What is CNC Machining?
Inventors, Aerospace, Defense, Automotive, and manufacturing companies are just a few of the industries that rely on CNC machining services. So What exactly is CNC Machining?
CNC stands for “Computer Numerical Control.” This means numbers are coded into a machine that mechanically operates and removes layers from stock pieces of material to the desired geometry. Because of the computer numerical control and precision cutting tools, CNC machining is the most accurate type of manufacturing technology.
Is CNC Machining expensive?
Because most steps are computer-generated, CNC machining can be the most cost-effective type of manufacturing. Pricing will range based on the type of machine needed for your project, the geometric shape, and the machining procedure chosen. Here at Precise Cast, we offer FREE consultations before your project begins to explain all your options for machining and pricing.
What is the difference between 3 axis and 5 axis machining?
Machines range from 3 to 5 axis which offers more flexibility in cutting angles and less resetting of the material. CNC machines use a “subtractive” type of manufacturing where a solid piece of material is milled away by computer-generated geometries to create the desired form. With 3 axis machining, you simply get 3 different angles to where the machine can contour the material.
3 axis machining can produce the most standard geometry and has the lowest machining costs.
But what if you have a project that has a more complex shape? This is where 5 axis machining is going to benefit your project.
There are two types of 5 axis machining options. Indexed 5 axis machining and continuous 5 axis machining.
With Indexed 5 Axis machining you get a rotation on 3 linear axes and an additional 2 rotations on the Y-axis. 5 Axis machining offers more flexibility with design and less resetting of your machined parts.
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If you are interested in learning the trade of machining be sure to check out “Titans of CNC” Titan Gilory, who is the owner of that company, has a unique and inspiring story that brought him to this industry. His company offers training for people interested in becoming machinists.
Precise Cast has all the equipment needed to handle your basic to most complex machined parts. Our in-house CNC machining houses 3 and 4 axis machines plus indexed 5 axis machining and continuous 5 axis machines We have worked with many top companies like Ball Aerospace, UTC Aerospace and Lockheed Martin. Producing some of their most complex parts.
What Sets Precise Cast apart from other Machine shops?
What makes Precise Cast a unique machine shop is we are also a Non-ferrous Foundry. This means many of our clients who need casting and machining services can have everything produced under one roof. We were able to help companies like Remington Defense with the challenges they faced with the weight reduction of their defense equipment. Learn more about our work and the “Weight Reduction Challenge” competition we won for our casted and machined parts for Remington Defense.
If you have a project you want us to help with, our engineers and machinist are ready to assist. Learn more about our Prototyping Services by clicking here