Machining Basics, Part 2: What are the Capabilities of Precision Machining?

In our first post in the machining basics series, we looked at what precision machining is, and how it might be useful to a range of businesses and industries. Precision machining covers a wide range of functionalities to fit the requirements of different machinery and industries. This diversity and flexibility are vital to the effectiveness and performance of precision machining in making a wide variety of parts and products, even within very tight and specific constraints. The capabilities of precision machining are what achieves these outstanding and accurate results. In this post, we look at what precision machining capabilities are, and what they mean for your machining requirements.

WHAT IS PRECISION MACHINING CAPABILITIES?

The capabilities of precision machining refer to the capacity to which machinery and technology from a Precision Machining provider can accurately and precisely create a part according to tight specifications. The capabilities of precision machining refer to the level of precision a provider can make a part, object or component, no matter how large and complex, or small and precise. Because of the extremely precise and accurate level, many parts need to be made to, maintaining this level of accuracy across a range of different object sizes and shapes is essential. The capabilities of precision machining are what achieves this.

ASPECTS OF PRECISION MACHINING CAPABILITIES

Precision machining capabilities can be determined by the skill of the designers, and availability of machinery and tools offered by the precision machining provider. Precision machining providers often need to provide parts and products in a range of different materials, which may require different tools and skills to engineer. Quality precision machining providers work for a range of different clients and can engineer parts for different industry areas, including both commercial and government markets.

It’s also important that a provider is experienced and able to work in a number of areas, such as Machining and Prototype Design, Volume Manufacturing, and Contract Manufacturing. Skilled precision machining providers can even design modify existing standards and functionality of the parts so that they work in the same way as the original parts as per the manufacturer’s design and construction. This capability provides versatility and options for clients and businesses searching for a unique part.

Precision machining can work with a range of materials, including polymers, plastic, aluminum, stainless steel, copper, titanium, tungsten, Kovar, Ni 200, Inconel, Nitronic 60 and more. The tools used in precision machining are specially designed to create parts and products according to very stringent specifications and tight tolerances.

TOOLS DETERMINING PRECISION CAPABILITIES

The tools and machines used to create precise components need to be of high quality, and able to function according to very stringent specifications. There is a wide range of tools used for different aspects of precision machining. These tools are often controlled by CNC or computer numerical control. This type of control converts very precise designs produced by computer aided design (CAD) into numbers that are used as coordinates to control the precision machining process. This helps to ensure accuracy and adherence to tight tolerances, no matter the nature of the part being made.

Each tool has different capabilities, determining the diameter in inches in size and specific characteristics of the materials and the shapes and dimensions of parts that can be created. The tooling along with its specific design features, coating, ability to work dry or with lubricants will result in varying degrees of product complexity and yield.

Ultimately, the scope and versatility to which tools and machinery can be used to create different parts and objects encompass the capabilities of precision engineering.

 

SEE PART 1 OF THIS SERIES: MACHINING BASICS, PART 1: WHAT IS PRECISION MACHINING?
SEE PART 2 OF THIS SERIES: WHAT ARE THE CAPABILITIES OF PRECISION MACHINING?
SEE PART 3 OF THIS SERIES:  A PRECISION MACHINING EQUIPMENT BREAKDOWN