Question: I have an older, less capable machine tool. Can VoluMill still help me?
VoluMill can help any machine tool run more productively with reduced stress. VoluMill ensures that the toolpath will not be the limiting factor in your machining productivity. In your case, your machine tool is the limiting factor. But although older machines won’t allow VoluMill to provide the productivity increases you’ve heard of others achieving, you still can benefit in many ways. The consistent load on the cutters will extend their useful life, dramatically reducing cutting-tool costs on a per-part basis. The uniform chip formation will significantly improve heat evacuation, which extends tool life and improves part quality, especially with thin-walled parts and materials that are prone to work hardening. Your spindle loads will be dramatically reduced, which will help you get even more years of service out of your machines, with reduced maintenance issues. You will be able to run comfortably as fast as your machine will allow, without overtaxing it. When you do upgrade to a new machine, VoluMill will ensure that you get the maximum return on that investment. But VoluMill will have already paid for itself many times over by then.