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Choosing the right portable milling machines for your needs

Posted by Simon Pownall on Apr 23, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Bespoke CNC portable milling machine by Mirage MachinesFinding the right tool for the job isn't a straight forward task which is why we've created this handy guide to choosing the right tool for your job.

2-axis vs 3-axis

The first question to ask is do you require a machine with two or three axis milling capabilites. Within the Mirage mrange of insitu milling machines we offer both 2-axis and 3-axis.

Much of our 2-axis range can also be fitted to our gantry milling kit which can provide 3-axis milling if required.

Milling range

Being able to complete a job in a single stroke is every engineer's ideal so choosing the portable milling machine with an appropriate milling range is important.

The Mirage 2-axis milling machines have a milling from 20"-120" depending on the model whereas our 3-axis range operate from 60-120". Where a milling range below 20" is required, we would suggest taking a look at our Mini-mill which has a milling range of 2-20".  

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Employment boom expected for UK Oil and Gas

Posted by Simon Pownall on Apr 16, 2014 9:01:36 AM


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In focus: MR1000 (40" stroke) 2 axis portable milling machine

Posted by Simon Pownall on Apr 15, 2014 5:08:00 PM

In a new feature for the Mirage blog we'll be taking an in-depth look at a specific portable machine tool. This week we take a look at the MR1000, a lightweight portable milling machine that is ideal for general purpose in-situ milling.

MR1000 milling machine

The MR1000 portable milling machine is everything you would expect from a Mirage milling machine: rigid, lightweight yet precise.

Using a direct drive ISO 40 spindle, you can use standard tool for your milling operations. The machine can use both hand or auto feed across the 'x' axis and uses linear 'V' rails for absolute precision.

Applications that this milling rail can be used for are varied but insitu heat exchanger repair is often conducted using these machines as well as being used for steel mill stand, pump and motor pads, turbine split lines and more. We can even adapt them for subsea milling.

Workshop setup of subsea milling machine by Mirage Machines
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Video gallery of Mirage portable linear and gantry milling machines

Posted by Simon Pownall on Apr 11, 2014 8:30:00 PM

When looking for a portable linear milling machine there are number of things you might be looking for. Is it a 2-axis or 3-axis machine you need? For surface or subsea milling? Whatever your requirements, Mirage Machines can help.

Remotely operated CNC gantry milling machine

This was a bespoke project that saw us design a 5m x 5m gantry mill that was remotely operated and have drilling capabilities too.

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10 best Twitter accounts to follow for oilfield workers

Posted by Simon Pownall on Apr 9, 2014 12:00:00 PM

3939487692_0486e3e87e_zHow do you keep up to date with the latest trends within the oil and gas industry? If you're on Twitter, you could start by following these accounts and making sure you are subscribed to the latest trends in the oil and gas industry.


As the go to source for oil and ga sindustry news for many people, it isn't a surprise to see Rigzone listed on here. Lots of news and articles featured on here taking you straight to the information you need. Not much in the way of multimedia though.


Platts is a reliable source of industry news and comment covering oil, gas and energy markets. The regularl podcast provides expert analysis and insight into the latest happenings within the industry.

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