When utilizing CNC machining in an industry or on a project where the complexity is high, tolerancing is tight, and repeatability is a consistent need, precision machining equipment is often the right way to go. Extra precautionary measures are put in place for these machines, which are meant to handle a large array of metal materials, cut using expensive coated/solid end mills, maintaining the highest possible surface finish, tolerance, and various elements known for extremely precise machined workpieces.
The reality of today’s challenges is the need to meet ever-increasingly tight tolerances and strict deadlines and work with difficult-to-machine materials and customers that demand perfection the first time around. No matter the machine, process, or technology needed to produce something, there will always be industries demanding end-use parts to be produced precisely. Below are just a few types of equipment in today’s shops that help manufacturers perfect their product/parts.
Arguably the most common machine form or precision machines are vertical, horizontal, and other CNC milling machines. Industries such as Aerospace, Aviation, Defense, Tool & Die, and Manufacturing all rely on the precise tooling and end-use machined parts that these large, heavy-duty & ultra-precise machines can produce.
Often configured with several spindles, a large magazine of turning tools, and workholding fixtures, these types of lathes are for high production. Virtually any size round part can fit within the working envelope of these machines to cut extremely accurate passes on virtually all cylindrical parts.
Similar to lathes, these specialty machines are meant for screws, nuts, bolts, and other round objects that are produced at extremely high volumes. These machines are especially known for their insanely tight tolerancing and ability to run nearly around the clock with no stops in-between.
For large-scale, 2-dimensional cuts in wood, metal, or other materials, a CNC Laser Machine can be a useful tool, especially within the hobbyist/maker community.
EDM Machines utilize another form of subtractive CNC manufacturing in which a very thin wire creates an electrical discharge which is used as a cutting tool across a wide array of different materials. Rather than have a CNC machine tool hog out a large portion of metal material with a cutting device, this extremely thin wire seemingly cuts through the large block of material like butter (under the right machine conditions).
Now more than ever, we’re seeing a widespread industry adoption of metal & polymer 3D printing as a means for end-use production. Additive parts can now be formed in ways not previously possible via traditional manufacturing technologies, which is creating a shift in how parts can be designed & created in a variety of industries.
Not only have modern advancements in machine tools (tooling) helped to drive this innovation of precision machining, but equipment & machines themselves are now designed to much more precise specifications than they once were. The aerospace, automotive, space, defense, energy, and medical device industries, for example, are all industries that drive demand for machined parts that are accurate to tolerances equivalent to fractions of a human hair!
Investing in a piece of precision CNC machinery is no easy decision and also one that often takes time and contemplation to justify the hundreds of thousands (sometimes millions) of dollars spent on this type of capital equipment. Relying on a partner in the machining industry who has delivered consistently to meet customer demands for any CNC application is crucial in being first-to-market. Baker Industries has been a trusted partner for the automotive, aerospace, space, and defense industries for nearly 30 years, delivering on time and within spec for customers like Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, SpaceX, Rivian, General Motors, and many more over the years.
See how large-format metal additive manufacturing can create large, complex parts that would be cost-prohibitive to produce using traditional methods. Learn more about our innovative robotic weld cells here.
Industry-leading aerospace, automotive, defense, and space components manufacturer purchases a ProtoTRAK DPM SX5P to accommodate the influx of tooling, low-volume, and customized CNC machining work.
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With large format wire-based metal additive manufacturing, the part is manipulated while depositing. Advanced software is critical to address complex path planning and coordinated motion between the robot and the positioner.
We have developed height sensing and adaptive feedback software to maintain tight customer-specified tolerances.
Complex part printing can be achieved using advanced robots collaborating with positioners and motion control software.
Full control over the wire path for each layer allows for optimal process parameters and material deposition.