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MANUAL MACHINING

MANUAL MACHINING APPLICATIONS

Manual Machining can be applied to a number of different areas. When cutting pieces for decoration for an example, especially if each piece needs to be unique, professionals can manually add curves, contours, and other decorative cuts. The process may also be used for products that the manufacturer wants to label as “hand crafted.”

WHY CHOOSE MANUAL MACHINING

Here are a few reasons why you may need to have something manually machined.

Artistic Detail

Artistic Detail

While a computer is very precise, a person can add little artistic details to a piece. These set the piece apart from other pieces.

Single Pieces

Single Pieces

Some projects that require only a single piece may actually be easier to do manually than to program a machine to do. Some prototypes, for example, may be manually cut.

Intuitive Design

Intuitive Design

Some pieces need a person to intuitively know when and where to make cuts. A machine has no intuition and simply can’t do these types of jobs.

Cheaper Than CNC Machining

Cheaper Than CNC Machining

Manually machining is usually less expensive than CNC Machining for one off single cut projects that need to be done quick and doesn’t require absolute precision like a CNC machine provides.

Handmade

Handmade

Every piece that is manually machined can be said to be handmade. Many believe that handmade products are superior to computer-made products.

Faster Setup Time

Faster Setup Time

While it may take longer to manually machine something, there may be less prep time. This can be important in meeting deadlines.

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Wire EDM is Not Just for Tooling

Jan 30, 2017

You can think of wire EDM as the non-contact, 21st Century version of the fretsaw. A fretsaw is used to cut complex shapes from blocks of wood. The key to its versatility is the blade, which is essentially just an abrasive wire. Being thin and able to cut on all sides, the woodworker can turn it easily to follow…

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Down to the bone: Using EDM in medical device manufacturing

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

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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Wire EDM is Not Just for Tooling

You can think of wire EDM as the non-contact, 21st Century version of the fretsaw. A fretsaw is used to cut complex shapes from blocks of wood. The key to its versatility is the blade, which is essentially just an abrasive wire. Being thin and able to cut on all sides, the woodworker can turn it easily to follow…

Down to the bone: Using EDM in medical device manufacturing

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…

6 Ways EDM Enables Better Part and Tool Design

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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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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