The 9 Most Popular Finishes for Machined Parts

Intro After your precision machined part is fabricated, it can go through a “finishing” process. This adds certain functionality to your part. There are a lot of finishing options to pick from, but the following 9 are the most popular for machined parts. Follow along…

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5 Benefits of 5-Axis CNC Machining

Intro If you’ve seen someone operate a 5-axis CNC machine, you’ve probably been pretty impressed. Not only is it impressive to watch, but it’s also a great asset to have on the floor of your machine shop. In this piece, we’ll discuss the 5 benefits…

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7 Ways to Reduce Your Sheet Metal Manufacturing Costs

Intro There are a lot of ways to make a sheet metal piece very expensive. The worst part is that you might not even realize you’re making one of these common mistakes until you get a crazy-high quote from a manufacturer. Our machinists put together…

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How CNC Machining Changed Industry

Intro Since the first introduction of CNC machining, multiple industries and applications have radically changed. Even today, we see shifts as CNC machinery becomes more advanced and tackles new challenges. To say that CNCs changed the industry is underselling exactly how impactful these machines are. …

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Describing the Common Metal Fabrication Methods

Intro Metal fabrication is the process of taking stock metal pieces and turning them into production items. Anything made from metal has gone through a metal fabrication method. There are actually a lot of different ways to make something out of metal. In this guide,…

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All About Low-Volume Production

Intro Low-volume production is gaining more popularity across the market. People will often use 3D printing to make low-run batches of units before committing to full-scale production. But, what is low-volume production, why is it so popular, and what are common uses for this style…

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Cheat Sheet for Designing Sheet Metal Pieces

If you have to design a sheet metal piece, you need to be careful. Sheet metal uses completely different fabrication techniques, equipment, and expertise as compared to a standard solid piece. For better results, we put together this cheat sheet for designing sheet metal pieces. …

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All About Threading for CNC Machined Parts

Intro Threads are a big component when it comes to making a part for fabrication. Assemblies in every industry and application can benefit from removable pieces. Knowing what they are, how to design them, and how a CNC machinist will thread your piece are all…

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On-Machine Inspection: The Key to Precision Machining

Intro When it comes to precision machining, the smallest decisions could result in wasted time and money. Luckily, there are certain tips to help you avoid these pitfalls. One of the big tips is to implement on-machine inspection. Our machining experts put together this piece…

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How Much Tight Tolerances Will Cost You

Intro Did you know that the tolerances on your drawings could be wasting a ton of money each year? They’re just a few numbers on a drawing sheet, but it could result in you paying 45 times more for each part. The simple fact is…

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