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In manufacturing, when it comes to bringing a product to life, one of the major considerations is machinability.
Machinability refers to the ease with which a metal can be cut, permitting the removal of material with a satisfactory finish at lowest possible cost.
Here are just a few considerations that improve machinability:
- Tolerances: Are close tolerances really necessary, or are there dimensions on the part less critical? It’s important to match tolerances in order to maximize quality and functionality while minimizing cost.
- Material – Is the size or type of the material an important factor in the design? For instance if the design has material at 1.0025” thickness instead if 1” can be utilized it will eliminate manufacturing operations saving money. Another consideration is if the part is made out of steel vs. aluminum. On average standard steel is less expensive, however machine time is increased therefore increasing costs.
- Coatings: If your part requires coatings does the design support the additional thickness that the coatings will add?. You may want to look at varying thicknesses in various parts of a plating operation to adjust for maximum function and minimum expense.
Our staff at A2E (an A2 Energy Systems company) is expert at machinability. We take your concepts and make them economical and efficient, finding ways to cut costs without reducing quality. When required we can machine parts to .000025 in a controlled environment.
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