Materials for CNC Milling…

Metals

We are able to work with a wide variety of metals including wrought Aluminium and Mild Steels. We also work with a wide variety of alloys including Stainless Steel and Ti-6AI-4v Titanium.

If you would like to discuss a suitable material for an application or you wish to talk about specific tooling please contact us.

Plastics

It is possible to CNC plastics and this is something we frequently do when prototyping components. Acrylic, Delirin and PTFE are common choices for plastic machined components. Plastics with high rigidity are easier to machine as they have a lower level of distortion. If you have a specific question regarding plastic machining or a specific application please contact us to discuss your requirements.

VERSATILE

CNC Milling can be used on virtually any hard material

IDEAL SOLUTION

From prototyping, to bespoke precision components, to batch processing

SKILLFUL OPERATORS

Our team are highly skilled at assessing each project for its optimum machining process

PRECISION TECHNOLOGY

Using computers to control the machine allows for complete precision every time

How does CNC Milling work?

CNC stands for Computer Numerical Control as is a popular rapid prototyping service. To create a CNC component, first we will need a 3D file of the solid body you wish to create. If you don’t have a 3D file we can help you produce one.

Once we have the file we use CAM  (Computer Aided Manufacturing) software to create a tool path. within this tool path we will programme in the tools we wish to use and we’ll enter important information such as spindle rpm and feed rates. these vary greatly depending on the tool used, material and depth of cut. Once we have a tool path we post process it, this turns the tool path into G-code which is a language the CNC machine understands. This G-code tells the machine the exact coordinates and steps in which it needs to move to complete the operation.

We programme the machine, set up the tools and ensure the stock is secured safely. The machine then takes over and completes each step of the operation whilst automatically changing tools. The rotating cylindrical cutting heads remove the solid material in the form of chips leaving on the material required by the component.

High precision, rapid material removal and repeatability make CNC machining a trusted method of manufacturing. Not the right service for you? Perhaps our Laser Etching is though?

CNC Milling Key Features

HIGHLY ACCURATE

CNC milling completes operations with incredible accuracy, capable of maintaining micron tolerances

EASY TO REPEAT

CNC ensures perfect repeatability, great for batch production runs.

DIGITAL DESIGNS

Design software allows manufacture to be digitally simulated, ensuring all features will be cut first time and reducing the chances of tool breakages – saving both time and money

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CNC Milling Rapid Prototyping

Vertical Milling Centre

We offer 4-axis machining at our workshop in Henley-on-Thames. We specialise in producing one of products and small batch production runs. Our well-equipped VMC (Vertical Milling Centre) is used daily to produce a wide array of components.

All machined components undergo thorough Quality Assessment to ensure they meet the design specifications.

We work with wide variety of alloy metals, we frequently have custom tooling made for projects. If you have specific questions regarding a component please feel free to contact us to discuss your project in detail.

PRECISE CNC MILLING

Precise cutting is essential to ensuring a component comes out of the machine the exact size it should. To ensure this happens on repeatable basis we always use regularly calibrated measuring equipment to set our machine and inspect components.

Prior to running any cutting programmes we inspect our cutting tools to ensure they are fit for purpose, if they fail inspection they are sent off to be reground or replaced with new.

Time is taken to ensure that all work-piece and tool offsets are recorded and programmed correctly to ensure reliable and repeatable performance.

INDUSTRIES USING CNC MILLING

CNC machining is a popular and trusted manufacturing technique. It’s versatility and ability to cut virtually any solid material make is a popular choice of manufacturing.

Because of its accuracy and versatility, you will find CNC components throughout all modern industries worldwide.

CNC has been pioneered by several specific industries and is still favoured for the vast majority of component manufacture. Below is a list of industries which frequently use the manufacturing technique:

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Manufacturing
  • Medical
  • Construction

COST EFFECTIVE CNC PROCESSING

As CNC Milling can be an expensive way to manufacture components, we constantly look at how we can make this service affordable and accessible.  This type of manufacturing can often seem out of reach to small businesses and individuals who are looking to innovate products of the future. We aim to bridge the gap by offering a professional CNC service at affordable rates.

Some agencies prefer to work to bulk orders, however we understand that sometimes individuals require the same level of professional service to create one-offs and prototypes. We don’t therefore have minimum orders for this service.

If you have any questions regarding this service our team are happy to offer advice so please contact us.

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CNC MILLING FAQs

What is CNC Milling?

CNC Milling is a little like drilling or cutting, except a computer is used to guide the machine instead of a human.  This allows for precise and accurate milling.

CNC Milling materials

Virtually any hard material can be used in CNC milling.  We have worked on wood, plastic, metals and other hard substances!

How does the CNC Milling machine work?

The CNC milling machine is powered by a computer, effectively doing the job of a human machinist – it tells the milling machine exactly where to move and how to cut.  This allows for highly complex designs and accurate production without the risk of human error.

Where is CNC milling used?

Many industries use CNC milling in their trade, such as wood working where highly accurate milling can result in detailed and complex designs being reproduced effortlessly.  Others include the metal working trades and electrical  component manufacturing.

CNC Milling Contact

If you are interested in learning more about how our CNC milling services could work for you, get in touch using the contact form below.

We would really love to be able to have drop in visitors, however our workshops are very busy, so if you would like to make a visit to us, please contact us to book an appointment.

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