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Milling of circuits edges – definition, methods of chamfering

Łukasz Romik

Milling is a sloping edge cutting of laminate (execution of the so-called phases), mostly edge joints. In TS PCB, there are two ways to execute this type of machining:

Milling with the depth milling method.

With this method, one can mill almost any edge of PCB. The main limitation is the availability of suitable tools - conical milling cutters. In TS PCB, the following cutters are applied:

  • Cutter 30° -> milling angle: 75˚
  • Cutter 60° -> milling angle: 60˚
  • Cutter 90° -> milling angle: 45˚

The problem also involves an increased milling time, which ultimately results in an increase in the price of the circuit.


Milling with the V-cut scoring method

In this method, a phase is executed with the so-called skipping V-cut scoring - V-cut scoring of a selected line segment of a saw transition (a whole line is usually cut). The edge is built with graduated saw transitions (with an offset and a change of depth). The limitation involves the need to provide space for entry and exit of a tools - min. 10 mm. It is required to protect the circuit from damage.

This method does not generate extra costs and allows to make custom milling angles, e.g. 30˚.  The quality of the edge joint is acceptable though it is not as smooth/flat as for a conical milling cutter.


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