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CNC Machining Tolerances

The benefits of CNC machining are well documented. These include a better finish, greater efficiency, more prototype flexibility and an enhanced ability to mass produce quality products and components.

But perhaps the most important benefit is the smallest — CNC machining makes it possible to exact tolerances of 0.00004” to 0.004” time and time again. This ability to machine with a precision so small is how CNC machining has become such a big player in our industry.

Of course, not every project calls for such tolerances, and not every manufacturing company is capable of delivering them. But when a project does require high tolerances, it’s important to know what to look for in a manufacturing company.

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The right machines

CNC machining (or computer numerical control machining) combines the best in manufacturing machining with the best in design software. A prototype is created using CAD software, which is then downloaded to the machine using lathes, mills, routers and grinders.

How much precision the machine is able to deliver depends on its quality. In general, the newer a machine’s software is, the higher the tolerance. Additionally, the more axes a machine has, the easier it will be for it to deliver precise measurements.

The right team

When it comes to delivering pinpoint precision, a machine’s ability to perform and create a product takes center stage. However, without an experienced and highly skilled team of designers, programmers and machinists, these machines won’t be able to deliver components consistently.

Design, data manipulation of CNC software and using temperature control specific materials are just some of variables the right team will analyze to ensure CNC machines are operating properly and delivering consistent precision.

The right experience

CNC machining isn’t necessarily new, but it’s a practice that is constantly evolving. That’s why working with a manufacturing company with state-of-the-art machines, a team of professionals and extensive experience in creating highly precise products and components is so important.

Sometimes, even the smallest mistake can make a huge difference when it comes to manufacturing with high tolerances. To avoid such mistakes, get a quote from a manufacturing company with the right machines, the best team and a whole lot of experience.

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