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End Mills For Steel Alloys

If you’re looking for an end mill for steel alloys, you’re probably working with steel or one of its counterparts. At Supermill, we understand the challenges of trying to find the most appropriate end mill bits. We also know that you are likely to work with a variety of materials and components, machining them from different materials. Therefore, your workpiece materials are going to have unique characteristics, which are directly influenced by its elements, hardness, heat-treatment process, and more.

These factors can influence the choice for the cutting tool you choose. It is helpful to understand more about steel and its options before deciding to purchase end mill bits for steel.

Steel and Stainless Steel

Both steel and stainless steel belong to broad categories of alloys that primarily contain iron with small amounts of carbon and other alloy elements. It is usually appropriate to machine steel, but it can be different depending on the carbon content and material hardness, among other factors.

If you are going to work primarily with stainless steel, you should understand that it has at least 12 percent chromium by mass and also has non-magnetic properties. Stainless steel (and its alloys) can be more resistant to corrosion and can be found in a variety of grades.

Other Considerations

If you plan to primarily work with steel, your best bet is to use four flutes to machine steel and hard alloys like it. If you consider all the end mills available, you may wonder which one is most suitable for steel. Primarily, carbide end mills work best for steel and its alloys because it has more thermal conductivity and works well for hard metals. Carbide also operates at higher speed, which means your cutter can withstand higher temperatures and can prevent excess wear and tear.

If you have questions or would like to make a purchase, please contact us.