Aluminum may be one of the most common materials used in parts and components in many industries, but it is not the easiest alloy to work with. Choosing an aluminum CNC machining service with expertise, experience and the ability to work to your production requirements will be an important step in partnering with the right company.
Unfortunately, many machining services, including those offering CNC machining, may not work with aluminum. It is a good idea to narrow down your selection to those companies advertising aluminum machining as key part of their services and not just as an alloy they occasionally work with.
Equipment and Technology
One of the factors separating aluminum CNC machining services from general machining shops is the quality of the equipment used. With the demands of working with aluminum, companies have to maintain state-of-the-art equipment to be able to provide parts and components to the tolerances required by their customers.
For most aluminum parts and components, high tolerances and precision work will be a must. Ask the companies under consideration about their certifications, experience, and familiarity with regulations, standards, and requirements that are relevant to your project. Quality control throughout the facility and the project will also be related to the equipment and the technology in use.
Real World Expertise
Quality aluminum CNC machining services also have the technology and the experienced experts to work with your in-house design team and engineers. Often there are slight modifications to a design which can help to reduce the cost of machining, allow for a more effective machining option, or even assist in reducing the cost of production.
By using companies with the ability to assist and enhance the work of the in-house design team, the OEM will find better part and component production, faster turnaround times on orders and a lower cost than they may have anticipated.
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