Micro Machining Services Information
Micro machining services perform precision machining operations on small parts to achieve intricate details. They perform machining activities such as:
- screw machining
- Swiss machining
- electrochemical machining
- photochemical machining
- laser machining
- electro discharge machining (EDM)
Micro machining services may also provide specialty machining services such as gear, jig, and fixture manufacturing; casting and forging machining; and tool and die production.
Material capabilities are an important parameter to consider when selecting micro machining services. Companies that micro machine metals can work with aluminum, brass, bronze, cast iron, copper, hardened metals, nickel and nickel alloys, precious metals, steel, stainless steel, steel alloys, and titanium. Non-metallic materials for micro machining services include carbides, ceramics, composites, natural or synthetic diamond, and glass.
Micro machining services may provide additional services such as CAD/CAM support, design assistance, just-in-time (JIT) delivery, rapid prototyping, low-volume production, and high-volume production. Computer aided design or drafting (CAD) is used to design parts quickly and accurately. Computer aided manufacturing (CAM) is used to fabricate products directly from CAD outputs. Micro machining services that provide design assistance can help with concepts, manufacturing costs, manufacturing techniques, and material considerations such as sourcing. They may also be able to assist with upgrading, redesigning, reevaluating, or modernizing existing products to increase performance and/or reduce manufacturing costs. Some micro machining services have just-in-time (JIT) manufacturing capabilities or can provide prototypes for use in presentations or functional testing. Others provide low-volume or high-volume production.
Micro machining services are located across the United States and around the world. They adhere to a variety of certifications, regulatory requirements, and quality standards. Micro machining services follow four main specifications from the International Standards Organization (ISO): ISO 9001:2000, ISO 13485:2003, ISO 14001, and ISO/TS 16949:2002. AS 9000, AS 9100, and QS-9000 are industry-specific quality standards that are based on ISO 9001. Both AS 9000 and AS 9001 define quality management system (QMS) requirements for suppliers to the aerospace industry. QS-9000 is a quality standard for suppliers of DaimlerChrysler Corporation, Ford Motor Company, and General Motors Corporation. Some micro machining services are registered with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), or comply with U.S. military specifications (MIL-SPEC). Others meet internal company specifications or requirements from original equipment manufacturers (OEM).