raditional Titanium Machining
Titanium is most often machined by turning, boring, milling, drilling, tapping, broaching, planning, toothing, grinding, lapping and cutting. These are usually achieved using some sort of carbide tipped tooling. While there is other, less traditional methods, mechanical CNC machining using carbide tooling is still the preferred method because it is low cost, efficient and can be used with traditional milling machines.
Factors When Machining Titanium
If you are considering milling titanium, there are a number of factors you must take into account. The first is low heat conductivity which means any tooling needs to be protected from high heat. When titanium gets hot, it also becomes more reactive. Other factors you will need to address include plastic deformation in titanium and stress issues. To learn more about what to consider when machining titanium, please visit our machinability of titanium page.