Types of Machining
PartsBadger offers a number of different machining methods to create your parts. Using a wide variety of machines PartsBadger is able to create simple and complex parts at the required tolerance and the best possible price.
3-Axis milling on a vertical milling machine allows for 2.5D and 3D machining of most parts. Using X, Y, and Z movement 3-axis milling is used for the majority of machining projects. Milling on a 3 Axis machine requires each work face to be machined independently. For each work face the part needs to be positioned and secured in a process called work-holding.
Turning on a lathe allows for machining of cylindrical parts. Using X, Y, and A movement lathes are used for nearly all cylindrical machining projects. Turning on a lathe has limitations on the overall diameter of the stock being machined at 7 inches, but can turn parts up to 32 inches in length.
4 & 5-Axis Milling
4 and 5-Axis milling allows for 3D machining with either a rotating part or a rotating mill. Using X, Y, Z, A and possibly B axis 4 and 5 -axis milling is used for complex machining projects. Milling on a 4-5 Axis machine rotates the part for complex contours and shapes. Machining on a four axis machine typically increases machine time cost 50%, while a fifth axis machine would increase machine time costs upwards of 300%
Wire EDM (Electical Discharge Machining) allows for high precision and near 90 degree corners using a small wire and high levels of electrical current to cut the material.
Small Hole EDM
Small Hole EDM (Electical Discharge Machining) like Wire EDM allows for high precision and near 90 degree corners using a small wire and high levels of electrical current to cut the material. However Small Hole EDM does not require the wire pass through the part allowing for pockets and cavities within the material rather than just cutting through-hole like Wire EDM.
Sinker EDM is typically used for complex 3-D shaped parts, often with small or odd shaped angles. The process provides a finished part without stresses on the material. Sinker EDM has a wider variety of applications, such as blind cavities/key-ways, thin walls, or cross sections.