Tensile Sample Preparation Equipment for Non-Trained CNC Machinist


Tensile tests are performed for a variety of reasons. Regardless, these tests often begin with the fabrication of tensile samples, for which specialty sample preparation equipment is required. The findings are put to use in engineering applications to assist machinists in selecting the best materials for superior finished goods.

When it comes to material specification, the choice of material is made after taking into account its tensile properties. Tensile characteristics are tested prior to establishing a new material or procedure to determine how they can aid in producing high-quality goods.

Additionally useful in forecasting how materials will behave under various uniaxial stresses and loading scenarios are tensile characteristics. Learn more about the TensileMill CNC MINI – Flat Tensile Smple Preparation System for untrained operators by reading on.

The best way to get tensile samples

A common practice is material testing, which determines whether a material is compatible with a given function. The test samples are from similar material sources that have undergone the same processes since they reflect the bulk of the material.

The samples are precisely extracted using tensile sample preparation machinery. When conducting tensile tests for numerous technical purposes, this equipment is a key tool. NextGen Material Testing Inc. is the leading manufacturing distributor of reliable and simple-to-use tensile sample preparation equipment.

What Is the TensileMill CNC MINI Specimen Preparation Machine for Tensile Specimens?

The TensileMill CNC MINI is a flat tensile specimen preparation tool for small-scale industrial applications. It is, as its name implies, a scaled-down version of a standard CNC machine made for untrained CNC mechanics.

The machine is compact, but it still has all the essential features as other industrial grade machines. The TensileMill CNC MINI is an industrial quality system created for medium to large volumes of tensile sample preparation, according to its intended use.

Additionally, the TensileMill CNC MINI has extensive CNC machining features. This enables the MINI to be upgraded to execute the entire range of CNC machining capabilities. One machine, for instance, can prepare large quantities of high-quality tensile specimens as well as impact specimens. Tensile Software TM is used to operate the high-definition, 10-inch LCD screen that comes with it.

The feature that sets our equipment apart from those of our rivals is the user-friendly tensile milling interface. Your tensile specimen can be easily entered into the machine via the interface. Industry-standard specifications defined in DIN, JIS, ASTM, and ISO determine the available sample sizes.

After entering the necessary measurements, it takes a few seconds to prepare the milling machine. The Tensile Software interface then stores the entered specimen sizes for further use. The device has a variety of built-in, pre-programmed tensile specimens.

The equipment can quickly establish the program without entering a measurement, thanks to the various repository. The new MINI version makes it simple to upgrade from the Tensile Software to the Carbon Software. The interconnection enables the apparatus to function as both a CNC machine and a tool for preparing tensile specimens.

The upgraded version offers the following features:

  • 21 inches LCD touchscreen
  • advanced trajectory planning
  • up-to-date dual-mode cutter compensation
  • drilling canned cycle
  • mirroring and scaling
  • 126 work offsets
  • helical interpolation
  • macro B programming
  • 254 tool offsets
  • Ethernet for connected networks
  • USB port for expansion option
  • 4GB of RAM
  • Wi-Fi network connection
  • Up to 64GB storage

It is worthwhile to get the Full Carbon Software due to all of these fantastic upgrades. However, it is always being upgraded to give consumers new features and significantly better capabilities.

The machine can incorporate CNC control systems, such as the MACH4 Industrial CNC Software, in addition to the tensile milling program. NextGen took user needs into account when designing the product by including a 2.2 kW ER Spindle that makes it simple to cut through tougher and thicker materials.

Another fantastic feature to utilize from MINI – Flat Tensile Smple Preparation System is the Triple Clamping Fixture. It enables the machinist to mill up to three stacks of specimens at once. More importantly, the new TensileMill CNC MINI is made to give machine operators the highest level of safety possible.

