The Latest Trend of CNC Machining Materials

It is necessary to discuss the latest trend of CNC machining materials for the purpose of customized parts solutions. CNC machining is a manufacturing process known for its versatility. CNC manufacturers use this process to create high-quality, custom designed parts and products for a wide range of industries from almost any type of material. Typical CNC machining materials include metals, plastics, wood, foam and fiberglass.

Types of CNC machining materials

In view of the wide range of applicable materials, CNC machining provides customers with greater flexibility in designing and engineering their parts and products. Although aluminum is the most commonly used material in CNC machining operations, almost any material with sufficient hardness can be CNC machining, including:

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  • Alloy and tool steel (e.g., 4140, 4340, D2, A2, O1): wide range with varying properties

  • Aluminum 6061: aerospace-grade, affordable, and easy to machine

  • Brass C360: excellent machining properties and surface finishes

  • Duplex (e.g., 303, 17-4): high yield strength

  • Mild steel (e.g., 1018, 1045, A36): similar properties to SS 304, but more economical

  • Stainless steel (e.g., 304, 316, 2205): corrosion and chemical resistance

  • Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS): tough and impact resistance

  • High density polyethylene (HDPE): high strength-to-density ratio

  • Nylon 6: abrasion and chemical resistance

  • PEEK: high mechanical and chemical resistance

  • Polycarbonate (PC): tough and easy to tool

  • Delrin: designed for large mechanical loads

  • Teflon: hydrophobic and has a low coefficient of friction

In order to process these materials, the CNC machining process uses pre programmed software to guide the movement of tools and machines (including grinder, lathe, milling machine and router planer) to create complex designs and shapes. On the contrary, the manual machining process requires the direct participation of the operator in order to start and guide the operation. In addition, CNC machines can handle many different operations, such as milling, milling, drilling, winding, terminal positioning and welding.

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CNC parts for various applications

CNC machining is the main content of manufacturing process in the whole industry. From small-scale machining workshops to large-scale manufacturing plants, this process can be used to manufacture precise parts without the risk of human error. Industries that rely on CNC machining to produce necessary parts include:

  • Aerospace: doors and body components

  • Agriculture: farming equipment

  • Automotive: precision holes for frame assembly

  • Construction: heavy-duty equipment components

  • Dental: dental equipment and tools

  • Electrical and Electronics: small, precision electronic components

  • Lettering and engraving: engraving tools and engravings

  • Firearms: precision firearm components

  • Hospitality: signage and decorations

  • Manufacturing: precise components like rollers

  • Metalwork: high contact tools

  • Military: precision parts and tools for transportation and assembly

  • Production: conveyor rollers and gears

  • Transportation: precise control assemblies

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