Aluminum machining is not only effective, it is affordable. Even when needing custom CNC aluminum, you will get the most for your money. Of all the earth’s elements, aluminum is the third most abundant. Although widely used, it has only been a primary source for less than a century.
CNC Milling Machines Produce Superior Quality Parts and Components
A key benefit of CNC machine aluminum is that this is material is both lightweight and aesthetically pleasing. However, what makes aluminum machining so attractive is that parts and components are made in less time than it takes to work other materials, including steel. In addition, aluminum extrusions that are CNC machined do not require any type of additional finish. Because this pure metal is so soft, it is common for small amounts of zinc, copper, or magnesium to be added, which enhances strength.
Another reason that CNC machine aluminum is so popular is that this material has a natural, small protective layer that makes it corrosion and chemical resistant. With all of the characteristics of aluminum combined, machining is less complex than when working with other materials. Ultimately, you end up with a strong part or component that weighs roughly one-third that of steel.
There is a host of parts and components made with the aid of CNC milling machines for a broad range of industries and applications. This includes automotive parts, engine parts, marine parts, aircraft parts, lighting fixtures, electronic device enclosures, medical devices, and even cooking utensils, among many others.
The Making of Custom CNC Aluminum
With aluminum machining, a special cutting tool moves in three dimensions. To achieve the desired shape of the part or component, excess material is removed. Usually, this tool rotates around an axis that sits perpendicular to the work table.
The aluminum work-piece is placed on a moving table, just below the cutting tool. Then, the tool protrudes downwards from a rotating spindle. As the tool rotates, both vertical and horizontal motion is computer controlled. Depending on the exact part or component that you need CNC machined, the aluminum can be turned during operation to different orientations. The result is parts and components that meet your specifications.
The Best CNC Machining Company
NexGen Machine has been one of the most trusted and respected providers of aluminum machining for the past 40 plus years. We machine all types of parts and components for a wide array of industries. To learn more about our custom CNC aluminum operations or to schedule a time to meet with a company representative, please contact us today.