It has a working area that is 15.75 inches by 15.75 inches by 7.87 inches and is best suited for medium to high volumes of sample preparations. The machine is powerful enough to accommodate materials for CNC machining and sample preparation thanks to the water-cooled, 1.5 kW rotating motor.

During the sample preparation and milling processes, the closed-loop motor is accurately secured by the precision ballscrews. The machine measures 5 inches in height and 47 inches across its surface area. This is to guarantee that the TensileMill CNC MINI will produce results that are accurate and efficient.

There may be a small work area and little specimen preparation volume at times. The TensileMill CNC MINI is the ideal option in this scenario for medium- and large-volume sample preparation.

Cost-Effective for Laboratory Use

The new TensileMill CNC MINI machine can be used to carry out precise tensile testing in place of hiring machine operators to complete the work. With the help of this cutting-edge technology, you can boost sales and build a solid reputation for your business.

The speed at which these contemporary machines can complete engineering tasks is astounding. The professional engineers and operators on your team will be able to concentrate more on the materials’ tensile qualities in return. This indicates that the testing procedure takes less time than when using traditional tensile sample testing devices.

TensileMill CNC MINI is a wise investment if you’re having problems with your present tensile specimen preparation machinery. Even untrained workers can readily learn how to utilize its sophisticated CNC Software, which offers higher precision and speed.

In order for the CNC Software to begin testing the samples, users merely need to enter the measurements. Compared to earlier iterations and other comparable CNC sample preparation equipment, this new specimen testing machine really makes the entire procedure considerably simpler and more accurate.

You will see that the MINI can upgrade and switch to the Servo Motor when you prepare samples, including advanced specimens for tensile tests. It guarantees that your measurements are accurate because in this line of work, accuracy is essential.

While the samples are being prepared and milled, you can keep an eye on them via the 10-inch LCD screen. This demonstrates the laboratory-use efficiency and accuracy of the TensileMill CNC MINI sample preparation equipment.


Composite and Plastic Material Testing Sample Preparation

Tensile sample preparation is used to measure the strength of plastics. Plastic and composite materials are used extensively worldwide. With their numerous applications and ongoing advances, these materials—which are both strong and lightweight—are replacing wood, metal, and other conventional materials.

Many firms are considering using plastic in their projects because it is made of polymers that have been mixed with certain chemicals to boost performance while lowering production costs. In order to create glass fibre, film, fibre sheet, fibre reinforced, tubes, boxes, and bottles, this material can be extruded and pressed.


Plastic can become totally solid, brittle, or resistant to higher temperatures by thermosetting and thermohardening it. Phenolic resins, polyurethane, epoxy resins, and polyester resins are a few examples of thermosets.

Tensile tests are used to assess the durability and strength of composite and plastic materials. The force required to break the plastic test samples is measured, as well as the stretch and elongation produced by the breaking load.

Afterwards, components that can withstand loads or forces applied to plastic or composites are designed using the test results. Tensile testing is also useful for evaluating the quality of plastic materials. This is crucial for the production of plastics using processes including extrusion blow molding, compression molding, thermoforming, and injection molding.

Tensile test sample preparation equipment is used to prepare the samples. Dog bone-shaped or tensile coupons with defined dimensions that adhere to industry standards like ASTM, EN, DIN, or ISO can be cut out by the machine.

When it comes to testing tensile specimens made of plastic or composite materials, the TensileMill CNC MINI is exceptional. When it comes to preparing composite and plastic specimens for various milling volumes required for tensile strength tests, this machine is efficient and simple to use.

Importance of Efficiency in Tensile Tests

For best results, manufacturing facilities continue to increase their accuracy and efficiency. The goal is to create a straightforward process that requires less operator involvement in the milling and preparation steps. This will let the machine operators concentrate on other crucial activities while the machine does its work.

Your tensile specimens can be cut into sheets or strips. To get ready for milling, stacks or single strips are placed in clamping fixtures during the strip preparation procedure. The samples will then be precisely cut by the machine to fit the fixtures and the necessary measurement or industry standard.

