What Is Custom CNC Machining & When Do You Need It?
You may have heard of CNC Machining, but what exactly is it and when do you need to use it?
According to Manufacturing.net:
“Custom CNC machining entails creating parts that do not exist anywhere else. It can take any form of CNC machining including CNC turning, CNC milling, and EDM among others, that a company may have the capacity to provide. A custom part may be as simple as a gear. But, you may need the gear in particular nonstandard size, material, or is a new invention that suppliers don’t have yet, calling for tailored production of the part.
Which Industries Require Custom CNC Machining?
“Almost all industries require tailored CNC machining. If a company is searching for accurate CNC parts that sometimes are complex to produce using traditional methods, CNC machining comes in handy. Some of the industries that require custom CNC machining include:
“Aerospace and Defense – items produced for this industry include flight safety items and other equipment needed for a specific aircraft
“Agriculture – some of the things tailored for this industry include farm vehicles and farming tools
“Automotive – motorcycle parts, metal parts, and all accessories needed for any automobile
“Construction – here, you might need heavy construction equipment that doesn’t exist anywhere especially if your construction is taking a unique design
“Firearms – any part big or small that is needed for ballistic devices
“Electronics – including the production of semiconductors parts, enclosing cases, and others
Why You Should Choose Custom Machining
“Unlike manual work, CNC machines can work continuously without plunging quality. Besides flexibility, safety and absence of the need to take a break from working, here are other advantages of choosing this manufacturing process.
1. High Precision and High-Quality Parts
“CNC machining allows the production of demanding applications. Even with small diameters and unique features on a part, the high precision ability of CNC production ensures you get precisely what you need. Moreover, the production machine consistently allows the production of similar parts over and over until the last piece you order.
2. Timely Production
“CNC machining involves removing blocks of raw materials until you achieve the desired shape. A computer controls the production machine ensuring the speed is maintained at a set limit. Considering the machine is adjusted to follow specific procedures, it is hard to encounter an error that might lead to repeating the process. Moreover, a company providing CNC machining consists of profound CNC engineers with experience in producing various parts, translating to a quick turnaround.
“When a product is uniquely designed, it is hard to find it in multiple stores. If you find it in any store, then it is expensive. By choosing custom machining, you eliminate the possibility of spending more than you should and still get a high quality product.
Types of Custom CNC Machining
“Custom CNC machining can be achieved through various processes depending on what a client needs. A manufacturer can choose one type of machine over another depending on the size, accuracy, and material needed for the production. Here are some types of custom machining we do.
“This process involves turning whereby the part been created is spun while a cutting tool is curving the part. This type of custom machining is common when creating round parts.
5-Axis CNC Machining Centers
“As you have seen above, CNC machines are capable of producing precise parts. However, for a company to remain competitive, it invests in the highest-end equipment and technology to produce ultra-high precision items. CNC machining centers is a type of machining needed when a client is looking for advanced, consistent, and efficient parts. This 5-axis machine moves in five different directions to create high-level accurate parts.
Prototype Plastic Machining
“While 3D printing is the common form of acquiring plastic parts, it might not apply when you need non-printable parts. Prototype plastic machining involves designing accurate concepts and producing precise parts from raw plastic material while considering factors such as pre-heat and tool paths. This type of machining is ideal when creating small parts that can’t be achieved when using any other method of production. For example, an optical part with a small radius of 0.05mm is only achievable through prototype plastic machining.
“Metal machining refers to the accuracy of producing a part as per the client’s design. The end product should meet a customer’s requirements. Several factors including room temperature play part in ensuring the metal part is produced as the client wants.
Materials Available for Custom machining
“When you choose custom machining, you get high quality products whether you want the items in a rare material or otherwise. There shouldn’t be any limitation subjected to the quality of custom parts that your industry needs. Below are several materials we assure you to produce in high quality whether you need one item or many, at an affordable price.
“Aluminum – examples of aluminum we have include 5052, 2024, 7075, and even aluminum alloys
“Steel – Toughmet, 15-5, A2, carbon steel, and more
“Plastic such as PVC, Acetal, ABS, and more…”