Using our high-speed, state-of-the-art CNC milling machines, we are able to produce a wide range of precision, custom-machined parts for a variety of industries.
Creating a part on a CNC milling machine typically involves four steps:
- Using CAD (computer-aided design) software to design a model that includes all the part’s technical specifications.
- Converting the model using CAM (computer-aided manufacturing) software into a CNC-compatible program that will control the machining operations.
- Setting up the CNC mill to machine the parts. The more complex the final product, the longer it takes to program, complete the set-ups and prove out the machining operations, and make any necessary adjustments.
- Running the milling operation to create the final part and inspect the part to print.
It may take an experienced operator six hours to set up the machine and another 20 minutes to run a part, but once it’s set up, it’s easier to make additional parts. Plus, we can run a part, and if it doesn’t turn out the way you expected, we can tweak the programming and run it again. Using manual milling, it may take four hours for the same part. If you need to adjust the specs and run the part again, it may take another four hours.
CNC milling has many advantages, but it’s not a one-size-fits-all solution. Manual milling may be more suitable for making what you need and be more cost-effective.
Our manual milling machines allow us to efficiently create a part without the time it takes to set up, program, and run a CNC milling machine. Depending on your design specs, our experienced operators may be able to machine some parts faster and more cost-effectively using manual milling rather than using our CNC milling machines. In addition, some parts require specifications outside the capabilities of the CNC machine and its tooling. Depending on the design, manual milling may be more efficient for prototypes and limited production runs than CNC milling.