In contrast, sheet preparation is a technique that involves securing and preparing different-sized sheets on top of the sheets for milling. Due to the removal of the strip-cutting step, this approach is quicker and more effective.
A better version of its earlier versions, the TensileMill CNC MINI flat tensile sample preparation machine, has been created. Although compact, it offers all the necessary components to correctly and quickly prepare samples of various materials for milling.

The TensileMill CNC MINI‘s capabilities for preparing test samples for tensile purposes have improved since recent software revisions. The machine is now more efficient because of the system changes in terms of its reduced footprint, improved repeatability and precision, increased power, larger table area, and more reasonable price.

Before, it was extremely difficult to quickly, easily, accurately, and consistently prepare high-quality tensile samples. The TensileMill CNC MINI thereafter appeared. TensileSoft, the industry’s top sample preparation software for tensile materials, a 10-inch LCD screen, and unique clamping fixtures make all the difference.

This machine transforms into a hybrid device with greater functionality when you update to the Carbon Software. The software interface makes it simple to retrieve details about the dimensions or measurements of earlier samples.

Utilizing the controller and updating the software will quickly give you access to new features for significantly increased accuracy and efficiency. Due to its fast speed and superior machining capabilities, its tiny size does not translate into lower performance.

Technical Specifications


44.5×42×70 inches or 1130×1066×1778 millimeters

Working area

400×400×200 millimeters or 15.75×15.75×7.87 inches


1500 pounds or 680 kilograms

T-Slot size

12 millimeters or 0.472 inch

Unit Dimensions

1829×1092×1321 millimeters or 72×43×52 inches

Spindle Speed

24,000 RPM

Spindle Motor Power

2.2 KW or 3 HP water-cooling spindle


ER 20 Collet or ISO20 Optional

Servo Power

0.54 HP or 400 W

Servo Torque

566 ounces-inches

Max Feedrate

500 IPM

Input Voltage

220 voltages

Total Power

3.3 Kilowatts

Controlling Code

TensileMill Interface on 10 inches Touchscreen Control

Full Carbon CNC

Upgrade available

Loudest Volume at Point of Entry

70-90 Decibels

Position Repeatability

0.01 millimeters or 0.0003 inch

Ma Engraving Speed

10,000 millimeters per minute

Motor Drive


Tool Shank

Precision Ballscrew


up to 12 millimeters or 0.47 inches

Connection Reqs.

Pneumatic, optional

TurnKey Package

Standard with Main Instrument

Custom Tensile

Applicable for ISO, EN, JIS, DIN, and ASTM standards

Axis Servo Motor

Upgrade available


The door design of the TensileMill CNC MINI is continually being improved to improve usability and safety features. Over 10,000 samples are examined on a monthly basis across 34 industries, representing 39,879 different goods and materials.

Warranty and Maintenance Service

All NextGen CNC sample preparation machines can prepare samples in strips and sheets. A 12-month limited warranty is also offered on all CNC around and flat tensile sample preparation equipment. We are aware that your company depends on the precision and effectiveness of this equipment.

You are totally protected against any damages that might occur, except normal wear and tear, during the first year after acquiring our NextGen CNC machine. If you wish to protect your equipment against potential issues for a longer length of time, you can extend the warranty.

To provide you with more alternatives to assist in maintaining or to extend the lifespan of your TensileMill CNC MINI, we now provide preventative maintenance services. The warranty’s biggest feature is how easy it is to file a claim and get your computer back to fully operational status.

All you have to do is give us a call or email us describing your circumstance. Our customer service representatives will take care of your issue and take the necessary steps to restore your computer to working order. For a speedier transaction, don’t forget to include the serial number of your TensileMill CNC MINI tensile specimen preparation machine.

