Listen to the 3D From Nothing Podcast

Who is this Fellows Gear Guy?

Metalmite uses the Fellows Gear shaper and other tools to cut gears everyday. We can also cut gear teeth on our 6 axis lathe or our 5 axis mill as well. But the tried and true method is still with the Fellow Gear Shaper! We wanted to ask ourselves, who was this Fellows Gear Guy? How did he come up…

Read more

6 Axis CNC Lathes at Metalmite

Metalmite was quick to join the technology bandwagon and getting our first 6 axis lathe in the early 2000’s. We now have three of them and they are firing on all cylinders! We have done some incredible projects all in one machine. We can take raw bar stock, turn and mill it, gear cut, and pass to the second spindle and…

Read more

Metalmite Goes Green! With MSU Baja Racing

Metalmite was happy to receive the call from Michigan State University (also known as the only real University of Michigan) to assist in the machining and development of their Baja race vehicle. Metalmite was called upon to use the 5 axis mill to surface the gearbox case. After hours of machining and creating the perfect gearbox the car was ready.…

Read more

Metalmite Gear Cutting

Metalmite’s Bill Clark is an expert in gear cutting. Here he is cutting an internal spline that is modified with a 20 degree pressure angle and full fillet. After Bill secured the tooling, he custom ground the fillet on his surface grinder and cut the internal on the Fellows Shaper cutter. If you are looking for a Good Machine Shop!…

Read more

Cutting Internal Spline Teeth at Metalmite

Cutting internal splines is something we have done for years. More recently we have done this using Wire EDM technology. We have one of the only Wire EDM’s on the market that is certified by the aerospace industry to cut with minimal recast. This is critically important on engine components. Let us take a look at your project today and…

Read more

Crankshafts and more at Metalmite

Making a crankshaft is a difficult process that many shops cannot do successfully. A few years ago a customer asked Metalmite to get involved a manufacture a crankshaft that the original company could no longer make. We went to work and developed a process that uses eccentric fixtures and multiple centers to be able to turn and grind these crankshafts.…

Read more

Who Invented the First Lathe?

Who invented the first Lathe? As much as I would like to say Metalmite, it was not! Our friends at Wikipedia tell us: David Wilkinson (January 5, 1771 – February 3, 1852)[1] was a U.S.mechanical engineer who invented a lathe for cutting screw threads, which was extremely important in the development of the machine tool industry in the early 19th…

Read more

Who invented steel?

As much as it pains us to admit it, it was the English who first came up with this process to create modern steel. Metalmite uses alloy steel along with stainless steel in our CNC manufacturing processes today to make parts that make the world go around! After getting your history lesson below, take a look at our 5 axis…

Read more

What is a wire EDM by Metalmite

Many people ask “What is a Wire EDM?” and Metalmite Corporation in Rochester, Michigan has decided to help educate you on what and how and where these machines work. Well known for five axis machining and CNC Grinding already, Metalmite has been using wire EDM for years. The Agie Charmilles cut 200 wire EDM has been our featured machine. Manufacturing components with…

Read more

CNC Programming- CNC Grinding and More

In 2012 we purchased our first CNC Grinder. In the first year we ground more than 10,000 parts and averaged less than 4 minutes a piece. The accuracy increased tremendously when we allowed the machine to line up the next operation. As you can see from the photo attached, the programming is done at the machine with the conversational control.…

Read more