there are some milling processes that are even more interesting than the general stuff offered.
Boring is the process whereby holes are made into, and sometimes straight through, a material. The result is a perfectly cylindrical hole into which you can pour concrete or cement, or insert rebar, wood dowels, or some other fastener. Conical boring, however, is more interesting because it creates an inverted cone-shaped hole. When used on metal, this creates a metal cone that dips below the bottom edge of the material. What you might use it for remains to be seen, but watching the process of a cone-shaped bit bore into the thick slab of metal is like nothing else you have ever seen.
Split Laser Cuts
This application of a modern milling machine (with laser applications!) uses a refractor to split the laser into several directions. The result is a simultaneous cut of the material into specific angular cuts, something which may prove very useful if you need material cut that quickly, with that much precision, and cut into the angled pieces you have requested.
Stamped engraving on metal is a custom process. It is custom because the stamped form is first made according to your specifications. Then the "stamp" is inverted above another metal slab. The unstamped and unmodified slab is heated until the metal seems soft, and then the stamp hanging over head is pressed heavily into the unstamped slab. The result is an image which appears engraved. A quick run through an acid bath, and the image is cast and darkened.
This particular milling process requires multiple steps and tools from the machine. You may choose to use it for creating unique signs or wall art for a bar and restaurant. You could also use it to create life-size game boards (e.g., human chess), to drop in a local park. With an excellent imagination you could do a lot with the stamped engraving process.
Other Unique Millwork Processes
There are dozens of millwork processes that go unused on these machines. There simply are no regular uses for them. However, if a customer were to come along and request a custom this or that, the machinist can find which application and tool on the machine can do that. Contact ac company, like Allied High Tech, for more help.