Precision Metal Cutting

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  • Precision Metal Cutting for 2-Axis Cutoff: How to Achieve the Best Results for Your Close Tolerance Small Metal Parts

    Precision Metal Cutting for 2-Axis Cutoff: How to Achieve the Best Results for Your Close Tolerance Small Metal Parts

    There are many variables to consider when deciding on a 2-axis cutoff method for your precision part. This definitive guide will help you make the right choice for your specifications.

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  • Metal Shearing Process Pros & Cons

    Metal Shearing Process Pros & Cons

    The metal shearing process can be quick and inexpensive for cutting some simply shaped parts, but it has disadvantages including burrs and end deformation.

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  • Cold Sawing Pros & Cons

    Cold Sawing Pros & Cons

    Cold sawing can do high-speed, burr-free cutoff of rods, tubes, and extrusions, but it is not ideal for very short lengths, smalls ODs/IDs, or hard metals.

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  • Abrasive Cutting Pros & Cons

    Abrasive Cutting Pros & Cons

    Thin-wheel abrasive cutting is an ideal method for high-volume 2-axis metal cutoff that requires precision, tight tolerances, no burrs, and a smooth end finish.

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  • Electrochemical Cutting Pros & Cons

    Electrochemical Cutting Pros & Cons

    Electrochemical cutting (ECC) combines electrochemical erosion and grinding to produce a burr-free, shiny surface to a tight tolerance of ±0.005” (0.127 mm).

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  • Automatic Lathe Cutting Pros & Cons

    Automatic Lathe Cutting Pros & Cons

    While an automatic lathe can do simple 2-axis cutoff of metal rods and tubes, it is designed for more complex, multi-step machining operations.

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  • Waterjet Cutting Pros & Cons

    Waterjet Cutting Pros & Cons

    Waterjet cutting is typically used to cut complex shapes from large, flat sheets of metal but may not be the best choice for 2-axis cutoff of small parts.

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  • Wire EDM Cutting Pros and Cons

    Wire EDM Cutting Pros and Cons

    Wire EDM cutting advantages and disadvantages for 2-axis cutoff depend on factors including the material used, part parameters, and surface finish requirements.

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  • The Allure of Laser Cutting

    The Allure of Laser Cutting

    While laser cutting can produce a small kerf and tight tolerances, other precision cutting methods may be preferable for 2-axis cutoff of small metal parts.

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  • Your Tight Tolerance Could Be Seriously Affecting Part Cost

    Your Tight Tolerance Could Be Seriously Affecting Part Cost

    Distinguishing the critically tight tolerances helps ensure part performance, avoid unnecessary expense, reduce waste, and improve cost of quality.

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  • How Do Tolerances Really Stack Up?

    How Do Tolerances Really Stack Up?

    When designing a part, remember that different tolerances may require different processes, and not all processes can produce results to the same tolerance.

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  • Dimensional Issues in Metal Cut to Length

    Dimensional Issues in Metal Cut to Length

    Metal Cutting utilizes lapping and machining as well as other techniques to achieve flatness vs. parallelism for metal cut to length.

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  • Comparing Precision Cutting Methods: A Reference Guide

    Comparing Precision Cutting Methods: A Reference Guide

    This visual reference guide can help you narrow the choices and quickly see which method(s) to consider for your 2-axis metal cut off application.

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  • GD&T Tolerances in Parts Manufacturing

    GD&T Tolerances in Parts Manufacturing

    GD&T tolerances provide manufacturing guidance that must balance the need to make a part functional with the need to produce the part cost-effectively.

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  • What Is Calibration Tolerance?

    What Is Calibration Tolerance?

    The key to calibration tolerance is understanding both what a device is capable of doing and the tolerance to which the device has been calibrated.

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  • How to Avoid the Issues of Non-Standard Material Size

    How to Avoid the Issues of Non-Standard Material Size

    Designing parts to use standard size materials whenever possible will help to control costs, streamline manufacturing, and avoid sourcing issues.

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  • A Complete Guide to the Cutting Quote That Will Totally Change Your Pricing

    A Complete Guide to the Cutting Quote That Will Totally Change Your Pricing

    A fully complete RFQ tells a story about the buyer, the company, and the end product and its use — information we can use to provide the right quote (and the right price).

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  • The Sampling Plan in Quality Control

    The Sampling Plan in Quality Control

    A statistically valid sampling plan in quality control provides a high level of confidence that if the sample is acceptable, the entire lot is acceptable.

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  • Small Gages in Metal Parts Sourcing

    Small Gages in Metal Parts Sourcing

    Metal Cutting Corporation often uses small gages such as pin gages to inspect IDs and make sure that small diameter metal tubing meets specified tolerances.

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  • Variables ‬That ‬Affect ‬the ‬Eddy Current Testing Procedure

    Variables ‬That ‬Affect ‬the ‬Eddy Current Testing Procedure

    With the eddy current testing ‬procedure, there are a number of variables that ‬have an effect on ECT, what it can find,‭ ‬and ‬what it cannot find.

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