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Property Name   Milling
ShapesSolid: Cubic, Solid: Complex
(Flat, Thin-walled: Cylindrical, Thin-walled: Cubic, Thin-walled: Complex, Solid: Cylindrical)
Part sizeLength: 0.04 - 72 in
Width: 0.04 - 72 in
MaterialsMetals, Alloy Steel, Carbon Steel, Cast Iron, Stainless Steel, Aluminum, Copper, Magnesium, Zinc
(Ceramics, Composites, Lead, Nickel, Tin, Titanium, Elastomer, Thermoplastics, Thermosets)
Surface finish - Ra (μin)32 - 125
(8 - 500)
Tolerance (in.)± 0.001
(± 0.0005)
Max wall thickness0.04 - 40
(0.04 - 72)
Quantity1 - 1000
(1 - 1000000)
Lead timeDays
AdvantagesAll materials compatible, Very good tolerances, Short lead times 
DisadvantagesLimited shape complexity, Part may require several operations and machines, High equipment cost, Significant tool wear, Large amount of scrap 
ApplicationsMachine components, engine components 
Typical values shown first (Feasible values in parentheses)

Disclaimer: All process specifications reflect the approximate range of a process's capabilities and should be viewed only as a guide. Actual capabilities are dependent upon the manufacturer, equipment, material, and part requirements.