Machining FAQs

  • What CAD/CAM software do you use?
    We use Autodesk Inventor CAM Professional and Solidworks 2020
  • What type of CAD files are accepted?
    We can accept most CAD file formats (e.g. STEP, IGES, etc.) .
  • What types of materials can be CNC machined outside of steel?
    Aluminum, Copper Alloys (Bronze, Brass), Titanium, Nickel Alloys (Inconel, Monel).
  • Can you provide finishing services?
    Yes. Many of our customers take advantage of our wonderful relationships we have with outside vendors to provide finishing services such as anodizing, passivation, plating, polishing, grinding, and heat treating.
  • What kind of work holding do you offer for CNC Machining?
    We offer a number of different ways to achieve proper workholding for your CNC machining needs, including vacuum chuck, vices, clamps and custom jigs. Visit our CNC Machining page for more information, or contact us to discuss your project.
  • Can you lathe parts?
    Yes, we offer CNC Turning (Lathe), as well as CNC Machining with 5-Axis, 3-Axis and CNC Routers.
  • What is the tolerance of your CNC machining?
    We specify a standard dimensional tolerance of +-0.005" for CNC machined parts. However, it is possible to achieve a tighter tolerances on our routers, lathes, 3-axis mills and 5-axis mills. If you require a tighter tolerance, please contact us, as tighter tolerances may increase the cost of your project and have to be clearly defined upon ordering. Learn more about our CNC machining tolerances here.
  • What kind of a finish does CNC machining leave?
    Due to the spinning motion produced by the CNC milling machine's cutter, the surface finish of CNC machined parts will have visible toolmarks. If you require a smooth, unblemished finish to your part, we recommend choosing a secondary finish: grained finish (can only be applied to the outside of machined enclosures due to geometry) or powdercoat.