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Grow Your CNC Machining Business With These Helpful Tips

Ready to turn your hobby into a career and break into the CNC manufacturing industry? Congratulations! Today we’ll offer a few quick tips to help you grow your burgeoning CNC machining business. Find Your Focus Trying to do everything at once is a common rookie mistake. Instead, focus on mastering one method or product at… Read more »

Cut Your CNC Manufacturing Costs with These Tips

Thanks to their ability automate machining processes and make them highly repeatable, CNC mills have helped to significantly reduce manufacturing costs in a wide variety of industries. That said, there are additional steps machine shops can take to reduce their CNC machining costs even further. Today we’ll consider a few tips to help companies cut… Read more »

Achieve Tight Machining Tolerances With These Helpful Tips

So, you’ve reviewed the drawing with the engineers and designers. You’ve verified the dimensions and double and triple-checked the features. You’ve asked the team if they have any flexibility. You’ve explored every option, but alas that +/-0.0005 tolerance (or tighter sometimes) is correct. Now, you have to make the part. Here are some tips for… Read more »

A Brief Explanation of Electrical Discharge Machining

Electrical Discharge Machining is a high precision machining process that uses electricity to cut metals. In fact, the metal being cut is never touched by a tool at all. Instead, a high-frequency electrical discharge basically disintegrates the metal to make a cut. EDM involves molecular process that can be difficult to envision, so to help… Read more »

How Has CNC Machining Changed the Manufacturing Industry?

Computer Numeric Control (CNC) machining has been around since the 1940s. These days, with the help of computer aid design (CAD), high-speed automation and advanced production capabilities, CNC machining is a fully-integrated manufacturing technology. Since its introduction nearly 80 years ago, CNC machining has become a critical part of technology development. Let’s look at the… Read more »

Notable Differences Between CNC Turning and CNC Milling

Milling and turning are everyday operations in a machine shop. Both techniques use a cutting tool to remove material from a solid block to make 3D parts. Removing material is what classifies them as subtractive manufacturing processes, but there are key differences to these operations. Turning is an operation for a lathe. The name ‘turning’… Read more »

Unique Advantages of Subtractive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing, better known as 3D Printing, first started in the 1980s. Back then, it was a novelty concept reserved for advanced engineering research laboratories. In the 1990s, 3D printing made waves in the medical arena thanks to its ability to create custom medical devices. By the early 2000s, the open-source movement brought 3D printing… Read more »

Essential Tips for Machining Aluminum Components

Common complaints among people new to machining Aluminum alloys include poor surface finish, gummy deposits on cut faces or tool edges, and a smeared appearance. All materials have different properties that require adjustments and care to achieve the optimal finishes. Aluminum is a soft and ductile metal that has high thermal conductivity. The former means… Read more »

Up in Flames: Fire Precautions for Milling Combustible Materials

Flint on steel coupled with some easily-combustible kindling makes for a cozy fire. That combination is just one of the tricks up a scout’s sleeve for survival. However, that same formula can spell trouble when milling woods, plywood, or even plastics. Fast-moving metal tools cutting against combustible materials can result in a not-so-cozy fire on… Read more »