The role of a machinist is very important for ensuring all metal components and parts are produced and designed in a manner that conforms to the highest industry quality standards. Also, the machining process has to be managed safely and reliably to avoid the possibility of injuries in the workplace, or damage to the machine tools used for cutting materials and metal components.
These requirements mean that a machinist must be highly skilled and adept in carrying out complex milling and turning tasks. This is especially true with regards to a CNC milling machine, due to the variety of tools and programmable settings that have to be configured to ensure the effective quality of finished parts. Following are the skills and training that a machinist is required to undertake.
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A machinist is someone who is tasked with using machine tools to produce or amend metal parts to suit different industrial applications from shipbuilding and power generation use to electric motor components and industrial valve making. Unlike in the past, a machinist is required to work with a certain set of machine tools to cut metal objects to meet specific size, shape, and weight.
Over the years, the machine tools required by a machinist have evolved gradually and are generally utilized in the case of computerized numerical control (CNC) machines for milling and turning. These machines enable point-to-point precision and accuracy that is required for producing industry standard metal parts and equipments.
In this post, we will look at the different types of machine tools that a machinist is required to use to cut metal parts and components.
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Milling is just one of the many crucial machining processes used to shape metals and other materials into the desired shape and dimensions. In milling, a cutting tool which rotates at a high speed is utilized to remove undesired material from the workpiece. The tool is moved at a certain angle with the tool’s axis. It can be carried out on small parts as well as on large heavier components.
The process of milling is done through a milling machine or a mill. Before the advent of computing technology, milling was performed manually by hand or mechanically. Nowadays, it is conducted through computer numerical control milling machines.