I have seen posts from many people mentioning using tapered endmill and I can’t seem to find much information on these. I looked in the Wiki but did not see anything, it does not appear in the endmill section but maybe I missed something.
Could someone provide where I can find information as to when to use them, how are they defined in Carbide Motion, what to look for when getting one e.g.: number of flutes or size of taper, etc. material where they can be used successfully.
Basically they are the same as a ball end mill, but let you have a much finer ball on the end, giving you a lot more detail, but because of the taper to a 1/4" shank they are a lot stronger so you can take deeper/wider cuts with them
I use tapered end mills for the finishing pass and path engraving pass on my terrain relief model carvings. They get me the detail of a very small ball-nose end mill but with much longer reach, allowing me to make deeper carves without crashing the collett into the walls.
I use PixelCNC to create the toolpaths, and then I run the G-code using Carbide Motion.
As for procuring tapered mills, I use basically the same ones as Stuart gets on eBay, but I get mine at Amazon in various sizes. (They’re probably from the same source in China, so it’s just whatever source is convenient, really.) Basic two-flute 1/4" shank, 31.75mm flute length, with whatever taper angle geometry requires for a given tip radius.