Our knowledgeable team will work with you to choose the most effective option to get the machine running again after hearing about your issue via email or phone contact. Even if you believe you can fix the issue yourself, you should get professional assistance to avoid further harm to the system and voiding your warranty.

You can easily file a warranty claim with us if you treated your machine well and did not mistreat it. Just include all the information required to file your claim. We will provide you with the best solution to fix the issues you had with your system based on the information you provided.

Quick Tips in Tensile Sample Preparation

The space needed is 83 by 79 inches if you wish to install the TensileMill CNC MINI machine for flat tensile sample preparation. The physical dimensions of the device are 48 inches wide, 48 inches deep, and 75 inches tall.

It’s also crucial to keep in mind that the controller shifts to the left. As a result, it needs more room to move about effectively. Assign a safe distance or space away from the back wall after reviewing the safety regulations for your facility.

It’s crucial to use endmills that are suitable for the materials being tested in order to determine the maximum feed rate and speed for tensile tests of certain materials. To determine the ideal feed rates and speeds, you may occasionally need to use trial and error.

The NextGen’s TensileMill CNC MINI, however, makes this process simpler and quicker. All you have to do is send us your samples, and we’ll provide you with a free preparation service in the form of a tensile dog bone.

On the second or third cycle run, our engineers and machinists will prepare your samples and choose the proper feed rate and speed. Once the samples are prepared, our engineers will offer some knowledgeable suggestions to assist you in getting precise results.

Custom fixtures, shank endmills, and ER collets are among the NextGen’s TensileMill CNC MINI enhancements that are available for the Turnkey Package. By using the Full Carbon Software Package, users can use the MINI as a better machine for more sophisticated applications.

You can utilize a 3-prong 20A receptacle when it comes to the receptacle compatible with the MINI tensile specimen preparation apparatus. Simply plug the outlet into the device to install it. If you’re uncertain how to plug the outlet, consult your manual.

The TensileMill CNC MINI is continuously locked as part of the tensile specimen preparation cycle as a safety measure. To protect the operator, the system generates an E-stop if you open the door. In order to prevent operators from opening the doors while the samples are being processed, new NextGen’s CNC models additionally feature latch designs.

The MINI machine is a fantastic choice if your laboratory only has to prepare a small number of tensile specimens each day. This sturdy equipment is capable of handling various metal and composite materials. It is still inexpensive for laboratories on a budget despite its cutting-edge design.

Additionally, the machine has a Tensile Software interface that enables users to conduct tensile tests with precision and accuracy and receive results instantly. You can easily upgrade to the entire MACH4 Carbon Package to satisfy your demands if you have advanced CNC machining requirements.

The machine can handle the application of harsher material for the preparation of tensile specimens if you upgrade to ISO20 Spindle. The improved rotating shaft also provides a 2.2KW option to extend the life of your TensileMill CNC MINI when cutting more challenging samples.

Your sample materials can be stacked to speed up the creation of tensile specimens. You can stack specimens for quicker preparation of tensile specimens for any materials using the clamping device on the NextGen’s TensileMill CNC MINI. The specimens can be stacked and have an inch of thickness.

The type of material, particularly its thickness and hardness, will determine how many tensile samples you can make at once. To get a precise response to this query, you can speak directly to one of our product professionals.

The TensileMill CNC MINI machine can run between 200 and 240 volts in terms of voltage tolerance. The equipment should not be plugged into a 110 volts input since it will harm the system. The machine won’t operate at any voltages lower than that cut-off.

The demand for NextGen’s TensileMill CNC MINI systems often increases closer to the third and fourth quarters of the year. If you want to purchase this item, be sure to order early so you may be sure to have the box when you need it. Securing your order today is crucial because our production schedules are currently being slowed down by the high volume of orders.

Bottom Line

The main lesson to be learned from this is that with the new NextGen’s TensileMill CNC MINI machine, tensile sample preparation has never been this simple. Contact us right away if you need the proper product so we can provide you with a free quote before you place your order.