MACHINING CURVED ALUMINIUM
CAN YOU MACHINE CURVED ALUMINIUM COMPONENTS?
Machining curved aluminium is one of our key secondary services. Because of this we have invested a large amount into the set up and maintenance of an advanced inhouse machining lab that is able to machine both straight and curved components, giving us the flexibility to decide when to machine during the production process.
- Tolerance of inline with DIN ISO-2768-1 Fine Class
- 3-Axis, 4-Axis and 5-Axis machining
- In-house Design Team
Our in-house design team actively programs machining operations for curved aluminium components. They utilize their expertise in CAD/CAM software and extensive knowledge of machining techniques to convert design concepts into precise instructions for our CNC machines.
Working closely with clients, the design team interprets requirements and creates machining programs that consider the component’s geometry, tolerances, and surface finishes. They analyze design specifications, optimize tool paths, and select cutting tools and strategies for efficient and accurate machining.
Furthermore, the design team collaborates with machinists and technicians to seamlessly integrate programming and machining. They provide support throughout the production cycle, from concept development to final inspection and quality control.
Harnessing our in-house design team’s expertise streamlines the machining process, minimizes errors, and ensures exceptional precision in crafting curved aluminium components. Their dedication and attention to detail contribute to the success of our manufacturing operations.
Can you machine curved aluminium components?
Yes, it is possible to machine curved aluminium components. There are a few different methods that can be used, including:
- CNC machining: CNC machining is a computer-controlled process that uses a cutting tool to remove material from a workpiece. This process can be used to create complex shapes with high precision.
- Waterjet cutting: Waterjet cutting is a process that uses a high-pressure water jet to cut through the material. This process is often used for cutting curved aluminium components because it is very precise and does not produce heat-affected zones.
- Laser cutting: Laser cutting is a process that uses a high-powered laser to cut through the material. This process is often used for cutting curved aluminium components because it is very fast and accurate.
The best method for machining curved aluminium components will depend on the specific requirements of the project. For example, CNC machining is often the best choice for complex shapes with high precision, while waterjet cutting is often the best choice for large or thick pieces.
How can you check the accuracy of machining?
There are a few different ways to check the accuracy of machining. One way is to use a coordinate measuring machine (CMM). A CMM is a machine that can measure the dimensions of a part with high precision. Another way to check the accuracy of machining is to use a micrometre. A micrometre is a tool that can measure the thickness of a part with high precision.
Here are some of the most common methods for checking the accuracy of machining:
- CMM (Coordinate Measuring Machine): A CMM is a computer-controlled device that uses a probe to measure the dimensions of a part. CMMs are very accurate and can measure parts within a few microns.
- Micrometre: A micrometre is a handheld tool that uses a screw to measure the thickness of a part. Micrometres are accurate to within a few thousandths of an inch.
- Vernier Caliper: A vernier calliper is a handheld tool that uses two scales to measure the dimensions of a part. Vernier callipers are accurate to within a few thousandths of an inch.
- Go/No-Go Gauge: A go/no-go gauge is a type of inspection tool that is used to verify that a part is within a specified range of dimensions. Go/no-go gauges are simple to use and can be very effective for checking the accuracy of machining.
The best method for checking the accuracy of machining will depend on the specific requirements of the project. For example, CMMs are often the best choice for high-precision machining, while micrometres are often the best choice for general-purpose machining.
What is the maximum size of curved aluminium components that you can machine?
The maximum size of curved aluminium components that can be machined depends on the capabilities of the machine and the specific requirements of the project. However, in general, most machines can machine curved aluminium components up to a few meters in diameter.
Here are some factors that can affect the maximum size of curved aluminium components that can be machined:
- The type of machine: Some machines are better suited for machining large components than others. For example, a CNC mill is better suited for machining large, complex components than a lathe.
- The material: The type of material can also affect the maximum size that can be machined. For example, aluminium is easier to machine than steel.
- The thickness of the material: The thickness of the material can also affect the maximum size that can be machined. For example, it is easier to machine thin materials than thick materials.
- The radius of curvature: The radius of curvature can also affect the maximum size that can be machined. For example, it is easier to machine components with a large radius of curvature than components with a small radius of curvature.
What surface finishes can you achieve on the machined curved aluminium components?
We can achieve a variety of surface finishes on machined curved aluminium components, depending on your specific requirements and preferences. Some of the surface finishes we offer include:
Smooth Finish: We can machine the components to achieve a smooth and polished surface finish.
Brushed Finish: If you prefer a textured look, we can create a brushed finish on the curved aluminium components. This finish involves using abrasive pads or brushes to create parallel lines or patterns on the surface.
Custom Finishes: If you have specific surface finish requirements or unique finishes in mind, our team can work with you to develop a custom solution tailored to your needs.
Can you provide prototypes or samples of machined curved aluminium components?
Yes, we can provide prototypes or samples of machined curved aluminium components. This service helps you visualize and evaluate the design, functionality, and quality before proceeding with full-scale production. Prototyping allows you to test and validate the design. Make any necessary adjustments or improvements, and ensure that the final components meet your requirements.
Our in-house design and machining capabilities enable us to efficiently produce prototypes or samples based on your specifications. We work closely with you during the prototyping phase to understand your needs and provide valuable insights and expertise to optimize the design and manufacturing process.
Whether you need a single prototype or a small batch of samples, we can accommodate your request. We ensure that you are satisfied with the performance, aesthetics, and overall fit of the machined curved aluminium components.
Please let us know your prototyping requirements, and our team will be happy to assist you in creating high-quality prototypes that meet your expectations.