The Benefits of Using a Wire EDM

Electrical discharge machining (EDM) is one of the most cost-effective and efficient ways to machine hard and electrically conductive materials. Wire EDM offers the additional benefit of accuracy in creating part shapes. Machining with a hard and challenging material that also happens to be electrically conductive, EDM is a machining method you should consider for higher accuracy and cost-effectiveness. Here we look at what Wire EDM is, and what the benefits are for your machining project.


Machining hard materials usually require intense processing, where tools need to be applied with great force and impact to create the desired shape. This has some disadvantages, as impacts can create stress distorting the material while cutting as well as rapidly wearing the tool. This makes traditional machining on delicate parts challenging. Wire EDM allows the machining of hard, brittle and fragile materials without impacts and stresses, as long as they are electrically conductive.


Because a Wire EDM machine uses electrical discharges throughout a fine wire, it is capable of cutting precise and intricate shapes with ease, even in the hardest or most fragile materials. Because the wire can create an endless range of different shapes, even minute contours and holes can be created without a need to heat the material for softening and hardening.

hire tolerances with EDM machiningHIGH TOLERANCES

Wire EDM machining is more accurate than laser, flame cut, or plasma. It imparts no force on the part, making wire EDM machining capable of achieving very high tolerances for precise dimensions and accurate fit. This eliminates the need for additional processing and finishing of parts after machining.


With an experienced and efficient machining engineer, Wire EDM projects can be set up and completed with a shorter lead time, allowing you to get your essential parts faster. Wire EDM machining produces high tolerance parts without burrs or distortion; wire EDM can produce parts with one step processing, saving you precious time and money.


Better dies and molds can be produced from wire EDM cutting for lower cost. Because any electrically conductive material can be efficiently machined using wire EDM machining, no matter how hard or fragile, machining takes less time and can be completed in one process. Because of this, wire EDM also produces less waste. There is no need for heat treatment or clean up of parts after machining, as wire EDM can cut through even hardened materials with ease. With a fast turnaround from the machining company, these savings can be passed on to you, for even more cost-effective machining.

These many benefits of wire EDM machining are the reasons behind Inverse Solutions latest investment in a state of the art new Makino Wire EDM machine. When choosing Wire EDM processing for your project, select an experience machining company with high-quality machinery for the most accurate, efficient and quality results.