Custom Machining—Raw Goods And Equipment

Machining is a process that is used to produce precise parts. Learn about some of the materials that are manufactured during machining applications. Then, review the equipment that a machinist uses.  

The Machinist's Role

A machinist is a skilled tradesperson who uses a lathe, drill press, or another type of machining equipment to yield precise products. The machinist will use a subtractive or additive process to manufacture goods. A subtractive process involves removing material. If a small metal item is being cut from a metal sheet, for instance, a subtractive application will be utilized. An additive process involves building up a material. A three-dimensional metal object would require the use of an additive application. A machinist may cut raw materials and use a press or a welder to attach all of the pieces.

Raw Goods

Machining equipment is commonly used to produce metal goods. Plastic, wood, and ceramic are some other materials that machinists use while manufacturing goods. The properties of the raw materials are carefully considered when preparing a prototype for a new product.

The conductivity or non-conductivity of a raw material will determine its thermal resistance. The cost and durability of a raw material could affect the success of a product that will be merchandised through many retailers.

When deciding to order goods that have undergone a machining process, it is in a customer's best interest to consult with the person who oversees the machine shop. This consultation will help a client learn more about the materials, plus the machining applications that are used to produce quality goods 

Equipment And Applications

Lathes, mills, and drill presses use rotational force when manufacturing goods. Each piece of equipment may contain extension pieces that are designed to perform distinct operations. For instance, a drill is used to create new holes or refine existing holes. When drilling, the machine operator will guide the raw material, ensuring that holes are drilled through distinct parts of the material.

Saws and shears are two cutting tools that machinists use. These tools are machine-guided. The use of these tools will support precise cuts. 

Recurring Orders

Products that are going to be produced in a machine shop may need to be ordered on a recurring basis. If a customer will be ordering the same type of materials at standard intervals, the machine shop that they acquire their goods through will already have access to the specifications for the product line.

Contact a local machine shop to learn more.