The online CNC Machining Service provided by Aerospace Metals ensures that you can create any type of part you have in mind, as well as receive a quote as soon as you upload the CAD files to our platform. Whatever part you need, we can guarantee we have the experience and the equipment to produce it through collaboration with our manufacturing partners that have all been carefully vetted and certified. This ensures a high standard of product quality, exceptional part complexity, and superior surface finishes, all created through Aerospace Metals and delivered exactly when you need it.
Multi-Axis CNC Milling
- 3 Axis Machining
- 4 Axis Machining
- 5 Axis Machining
- Right Angle Milling
Available upon request for EDM parts that are complex and need high-precision tolerances.
Action Tooling with Dual Spindle Lathes.
CNC Machining Overview
CNC machining stands for Computer Numerical Controlled machining, which uses a wide array of tools like horizontal and vertical milling machines, routers, and lathes to create a design by cutting the material with high precision.
The customer provides the Computer Aided Design (CAD) model, while the machinists in charge of producing the design use the CAD model along with their instructions programmed with Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software. This combination determines the tool paths and the machine code that provide extensive instructions to the machine and ensure it can create the needed design.
CNC machines are essential parts of the manufacturing process which they significantly simplify, as a programmed machine can run a certain part an unlimited number of times. What’s more, their output is precise and they work with a wide variety of materials, which makes the manufacturing process much more cost-efficient, especially when on a larger scale.
Types of CNC machines include:
CNC mill — can range from 2-axis machines to 5-axis mills where the workpiece can also be moved within the machine, allowing for creation of more complex pieces and geometries, while reducing the possibility of operator error.
CNC lathe — these turn the workpiece on a spindle and the cutting tool is fixed, which makes them ideal for creating cylindrical parts.
CNC router — more cost-effective than CNC mills, routers are most often used to cut soft sheet materials like aluminum and wood.
Wire EDM — these don’t cut the workpiece but rather use electricity on conductive materials to shape the workpiece.
Industries that use CNC Machining
Among the industries that use CNC machining: automotive, aerospace and defense, industrial machinery, medical, robotics, energy, and R&D are the ones that stand out. However, CNC machining also makes other manufacturing industry processes possible, such as manufacturing molds for Injection Molding.