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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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LATEST ARTICLES

Surface finish achievable with EDM

Nov 16, 2017

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…

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Let EDM be your secret weapon

Oct 26, 2017

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…

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How accurate is wire EDM?

Oct 4, 2017

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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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…

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…

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