Everything You Need to Know About End Mills


If you’ve ever seen a picture of an end mill bit, you probably just assumed that they were drill bits. However, they are different. Drill bits are designed specifically to be able to go directly into the material. They cut axially and make cylindrical holes. On the other hand, end mill bits are normally used more for horizontal carving and cutting laterally. Some mills can cut axially as well as laterally.

Every end mill tip is shaped for a specific need. The most common shapes would be ball nose, v-carving, straight, fish tail and surface planing. Ball nose mills make a rounded pass which works for 3D work. Fish tails make a flat surface and v-carving mills produce a V shaped pass, obviously. This Continue reading