MillingMilling is the machining process of using rotary cutters to remove material from work-piece by advancing (or feeding) the cutter into the work-piece at a certain direction. The cutter may also be held at an angle relative to the axis of the tool. Milling covers a wide variety of different operations and machines, on scales from a small individual parts to large, heavy-duty gang milling operations. It is one of the most commonly used processes for machining custom parts to precise tolerances.
TappingTaps and dies are tools used to create screw threads which is called threading. Many are cutting tools; others are forming tools. A tap is used to Cut or form the female portion or the mating pair (e.g. a nut). A die is used to cut or form the male portion of the mating pair (e.g. a bolt). The process of cutting or forming threads using a tap is called tapping, whereas the process of using a die is called threading.
MoldingA metal working process in which finely-powdered metal is mixed with binder material to create a “feedstock” that is then shaped a solidified using injection molding. The molding process allows high volume, complex parts to be shaped in a single step. After molding, the part undergoes conditioning operations to remove the binder (debinding) and densify the powders. Finished products are small components used in many industries and applications.
Thread RollingThread rolling is the preferred method for producing strong smooth, precise and uniform external thread forms. Thread rolling is different from other types of threading processes like cutting, grinding, and chasing. Thread rolling is a cold forging process that can be performed on any ductile metal.
Cross Drilling & Spindle StoppersCross drilling is where a round hole is drilled through the middle of a round bar. Spindle stoppers (or parts stops) are designed to provide a repeatable stop for front loading of parts through CNC or engine lathe chuck.
CNC Swiss Machining Swiss Lathes are made specifically to provide precision accuracy down to a few micrometers. Swiss Lathes hold the work piece on the Z axis using a collet and guide bushing. The tools sit at the Z axis, and the workpiece moves. This is different from many lathes where the tool moves and the work piece stays stationary.
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