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Down to the bone: Using EDM in medical device manufacturing

By admin | Nov 30, 2016

Say “medical device manufacturing” and most people think of investment cast hip joints and replacement patellas. The reality is, medical devices range from, as the FDA says, “…tongue depressors and bedpans to … pacemakers … and laser surgical devices.” Some of these devices need electro-discharge machining (EDM) for their manufacture while many more need EDM…

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6 Ways EDM Enables Better Part and Tool Design

By admin | Nov 14, 2016

Textbooks portray design and manufacture as a linear process, but in reality it’s more iterative. Features, tolerances and materials specified by Engineering Challenge Manufacturing, who respond by requesting design changes. Reasoned discussion usually leads to better choices, but ultimately the product must function the way the designer wants. In such situations the only solution may…

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What the World Would Be Like If Aerospace Precision Machining Didn’t Exist

By admin | Jan 12, 2016

Space may be the final frontier that scientists, engineers and explorers set their sights on today to discover strange new worlds that might support intelligent life and may one day allow for human colonies to thrive. Yet without the modern technologies and innovations offered by a precision metal machining company, life would be very different…

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6 Factors To Look For When Choosing A Quality Precision Machine Shop

By admin | Jan 8, 2016

From aerospace to the defense department, organizations and businesses around the world require precision manufacturing to complete tasks. Without precision manufacturing, operations and processes come to a grinding halt. This problem affects the productivity of businesses and organizations, as well as their bottom lines. Yet, relying on just any precision machine shop to provide the…

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Precision Machining Enables Current & Future Medical Advances

By admin | Nov 19, 2015

The medical industry is one of the most highly regulated industries in the world. Companies hoping to bring their products to market must undergo rigorous trials to prove the safety and effectiveness of the product. Many medical devices must operate through hundreds, or even thousands of cycles without failing. Other devices require specialized engineering, to…

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Comparing EDM with conventional machining

Manufacturing engineers turn to EDM when milling, turning and grinding aren’t up to the task. It’s as if it’s a binary choice: if machining isn’t possible then chose EDM. The reality is more complex. There’s a significant middle ground where EDM and conventional processes go head-to-head. Yes, the wire EDM cutting rate is lower than…

Surface finish achievable with EDM

Surface finish is often called out on part prints. Sometimes it’s because it influences appearance, more often because it affects how surfaces slide over one another. Bearing surfaces and those used for sealing are examples of where finish is important. An EDM surface finish is different to that produced by conventional machining. Cutting processes produce…

Let EDM be your secret weapon

Thin walls, tight internal radii, tapers, deep blind pockets in hard materials. Sometimes it seems designers are just trying to find the limits of what manufacturing can do. It’s as if they’re hoping manufacturing will say, “Can’t be done.” The thing is, if manufacturing only has access to conventional machining processes they’re probably right. Some…

How accurate is wire EDM?

It’s only natural that designers and toolmakers should ask about the precision of EDM. Knowing the capabilities of the process informs design decisions and influences costs. Whether the parts being made are surgical instruments, extrusion dies, or aerospace components, it’s important to know what tolerances are achievable. Unfortunately, there’s no simple answer. While accuracies of…

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