Machining operations of various types have been used in industrial settings for over 200 years. In the past 30 years, machining operations have developed exponentially to be faster, more precise, and capable of handling a wider range of materials. With the creation of digital technology and software systems, machining across industries is automated with computer numerical control (CNC). CNC machining is a highly accurate method of altering materials and fabricating even the most complicated parts. MultiSource Manufacturing LLC provides a wide range of services as a contract manufacturer, and CNC machining is a specialty across our six facilities.
The MultiSource network has been in operation for over 20 years, and our CNC machining capabilities have developed alongside computer technology, wireless network communications, and equipment improvements. Because of our experience and comprehensively outfitted machining production line, we can provide complete CNC machining services on multiple axes with quick, precision-based operations based on intelligent engineering designs.
Our facilities are outfitted with 140 CNC machines that all customers partnering with the MultiSource network can benefit from. Our CNC machining capabilities include 3-axis and 5-axis indexed milling centers as well as 80 mills, 20 Swiss machining centers, and 40 lathes all with vertical, horizontal, or multi-axis movement.
With a comprehensive repertoire of CNC machines, basic subtractive machining operations are all in our tool box for infinite combinations in manufacturing virtually any part. Basic, universal machining operations include:
- Cutting: Cutting tools utilize one or more cutting edges that are harder than the component material. Single point tools and multi-cutting-edge tools are two standard cutting tool styles. Both perform more specific types of cutting operations. For example, single point tools perform planing, boring, and turning, while multi-cutting-edge tools perform drilling and milling.
- Drilling: CNC drilling machines manufacture circular holes with two to four helical cutting edges. The drill operates parallel to its rotational axis as it is applied to the component.
- Turning: A turning machine subtracts material from a component surface. A component is held on an axis and turned as a cutting edge removes material in a computer controlled pattern with precision and speed.
- Reaming: Reaming machines are a valuable addition to any precision-based operation floor. Reaming serves to remove miniscule amounts of material from a drilled hole to create a specific size cut.
- Boring: Boring is also used to finish roughly made holes with a bent single tip. The tip is advanced spinning into the pre-made hole and the cut is fine tuned. Boring is highly useful in precision machining and finishing operations.
- Milling: Milling is applicable to the fabrication of many components. A mill with multiple cutting edges is slowly applied to a component surface and that component rotates on an axis. Both peripheral and face milling (cutting parallel versus perpendicular) are utilized on MultiSource operations floors.