Milling elements

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Milling elements refers to all of the objects which are cut out with a milling cutter and therefore -– in contrast to engraving – can remove any amount of material from the main plate. These in particular include cutouts of any shape – from a simple drilled hole to a free contour.


Drilled hole

Through holes or as a blind hole and optionally countersunk or threaded


Drilled hole with 1, 2 or 4 indentations in the form of circular segments e.g. as security against rotation

Curved slot

Circular curved slots, in particular for the creation of fan outlets, speaker grills, etc.

Rectangular Cutout

Rectangular including triangular, trapezoidal and parallelogram-shaped cutouts


Rectangular and circular cavities including the option of leaving uncut areas "standing".

Free contour

Cutout or cavity, with an outline predefined by a vector graphic

Bevel / Rounding

Edges with bevel (beveled cavity) or rounding (quarter circle)

System holes

Groups of objects which are required for assembly as a 19" module

Tools and tool changes

The 3mm milling cutter is preset as the standard tool with which each contour is generated among the milling elements, with which for example the basic shape of the panel is milled out.

Where possible, only select a different tool if it is necessary for the contour (for example, to achieve smaller radii), as each tool change is listed as a separate item in the price calculation.

Radius "0" for 90° corners in an inner contour

The radius of zero for 90° corners in an inner contour – especially in the rectangular cutout – is manufactured so that the corners in question are removed using the smallest available milling cutter (1.0 mm). This ensures that a part with a sharp 90° corner fits into the milled contour. However, the removed areas each extend into the material:

Edge machining

The front and (where applicable) the rear edge of every milling element can also be produced with a circumferential bevel (30°, 45° or 60° with variable depths) or with circumferential rounding (radius 0.5 to 3mm). The corresponding dialog box is opened with the Edge machining button in the dialog box for editing the element properties. The desired option for an edge is selected from the assigned drop-down list (default setting is "no machining"). A detailed description of the edge machining options available can be found in the chapter "Bevel / Rounding".