The most frequently used CNC machining service for metalwork is CNC milling machine services. Milling is a high-demand service for OEM’s due to their increased need for parts with geometric complexity. CNC milling tools perform drilling and cutting machining processes. CNC milling machines and tools are incredibly versatile and produce custom, precision parts for a wide variety of industries and applications.
Three things an OEM requires from a CNC Milling Machine service
Precision is essential to part quality. OEMs have specific tolerances, and design parameters that every part ordered must meet to fit smoothly into the overall project upon assembly. In addition, most parts require machining on multiple surfaces at various angles with precise dimensions. EMI’s team of highly skilled CNC craftsmen have the experience and expertise needed to produce close tolerance components with precision accuracy.
Speed and Efficiency
CNC milling machines are best suited for running parts in production quantities. A conventional CNC can sometimes take hours to set up. However, more modern CNC machines are designed to minimize setup time. A full-service CNC machining service such as EMI maximizes efficiency and minimizes operator error by investing in experienced craftsmen and modern CNC milling machines.
All reputable CNC machining services check their parts. However, those CNC milling machine services that go above and beyond “checking” stand out from the rest. Having an ISO 9001:2015 certification helps ensure that products consistently meet requirements and quality is routinely managed.
Elemet Manufacturing machines custom CNC parts for clients of all sizes in a wide variety of industries. Our clients trust us to deliver high-quality parts that meet their precise specifications fast. Interested?
The CNC milling machine is the heart of the precision CNC machining process.
One of Elemet Manufacturing’s core service offerings is CNC milling machine services. CNC milling machines use computerized controls and translated codes from CAD and CAM software to perform automated machining functions on the raw metal stock. Metal sheets or blocks are placed in a vise on a table below a spindle that spins rotary cutting tools to remove excess material from the raw metal as it is fed into the milling tool.
The main parameter that determines the capabilities of a milling tool is the number of axes. A basic 3-axis CNC milling machine has three movement axes. X=Left to Right. Y = Forwards and Backwards. Z = Up and Down. The three axes of motions let the spindle spin a cutter at high speed to carve away material to create unique shapes, slots, holes, and details in a part. The type of cutting tool defines the shape of the part.
Horizontal and Vertical Machining provide efficiency and speed.
Many machine shops use only one type of milling center. Our horizontal and vertical milling centers provide very different sets of advantages. An OEM or designer’s project shape, part volume, and required machining features benefit from the versatility and efficiency of dual machining mill types. In addition, our vertical and horizontal mills transform complex manufacturing processes into a single setup providing faster turnarounds and cost-efficient CNC machined parts.
A Vertical CNC milling machine features vertically-oriented tooling with rotating cylindrical cutters that can move along vertical axes to make plunge cuts and drilling. It is instrumental in die sinking. This design makes them suitable for end milling operations, which use tools with teeth on the periphery and face.
A vertical CNC milling machine is ideal for:
- Box type parts, such as gearboxes, spindle boxes, and gear pump shells
- Complex curved parts, such as cams and mold cavities
- Specialty or irregular parts, such as brackets and braces
Horizontal CNC milling machines have horizontally oriented tooling with rotating cylindrical cutters that can move along horizontal axes to create the shapes, slots, details, and holes of a part. As a result, they have faster processing speeds and can produce complex components in fewer operations.
A Horizontal CNC milling machine is ideal for:
- Large or heavy parts with expansive surface areas
- Specialty or irregular parts
- Components that require machining on multiple sides
- Applications that call for slots, grooves, pocketing, and facing
A 4-axis CNC milling machine service provides precision machining of complex parts.
EMI offers 4-axis CNC milling machine services that can cut part geometry and complex or intricate shapes that other machining methods can’t match. By combining several stand-alone operations into one, the service can achieve:
- Increased Accuracy
- Reduced Part handling
- Eliminating Multiple setups
- Reduced Cycle time
- More Efficient Production
The spindle head on a 4-axis CNC milling machine operates closer to the workpiece, which permits:
- use of shorter cutting tools with less vibration
- operation at higher cutting speeds
- tighter tool movement
- improved surface finishing
When a 3-axis CNC milling machine cannot accomplish the part complexity the client requires, a 4-axis CNC milling machine is an efficient, high-quality solution.
Applications for CNC Milling Machine Services
CNC milling is especially valuable for producing large parts that demand significant floor space, such as aircraft and aerospace panels or components. It also supports projects for:
- Commercial applications
- Building and maintenance
- Industrial and O.E.M.
The Advantages of CNC Milling Machine Services
The most significant advantage of CNC milling machine services is processing almost any kind of metal material. CNC milling can process all types of steel, titanium alloys, aluminum alloys, tungsten, copper, bronze, and iron. Elemet Manufacturing Inc. offers cost-effective, quality CNC milling machine solutions. EMI provides:
- Production of complex parts
- Cost-effective prototyping
- Short-run production
- High dimensional tolerances
- Smooth finishes
- Variety of materials
- Cost Efficiency
- 100% quality
- Quick turnaround times
- Superior customer service
The key to fast, quality custom CNC milling machine services is working with the right partner.
Working with an experienced one-stop CNC machining services shop will provide you the most cost-efficient, quality custom CNC milling machine services for your project. Elemet Manufacturing Inc. is an ISO 9901:2015 certified one-stop machining company providing quality services.
We offer innovative solutions to the OEM industry and eliminate the need for external sourcing, saving you time and money. In addition to our CNC Milling Services, we provide:
- CNC turning, threading, and machining
- 5-axis waterjet cutting
We are part of the Elemet Group, offering innovative, one-stop metal fabricating, CNC machining, and industrial coating solutions since 1947. Our sister companies are:
- Glenn Metalcraft offers state-of-the-art technology and leads the manufacturing industry in high-quality, close-tolerance, heavy-gauge, metal spinning, and 6-axis CNC turning and milling, laser, plasma, and waterjet cutting, as well as manual and robotic welding.
- Minnesota Industrial Coatings is one of few companies that offer both Powder Coating and E-coating.
We stake our reputation on providing the highest quality and customer service. Contact us today to learn more about EMI’s CNC milling machining services or receive a free estimate on your next CNC machining project.