Corner Radius Blending

Carbide End Mill: How to spot a poor Corner Radius Blend

Carbide End Mills come in many shapes and sizes, in this article we are discussing a Corner Radius Carbide End Mill. There are several reasons why a corner radius end mill would be the tool of choice; but the most common would be for tool strength. A radius can prevent corners from chipping or breaking down. The corner on an End Mill is the weakest part of the tool. Another common reason for using a radius end mill is that it may simply be a finish part specification or requirement. A radius can come in various sizes depending upon the cutting diameter of the end mill itself.

Our foundation at Advanced Tool is built on analyzing end mills to make recommendations for improvements to the end user. One of the most common problems we see in the marketplace when it comes to corner radius end mills is poor blending; meaning that the radius in not tangent or more commonly referred to as an “undercut” or “step”.

It is critical to have a proper blend because any imperfection with the radius will be transferred directly to the part. This could result in many problems including poor finish, or leaving a line /ridge in the part itself. For this reason, we NEVER recommend adding a radius to a finished end mill. It’s always best to have the end mill manufactured with the desired radius.

Below are photos of what you do and don’t want to see when purchasing a Corner Radius Carbide End Mill.

Corner Rad EM - good blend

Carbide End Mill – Proper Blend
Shown: 1/4″ 4FL with .020 Corner Radius

Close up: End Mill corner radius shown with proper blend

Close up:
End Mill Corner Radius shown with proper blend

 

Corner Rad EM - PB1

Corner Radius – Poor Blend
End (Top) of the End Mill

 

Corner Rad EM - PB2

Corner Radius – Poor Blend
OD (outside diameter) or side of the End Mill

 

If you are having finish issues during your CNC Milling operation, or your parts are leaving a line or ridge you may want to examine the corner radius blend.

Hope this help & Happy Milling!

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