Precision Machining Series, Part 1 provided a general introduction to precision machining, including what the process is, how it works, and what materials can be used with it. Precision Machining Series, Part 2 walked through the kinds of applications and industries that are a great fit for the precision machining process and covers many examples of typical end products.
In this next installment of our precision machining blog series, we provide an overview of the kinds of equipment used in the precision machining process, current and upcoming market trends for precision machining solutions, and how our one-stop solutions bring it all together for our customers.
Typical Equipment Used in Precision Machining
Most precision machining operations use computer-controlled equipment to remove substrate material from workpieces. It allows for the creation of complex geometries and intricate details. To use this equipment, manufacturers first need to produce three-dimensional blueprints via CAD/CAM software or other computer programs such as ProE and UG. They then convert these digital designs into instructions for the CNC machine.
The machine tools employed in precision machining operations depend on the material of the workpiece. Different materials, such as carbon steel, stainless steel, alloy steel, aluminum, and bronze, may call for different treatments and tools. Some of the most frequently utilized tools include:
- Turning & Milling machines. Turning and milling processes require strict machine accuracies and positioning. CNC turning machines, vertical milling centers, multi-spindle machines, and more allow these requirements to be met. At Impro, our milling and turning centers offer machine accuracies between ±0.005 mm and ±0.01 mm, and repositioning accuracies between ±0.002 mm and ±0.004 mm.
- 5-axis CNC machines. The advantages of using a 5-axis machine include greater part complexity, faster machine setup, lower risk of collision, and better tool life and cycle time. At Impro, we have over 30 5-axis DMG and MAZAK CNC machines.They allow us to provide our customers with advanced, high-precision parts and technology.
- These machines are used for a variety of grinding operations, such as centerless ,surface, I.D. and O.D. grinding.
- Multipurpose and vacuum heat treatment lines. This equipment is used for a wide range of material heat treatments, including carburizing, quenching, tempering, nitiding, carbonitriding,
- Inspection equipment. Inspection and measurement equipment ensure that parts are machined to the proper specifications. Popular brands include ZEISS,Mahr, ZYGO, and Leica.
Some machining operations—such as those that require extremely tight tolerances or specific surface finishes—may require the use of high-speed robotics and photochemical equipment to achieve the desired result on the end product.
Precision Machining Market Trends
According to the Roland Berger Report, the global precision machining market is anticipated to follow the past 5 years’ upwards trend, continue to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of around 4% to 2022. This expectation translates to high-end market segment growth from 24% in 2017 to 33% in 2022.
In correlation with this expected growth, the popularity of independent one-stop solution providers is also climbing. These solution providers strive to meet demands for more research and development capabilities, advanced equipment, automation and digitalization, and streamlined operations. Thanks to increasing market demands for high-end products, these providers are expected to gain further market shares.
One-Stop Precision Machining Solutions at Impro
At Impro, we offer comprehensive one-stop solutions that cover the precision machining component manufacture value chain throughout the entire product life cycle. Our one-stop solutions include:
- Tooling/fixture design and manufacturing
- Heat treatment
- Surface treatment
We have a comprehensive suite of precision machining services designed to meet customer needs, such as prototype development, concurrent design support, mass production, logistics, and stocking program, and after sale service. Our expert product development team works hand-in-hand with clients to ensure that each project’s unique requirements are met or exceeded.
With teams in China, the United States, Mexico, Germany, and Turkey and manufacturing facilities strategically located in Asia, Europe, North America, and Mexico (with a brand new facility), we have the ability to provide precision machining services to customers across the globe.
Contact Impro Today
At Impro, we provide precision machining services to customers in industries ranging from aerospace and automotive to medical and recreation. By employing expert employees, investing in state-of-the-art equipment, and maintaining quality certifications (such as ISO 9001, ISO/IATF 16949, AS 9100, and ISO 13485), we ensure the quality and integrity of our precision machined parts.
To learn more about our precision machining services and capabilities, contact us today or download our upcoming eBook, “A Complete Guide to Precision Machining: Components, Process Types, and Future Market Outlook”.