On-Demand CNC Machining Services

Fast Turn CNC Machining Services from 3Diligent ProdEX

CNC machining is a term used to describe processes in which machine tools are controlled by a computer program.  The computer program instructs the equipment to make precise, three-dimensional cuts.  CNC is the acronym for “computer numerical control,” which speaks to this computer-driven machining process.  More precise and faster than manual machining, CNC does not require manual intervention during the cutting process.

Machining is a term sometimes used synonymously with the broader family of subtractive manufacturing.  Among the CNC machining options that 3Diligent ProdEX offer are technologies including turning, milling, lathing, boring, braiding, routing, and others.

How Does CNC Machining Work?

Using CNC, cuts required to form the components are programmed into a computer. These are translated as instructions that guide the machine in a way some classify as robotic. Tool placement is determined by a series of instructions known as the part program.

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Boring CNC Machining

Our boring CNC machining service is a process used to enlarge a hole that already exists within the component. The preexisting feature may have been created by a drill or during another digital manufacturing process, like casting. The machine has a single cutting tool or a “boring” head that can consist of multiple cutting tools on one CNC arm.

Routing CNC Machining

This CNC machining process uses a rapidly turning blade to cut into a block of raw material. Routing is one of the fundamental CNC technologies, capable of creating a wide variety of geometries and shapes with tight tolerances.

Different from CNC milling, routing processes spin their tools at high RPMs, but do not offer the force needed for some industrial grade materials that is achieved with milling. Routing utilizes the sheer speed of the RPM as the main driving factor, and is best suited for materials that don’t need multi-axis milling machines. 

3Diligent example processes: routing
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Braiding CNC Machining

3Diligent ProdEX offers braiding CNC machining to create multiple component parts, typically ropes, cords, and mesh. This digital manufacturing technology is the process of using an automated system to interlace three or more strands of wire to create a variety of materials, including ropes (cotton, composite, metal), reinforced hoses, and covered power cords.

If you are interested in producing parts using the braiding process, begin by creating an account within our ProdEX procurement service.

Milling CNC Machining

Like routing, this CNC machining process uses a rapidly turning blade to cut into a block of raw material. Milling is also one of the fundamental CNC technologies, capable of creating a wide variety of geometries and shapes.

3Diligent ProdEX offers multi-axis milling machines (up to 5-axis), allowing for unique cuts that keep the process automated without extensive, or any, handling during the job.

 

3Diligent example processes: CNC milling
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Electric-Discharge Machines (EDM)

Electric-discharge machining (EDM) is also known as die sinking or spark machining. In this process, workpieces are molded into shapes using an electrical spark. Discharges between electrodes are used to remove material.

As the space between two electrodes narrows, it intensifies and becomes stronger than the dielectric fluid separating the workpiece. The current can then pass between the electrodes and both are used to remove material. 

If you are interested in producing parts using this cnc machining process, begin by creating an account within our ProdEX procurement service.

Turning CNC Machining

3Diligent ProdEX provides turning CNC machining services in a variety of materials as part of its rapid-manufacturing offerings. In this process, the material is cut with a tool while being rotated at changing speeds to create circular or tubular shapes.

The turning service carves round and circular-shaped metals or plastics into more precise, symmetrical geometries. Also referred to as lathing, this process performs its abrasion along a singular axis to quickly and effectively produce its shapes.

If you are interested in producing parts using the turning process, begin by creating an account within our ProdEX procurement service.

Example of CNC turning being used to create a product
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Terry Trumbull, VP of Electro-Mech Components, Aerospace Industry

We worked with 3Diligent on a urethane casting project. The breadth of materials and services they offered, including flame retardant and color options, made them a great partner on this program. We were very satisfied with the experience.

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