Stainless steel parts are highly durable and can be highly difficult to machine. Stainless Steel CNC Machining is a process used to cut bars, plates or sheets into precise shapes for various industries ranging from shipping, retail, paper, food packaging, automotive, and many others.
Machining can be accomplished through the use of CAD/CAM software which programs CNC machines to create complex parts or manually if simple shapes are all that’s needed. For complex shapes and projects, it’s especially critical that you find a partner that can handle the toughest projects and brings a level of expertise that can be tough to find.
Here are the things to look for when selecting a partner for your Stainless Steel Machining needs;
1.) In-House Expertise:
The right partner will not simply have the right equipment, they’ll have the necessary certifications and credentials on both equipment and software – in-house. To take it a step further, we recommend if it’s the first time working together to place a small order, as in, 1 piece. That’s right, 1 item. Why? To ensure they’re willing to conduct a prototype run before you commit to a big order. If they’re not, be cautious moving forward.
This has a hidden agenda as well. A lot of CNC machine shops lack the capabilities to work on stainless steel, thus they source these jobs out. This creates simply another layer to account for whenever you need stainless steel CNC parts, regardless of the application, ranging from simple shapes to complex patterns.
2.) Precision Capabilities:
Stainless steel can be difficult to machine. It has a very low machinability rating as compared to many other materials. It can be hard on tooling and machines if not handled properly. For example, if the speed of a drill is too fast, it can destroy the tip of the drill and harden the material it’s operating on.This makes it even more challenging and sometimes impossible to complete the task at hand. As you can imagine, this is not a good outcome, for you, the customer, or the manufacturer. Choose a partner with vast experience working with different grades of stainless steel including 303, 304, 316, 321, 410, 416, 420, 431, 440C, 15-5PH, 17-4PH & 2205 Duplex.
3.) Wide Range of Services:
This is also a critical component to help you decide where to send your business. 3D Milling, Boring, Turning and Threading of stainless steel requires precision accuracy. When it comes to accuracy, the best VMCs and CNC lathes allow precision parts at the highest levels, regardless of how complex the shape or requirements are.