Precision Engineering and Custom CNC Machining Thoughts

What is micromachining?

2017-10-27 10:27:03

If you want to know about micromachining, you must first realize that the process does not have just one name. Some call it microfinishing, while others refer to it as superfinishing. And even though it differs from honing, some call it short-stroke honing.

No matter what you choose to call it, micromachining is a metalworking process that is used to obtain consistent surface finishes by removing any defects that were caused by previous operations such as grinding or honing.

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How are custom CNC machining and forging interrelated?

2017-10-27 11:05:33

Forging is a manufacturing process during which presses, hammers, and dies are used to force metals into various shapes. Forging can be done at room temperature (cold forging) or metal temperatures of over 1000 degrees Celsius (hot forging). The forged parts can weigh from a few ounces to hundreds of tons.

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The design and testing process behind manufacturing prototypes

2017-10-27 12:29:19

If you are employed in industries from computer software development to manufacturing, you’ve probably been exposed to prototyping.

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Custom CNC machining beyond university machine shops

2017-10-27 12:30:32

It may surprise you to know that university machine shops don’t just cater to students and other departments within the university — many now offer their expertise and precision design services to external clients too.

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Custom CNC machining beyond university machine shops

2017-10-27 12:38:40

Developing a product from the ground up is a daunting task, and as a student, I faced many obstacles in the quest to turn my vision into reality. As with most students, I had the seeds of a brilliant idea, but was inexperienced in business and unfamiliar with the process of product development.

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The multiple benefits of multi-axis machining

2017-10-27 12:39:20

Modern machining technology is mind-boggling. Many machinists can remember when machining meant you controlled one axis at a time. Feeds and rapid traverse were predominately in the x-axis, while y and z were adjusted manually. If you needed more than that, you tilted the head or used a rotary table—sometimes both.

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How to build your machine shop network through an RFI

2017-10-27 12:40:33

Machine shops are a small but vital part of a complex manufacturing and supply chain ecosystem. According to First Research, there are 20,000 U.S. based machine shops with a combined annual revenue of about $40 billion. These small to large shops can provide a variety of precision machining services, ranging from drilling; boring (enlarging an existing hole); tapping (cutting threads inside a drilled hole); threading (cutting threads on a bolt); cutting; milling (removing material from a surface); and grinding (usually a finishing operation).

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Breaking down the RFQ process for precision machining jobs

2017-10-27 12:41:45

Your company needs to have a lot of parts machined. Your in-house machine shop is already overbooked and, in any event, couldn’t meet the tight tolerances required for these parts. You’ll need to outsource the work, but the work also requires a specialized supplier.

Sorting through contract machining shops can be extremely challenging, particularly when there are limited procurement resources to sort through thousands of potential suppliers. For example, if procurement googled “precision machining shops”, they will get over 2 billion results back. Obviously, no one can’t afford to explore all these companies, even clicking through the first page of results will take too much time.

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Top 6 reasons to prototype with machine shops in China

2017-10-27 12:42:28

Many companies have benefited by outsourcing manufacturing of custom parts to precision machine shops in China. The most common reason to outsource manufacturing is to save money. Entrepreneurs and small businesses need to consider outsourcing some or all of this work to China because lower labor costs can significantly impact product margins. For businesses to remain competitive, maintaining healthy business margins is a must.

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Precision machining is critical in these top 5 industries

2017-10-27 12:43:47

No matter the size of the part or the material from which it’s made, precision machining has taken on a broader meaning as advancements in technology have redefined the term. Formerly in the province of the tool-and-die maker, tight tolerances are now required in a wide array of components and industries that are crucial to today’s technologies.

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