Making Sense of Machine Tool Thread Milling for Your Application

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ELK GROVE VILLAGE, IL, January 30, 2023 - 

When it comes to adding threads to a workpiece, the choice of method can make a significant difference to the outcome. 

For parts made from difficult-to-machine materials, thread mills have become an increasingly popular option. Unlike traditional tapping methods, thread mills use a cutting tool that is smaller than the hole size, making them well-suited for low-volume, high-precision applications. With thread milling becoming a well-established method in the industry, it's worth considering as an alternative approach. 

Machinist Advantages to Using Thread Milling

1. Increased Efficiency 

Machinists are able to create threads on a workpiece in one pass, without the need for multiple setups.

2. Greater Versatility

Thread milling tools can be made with a variety of cutting materials and can produce threads in a wide range of materials, including hard materials such as titanium and stainless steel.

3. Improved Accuracy

Shibaura Machine’s machine tools are equipped with advanced control systems that allow for precise and efficient thread production, ensuring high accuracy and repeatability of the threads.

4. Cost-effective

Thread milling requires no additional tools to change diameter, which also means fewer taps to store and less overall maintenance of tools.

5. Flexibility

Thread milling can be used to produce both internal and external threads, and can also be used to create threads on irregularly shaped parts.

The medical device and aerospace industries particularly benefit from thread milling. It offers a better quality thread than traditional methods by allowing for clearance to evacuate chips that would otherwise be forced to evacuate through the thread form.

Experience the Precision and Efficiency of Thread Milling with Shibaura Machine Tools

Shibaura Machine machine tools are a preferred choice for thread milling because of their precision and reliability. We offer a wide range of CNC thread milling machines that are designed to produce threads with high accuracy and repeatability. The machines are equipped with advanced control systems that allow for precise and efficient thread production. Contact the Machine Tool Team to learn more today.

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