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When To Choose A CNC Milling Service

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When To Choose A CNC Milling Service

There are many different options to consider when developing a new part or component. Depending on the alloy or the material, it is possible to form complex or simple shapes through options such as extrusion, machining, milling, lathing, and turning.

Extrusion is the one exception to the list at is involves forming the shape through the use of a die. All types of machining, including using a CNC milling service, uses the process of removing parts from the workpiece to create the desired end shape. This is often a faster and more cost-effective option than other types of CNC machining options and allows for the development of complex shapes to very exacting standards and tolerances.

Multi-Axis Machining

One of the benefits of working with a CNC milling service that has multi-axis machines is the ability to produce parts that are both shaped as well as drilled. The multiple axes are able to move across the workpiece on three or four axes, resulting in horizontal, vertical and front and back movement. On some systems, there is also the possibility of diagonal movement.

This means that the workpiece is held in one place when the cutting tools move along the pathway as determined by the CAD/CAM drawing generated by the software. This precision ensures that each piece is identical, within the allowable tolerances, to the original drawing as well as to all other pieces created by the program.

With multiple cutting tools in one machine, CNC milling service is faster as there is no need for operators to move the workpiece between equipment. This also means one operator can monitor several machines without any loss in quality and with a faster production rate.

Complex to simple parts can be easily made with CNC milling equipment. By discussing the specifics of the job with the machining company, it will be easy to determine if this is the right process for the specific prototype or full production needs.

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