Tube Mills is one of the most basic types of casting machines. They are often used in construction and other industries to produce large quantities of tubing. There are two basic types of tube mills, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. When purchasing a mill, you need to choose the one that best suits your needs and budget.
Single Shot Tubes: These are a little-known type of tube mills. They work in a similar fashion to camming by continuous pulling a continuous length of material through a machine feed at a constant velocity. The difference is that the cammer moves the piece of material in a vertical manner whereas the former continuously pulls the material regardless of how the piece is pulled through. This allows for greater accuracy and precision in milling. However, they tend to be less powerful than the multi-shot variety.
Double Shot Tubes: This type of mill works in a similar fashion to the single shot, however it uses two vertically positioned drums which spin simultaneously. The dual shots provide an improved level of precision with a greater ability to produce fine lines and small detailed designs. Unlike the single shot varieties, this mill operates at a lower velocity and creates a sturdier product. These types of tube mills can be found in many casting applications and have an excellent reputation for high productivity and reliability.
Roller Shapes: These are also a popular type of mill. They are similar to camming in that the materials are pulled through the drum at a uniform velocity. However, instead of passing through a feed press, the materials travel through a roller. The roller allows for a greater level of precision than the camper. The roller shapes the ore so that the tungsten or steel will only pass through one side of the drum, leaving the opposite side untouched. These types of tube mills are ideal for loading small, thin, soft materials such as brass and lead as well as being able to handle exceptionally heavy and dense ores such as diamond and gold.
Grinding: As mentioned earlier, these types of tube mills are commonly used for grinding. In addition to that, they also have other uses such as sanding, drilling, boring, and routing. Grinding can take place either manually or electronically depending on the situation. Manual grinding is often done using hand tools while electronically, the tumblers of the machine are set to automatically move when the need arises. Additionally, these machines are frequently set to grind at different frequencies, which further increases their versatility.
All these shapes are useful in the metalworking industry, because these are used for different purposes. For instance, a tube mill may be used for forming rolled or formed metal and even welding is often done with these machines. Regardless of the machine you will be purchasing, it is important that you consider carefully all the advantages and disadvantages so you will know which type will suit your needs best.