Milling steel for intricate parts or moldmaking requires the precision and superior suface finish delivered by DATRON high-speed machining centers.

MILLING Steel

 

DATRON machining centers are well suited to steel milling and engraving applications like moldmaking where precision, superior surface finish, and intricate detail are requirements. Our technology is ideal for micro-machining applications where the use of small tools and high RPM is required. In the milling of steel molds and dies, DATRON machines are known for their ability to significantly reduce cycle times. When milling steel to produce 3D forms with complex geometries, DATRON equipment offers efficient programming and superior surface finishes. Here are some features that give you an advantage in steel milling applications:

 

  • Vacuum Table Workholding - vacuum tables from 12" x 18" up to 24" x 36" for quick setup of stainless steel sheet material
  • Probing / Surface Scanning - scans surface, recognizes irregular work-piece topography and compensates for it dynamically
  • Automatic Tool Changer - up to 45 tool stations depending on machine model, includes tool-length and breakage detection
  • Pneumatic Clamping Systems - pneumatic, shortstroke clamps that minimize setup times for redundant processes
  • 5-Axis Capability - integrated trunnion-style rotary axis for multisided milling of aluminum (watch video)
  • Automation - digital I/O allows for installation of 3rd party devices and full control through the machining program

 

LEARN MORE: View our Steel Milling Showcase (at the bottom of the page) and download our steel engraving case studies (below):

 

Engraving Case Study Download detailing Hallmark's use of DATRON high speed CNC machining centers for the engraving of embossing diesHy-Tech Forming Case Study Download - hardened steel thermoforming molds and match metal stamping dies.

 

Engraving Case Study Download detailing Hallmark's use of DATRON high speed CNC machining centers for the engraving of embossing diesStamping Die Application Notes - Machining strategies including feeds, speeds and tooling for making a stamping die.

 

Milling Machines for Steel Milling - While all DATRON machines are designed for milling steel, here are a few specific models that you may want to look at: M8Cube, M10Pro, MLCube (see page bottom for reasons).

 

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Part of our sales process is to qualify our equipment for your application. We have a staff of product specialists and application engineers who can help to address your specific challenges.

 

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Steel Milling Parts Showcase (Sample Photos):

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Machining Cenetrs for Milling Steel:
The M8Cube is an ideal machine for milling steel because its 40” x 32” x 9” work area has ample room for various workholding setups like pneumatic clamps, vacuum tables to hold stainless steel sheet material and even a trunnion-style 5-axis system. Precision-ground ball screws, linear guides and brushless direct drives provide superior accuracy in all axes. Optional XYZ probing recognizes irregular surfaces and compensate for them dynamically.

The M10 Pro is our fasted most accurate machine with linear scales for high position accuracy across the entire work envelope (ISO 230). With a 41" x 35" travel the M10 is capable of rapid rates up to 30 meters per minute. When the shortest cycle times or mirror finish surfaces are required, the M10 is the way to go. Plus, the liquid-chilled, 40,000 RPM spindle is exceptionally suited to rapid, high-volume material removal. The solid granite table adds rigidity for precision milling.

Now, if an extremely large work area is required, as is the case for milling large stainless steel sheet material, the MLCube is a large format milling machine that is ideally suited. The 60" x 40" travel of the MLCube can be equipped with a QuadraMate Vacuum Table to hold large sheets up to 24" x 36". Aside from the large machining area, the specifications for the MLCube are similar to the M8Cube.