Aluminum is one of the most commonly machined metals, as it is very economical and allows a high spindle speed as well as heavy cuts. Using the optimal milling speed as recommended by the cutting tool's manufacturer can permit increased depth of cut and reduce chatter, allowing smoother, and more effective metal removal. Determining the right speeds and feeds for your tool and your application can be a complicated, but being informed of the tool manufacturer's recommendations and understanding a tool's ideal speed (revolutions per minute or RPM) based on cutter diameter, operation, and material, is necessary before you start running your machine. Running a tool too fast can cause suboptimal chip size or in the worst case, catastrophic tool failure. Conversely, running a tool too slow can result in poor finish, deflection, or decreased metal removal rates. If you are unsure what the ideal RPM for your job is, refer to our aluminum milling speed and feeds guide, or contact our tech team or the tool's manufacturer directly.
We've compiled aluminum milling speed charts and recommendations from AB Tools, Korloy, Promax and Rushmore USA Tools, and created a downloadable PDF guide that puts this invaluable reference readily at your fingertips. Remove the guesswork from your aluminum milling applications and approach each job using the optimal speed recommended to ensure increased productivity and efficiency, as well as smoother machining and a more professional finish.
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Download our valuable aluminum milling speed & feeds guide for manufacturer recommendations and remove the guesswork from your machining! Find aluminum milling speed and feed charts from manufacturers including:
- AB Tools
- Rushmore USA Tools