Machining aluminum alloys requires the use of appropriate cutting conditions and tools, because the material exhibits great flexibility. Depending on the alloying additions, the machinability of the material will be different, which should be taken into account when creating machining technology. Aluminum milling takes place at relatively high speeds and feeds. Of course, the selection of these parameters is influenced by a number of factors not only the type of alloy and tool, but also the power of the machine, the method of fixing the workpiece and tool.
When machining soft alloys, one should pay attention to the phenomenon of build-up on the tool’s edge. This phenomenon has a negative effect on tool life and surface quality. It is often caused by low cutting conditions. When choosing them should be guided by data from tool catalogs, and the knowledge of an experienced technologist or operator will be invaluable.
One way of machining aluminum alloys is high speed machining using Volumill technology. Thanks to the shape of paths generated by CAM software (such as Solidworks CAM or CAMWorks), we use the tool’s working length to the maximum extent, while ensuring its even load, as well as removing chips and heat. This way of working contributes to the extension of tool life and significantly shortens machining time.