Detection of exit burr is very important in manufacturing automation. In this paper, acoustic emission(AE) was used to detect the burr formation during milling. By using wavelet transformation, AE data was compressed without unnecessary details. Then the transformed data were used as selected features(inputs) of a back-propagation artificial neural net. In order to validate the proposed scheme, the wavelet based ANN results were compared with cutting condition(cutting speed, feed, depth of cut, etc.) based ANN results.