The Milling Machine - 1: What is a Milling Machine?
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WARNING: Machine tools present a safety hazard. Improper operation can result in severe injury. These topics are for non-laboratory study only and are not to be used in conjunction with the operation of any tool or machine described herein. Never use a machine tool without the supervision of a qualified instructor.
A milling machine is a machine tool that removes material from a work piece by rotating a cutter and moving it into the material.

Compare this to an engine lathe that removes material from a work piece by rotating the work piece and not the tool.

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