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Why Choose Carbide End Mill for Machining?
Why Choose Carbide End Mill for Machining?


End Mills are used for making shapes and holes in a workpiece during milling, profiling, contouring, slotting, counterboring, drilling, and reaming applications. They are designed with cutting teeth on the face and edge of the body and can be used to cut a variety of materials in several directions. Find out more about the types of mills MSC offers and all the applications in which they can be used.


End Mill Types:

Square end mills are used for general milling applications including slotting, profiling, and plunge cutting.

Ball end mills, also known as ball nose end mills, are used for milling contoured surfaces, slotting, and pocketing. A ball end mill is constructed of a round cutting edge and used in the machining of dies and molds.

Roughing end mills, also known as hog mills, are used to quickly remove large amounts of material during heavier operations. The tooth design allows for little to no vibration but leaves a rougher finish.

Corner radius end mills have a rounded cutting edge and are used where a specific radius size is required. Corner chamfer end mills have an angled cutting edge and are used where a specific radius size is not required. Both types provide longer tool life than square end mills.

Roughing and finishing end mills are used in a variety of milling applications. They remove heavy material while providing a smooth finish in a single pass.


  • For fast cuts and the greatest rigidity, use shorter end mills with larger diameters
  • Variable helix end mills reduce chatter and vibration
  • Use cobalt, PM/Plus, and carbide on harder materials and high production applications
  • Apply coatings for higher feeds, speeds, and tool life

Solid Carbide provides better rigidity than high-speed steel (HSS). It is extremely heat resistant and used for high-speed applications on cast iron, nonferrous materials, plastics, and other tough-to-machine materials. Carbide end mills provide better rigidity and can be run 2-3X faster than HSS. However, heavy feed rates are more suitable for HSS and cobalt tools.

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