Guide to Hard Milling and High Speed Machining

Guide to Hard Milling and High Speed Machining

Dale Mickelson


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"The NTMA has the honor of working with some very talented and knowledgeable individuals, organizations, and institutions. A shining star among these partners is Dale Mickelson. Dale’s knowledge of all the machining variables, in combination with his database of real world test results, enables his clients to develop the high speed machining and hard milling processes required to be competitive in today’s business climate. By helping his clients decrease cycle time and tooling costs, and increase machine tool utilization, he has helped our members realize tremendous improvements in their operations."

—Kevin King, Manufacturing Technology Director, National Tooling & Machining Association



Guide to Hard Milling and High Speed Machining is a continuation of author's first book, Hard Milling & High Speed Machining: Tools of Change. The intial book featured different cutters developed for hard milling and high speed machining.


In this current guide, you will find yet more variables associated with the process. In Guide to Hard Milling and High Speed Machining, six machine manufacturers are covered in the first six chapters: Mikron, Okuma, Yasda, Roku Roku, Johnford and Moore. Each chapter explains the different approaches to building machines for this process.


Also covered are two holder manufacturers, Heartech Precision and Big Kaiser, and one probe and laser manufacturer, Blum. Furthermore the author includes some of his most recent development work done on hard-to-machine materials and new cutters on the market today.


It is certain that when you read this book you will become more aware of the people and companies involved in developing their products for this process. By working with these companies, you will learn what it takes to implement hard milling and high speed machining into your shop.


  • Mikron
  • Okuma America Corporation
  • Yasda
  • Roku-Roku 
  • Johnford Machines
  • Moore Precision Tools
  • Heartech Precision Inc., Advanced Tooling Systems
  • BIG Kaiser: Dual Contact Spindle System Enhances Rigidity and Repeatability
  • Blum Probes and Lasers
  • Case Studies for Hard Milling and High Speed Machining
  • Index