At Mico Machine, our expert team delivers high-quality precision aerospace and petroleum components. To ensure that we meet even the strictest requirements and specifications, our manufacturing and machining facility is equipped with the very best in machine tools, including CNC horizontal and vertical milling equipment.
Our CNC milling machines include:
- (1) Model a71 Makino 4-Axis 2-Pallet Horizontal Machining Center (60 Tool Magazine) (x) 28.7” (y) 28.7” (z) 31.5”
- (1) Model a81 Makino 4-Axis 2-Pallet Horizontal Machining Center (137 Tool Magazine) (x) 35.4” (y) 31.5” (z) 40.1”
- (1) Model FH550S Toyoda 4-Axis 2-Pallet Horizontal Machining Center (121 Tool Magazine) (x) 29.5” (y) 31.5” (z) 33.5”
- (1) 5-axis Model VF-6/50 Haas Vertical Machining Center (30 tool) 64.00” (x) 32.00” (y) 30.00” (z)
- (3) Model MB5000H Okuma 4-Axis 2-Pallet Horizontal Machining Centers 30” X, 30” Y 30” Z
- (1) 5-axis Model VF-7 Haas Vertical Machining Center (20 tool) 84.00” (x) 32.00” (y) 30.00” (z)
- (4) 3-axis Model VF-1 Haas Vertical Machining Centers (20 tool) with 20” (x) 16” (y) 20” (z) w/4th. Axis Capability
- (2) 5-axis Model VF-4 Haas Vertical Machining Center (24 tool) 50.00” (x) 28.00” (y) 25.00” (z)
- (1) 4-axis Model VF-3 Haas Vertical Machining Center (20 tool) with 40” (x) 20” (y) 25” (z)
Mico Machine also offers manual milling services, which encompasses the following machines:
- (1) Clausing Vertical Milling Machine with 6” x 15” Capacity
- (4) Model J Bridgeport Vertical Milling Machines with 12” x 24” Capacity
We highly encourage you to check out our complete list of machining and quality assurance equipment here. Here is more information to explore more about CNC milling, including what it is and how it works.
What Is CNC Milling?
CNC milling is part of an umbrella of CNC machining services. In CNC machining, machine tools are directed by instructions that are entered into a computer program. CNC milling is a type of machining process that utilizes computerized controls along with a rotating multipoint cutting tool to subtract material from a workpiece.
CNC milling is used to produce a variety of precision parts for many industries and applications. These parts include:
- Automotive brackets, gears, pins, and shafts
- Aerospace steering equipment
- Commercial equipment and tools
- Electronics, such as motherboards and intricate electrical parts
- Medical equipment
- Transportation equipment
CNC milling is suitable for machining a wide range of materials, including both metals and plastics, so it can be challenging to select the right one for your application. To select the right material for your project, there are many factors to consider, including material requirements, cost, surface finish, the environment in which the material will be used, and mechanical performance.
Advantages & Applications of CNC Milling
Though manual milling is still an important method for some cases, CNC milling is more advanced and provides a wide range of benefits, including:
- High production. CNC milling can produce thousands of pieces in a short amount of time.
- Less labor. Because a computer program controls the equipment, there is little requirement for skilled labor to perform the milling functions.
- Precision. Since CNC milling is an automated process, it increases precision by eliminating the risk of human labor.
- Uniformity. CNC milling allows the same part to be produced over and over again with uniform dimensions.
These advantages make CNC milling a popular machining option in many industries, including automotive, aerospace, oil and gas, mining, metal fabrication, and more.
Vertical vs. Horizontal Milling Machines: What Are the Differences?
Vertical milling machines feature a vertical spindle that holds and rotates the cutting tool against the stationary workpiece. This is the most common type of milling machine, and they are most ideal for short-run applications and projects that are mostly worked on a single side.
Horizontal milling machines feature a horizontal spindle orientation, which allows for machining at higher speeds. The spindle contains a rotating cutting tool that presses against the workpiece to remove material from it. This type of milling machine is ideal for facing and pocketing applications as well as for parts requiring large volumes of material removal.
In general, horizontal milling is a better choice for complex projects that require heavier materials, while vertical milling offers a more simple machining option for less intricate applications.
Choose CNC Milling Services at Mico Machine
For over 40 years, Mico Machine has been providing precision machining services with a commitment to delivering accurate, high-quality parts for our customers in the aerospace and petroleum industries. Our facility is AS9100D / ISO 9001:2015 certified, and we are also certified by Nadcap for nondestructive testing and chemical processing. To learn more about milling services at Mico Machine, reach out to us today.