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The TAIG CNC mill is a computer controlled milling machine that can precisely cut parts from almost any material, it is an extremely versatile tool. With some research and a lot of patience you can make anything!

Getting Started

Safety and Training Requirements

This tool does require training by the above listed members. The TAIG CNC may be small but it is by far one of the most complex tools at DIYode. As such you are expected to complete several readings prior to using it. It is very easy to damage the mill. It may seem daunting at first but the CNC mill is also the most sophisticated tool at DIYode (You are only limited by your imagination and time allowance).

  • Read this entire entry in the tool tracker and the "important notes" section in this article.
  • If you are new to machining, get familiar with the basics (You should know what speed, feed, tooth load, g-code etc are). Here is a link to a useful text: http://www.hsmworks.com/docs/cncbook/en/ (Mainly Ch:1-5, you do not need to be thorough with this, just skim through). Ask an instructor if you are unsure of anything.
  • Get familiar with any CAD and (Computer aided design) program of your choice. DIYode recommends Fusion360, but use what you are comfortable with.
  • Get trained by an instructor.

PPE Requirements

Safety glasses are required for this tool. Hearing protection is recommended for long milling processes.

Instruction Manual

The official instruction manual for the tool can be found at: http://www.soigeneris.com/Document/Taig/MicroMill_DSLS_Manual.pdf

Important Notes on Use (Essential to use tool)

The TAIG CNC mill is very picky and there are several "tricks" involved in its proper use.

Using Appropriate Feed Rates and Depth of Cut

The secret to using this machine is to use a proper feed, speed, and depth of cut. In order to have a successful job you must use a slow feed rate, the TAIG is a small machine that cannot handle much. Unfortunately, this leads to long run times but that is the price to pay. Below are some tried and tested parameters for milling aluminum:

Cutter Size Speed Feed Max. Depth of Cut
0.25"-0.125" (Carbide) 10500 RPM 139.7mm/min (5.5 IPM)

These settings are meant for helical ramping.
This does not include plunge ramping.
Go extremely slow for direct plunging (30mm/min)

1 mm

If you plan on using a softer material than aluminum you can probably go faster where as, if you plan to use a harder material you would want to go slower.