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5-Axis Milling

The Specs

Development Time: 2 Weeks
Applied Processes: CAD, 5-Axis Milling, CNC Machining, CMM Inspection
Materials Employed: 7075-T6 Aluminum
Industry: Military

5 Axis Milling

A Military Defense contractor hired Metalmite to make some brackets that were light weight and strong.  They chose 7075-T6 aluminum as their alloy and designed the part that they wanted.  Being very pressed for time they came to Metalmite and asked how quickly a part like this could be programmed and machined out of solid blocks of aluminum.  Metalmite responded the same day with a quote and a firm delivery.  The customer issued a purchase order and the “chips began to fly”, as they put it in shop talk! Using the latest GibbsCam software to program the Mori Seiki NMV 5000 DCG 5 Axis machining center, Metalmite was able to move from planning to production within a few short hours.  By drilling and tapping four small bolt holes in the middle first, the brackets were able to be machined 95% in one hold on the 5 axis machine.  Taking the parts off and doing a little bit of benchwork after made them complete in record time.  “We estimate the parts are done in about half the time it used to take using the 3 axis machines.”  Said the shop supervisor.  This is just another way that Metalmite has been bringing “World Class Quality, Service, and Delivery at the right price.”